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Diversity & Inclusion 1-On-1: DEI Certifications & Credentials


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateOctober 6, 2023
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaPersonal Development
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

Join us for a conversation with Delmar I. Lee, Ph.D., CDE®, Global Vice President, DEI Education and Certification for the Society for Diversity, Institute for Diversity Certification. He is certified to instruct 32 competencies of the Certified Diversity Executive (CDE®) and Certified Diversity Professional (CDP®) programs and has provided training and instruction in DEI courses and sessions for 10 years. 

As the understanding of the scope of diversity, equity, and inclusion work has increased, so has the recognition of the importance of DEI credentials. DEI is interdisciplinary work that involves all aspects of business operations. Just like the accounting profession, there are generalists and specialists, as well as consultants and practitioners. And, just like the accounting profession, different skills, experience, and competencies are evidenced by different certificates, certifications, and licenses. Join us for a conversation about different DEI credentials, what they mean, and why they are important.
Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate the body of work that is included in the practice of DEI

  • Determine the scope and nature of DEI practitioner education and professional development  

  • Identify and differentiate DEI certificates, certifications, and licenses

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Jina Etienne, CPA, CGMA

Etienne Consulting
Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Speaker & Trainer
(301) 778-5510


Jina is a consultant and speaker on diversity, inclusion, culture, and belonging. She creates training programs and workshops to help clients move forward in their D&I journey. She is a storyteller and speaks candidly about her experiences, hard lessons, and ‘aha’ moments that helped her understand the importance of individuality, the value of curiosity, and the courage it takes to “just” be yourself. Often described as “approachable” and “relatable” by her clients, she works with purpose and the intention of being engaging, practical, and immediately applicable to real-world situations. Jina draws from her unique background and mix of work experiences to offer examples and share insights designed to benefit everyone across the workplace ecosystem – executives, management, employees, and customers.

Previously, she was Principal Consultant at EtiennePartners (EP), a boutique consulting firm that offered a unique strategy development, workshops & coaching to leaders, executives and entrepreneurs. Co-founded with her husband, EP was a full-time partnership in both work and life. Although in different professions, their work often intersected around the importance of self-awareness in leadership and navigating conflict within teams. Combining their experiences, backgrounds, and work led to the development of their unique approach to D&I, which she continues to use in her practice today.

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Delmar I. Lee, PhD, CDE®

The Society for Diversity
Global Vice President, DEI Education, and Certification
(800) 764-3336

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Dr. Lee is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE®), and veteran of 22 years of service in the United States Air Force, where he served as a Superintendent of Training, Avionics Section Chief, and Master Instructor. He holds a Ph.D. in Postsecondary and Adult Education from Capella University with Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Lee owned a small consulting agency, SINA Management Services, LLC, where he was a Professional Success Builder providing consultation and training in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Leadership, Human Resources Development, Conflict Resolution, and Education success. He is certified to instruct 32 competencies of the Certified Diversity Executive (CDE®) and Certified Diversity Professional (CDP®) programs and has provided training and instruction in DEI courses and sessions for 10 years. He has designed and facilitated Leadership and Management consultation and training courses for more than 15 years in private and public venues and facilitated postsecondary education for more than 25 years. 

He is the past Board President of the Society for Diversity, parent company of the Institute for Diversity Certification. Dr Lee is the past Lead Faculty Area Chair for the University of Phoenix, where he was responsible for three departments: Humanities, Communications, and General Education for the University of Phoenix, Raleigh Campus; Senior Manager for Velox Global Services where he was responsible for coordinating strategic movement of personnel for businesses relocating and/or temporarily working on five continents. He has expert knowledge in the areas of Workforce Education, Training, and Development, where he has worked with, and still provides council to veterans and their dependents on transitioning from the military to gain employment in the public and private sectors. His passion for community includes mentoring youth ages 8-20 years of age, and educational coaching for success in postsecondary education.

About Our Presenter

Etienne Consulting's passion is diversity & inclusion. The company helps organizations and businesses, large and small, wherever they are on their journey to fearless inclusion. 

Etienne Consulting's work is informed by their unique mix of experience in public accounting & business consulting, association management & member engagement, and diversity & inclusion consulting and training. Although in a variety of roles and industries, their work has always intersected around the importance of self-awareness in leadership, clarity of purpose, and navigating conflict within teams.

This led them to develop techniques to deepen awareness and strengthen communication — core skills necessary for driving meaningful change in organizations. They work with businesses and firms to infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of people experience, operations, policy, communications, branding, and community & social responsibility. Their training programs and workshops are designed to bridge the gap between diversity and inclusion by offering concrete skills and communication strategies teams and use to build teams capable of leveraging their full diversity to drive innovation, growth, and lasting cultural change. They also offer support in developing, implementing, executing, and reporting on D&I strategy.