Adriana Contreras Tax Senior Manager, Deloitte Tax LLP, Portland
This is the life Adriana Contreras has MADE. It‘s a life dedicated to solving accounting and tax puzzles for her clients, touring the world with her camera, and playing softball like she‘s done since she was nine. It‘s a life she built herself as the first college grad in her family—one that makes her, her mom, and her nephews proud.
Britney Sullivan Tax Manager, Deloitte Tax LLP, Dallas
This is the life Britney Sullivan has MADE. As an accountant and accomplished track athlete, it‘s a journey where the results have been all about the numbers. She brings her Texas-sized energy to everything she does—whether she‘s bringing valuable insights to her clients or expressing daily gratitude in her journal. It‘s a life she‘s made her own with the help of accounting—and the love of her family.
Glory Emmanuel Audit & Assurance Senior, Deloitte & Touche LLP, San Francisco Bay Area
This is the life Glory Emmanuel has MADE. Influenced by diverse cultures. Inspired by great thinkers. Glory is leaping into the next chapter of his life—a life where he gets to explore his passion for classic films and become a homeowner. It‘s a life enabled by a career in accounting, which allows Glory to make his dreams a reality.
Nataly Santana Audit & Assurance Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP, New York
This is the life Nataly Santana has MADE. Experienced accountant and proud mamá of two, Nataly has built a life providing her clients with meaningful insights—a life that allows her the flexibility to take her family on road trips, visit relatives back home in the Dominican Republic, and explore places like Spain to learn more about her cultural roots. It‘s a life she‘s made her own.
James Shelton Risk & Financial Advisory Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Washington, D.C.
This is the life James Shelton has MADE. Working confidential assignments with government clients by day. Teaching accounting at an HBCU by night. It‘s a life full of exciting possibilities, endless adventures, a thriving social life, and the flexibility to do it all. It‘s a life James continues to make his own through a career in accounting.
Thalia Smith Audit & Assurance Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, New York
This is the life Thalia Smith has MADE. It‘s a life her big sister helped to nurture—that‘s led her down a rewarding career path in accounting. A life of financial prosperity and opportunity, of exploring the world and giving back to family, friends, and her community. She continues to push the status quo and inspire others to stand out. It‘s a life of her own making.
Peter Velez Audit & Assurance Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Los Angeles
This is the life Peter Velez has MADE. It‘s a life committed to powering the engine of business as an accountant and inspiring others as a Board Member of the Association of Latino Professionals For America, Los Angeles Chapter. It‘s a life he thoughtfully balances by taking in all that the great outdoors has to offer—one he‘s made his own and continues cultivating for himself and his family.
Leading the change, together
MADE combines both financial support and the depth of resources an organization of Deloitte‘s size can bring to attract diverse individuals into the accounting field and support them as they chart their path: from high school to business professional to industry leadership. Our MADE commitment, which includes accounting scholarships, is a comprehensive strategy to work to address the major barriers faced by racially and ethnically diverse students and to grow the population of diverse talent—thus helping transform the future of the accounting profession.
Featured Partners & Professionals
Audit & Assurance Stride CPA readiness program
Recruited entry-level professionals/CPA candidates
Deloitte seeks to address the barriers faced by recruited professionals taking the CPA exam by supporting their preparation. Deloitte has collaborated with Wake Forest University’s faculty to create an in-person program for approximately 10 weeks with real-time access to and instruction from experienced CPA tutors. Participants will be compensated and expected to sit for all four parts of the exam during this rigorous program.
Tax STRIDE (Stronger Together Resiliently In Doing Exams) CPA program
Recruited entry-level professionals/CPA candidates
Deloitte Tax seeks to empower unlicensed professionals to accelerate CPA success, while enhancing well-being and meaningful connection. Through the Tax STRIDE (Stronger Together Resiliently In Doing Exams) CPA program participants connect in-office and virtually, via facilitated group sessions or independent use, to best fit individual preference and learning style. This hybrid work model offers five components: a start-to-finish guidebook, practical exam strategy, personalized study plans, well-being support, and inspirational stories from our professionals to humanize the CPA exam experience- all designed to support participants respective to where they are in their licensure process.
