SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. –  BPM, one of the largest California-based accounting and consulting firms, has been named to the Best Public Accounting Firms for Women list, for the third year in a row.


BPM is one of 12 firms named to the 2017 list, released by the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) and American Women’s Society of CPAs (AWSCPA).


“Our goal is to improve women leadership participation from its current level to a number that is more reflective of the women in the workforce,” said Beth Baldwin, Chief People Officer for BPM.


Top trends from the 2017 survey:


  • Transparent career paths enable women to anticipate work-life conflicts and proactively propose solutions.
  • Firms whose leaders continually communicate with rising women make many small course adjustments to retain women in the partnership pipeline and to ensure that they are offered key growth opportunities.
  • Few firms are breaking down firmwide measurements for advancing women to practice areas and offices. That injects immediacy to the overarching initiative and equips office and practice leaders with context for creating fresh ways to retain and advance women. 

“It is gratifying to see our Firm recognized,” added Michelle Ausburn, partner and champion of BPM’s Women’s Initiative Now! (WIN) program. “While diversity and women’s leadership are part of our DNA, we will continue to raise the bar for advancing women to top leadership roles at the Firm and in the industry.”


Through its Women’s Initiative Now! (WIN) program, BPM provides various platforms to create a culture that enhances the retention and recruitment of women; helps them develop their careers at different stages; and increases the awareness of their success.


Of the 42 partners at BPM, women make up 26 percent of partners. The Firm has had its female partners listed among the ‘Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business’ every year since 2011.


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About the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance promotes the professional growth of women in accounting and finance. Members of the association benefit from opportunities to connect with colleagues, advance their careers, and become industry leaders. For 75 years, the organization has proudly upheld its mission to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential, and to contribute to the future development of their profession. Visit for more information.


About BPM

Founded in 1986, BPM is one of the largest California-based public accounting and advisory firms, ranked as one of the 50 major firms in the country. With six offices across the Bay Area – as well as offices in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands – we serve emerging, mid-cap, and closely-held businesses as well as high-net-worth individuals in a broad reach of industries. From financial services, technology, life science and consumer business to real estate, nonprofits, wine and craft beverages, we are committed to the success of our clients. Our International Tax Practice is one of the largest on the West Coast and our well-recognized SEC Practice serves approximately 35 public reporting companies. We are listed as one of the “Best Public Accounting Firms for Women,” and the San Francisco Business TimesNorth Bay Business Journal and Silicon Valley Business Journal all list BPM as one of the “Best Places to Work.” Accounting Today ranked us as the #1 "Best Firm to Work for" in the nation, in the Large Firm Category, and one of the Top 10 Firms in the West. We have been recognized as a “Best of Accounting” winner for client service excellence – an honor less than 1% of all accounting firms in the U.S. and Canada earned, for providing exemplary client service. Most recently, 2018 Vault Accounting 50 ranked us the #1 Firm for Diversity and Minorities, and #21 for Best Accounting Firm to Work For. To learn more, visit us at