LOS ANGELES, CA (November 10, 2022) – GHJ, a leading accounting and advisory firm, was named the Diversity, Equity + Inclusion-focused Firm of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal and the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA) at the 2022 Top 100 Accountant Awards.
“At GHJ we have woven diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility into the fabric of our Firm, and it is exciting to see these efforts recognized and emphasized by our industry,” said GHJ Managing Partner Tom Barry. “Thank you to the Los Angeles Business Journal and CalCPA for this honor.”
The focus of GHJ’s diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) efforts is twofold. First, to ensure that the workplace reflects the rich diversity of the people in the communities GHJ serves. Second, to enable groups of people underrepresented in the accounting industry to thrive at GHJ as well as in the profession as a whole.
GHJ currently has three employee-led cohorts focused on achieving equity and building allyship in the accounting industry for women, people of color and working parents. The Firm also requires all employees to complete unconscious bias training and invests in programs and initiatives that support DEIA outcomes. Achieving this requires ongoing, open and sometimes difficult conversations that push mutual understanding and support of one another.
“GHJ is committed to serving our clients located throughout California as seen with our expansion into Northern California and across the U.S. All of this success is to the credit of our diverse team,” said GHJ Partner and Chief Strategy Officer Mari-Anne Kehler. “When we embrace our differences and have open conversations, innovation thrives. That is why we strive to #BeMore and encourage our employees and clients to do the same.”
GHJ’s DEIA initiatives are an extension of the Firm’s #BeMore philosophy. The Firm believes that its employees deliver their best work when they are given the space to live their authentic selves in and out of the office. This means giving employees the space to feel empowered to share their views, celebrated for their achievements and supported through difficult times.
GHJ is an accounting and advisory firm that specializes in nonprofit, food and beverage, entertainment and media and health and wellness companies. Ranked as Accounting Today’s “Firm to Watch” and “Top Regional Leader in the West,” an INSIDE Public Accounting Top 200 firm and a top-20 largest accounting firm on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists, GHJ is passionate about helping clients and its people #BeMore by focusing on building thriving businesses and creating a better future. GHJ works as a business advocate for its clients — providing personalized service and building long-term relationships to help position our clients for growth.
Through its affiliation with HLB International, a global network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisers, GHJ is able to partner with other top firms across major cities throughout the U.S. and the world. GHJ’s audit, tax and advisory teams leverage the HLB network to partner with its clients and give clients access to member firms in over 157 countries across the globe. GHJ has 21 partners and approximately 200 staff members that serve thousands of clients. The Firm is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC), the California Society of CPAs and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofit).