Chic Spotlight: Women’s Growth & Development Initiative at Barnes Dennig

Chic Spotlight: Women’s Growth & Development Initiative at Barnes Dennig

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Get a look inside one of Cincinnati's largest accounting firms and its focus on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing women.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Barnes Dennig!
Melissa Hornsby, Marketing Director at Barnes Dennig: Since 1965, Barnes Dennig has grown into one of the 200 largest accounting firms in the country according to Inside Public Accounting. Headquartered in Cincinnati, our growth has stemmed from a focus on providing exceptional client service, depth of knowledge in select industries and strategic expansion. We increased our geographic footprint by adding an office in Northern Kentucky in 2013 and one in Indianapolis in 2016. Today we are more than 150 employees strong serving clients in three states and across the U.S. with operations spanning the globe.

Melissa Brogan, Marketing Director at Barnes Dennig

Cincy Chic: What is the Women’s Growth & Development Initiative at Barnes Dennig?
Hornsby: The Women’s Growth & Development Initiative is a program that focuses on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing women.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind the initiative?
Hornsby: Half of all accounting graduates today are women, yet, there is a much smaller percentage that advances to partner and other leadership positions in accounting firms. It doesn’t have to be that way, and we’re working to change that. Through our Women’s Growth & Development Initiative, we continually strive to be a leader among accounting firms in attracting, retaining, developing and advancing women.

Cincy Chic: What does the initiative aim to do?
Hornsby: By developing programs and opportunities that benefit both women and men, we are dedicated to providing an environment that attracts and retains talented women; spotlighting the growing presence of women decision-makers in business; developing exceptional women leaders; creating and facilitating internal and external opportunities for women to network; promoting the skills and experience of our women professionals; and partnering with local, regional and national organizations with similar missions.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Hornsby: To learn more about our Women’s Growth & Development Initiative and how we link flexible work arrangements to career paths, contact us at 513.241.8313 or send an email.

Sara Elliott
Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Sara started as an editorial intern before working her way up to assistant editor and then editor. She also serves as the Director of Strategic Communications, running Cincy Chic's social media sites. When she's not working for Cincy Chic, Sara is a mom to her toddler, Audrey. To contact Sara, send her an email at