The Importance of Diversification in the Workplace

People & leadership


The Importance of Diversification in the Workplace

Speakers: Laurie De Armond, CPA; Michael Forster, CPA, CGMA

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    75 min

Learn about trends, factors and strategies related to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, and how achieving workforce diversification supports your organisation's strategic mission.

Learning outcomes

  • Human capital planning
  • HR strategic execution
  • Human factors in the workplace
  • Workforce motivation

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Product information


This session will address trends, factors and strategies related to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, and how achieving workforce diversification supports your organisation's strategic mission.

Topics discussed:

  • Diversity in the workplace

  • Linking diversity and strategic mission

    This is an online, audio course; it is also available as part of the CGMA Essentials. You will have 12 months from date of purchase to access this course, making it easy to fit around your work and personal commitments.

Who should take this course?

  • CGMA designation holders
  • Accountants
  • Consultants
  • Tax advisers
  • Auditors
  • Other financial managers with not-for-profit clients, NFP financial executives, including CFOs, CEOs/executive directors, controllers, and directors of finance

Professional development

All learning resources available in the CGMA Store qualify for CPD for CIMA members.

Programme level:Intermediate
Duration:75 min
Access:This is a digital product. You will have access to the content for a year after purchase date.

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  • Laurie De Armond, CPA

    Laurie is a National Co-Leader of the BDO Nonprofit and Education Industry Group and the Greater Washington, DC Office Managing Partner for the Nonprofit and Education practice, helping to shape the strategic direction of the industry group for the firm and the local practice. She has over 22 years of experience dedicated to the nonprofit industry in all subsegments, including colleges and universities, public charities, trade associations, social services organizations, and private foundations.

    Laurie was awarded one of the 2013 Women to Watch Awards by the Greater Washington Society of CPAs for her contributions to the profession. She is a member of the BDOs Inclusion Women National Strategy Team.

    She is a regular contributor to the industry groups blog and quarterly newsletter, BDO Nonprofit Standard. She is a regular speaker at internal and external seminars on topics including accounting practices and internal controls of nonprofit organizations, governance issues, single and compliance audits, leadership development and diversity and inclusion

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Greater Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants Americas Charities Audit Committee Member AICPA Nonprofit Conference Planning Committee GWSCPA Womens Leadership Council

    EDUCATION B.S., Accounting, University of Maryland at College Park

  • Michael Forster, CPA, CGMA

    Mike is Chief Operating Officer of the Wilson Center and oversees daily management with focal responsibility for strategic plan implementation, fiscal management and accountability, infrastructure and external business partnerships. He is senior advisor to the CEO, and liaison to the board and leadership team on all business matters, and coordinates with the U.S. Office of Management & Budget and Capitol Hill for federal appropriations. He strategically advises on the Center's wide array of programs and resources, helping the institution toe-the-line with its legal status as both a federal trust instrumentality and non-profit enterprise.

    Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Mike worked for other institutions chartered by Congress including being Chief Financial & Administrative Officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and EVP & CFO at the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation. He has also held professional and leadership roles at the Washington Post Co., MAXIMUS, INC., Arthur Andersen, LLP, and Mitchell & Titus, LLP.

    Mike earned his BBA at George Washington University and his MSA at Central Michigan University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and member in both the AICPA and GWSCPA. He is currently serving a 4 year appointment on the Financial Accounting Standards Board's (FASB) Non-profit Advisory Committee (NAC) and is a member of the AICPA NFP Conference Planning Committee. He has served on various other boards and serves as guest lecturer at local universities. speaking on varying topics in financial management, business economics, business optimization, strategic leadership and government operations.