Culture, diversity and inclusion

African American and Canadian Excellence employee network group

Supporting our African American and Black professionals

Our African American and Canadian Excellence (AACE) employee network group (ENG) focuses on furthering RSM’s business, diversity and inclusion objectives by actively supporting the recruitment, development and retention of talented Black and African American professionals and other minorities. It helps raise diversity awareness and inclusiveness among leaders and colleagues.

RSM is a top sponsor of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and its annual convention. We send a team of RSM ambassadors to the event for networking, education and recruiting. AACE members also have access to a firm-paid membership to NABA. 

Through local, regional and national NABA events, AACE members have the opportunity to network, collaborate with colleagues in the profession and foster relationships that provide opportunities for business development and career growth.

Watch the highlights from RSM's participation in the 2019 NABA convention:

Resources for racial understanding and inclusion

We’re committed to doing our part to advance racial understanding and inclusion across the firm and within our communities. To support our activities, we are sharing our internal resources for the benefit of our clients and others who want to drive meaningful change and create a more equitable future.

Donnovan Maginley Making a Difference Award

About the award

Established in memory of Donnovan Maginley, a partner in RSM's government assurance practice who passed away unexpectedly in November 2018, this award honors his passion for pursuing excellence, focusing on his clients and team, and being a valued first-choice advisor. It also exemplifies AACE's mission to further RSM's business and diversity and inclusion objectives by actively supporting the recruitment, development and retention of talented Black professionals and other minorities.

2021 winner: Cameron McMillian

Cameron, a technical accounting consulting manager out of our Chicago headquarters office, joined RSM in December 2015. He served as the Great Lakes AACE regional leader from fall 2018 to May 2021. In February, he was among the 15 professionals selected for the fourth class of the RSM Industry Eminence Program.
When asked what this award means to him, Cameron said that RSM embodies many of his core values, with inclusion being at the top of that list. "This is what has driven me to help push AACE forward since I started with the firm in 2015. It's the firm's commitment to recruiting and building our diverse talent and to building an equitable environment for that talent. I'm honored to accept this award, but it belongs to all of my AACE family, as so many of us are responsible for carrying out AACE's mission." 
In addition to receiving a $5,000 award to pursue his personal and professional excellence, Cameron designated BUILD Inc. as the charity to receive a $2,500 donation from the RSM US Foundation. BUILD is a nationally respected gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development organization based in Chicago's West Side. It works to save lives and mentor young people who live in the city's most challenged neighborhoods.

Inclusion Starts with I: AACE

 In our “Inclusion Starts with I” video series, CEO Joe Adams hosts candid conversations with members of our employee network groups. In this video, he talks with the national leader and other members of the AACE group.

National AACE ENG Leader

Environmental, social and governance

We strive to be the middle market leader in sustainable business practices that drive positive futures for our clients, colleagues, communities and firm.

A culture of diversity, equity and inclusion

Thousands of personalities make up RSM. Every member of our team brings unique insights and a passion for the middle market clients we serve. Our inclusive workplace celebrates differences, while enabling our people to take ownership of their work and personal lives.