Promotion Watch ’12: Moss Adams Is the Least Bad at Admitting Women as Partners

After naming a new Boss of Moss one week ago today, we just learned that thirteen new mini-Mosses will be admitted to the partnership effective October 1. I'll dispense with the platitude quotes and get right to the names:

Tracy Paglia, Stockton, CA 
Jessica Cluzeau, Los Angeles, CA 
Francis Tam, Los Angeles, CA
Mark Woodward, Los Angeles, CA
Elizabeth Dollar, San Francisco, CA
Ben Mack, San Francisco, CA
Shawn Jensen Santa Rosa, CA
Tony O'Donnell, Sacramento, CA 
Mark Harrison, Sacramento, CA
Jennifer Ehman, Portland, OR
Dena Herbolich, Seattle, WA
Mark Meier, Tacoma, WA
Dhaval Patel, Albuquerque, NM
 
But wait, here's something in the press release that might be noteworthy:
"We're particularly proud that, with this new group of partners, women will now make up 24 percent of the firm's partnership—more than the Big Four and similar-sized firms," said Rick Anderson, CEO of Moss Adams. "This is a testament to the success of Forum_W and our efforts to retain, develop and leverage the sizable talent base that women represent at the firm."
We took a spin around the Google and found that, with respect to the Big 4 firms, Mr. Anderson's statement is correct. The most recent data that we found states that 18.8% of the partners at Deloitte and KPMG had 18.8% were women, 17.9% of Ernst & Young's partners were women, and 16.9% of PwC's partners were women. We couldn't find any recent numbers for Crowe Horwath, BKD, or Plante Moran, although this press release from 2004 states that 19.1% of PM's partners were women. So it may a tad foolhardy on our part to state this, but it appears that Mr. Anderson's statement checks out. (If you have updated figures for your firm, email us.)
 
Progress? Meh. Still less than 1 in 4 women are getting a seat at the big table and that's at a firm of approximately 250 partners. You put them all in one room and you've still got an overwhelming sausage fest.
 
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