How did mega accounting firms morph into exemplars of corporate cool? Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve never found anything remotely sexy or edgy about accountants.

Somehow, though, the Big Four accounting firms gained reputations over the years as progressive institutions. I mean, you can’t go to one of those women or diversity conferences without some expert citing the Big Four as shining examples of what institutions like law firms should do to promote women and minorities. And of course, they’re always on those lists of “best” places to work for women and minorities.