IMA and NABA Announce Memorandum of Understanding

Marc Gerrone
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Taylor Fenske
Stern Strategy Group
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Montvale, N.J., August 7, 2017 –  IMA®  (Institute of Management Accountants) and the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) today announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the advancement of minorities and encourage inclusion within the accounting profession and in the marketplace as a whole.

The MoU, signed by IMA President and CEO Jeff Thomson, CMA, CAE, and NABA President and CEO Jina Etienne, CPA, expands their current relationship and outlines the basis for ongoing cooperation, collaboration and alignment between the two organizations. Partnership tactics, which include joint webinars, speaking engagements, and alignment on thought leadership content, will map back to crucial themes for both organizations: diversity, certification, and the accounting profession.

“Diversity and inclusion is vital to the future of the accounting profession and at IMA we’ve long encouraged and supported the necessity of this within our field,” said Thomson. “Much of what we do at IMA supports moving the accounting profession forward, whether by certification, skills, or overall inclusion, and this marks an important partnership for our organization.”

Commenting on the MoU, Etienne added, For 48 years, we have been a catalyst for change in the diversity profile of our profession. NABA is uniquely positioned move the needle in a meaningful way for blacks in the accounting and finance professions, and partnering with IMA will help us accelerate positive change for members in both organizations.”

About the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA)

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA, Inc.) is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for black professionals in the accounting, finance and related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 black professionals in these fields, NABA advances people, careers, and the mission by providing education, resources, and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, fulfilling the principle of our motto: Lifting As We Climb. To learn more on how NABA addresses the professional needs of its members and helps to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance profession, visit

About IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants)
IMA, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 85,000 members in 140 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, N.J., USA, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: The Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Middle East/India. For more information about IMA, please visit