Clayton & McKervey shareholder named to New Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in Finance List

Clayton & McKervey, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace, is pleased to announce that shareholder Margaret Amsden, CPA, has been selected for inclusion in the Crain’s Detroit Business inaugural Notable Women in Finance list, featuring acclaimed women finance professionals from throughout Michigan working in the private and public sector, including at CPA firms, non-profits, academia and government.

The women finance professionals were selected based on their reputation for navigating and restructuring deals, leading and advising on mergers and acquisitions, finding new sources of revenue for their companies and clients and mentoring women in the workplace and community. Crain Content Studio worked with advisors in the finance field to review nominations and select the final honorees. Amsden’s profile for the Notable Women in Finance can be viewed here.

At Clayton & McKervey, Amsden leads the firm’s tax practice and is the point person for domestic tax strategies. She is also a member of the Transaction Services Team. Committed to cultivating a culture of learning in and outside of the firm, Amsden follows and interprets state and federal tax legislation and advises growth driven clients on tax advantages and best practices. She joined Clayton & McKervey in 1999. Amsden holds a Master of Science in Taxation from Walsh College, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Certificate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, also from Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Crain Content Studio recognition comes on the heels of Amsden receiving the Ilene Lanfear Heart & Soul award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties in March. Amsden began volunteering at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties in 2007 and has served in a variety of roles, including board chair, trustee, treasurer and member of the finance committee, all the while mentoring, coaching and teaching the Clubs’ young members.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service certified public accounting and business advisory firm helping closely held businesses compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit

Organic growth of Clayton & McKervey’s leadership talent is key to firm’s reputation for promoting women

Clayton & McKervey, an international certified public accounting and business advisory firm located in metro Detroit, founded its Women’s Network little more than one year ago to reinforce and build upon its high percentage of women shareholders and principals. This approach may seem contrary to the approach of most firms, who create women’s leadership-focused groups because of a dearth of women in firm leadership roles.

Suzanne Tuson, CPA, a shareholder with the firm and one of the leaders of the Women’s Network, says Clayton & McKervey’s leadership focus is more about talent than gender. “While our leadership pool includes a high number of women shareholders and principals relative to the profession, this is the result of organic growth and an emphasis on talent, and not an attempt to achieve gender balance,” Tuson said. “That being said, we recognize the importance of continuing the momentum of the last several years in promoting women and have made a concerted effort to stay on track. The Women’s Network gives us a framework to do just that.”

Tuson said Clayton & McKervey, which is ranked among the 300 largest public accounting firms in the nation as noted by Inside Public Accounting, places as much attention on leadership development as the Big 4 and national and larger regional powerhouses.

“In public accounting and business advisory firms, where an emphasis is placed not only on client engagements but professional development and new business activities, the empowerment of individuals with technical skills, marketing savvy and emotional intelligence is critical to creating and sustaining a strong leadership bench, regardless of gender,” Tuson said. “We view the Women’s Network as an added tool in fostering leadership development as a whole.”

Tuson’s co-leader, manager Katie Faysal, CPA, explained the mission, goals and topics addressed by Clayton & McKervey’s Women’s Network. “Our mission is to empower the career advancement of women within the firm through structured programming and environment enhancement. This mission supports the firm’s vision of seeing talented women maximize their potential,” Faysal said.

Clayton & McKervey Women’s Network Goals:

1. Increase access to role models
2. Improve and increase marketing opportunities
3. Provide education and support for career advancement
4. Enhance the culture of the firm to ensure the successful retention and recruitment of

The Women’s Network meets several times per year, with each meeting organized around one of three themes: success stories, marketing development and career advancement. The meeting goals are to provide a forum for women in the firm to gain access to others across departments; to promote organic growth of mentor/mentee relationships across departments; and to provide relevant information to help women advance themselves. The meeting formats include both large and small group discussion. All meetings place an emphasis on best practices, shared experiences, networking inside and outside of the accounting profession, and setting stretch goals.

