We celebrate Women’s History Month in 2023 by recognizing Pat Drolet, senior advisor at CBM, founder and managing partner of Drolet & Associates, the accounting firm that merged into CBM in late 2014, and founder of CBM D-PATH, the firm’s diversity and inclusion group. Visit our home page to learn more about Pat’s history.
Diversity and Inclusion
As CBM has grown in recent years, our firm has also seen a noticeable increase in the diversity of our team. We are proud to have been recognized in 2019 and 2020 by the Accounting & Financial and Women’s Alliance as a top firm for equity leadership, meaning that the composition of our leadership team demonstrates above-average diversity. Click here to read more.
As a reflection of the strong representation of women and minorities within our team, the firm is composed of:
44% of CBM’s firm leadership is female
65% of CBM’s staff is female
30% of CBM’s team are represented by minorities
D-PATH (“Diversity – Professional Accountants and Advisors Transforming the Horizon”)
To demonstrate CBM’s commitment to increasing the leadership abilities and professional development of minorities and female professionals, CBM launched an internal group called D-PATH, which stands for “Diversity – Professional Accountants and Advisors Transforming the Horizon”.
The group was spearheaded by Patricia Drolet, one of CBM’s former executive vice presidents, the firm’s first woman board chair and the winner of the 2020 Virginia Society of CPAs Ruth Coles Harris Advancing Diversity and Inclusion Award, and composed of several CBM team members to provide educational opportunities for all team members to better understand the importance of diversity and inclusion, and to help them develop respect for all team members regardless of background, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Every team member contributes a different perspective, experience, lifestyle and cultural benefit to the firm. CBM values, respects and supports each and every team member, regardless of his or her ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education or religion. When we hire a new team member, we do so based solely on the person’s experience, skills and enthusiasm. Joining CBM means joining a team proud of its openness and willingness to welcome individuals from all walks of life. Consider our current opportunities by clicking here.
Diversity and Professional Expertise
One of the drivers behind CBM’s commitment to diversity is our recognition of the outstanding professional talents and accomplishments of all our professionals. In addition to Patricia Drolet’s achievements, our diverse accountants and advisors regularly contribute their expertise to CBM’s ongoing series of complimentary professional education webinars. To learn more about CBM’s upcoming offerings, click the image below.
CBM’s History of Diversity
Our firm has historically championed diverse causes with our expertise, having served as one of the first auditors for the National Organization for Women and Planned Parenthood. CBM is also proud to have employed Edna Nick, the first woman to pass the CPA exam in the State of Virginia. Ms. Nick came to work at CBM and became a partner during an amazing 51-year career at the firm. Click below to read more about her account of her career at CBM.
“I got my first job at CBM. Since starting at the firm, they have helped me polish my professional skills, build my self-confidence and expand my knowledge in the tax field.”
Shiwen – Supervisor
“CBM embraced the news of my marriage to my partner of 25 years following the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). “