PKF O’Connor Davies’ Dawn Perri Wins 2021 New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants Ovation Award

Firm’s Chief Human Resources Officer honored in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion category

PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, one of the nation’s largest accounting, tax, and advisory firms, is proud to announce that Dawn Perri, the Firm’s Chief Human Resources Officer, has been named a 2021 Ovation Award winner in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion category by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA). The category honors those who work passionately to make the accounting and finance profession open, welcoming, and fair to encourage and promote initiatives and change, regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, disability status, or other dimension of diversity.

“On behalf of all of us at PKF O’Connor Davies, I’d like to congratulate Dawn for receiving this well-deserved award,” said Kevin J. Keane, Managing Partner at PKF O’Connor Davies. “Always one to lead by example, Dawn has worked tirelessly to ensure the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion remain integral pillars of our Firm’s culture. She is a mentor to all, and the support she eagerly provides to her colleagues contributes to the Firm’s longstanding commitment to a supportive, collegial work environment.”

Perri, the Firm’s CHRO since 2016, has been specifically recognized for the monthly heritage and cultural celebrations initiative she pioneers at the Firm, as well as her implementation of other company-wide DEI initiatives. In addition to her efforts cultivating a welcoming and encouraging work environment, she remains committed to her community, serving on a nonprofit board that serves underrepresented communities.

“Since I launched my career in human resources over 25 years ago, I’ve believed the best workplaces are those that foster collaboration, fairness, and respect for all people. By pioneering various DEI initiatives over the course of my tenure with PKF O’Connor Davies, I’ve worked to deepen those values across the Firm,” Perri said. “I’m honored to be recognized by the NJCPA for this work in making each and every one of my colleagues feel valued, welcomed, and supported.”

The NJCPA’s annual Ovation Awards recognize those whose exemplary efforts and stellar achievements are advancing New Jersey’s accounting profession. The awards celebrate the high achievers who are emerging leaders, innovators, champions of diversity, educators, volunteers, notable women, and other individuals who have made a substantial impact in accounting. The awards were announced on June 17 at the NJCPA Virtual Convention and distributed in seven categories: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Emerging Leaders; Exceptional Educators; Impact; Innovation; Lifetime Leader; and Women to Watch.