The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) stands as a beacon of empowerment for Black accountants and CPAs, dedicated to advancing their professional aspirations. In a recent conversation with Sherry Ann Mohan, CPA, Vice-Chair of NABA's Board of Directors, Vishal delved into the organization's mission and its relentless pursuit of increasing diversity in the accounting realm. This article explores NABA's core objectives, its inception, and the myriad opportunities it provides for Black accounting and finance professionals to thrive.
Chapter 1: Unveiling NABA's Mission
At the heart of NABA's existence lies a mission to address the professional needs of its members and cultivate leaders who will shape the future of business through accounting and finance. This chapter delves into NABA's commitment to inspiring excellence, promoting professional skill development, assisting Black students entering the accounting profession, fostering civic responsibility, and instilling public confidence in its members and the services they provide.
Chapter 2: The Genesis of NABA
NABA emerged as a response to the challenges faced by Black individuals entering the accounting profession. This chapter explores the historical context, shedding light on the organization's commitment to professional and academic excellence. Founded at a time when less than 1% of the 100,000 CPAs in the United States were Black, NABA aimed to address disparities and limited opportunities within the accounting field.
Chapter 3: Sherry Ann Mohan's Role in NABA
Advancing NABA's Strategy:
As the Vice-Chair of NABA's Board of Directors, Sherry Ann Mohan plays a pivotal role in shaping the organization's strategic direction. This chapter highlights her responsibilities, focusing on NABA's overarching strategy and her advocacy efforts within her company and among key stakeholders.
Chapter 4: NABA as a Catalyst for Black Professionals
Mentorship and Inspiration:
NABA stands as a nurturing ground for mentorship and inspiration for Black accountants and those aspiring to enter the profession. This chapter emphasizes the organization as a primary source for mentorship and career inspiration, encouraging Black professionals to find support and guidance within the NABA community.
Chapter 5: Scholarships and Opportunities
Investing in Future Leaders:
NABA takes a proactive approach to invest in the future of Black professionals through scholarships and opportunities. This chapter explores the array of scholarships offered at the national, regional, and local chapter levels, showcasing NABA's commitment to supporting the next generation of leaders in accounting and finance.
Chapter 6: The Value of NABA Membership
Uplifting the Community:
Why should Black accounting and finance professionals join NABA? This chapter answers the question by emphasizing NABA's unwavering dedication to uplifting the community. It explores the personal experiences of members, including Sherry Ann Mohan, who has been a part of NABA for over 15 years, leveraging the organization for support, networking, and mentorship.
Chapter 7: Student Involvement and Resources
Connecting Future Professionals:
This chapter illuminates avenues for students to get involved with NABA, detailing benefits and resources available. From high school through university to the workplace, NABA offers programs like the Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) and supports students' transition to professionals through its College Pipeline Initiative (CPI).
Chapter 8: Conclusion - NABA: A Catalyst for Success
Navigating the CPA Journey:
This chapter underscores NABA as a catalyst for success in the accounting profession. By providing a supportive community, mentorship, scholarships, and networking opportunities, NABA emerges as an essential force in empowering Black professionals on their CPA journey.
The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. stands resolute in its commitment to fostering diversity, excellence, and leadership within the accounting and finance professions. Sherry Ann Mohan's insights into NABA's mission, her role, and the organization's impact underscore the transformative power of community and support. Aspiring and established Black professionals alike can find a home within NABA, where opportunities abound, and success becomes a collective journey.