ASL Named to Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance 2021 Best CPA Firms for Equity Leadership List

San Jose, CA (October 22, 2021) – Abbott, Stringham & Lynch (ASL) was named to Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) 2021 Best CPA Firms for Equity Leadership list for the 3rd year in a row, based on the Accounting MOVE Project.

Firms that entered the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic with established modes of remote work intended primarily to benefit women had a compelling advantage in the abrupt shift to remote work, according to the 2021 Accounting MOVE Project report. With women leading many aspects of virtual business development, firms continued to promote women to senior leadership: this year, women comprise 32% of partners and principals at the firms that participate in the Accounting MOVE Project, up from 29% in 2020. Women continue to be just over half of total firm employees, at 55%.

“The findings of this year’s report reveals that in spite of overwhelming uncertainty and change in the workforce that collaboration, diverse perspectives, and the ability to embrace change has given women leverage in creating new opportunities in a challenging professional landscape,” said Cindy Stanley, executive director for the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA), the association partner for the Accounting MOVE Project. “Firms realized that by providing the opportunity for women to work in a remote and hybrid work environment that they were able to cultivate a diverse and expanding pool of talented professionals.”

Aligned with the MOVE Project’s findings, hybrid careers are accelerating at ASL where their partner/principal group is comprised of 46% women.

An executive summary of the 2021 Accounting MOVE Project is available on the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance website: 2021 Accounting MOVE Project Report


About Abbott, Stringham & Lynch (ASL)

Founded in 1977, ASL offers a wealth of experience in delivering high-quality services and specialties to its clients. The Firm works with emerging- and middle-market privately held businesses to help them thrive in their markets. It also partners with high net worth individuals – owners, founders, and executives – to help them protect and grow their wealth. ASL identifies untapped opportunities, challenges, and solutions, enabling clients to make the effective and timely decisions today that lead to a fuller and more secure tomorrow.

Designed to facilitate quality decisions, ASL’s services cover corporate tax planning and compliance, assurance and accounting, estate and gift tax planning, litigation support, succession planning and valuation. The Firm’s services are contextualized by its specialties in real estate, construction, technology, family wealth and individual tax, emerging businesses, manufacturing and distribution, nonprofit organizations, renewable energy, and recreation and entertainment.

About the Accounting MOVE Project

The Accounting MOVE Project is based on the MOVE methodology, developed by research partner Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which investigates the factors proven to be essential to women’s career success:

M – Money: fair pay practices;
O – Opportunity: advancement and leadership development;
V – Vital supports: work-life programs that remove barriers;
E – Entrepreneurship: operating experience for managing or business ownership

About Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA)

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 80 years, the Organization has proudly upheld its mission to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their profession. Visit for more information.

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