the Accounting Influencers Podcast interviews Dr Anton Lewis on diversity, workplace racism, black accountants and critical race theory in accountancy - Success in Accounting

Episode 63

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30th Mar 2022

Critical Race Theory & Black Accountants with Anton Lewis

Episode 63. In today's interview, "Critical Race Theory & Black Accountants with Anton Lewis."

Anton Lewis is a tenured Associate Professor of Accounting at Valparaiso University, Indiana, where he primarily teaches undergraduate financial accountancy and managerial accountancy, as well as undergraduate Audit and Accounting Information Systems classes. He also hosts the ‘Counting Black and White Beans Podcast' and makes monthly guest appearances on the NPR Radio Show Regionally Speaking (links below).

Key takeaways from this episode include:

★ why we have so few black accountants in practice and in partner roles - statistics and trends

★ what makes the US more woke and open when it comes to revealing data on minorities in accounting, unlike the UK

★ the problems with 'diversity' as a concept in the accounting arena so it means different things to different people

★ explaining the 'stale, male and pale' description of the white, ageing working population of CPAs and accountants

★ why it's hard not to escape the charge that racism is prevalent in the accounting profession

★ the hypocrisy of the tech industry that claims to be meritocratic but shows clear signs of bias and racism

★ explaining 'Critical Race Theory' or CRT and how it applies to the accounting profession perspective

★ asking if CRT is dangerous or helpful in challenging the racist status quo in the accounting profession

★ why things should stay as they are in accounting when it comes to the under-representation of women, LGBTQ, class, generations and other minorities

★ what stops the privileged people at the top of the tree in accounting from stepping aside or calling for change

★ how race is inextricably linked with gender, class, LGBTQ and other battlegrounds in the accounting world

★ applauding the organizations and movements that are pushing an inclusive, diverse equality in accountancy

★ what questions accounting professionals should be asking to determine whether there is a diversity, equity and inclusion problem in their firm

★ why a lack of black representation in accounting leadership harms the succession and inclusion of more black accountants

★ the pain and downsides that potentially occur when accounting leaders challenge the status quo of minority under representation

★ what accountants need to be doing to 'stay on the right side of history' with the white privilege argument in accounting

★ a call to arms of the accounting profession to right some wrongs and do the right thing with black representation and equity for other minorities

In his spare time, Anton like to cook. As a qualified pastry chef who has cooked in France and in restaurants and hotels in England, he loves making all kinds of tarts and cakes. His other culinary passion is Indian/Pakistani Balti cuisine - he has been known to cook the odd Indian Feast. He is married to wife Kathy and has 3 young children. You can connect to him here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-anton-lewis-216ab170

https://twitter.com/Antonlws

https://www.instagram.com/alewis_justice

Podcast: https://blackandwhitebeans.libsyn.com/?_ga=2.234123294.1238878791.1645043266-302157601.1625785609

NPR Radio Show Regionally Speaking: https://www.lakeshorepublicradio.org/show/regionally-speaking/2022-02-08/regionally-speaking-february-8-2022

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SUCCESS IN ACCOUNTING is a weekly podcast for accountants, CPAs, bookkeeping and finance professionals, together with the networks, associations, fintech vendors and influencers who lead them, work in them and serve them.

The show is hosted by Rob Brown and Martin Bissett who are founders of the Accounting Influencers Roundtable (AIR) and have many years of experience serving the accountancy profession. The style of the show is not overly technical/technological/tax in nature but more on people, performance and success in the accounting world. Popular topics and themes covered include:

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Hosts Martin Bissett and Rob Brown are founders of the Accounting Influencers Broadcast Network. Martin is the founder of the Bissett Group of companies that provide practice and personal growth communities, content, and continuing education exclusively to the accounting and bookkeeping professions worldwide. Previously he established a high six-figure consulting firm while serving as a keynote speaker with over 100 one-off and repeat engagements to his name, as well as becoming the most published author on his topics of specialism with 11 books including 1 bestseller.

Since 1998, Martin has played a major part in working with over 1800 accounting firms in over 40 countries. These projects have led to those firms acquiring over £500m of recurring fees before inflationary increases, referrals and upselling are factored in. He stopped keeping track of this number over 5 years ago. Martin now advises a range of accounting practitioners and fintech companies at board level.

Rob Brown is a renowned presenter, facilitator and chair of high level conferences, panels and events globally for the accounting and fintech profession. He is retained by many professional networks, alliances, associations, practices and vendors to chair their events and provide high-level interview content for their communities.

He is a dynamic speaker and accomplished expert on trust, reputation, employer brand, talent, career development, succession, gen z/generations, executive presence, referrals, networking and winning new business. He is also the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (Wiley) and his TEDx talk ‘The Personal Brand of You’ has been viewed 320K times on YouTube.
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Martin Bissett

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Martin Bissett is the founder of the Bissett Group of companies that provide practice and personal growth communities, content, and continuing education exclusively to the accounting and bookkeeping professions worldwide.

Previously he established a high six-figure consulting firm while serving as a keynote speaker with over 100 one-off and repeat engagements to his name, as well as becoming the most published author on his topics of specialism with 11 books including 1 bestseller.

Since 1998, he has played a major part in working with over 1800 accounting firms in over 40 countries. These projects have led to those firms acquiring over £500m of recurring fees before inflationary increases, referrals and upselling are factored in. He stopped keeping track of this number over 5 years ago. Martin now advises both accounting practitioners and FinTech companies alike, at board level.

Rob Brown

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Rob Brown is a renowned MC, facilitator and chair of virtual and in-person panels, conferences and events globally for the accounting and fintech profession.

Rob is co-founder of the Accounting Influencers Roundtable (AIR) mastermind group and co-hosts the world’s most popular accounting and fintech podcast: Accounting Influencers.

Throughout the pandemic, he chaired 24 virtual panels with leaders of global accounting networks and alliances to discuss the key issues and challenges. Rob is retained by several associations and vendors to chair their events and provide high-level interview content for their communities.

He is the bestselling author of Build Your Reputation (Wiley) and his TEDx talk ‘The Personal Brand of You’ has been viewed 300K times on YouTube.