Houston’s Professor "Bee" Nance recognised as one of Top 50 Women in Accounting

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Out of 1,200 nominees from talented women across the globe, Professor "Bee" Nance has been named as one of 2020’s Top 50 Women in Accounting based on her passion for driving advocacy, change and creating opportunities in the Accounting industry as well as a passion for providing services to underserved populations.

One of the winners is Houston's very own Professor "Bee" Nance, CPA, who is an adjunct Accounting Professor for San Jacinto College south campus. Professor Nance says, "I’ve been an accounting professor since 2014 in both full-time and adjunct capacities. I saw a gap in how accessible accounting information was for my community college students, I created my YouTube page in 2016 (youtube.com/professornance)." Over the last couple of years, it has grown to over 1,000 subscribers with over 54,000 views. In January 2020, Nance launched the new and improved “Professor Nance” YouTube page, with more engaging content and an edgy persona. "At the beginning of 2020, I had so many plans for how I wanted to continue to develop content and step it up a notch," she says, "but the sadness and depressive state of the world (due to COVID 19) overshadowed everything." On March 15, 2021, the Top 50 Women in Accounting were announced by Practice Ignition. Nance was included on this list, which includes women from various accounting and bookkeeping backgrounds all over the world. Winners were ranked by six judges on a scoring system based on the following criteria.

  • Dedication to promoting inclusivity and diversity in the workplace
  • Investment in the next generation and the future leaders of accounting
  • Advocacy of the accounting industry and support of the wider community.

When asked to provide an example of how she is actively promoting inclusivity and diversity in the workplace, Professor Nance stated, "I am a black, Muslim, woman CPA. A triple threat by some, and the ultimate minority by others. I actively promote inclusivity and diversity everyday by showing up in spaces that I will never fully fit into. In addition to teaching accounting and working to bring other women of color into the field, I also work for a non-profit organization (Generation Teach), whose vision is to end racial injustice and inequity in education. My background is checkered with experience working in governmental, educational, and nonprofit organizations. Upon graduating from college, I decided that I wanted to use my accounting powers for good. I was pursued by corporate America and public accounting firms, but I decided that I wanted to give back to my community through accounting. I actively promote inclusivity and diversity in accounting every single day, just by showing up. I learned a long time ago that, unlike some, I don’t have to make a big splash to be seen – my hijab and skin color does that for me. The benefit of being the 'ultimate minority' in my field is that I’m a walking billboard for what a racially, religiously diverse woman can accomplish in the workplace." Nance considers this a true badge of honor. "If 2020 taught us nothing else, every opportunity to celebrate should be fully harnessed and embraced. I embrace this honor." She encourages everyone to, "Do the same in your life. Remember to celebrate all of the little things, the minute details, the things that don’t matter to anyone else. Tomorrow is not promised, so let’s celebrate the hell out of the here and now!"

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