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Hood & Strong Named a Best Accounting Firm for Women.

Paths to Partnership and Community Service Distinguish 2012 Honorees

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hood & Strong LLP has again been honored as a Best Public Accounting Firm for Women, continuing its leadership among a small group of progressive public accounting firms nationwide.

The 2012 Best Public Accounting Firms for Women, compiled by the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) and the American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA), selects 10 firms from among the nationwide participants in the Accounting MOVE Project, ranking them on the range, depth and success of programs and workplace culture that remove barriers to women's success. In naming Hood & Strong to the 2012 list, sponsors praised the opportunities present for young associates at the firm, as well as its diversity:

"Hood & Strong takes great pride in being a firm where young associates can learn and grow. As its 100th anniversary approaches, the firm continues to carefully log and plot out next steps in talent development for each young associate. The percentage of women in the leadership pipeline boasts a solid showing of women, averaging 50% or better at each level. It's a diverse pipeline, too: women of color comprise 67% of women managers."

Among the characteristics also shared by firms on this year's list are demonstrated imagination and innovation in blending community service with professional development. It is a strategy particularly well-suited for business development among women, according to the MOVE Project's 2012 Executive Report, and one that has enjoyed a long tradition at Hood & Strong.

"Serving the community has been part of Hood & Strong's mission since the firm opened for business in 1917, and nearly 100% of employees honor this commitment through regular volunteer activities," says Managing Partner Robert J. Raffo. "It has also come to represent real opportunity for the firm, as community service has become an integral part of professional life."

The Accounting MOVE Project seeks to consistently measure the status of women and collaborate on proven and promising practices that advance and retain them. The MOVE methodology addresses four factors - money, opportunity, vital supports for work/life, and entrepreneurship.

ABOUT HOOD & STRONG LLP

Hood & Strong has provided high-quality financial services and consulting to individuals, families, for-profit companies and exempt organizations for nearly a century. With offices in San Francisco and San Jose, Hood & Strong has grown to meet the comprehensive financial needs of a diverse range of clients throughout the west, offering a complete complement of tax, accounting, audit and business consulting services. For more information, please visit www.hoodstrong.com.
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