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Brown Smith Wallace Named 2017 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women


Accounting Move Press Release image(ST. LOUIS, July 27, 2017) Brown Smith Wallace was named by the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA) to the Accounting MOVE Project’s 2017 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women list.

The Best Accounting Firms for Women list names accounting firms that best demonstrate three characteristics:

  • Consistent, measurable progress in advancing women to leadership.
  • Proven and continually evolving programs that retain and advance women.
  • Clear and compelling integration of the business case for advancing women with business results.

At Brown Smith Wallace, women make up 57 percent of the staff, with 35 percent of women in a partner or principal role.

In 2014, four female partners launched THE BRIDGE, an event series designed to be a vehicle for networking, fun and professional development for women. THE BRIDGE initiative has enhanced the firm’s brand in the local market and recruiting efforts with women professionals based on comments received during the recruitment process.

“Brown Smith Wallace has created a program that benefits professional women of all career stages,” said Karen Stern, CPA, and Partner in Charge, Entrepreneurial Services Group at Brown Smith Wallace.

The firm offers quarterly professional development sessions for women in management. Professional women of the firm volunteer and take turns leading discussions and educational sessions on the challenges women face in today’s workplace.

In addition, the firm’s human resources department provides coaching on the difference between real productivity and face time. Employees are encouraged to take advantage of flextime which is a part of the Brown Smith Wallace family culture and firm policy.

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to retain and advance women at all levels,” said Tony Caleca, CPA, CGMA and Managing Partner at Brown Smith Wallace. “We are the firm for growth with a passion for supporting and impacting the growth and success of our colleagues. Brown Smith Wallace is committed to providing career experiences and growth opportunities to help advance everyone, both professionally and personally.”


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 2018 Vault Accounting Firm rankings. For more information, visit or call 314-983-1200.

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