IMA and NABA Form Strategic Alliance

By Nancy Fass
October 1, 2022

IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) have partnered to support each other’s mission to reduce inequalities for Black people in the accounting pipeline by cross-promoting membership opportunities and benefits of both organizations to professionals and students as well as launching a joint membership drive for Black college students.


This alliance comes on the heels of a global diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) research series culminating in the capstone report, Diversifying Global Accounting Talent: Actionable Solutions for Progress, of which IMA was a cosponsor and NABA was a DE&I advocate.


“It is inspiring to see research translate into transformative action,” said Loreal Jiles, IMA vice president of research and thought leadership. “By joining forces with NABA, we are ensuring that Black students and professionals are given the opportunity to develop and leverage management accounting skills to succeed and excel as Black business leaders.”


Students will have the ability to join both organizations for free, and professional members of each organization will be able to join the partner organization at a reduced rate. IMA will sponsor a select number of students and NABA professional members to participate in a complimentary CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) self-study cohort and pursue the CMA.


IMA and NABA representatives will visit historically Black colleges and universities and other universities to raise awareness of the opportunities available through a management accounting career path and encourage membership in both organizations.


IMA and NABA will also enhance and elevate Black students and professionals through joint webinars, podcasts, speaking engagements, published articles, and cohort meetings.


Nancy Fass is a senior editor for IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants). She can be reached at nfass@imanet.org.
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