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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Windes

At Windes, our strength stems from a workplace culture that honors and values every individual.
We recognize that our differences should not only be acknowledged – but celebrated. Our dedication lies in creating an equitable space that encourages innovation and success, where
each person is seen, heard, and appreciated. This infuses our firm’s culture and our professional engagements with invaluable insights and enriches the caliber of service we offer to our clients.

Diversity fuels innovation and is the keystone of our success. In an environment where everyone’s unique perspective is valued, our employees are empowered to be their true selves. We hold diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values that create a workplace where all feel a sense of belonging and are inspired to contribute their best.

 

Together, We Are Stronger

Reflecting the diversity of the communities we serve, Windes’ professional workforce is composed of 46% nonwhite individuals and 58% female, while our leadership is 29% nonwhite and 60% female. Our team speaks a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Gujarati, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Korean, Hebrew, and Russian, enabling us to effectively serve clients from diverse backgrounds.

We also encourage our team’s engagement with various organizations that support diversity within the professional sphere, such as the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), and the National Pan-Asian Business Association (ASCEND).

WE LEAD Program

The Women’s Executive Leadership Education and Development (WE LEAD) program at Windes exemplifies the tangible strides we are making in leadership inclusivity. Initially focused on empowering women within our firm, the program’s outstanding success and high participation led us to welcome members of all genders. WE LEAD fosters leadership development through education, business opportunities, and creating a strong network of support, which are vital for paving the way to responsible and compassionate leadership.

We are continuously evolving and striving to be a firm where diversity is celebrated. Each step we take towards inclusion strengthens our team and the services we provide.

 

Commitment to Nonprofit Support and Philanthropy

Since 1926, Windes has proudly supported the nonprofit sector, with our partners and managers serving on more than 50 boards of nonprofit organizations. Our dedication to philanthropy and community service reflects our belief in the power of diversity to drive positive change. By contributing both time and resources, we support a wide range of causes that promote the health, welfare, and cultural enrichment of our communities. From supporting children’s hospitals and educational institutions to advocating for social justice and community development, Windes is dedicated to making a meaningful impact. Recognized by the Orange County Business Journal as a “Company that Cares,” and as one of the “Civic 50 Orange County” (an awards program that honors the top 50 most community-minded companies in the region), Windes is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that champions equity and creates lasting benefits for all.

A Message from Our Managing Partner

“Our vision for Windes is a future where our workforce mirrors the diversity of the world around
us. We believe that diversity of thought, background, and perspective is critical to our success.
As such, we are unwavering in our commitment to building a culture that embraces what makes
us unique, seeks equity, and fosters an inclusive environment for everyone. This is not a box-checking exercise; it is a fundamental aspect of our identity and how we operate at every level.
We are proud of our progress and are committed to continuing this journey with purpose and passion.”

Sean McFerson, Windes Managing Partner 

 

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