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Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance Names Brown Smith Wallace A Top Workplace For Women


For the second year Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA) has named Brown Smith Wallace to both the 2018 Accounting MOVE Project Best CPA Firms for Women list and the 2018 Best Firms for Leadership Equity list.

“We are honored to be recognized again by the Accounting MOVE Project,” says Tony Caleca, Managing Partner at Brown Smith Wallace. “One of our firm’s core values is improvement – we don’t rest on our past achievements. So, while being recognized as a top workplace for women is encouraging, it only motivates us to keep the momentum going.”

Attracting, retaining and advancing women leaders of today and tomorrow is a core aspect of the firm’s strategic vision to be The Firm for Growth. In the accounting industry, women comprise most professionals. That rings true at Brown Smith Wallace, where women make up 57% of staff, including 47% of leadership (managers and above) and 50% of the Partner Readiness Program participants.

Earlier this year, Brown Smith Wallace was honored as a “top workplace for women” by the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis. The firm has numerous internal professional development opportunities for women and hosts an external women’s event series – THE BRIDGE. In 2014, four female partners at Brown Smith Wallace launched THE BRIDGE, designed to be a vehicle for networking, fun and professional development for women in all career stages. THE BRIDGE is open to all women within the firm and community, and has continued to grow in attendance over the last four years and 10 events.  The breakfast presentations and networking events attract more that 300+ women throughout the St. Louis community.

“When we started THE BRIDGE, we hoped it would grow to the success it is today. We wanted to create a welcoming environment for women of all stages in their careers to attend, learn and network,” says Karen Stern, Partner in Charge, Entrepreneurial Services Group at Brown Smith Wallace.


About Brown Smith Wallace

Brown Smith Wallace is a nationally recognized, top 100, full-service CPA and business advisory firm in Missouri with more than 300 employees. The firm is the top ranked St. Louis firm in the 2019 Vault Accounting Firm rankings. For more information, visit or call 314.983.1200.

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