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Highly Acclaimed and Largest African American and federally certified Veteran Owned CPA Firm in the US Partners with an Award Winning Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Solutions Firm to Harness the Power of an Engaged, Diverse Workforce in Today’s Hyper-Competitive Global Marketplace.

HOUSTON, Dec. 1, 2020 – McConnell & Jones, one of the largest African American owned CPA

firms in the US, and Reed Development Group, a nationally recognized resource and thought

leader in advancing diversity, equality and inclusion has formed a strategic alliance,

Kaleidoscope to innovatively approach organizational diversity performance metrics.

As part of their collaboration, the new entity Kaleidoscope, Houston-based firm allows

companies to tap deeper into the hearts and minds of their employees, recruit the best of the

best, and retain employees through its ability to better align corporate goals with individual’s


Working in concert with senior management, human resources groups, procurement & supply

chain management, along with internal communications resources, we develop a bespoke

approach to addressing internal and external issues and encumbrances that can hinder an

organization’s full potential.

“The bottom line is ‘adversity fuels solidarity’, and we are fully aware of the historical and

existing challenges in corporate America for People of Color – specifically for African Americans,

the proof is in the data. For global organizations to win this race, this time and sustainably,

success is not going to be about competition, it’s about contribution,” said Kimberly S. Reed,

Chief Transformational Officer, Reed Development Group. “That’s why I’m excited to partner

with McConnell & Jones because of their immense success, company history, exceptional

knowledge and esteemed client list, and to offer these salient and unique offerings to

demonstrate to investors, stakeholders and customers that a company is progressive and has

the pulse on the current social environment.”

“Kaleidoscope’s ability to provide a one-stop, innovative solution for Diversity, Equity &

Inclusion and Supply Chain Diversity programs aligns with the trend in corporate America to

reduce vendors, but also provide intrinsic value through strategic diversity initiatives at all

levels and functions within an organization to sustain growth profitability over the long term,”

said Odysseus Lanier, CPA, Partner, McConnell & Jones.

Collectively, both firms have worked with the most influential companies and iconic brands in

the world and have received numerous awards for their pioneering work in diversity, equality

and inclusion, audit and assurance, risk advisory, tax and accounting, and business consulting


Founded in 1987 with an emphasis on providing assurance and tax services to the public and

private sector, McConnell & Jones has since grown to encompass all aspects of business

management, risk advisory, and process improvement.

McConnell & Jones places emphasis on providing high-level services with technology-driven,

secure solutions. A certified Veteran Owned Small Business by the U.S. Department of Veterans

Affairs, the firm is ranked among the top 1 percent of accounting firms in the country that audit

employee benefit plans and is consistently listed as a top 20 accounting firm by the Houston

Business Journal.

Reed Development Group (RDG), based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a cutting-edge multidisciplined

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion solutions firm accelerating the future of

organizational multicultural evolution and growth though innovation, development and

advocacy has successfully turned around troubled diversity practices by designing, building,

leading and shaping high-performing cultures at global organizations with robust strategies,

employee development programs and enterprise-wide initiatives that have increased revenue

growth and organizational brand eminence. RDG has earned numerous awards, periodical

cover features and has been recognized repeatedly by such organizations as the National Urban

League, National publications, the City of Philadelphia and was named one of the Minority

Business Leader’s Award honorees, Philadelphia Business Journal for her work.

With the recent launch of Kaleidoscope, companies can become a Kaleidoscope

Certified Organization – Companies who conduct both phases of the program receive

designation as a Kaleidoscope Certified Organization (KCS) for the first year. Subsequent year

designations are determined by the successful achievement of the company’s unique

performance metrics.

To learn more about Kaleidoscope, please visit

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