Minneapolis, Minn. - Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP (LBL) was named to the sixth Accounting MOVE Project Best CPA Firms for Women List, which recognizes firms with high proportions of women partners and principals.

In its sixth year, the 2015 Accounting MOVE Project reports a significant boost in the proportion of women partners and principals at the 47 CPA firms participating in the project-an average of 22 percent, up from 17 percent five years ago. 

LBL managing partner Beth Kieffer Leonard detects a tipping point.

"There's such a shortage of talent that firms are getting much more realistic about what it takes to invest in millennials and women," said Leonard. "We are proud that our firm has cultivated talent from many perspectives. These diverse backgrounds make our business healthier and our clients happier. With many women in prominent leadership roles within LBL, including 25 percent of the partners, we believe diverse perspectives lead to results that are move representative of the clients we serve."

LBL also has a very high retention rate with its innovative "futurecasting" emerging leader program for promising associates.

"The MOVE Project continues to report improvement for women in the accounting field, but we still have much more work to do as an industry," said Ericka Harney, executive director of the AFWA.

Founded in 1940, Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP is a prominent Twin Cities CPA firm providing accounting, audit, tax and advisory services to companies and individuals. The firm has more than 120 employees and is a founding member of the Leading Edge Alliance, the second largest international association of independent CPA firms with more than 180 firms in 100 countries.