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The release of our first-ever CDI Report marks an important step in evolving our commitment to culture, diversity and inclusion.

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Letters from leaders

Managing Partner and CEO Joe Adams, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) leaders Rich Caturano and Tracey Walker, and Financial Services Audit Partner Kate Seitz share their personal perspectives on, experience with and commitment to building a culture of diversity and inclusion at RSM. 

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Joe Adams

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The release of our first-ever CDI Report marks an important step in evolving our commitment to culture, diversity and inclusion.

RSM has been on a journey to advance culture, diversity and inclusion (CDI). ‘The power of being understood’ is our firm’s purpose, and understanding and valuing diverse perspectives is core to our brand and at the root of diversity and inclusion. At RSM, we believe everyone in our firm plays a meaningful role in shaping our commitment.

Inclusion is central to who I am and how I work, as I have always believed that when people feel like they are part of the team, it leads to better outcomes. I have been fortunate to have a tremendous career at RSM, and part of that is because I had leaders who were willing to listen to and understand me. That is the environment I want to create for all people who work for and with RSM, and it’s one of the reasons I am so passionate about CDI.

When I led the Great Lakes region for RSM, we built the STAR (Stewardship and Teamwork for the Advancement and Retention of women) program, which is the foundation for our women’s employee network group today. And in 2013, I appointed Rich Caturano, immediate past chairperson of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), as our national CDI leader to build a deliberate approach to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at RSM. We continue this foundational work under Rich Caturano, Tracey Walker and the national CDI team. While I am proud of the progress we have made, I recognize that there is still more work to be done.

The release of our first-ever CDI report marks an important step in evolving our commitment to culture, diversity and inclusion. We’re sharing a deep and transparent look at where we’ve come from, our work to create a stronger workplace and profession, and where we plan to go from here. Our goals are bold; and I believe with commitment from our RSM people across the globe, we can achieve them.

Together, we make up the diverse mosaic of our firm—always evolving, growing and becoming stronger as we work together to achieve our goals and build a more inclusive, equitable RSM, profession and society. 

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Joe Adams, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer, RSM US LLP
RSM CDI leaders Rich Caturano and Tracey Walker discuss the firm's CDI program, including progress, lessons learned, personal experiences and the future of RSM's inclusion efforts.

Letter from Tracey Walker and Rich Caturano


Being your authentic self. It’s essential for building a meaningful life and genuine relationships. That’s why at RSM, we encourage our people to bring their authentic selves to work. We know that by being genuine with one another, we build understanding, which leads to enhanced relationships. And when we know one another better, we’re comfortable sharing information and ideas. The unique perspectives that our diverse team of 13,000+ people across the U.S. and in Canada bring to the table lead to innovative thinking that ultimately helps us help our clients succeed.

Since our firm was founded 95 years ago in Davenport, Iowa, we’ve been focused on fostering inclusiveness. And we’ve enhanced that focus over the years in a variety of ways, including through the formalization of our approach to inclusion with the development of a team of professionals dedicated to enhancing our culture, diversity and inclusion (CDI) efforts; the formation of 12 diverse employee network groups; by defining our enterprise CDI policy and by continuously striving for solutions to complex diversity and inclusion issues.

We are humbled to be a part of RSM’s continued efforts to enhance inclusion – not only within our firm but within the profession and in the world at large. It’s critical to our collective success in today’s increasingly diverse and global economy – and it’s simply the right thing to do.

We invite you to join us as we evolve our mosaic of diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Tracey Walker, National Leader of Culture, Diversity and Inclusion

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Rich Caturano, Partner, Founder and Executive Sponsor of RSM’s Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Program

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