In an August 2017 “Women’s Network Year in Review” survey, more than 65% of respondents cited the chief benefit of the network as “increased open dialogue and enhanced culture of the firm to support the recruiting, retention and support of women.” Beth Butchart, a manager at the firm, lauded the Women’s Network for bringing women together at all levels, across departments.
“I appreciate the opportunity to have authentic conversations, learn from one another and start building organic relationships to support each other and recognize the benefits of bringing our true selves to work,” she said.

For Rob Dutkiewicz, CPA, President of Clayton & McKervey, the Women’s Network was one of the first major internal firm initiatives he championed upon taking on the presidency in March 2016 following the death of firm co-founder Kevin McKervey.

“Planning for the Women’s Network was underway when I assumed the role as president. I knew how important it was to the firm to formally continue our leadership in encouraging women to maximize their potential, whether as a shareholder or in another position of increasing responsibility and authority,” Dutkiewicz said. “This group keeps us focused on retaining talented women – and men – while maintaining a positive trajectory for the future leadership of the firm.”

Clayton & McKervey is a firm of 70 people. Four of the firm’s nine shareholders are women, as is the Principal & Director of Assurance, Principal of Quality, Vice President of Operations and Director of Marketing. Four of the firm’s 10 managers are women.

About Clayton & McKervey
Clayton & McKervey is a full-service CPA firm helping middle-market entrepreneurial companies compete in the global marketplace. The firm is headquartered in metro Detroit and services clients throughout the world. To learn more, visit

Accounting MOVE Project highlights Plante Moran as a 2013 Best Public Accounting Firm for Women

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 8, 2013 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, was recently named by the Accounting MOVE Project as a 2013 Best Public Accounting Firm for Women. The MOVE project is geared toward retaining women leaders in public accounting and advancing women to partnership.

According to the Accounting MOVE Project, the firms that participated in the benchmarking project were ranked on the range, depth and success of programs and workplace culture proven to remove barriers to women’s success, especially at midlevel and above.

The Accounting MOVE Project highlighted Plante Moran for making sure women never fall off the radar screen, even when they cycle through alternative career paths or make the most of the firm’s nationally respected work-life programs. For more than 25 years, the firm’s PTA (Personal Tightrope Action) Committee has created and facilitated policies and practices to help retain women and working mothers at the firm, encouraging flexible work arrangements and work-life balance.

Also highlighted was Plante Moran’s new Women in Leadership (WIL) program to help accelerate the company’s ability to both attract and retain women leaders. The program’s long-term goal is to have equal presence, impact and influence from men and women at all levels of the firm, including partnership. According to Gordon Krater, managing partner at Plante Moran, the firm understands its need to continue to attract and retain strong performers in order to best serve clients.

“We want to increase our focus on developing staff faster and better and developing competencies that will allow more women to become partners,” said Krater. “Success will be shown by an increase in the percentage of women partners, women in leadership positions and when Plante Moran has a larger representation of women where there aren’t currently women leaders internally. That will not only define success, but serve as a competitive advantage for the firm and our clients.”

Other key findings reported by the Accounting MOVE Project are that midlevel women quietly disconnect from their ambitions for partnership, often relying primarily on peer relationships for career guidance; work-life concerns remain a primary barrier to women’s ambitions to partnership; women senior staff want more insight into career paths; women managers wish women’s initiatives and professional development were more closely integrated with gaining qualifications for partnership; and several critical miscommunications between women and their firm can derail career expectations.

The Best Firms were among the 37 that participated in the 2013 Accounting MOVE Project. Through the project and its sponsoring associations, the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants, the profession can consistently measure the status of women and collaborate on proven and promising practices that advance and retain women. The Accounting MOVE Project research partner is Wilson-Taylor Associates, Inc., which has been measuring and supporting the advancement of women since 1998.

Plante Moran is among the nation’s largest accounting, tax and consulting firms and provides a full line of services to organizations in the following industries: manufacturing and distribution, financial institutions, service, health care, private equity, public sector and real estate and construction. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work. For more information, visit

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