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Brown Smith Wallace Joins More Than 600 CEOs in Unprecedented Commitment to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace


(ST. LOUIS, June 20, 2019) Managing partner Tony Caleca is committing himself and Brown Smith Wallace to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. He is one of more than 600 CEOs that have come together for the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ initiative.

By signing this commitment, Brown Smith Wallace is pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcome and respected, and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion. The collective of more than 600 signatories has already shared more than 600 best practices, exchanging tangible learning opportunities and creating collaborative conversations via the initiative’s unified hub,

“Signing the pledge reiterates our commitment to fostering an environment of mutual respect and support with each other and our clients,” said Caleca. “We value diverse expertise, experience and viewpoints because doing so makes us stronger. We’re proud to be among the first firms based in St. Louis making this commitment.”

Brown Smith Wallace has been nationally and locally recognized for their programs to advance women by organizations such as the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance Accounting MOVE Project and the Women’s Foundation of Greater St. Louis. The firm continues to make diversity and inclusion a priority by supporting the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA); developing recruiting relationships with Harris-Stowe State University, a historically black public university; as well as supporting and encouraging the employment of veterans.

Organizations joining the pledge are taking a step toward affecting positive change. A diverse and inclusive workforce not only facilitates community, but also drives innovation and creativity. In a recent study, 85 percent of those surveyed reported that diversity is a key component to fostering innovation.

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is cultivating a new type of ecosystem centered around collaboration and sharing. The actions, available via, showcase real-life examples of the open and transparent conversations to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplace environments. The addition of new signatories expands the impact of this work beyond the office to communities and industries.


About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together more than 600 CEOs of America’s leading organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at and connect with us on Instagram: @CEO_Action and Twitter: @CEOAction.


About Brown Smith Wallace

Brown Smith Wallace—an independent member firm of Moore Stephens North America—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 and is recognized as a top workplace for women by the Accounting MOVE Project. For more information, visit or call 314.983.1200.

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