Deloitte Academy: Accounting Edition program
High school students
Deloitte is committed to inspiring and preparing youth for long-term success by collaborating with high schools, colleges, state CPA societies, and various nonprofits to bring accounting to life for thousands of racially and ethnically diverse youth across the country.
Climb Fellowship program
Mid-level accounting professionals
Deloitte collaborated with Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business to launch a fellowship program with a focus on bringing Black and Hispanic/Latinx mid-career accounting professionals together to create a community and provide resources to help position them for senior roles within their organizations.
Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort are open.
MADE Working Group
Accounting ecosystem leaders
The MADE working group brings together racially and ethnically diverse business, academic, and community leaders to contribute leading external perspectives, challenge our thinking, and create a forum to engage with one another. These leaders bring a vast array of experiences and passions to advance equity and inclusion.
Board-Ready for MADE
Senior finance or accounting NABA/ALPFA members
Board-Ready for MADE serves to address a critical equity and corporate governance challenge by supporting racially and ethnically diverse senior finance and accounting professionals seeking to serve on corporate boards. Board-Ready for MADE connects high-performing, senior executives to the education, networks and resources needed to support their aspirations for corporate board service.
Deloitte Foundation Programs
The Deloitte Foundation supports the following programs that work in parallel with Deloitte’s MADE commitment.
Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program
Graduate accounting students
The Deloitte Foundation expects to provide nearly $25 million over the next several years in financial support to help fund scholarships for students pursuing a fifth-year master‘s program in accounting, master's of tax program, or master's of accounting program with concentration in audit, advisory or tax at participating colleges and universities, aiming to consider applicants from diverse demographic groups in the spirit of supporting a diverse student population. Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will open in fall 2023 with scholarships to be granted in 2024.
Strategic Support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)
Academia and Undergraduate Students
The Deloitte Foundation expects to provide grants to select HBCUs/HSIs for faculty/curriculum development, and other academic program needs over the next several years.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund/Deloitte Foundation HBCU Accounting Scholarship Program
Undergraduate HBCU Students
The Deloitte Foundation is proud to offer financial assistance through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to eligible students majoring in accounting while attending a TMCF member-school or Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Up to seventy (70) scholars will be selected to receive a need-based renewable scholarship up to $4,000 per semester beginning Fall 2023 (which can only be applied to verifiable costs associated with average tuition and usual fees).
MADE in the news
November 30, 2023
How Is Deloitte Making Accounting Accessible To Diverse Young Talent?Read here >
January 23, 2023
Deloitte recognized for “making meaningful progress” toward diversifying the accounting profession in the San Diego Business JournalRead here >
Deloitte's Boston Managing Partner Kevin McGovern highlights MADE and Deloitte's commitment to the future of the accounting professionRead here >
December 15, 2022
Deloitte’s Steve Kimble and Stephen Metoyer share why now is the time to address DEI in the accounting profession in Bloomberg TaxRead here >
June 30, 2022
Deloitte’s Thalia Smith shares her passion for helping the next generation through Deloitte MADE in Equal OpportunityRead here >
June 21, 2022
One year into the Deloitte MADE commitment, Lara Abrash and Thalia Smith discuss the progress to date in ForbesRead here >
April 7, 2022
The Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program at Prairie View A&M University featured on Essence.comRead here >
February 14, 2022
Lara Abrash, CEO of Deloitte & Touche, discusses diversity, Deloitte’s MADE commitment, and more on The Future of Work with Jacob Morgan podcastListen here >
October 4, 2021
Thalia Smith returns to the Black News Channel to discuss Deloitte‘s MADE commitmentWatch here >
July 23, 2021
Thalia Smith shares the story of her journey as a Black woman in accounting on Bloomberg‘s Talking Tax podcastListen here >
June 28, 2021
Lara Abrash and Thalia Smith share how Deloitte is helping to address the roadblocks to diversity in accounting on the Accounting Today podcastListen here >
June 3, 2021
Thalia Smith discusses the MADE commitment on the Black News ChannelWatch here >
June 2, 2021