Kimberly Brown Drumgo, MBA, PMP
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
A descendant of two generations of Tuskegee University graduates, Kimberly Brown Drumgo was exposed early to the struggle of being the “only one,” while living up to the high expectations and lofty examples set by her parents and grandparents. At 13 years old, Drumgo became the first African-American to join the Wilmington Civic Ballet company. “My family, personal drive and self-discipline provided me with the strength I needed to withstand the many unpredictable and complicated situations I experienced during that time.” she recalls.
As director of diversity and inclusion for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Drumgo works with universities, CPAs and accounting organizations nationwide to develop best practices for the retention and advancement of minorities in the accounting profession. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s in public health, and with an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland UC. Before beginning a career in diversity, she was an accomplished project manager and leader in the technology field. “While risky, my transition into diversity has been the most rewarding aspect of my career.” says Drumgo. Eighteen months after that transition, she led her organization, which minimally focused on diversity, to be recognized by Diversity Inc. magazine for its efforts. “I believe that the color of diversity isn’t black, white, red or yellow. The color of diversity is green. Those companies that manage diversity well have historically improved revenues.”
A mother of three, Drumgo balances work with a ballet class once a week, enjoys the family Saturday skate night at a local rink, and secretly watches The Godfather movie at least once a month. “There will always be good days and bad days at home and at work. My prayer every night is that we remember and cherish the good days, laugh about the bad days and KIM – Keep It Moving!”