CHICAGO – (July 29, 2021) – The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) recently named Steve Kampa and Alfred Ko with RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – to the AICPA’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Initiatives Committee. Kampa, a tax partner with RSM, will be participating in an advisory capacity for one-year since he held the Co-Chair seat on the AICPA’s LGBTQ networking group that preceded the formation of the Committee, and Ko, a consulting partner, will serve a term of up to 3 years.
The mission of the AICPA’s LGBTQ Initiatives Committee is to facilitate an environment for discussions and actions that will encourage increased representation, and incorporate and maintain an inclusive atmosphere for individuals and groups from a diversity of gender expressions and sexual orientations.
In their roles as members of the committee, Kampa and Ko will be responsible for investigating and understanding the barriers that impede the long-term success of members of the LGBTQ community in the accounting profession; proposing strategies that will alleviate the barriers to retention and advancement of members of the LGBTQ community in the profession; monitoring, evaluating and reporting on data related to recruiting, retention and advancement of members of the LGBTQ community in the profession; and championing and educating about the importance of diversity within the profession.
“At RSM, we understand the importance of inclusion – not only for our firm but for our industry, the community and the world at large,” said Tracey Walker, national leader of culture diversity and inclusion with RSM US LLP. “We are proud to have Steve and Alfred representing RSM with the AICPA on this important committee, and we thank them for everything they do to model inclusion here at our firm and in our profession.”
About the American Institute of CPAs
The American Institute of CPAs® (AICPA®) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 428,000 members in the United States and worldwide, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, not-for-profit organizations and federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives continuing education to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.
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