Join us for a conversation with James Suh, Chief Operating Officer for New Orchard. James is passionate about data, particularly in developing data-driven solutions to solve complex real-world problems, or at least to better understand them.
James’s journey with data began in the late 90s with the U.S. Marine Corps when he built simple databases and dashboards in his spare time to solve operational problems facing his unit. These early successes sparked a deep interest in the power of data and systems to answer an endless array of questions. One of his most rewarding areas of focus in the intervening years between the Marine Corps and his current role has been his work on the topic of diversity and access to the CPA profession. His extensive work while at NASBA brought numerous foundational issues to light and sparked a deeper conversation about DEI within the profession.
James will be joining us to talk about his experiences in finding novel ways to measure relative progress in diversity through indirect measurements and repurposing existing solutions to expose a more nuanced perspective of employee engagement. We hope you join the conversation!
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.
James Suh is the Chief Operating Officer for New Orchard, a Strategy platform company, and the Founder and Managing Director of Nashville Analytics, a consulting firm supporting data-driven operations strategy. In his past life, James held a wide range of operations, business development, and technology roles across a breadth of industries from defense to non-profits and manufacturing to Insurance. His passion for data and technology has been integrated into all of James’s roles since beginning his career in 1991.
The US Military has trained James as both a Nuclear Reactor Operator (Navy) and a Logistics/Supply Chain Officer (Marine Corps). He holds a B.S. in Computer & Systems Engineering from Rensselaer and an MBA from Vanderbilt. James spends his free time teaching himself piano, baking bread, exploring the nuances of expresso, and immersing himself in the theory of complex systems.
James and his wife Karri live in Nashville, TN. He has 4 amazing adult children including a US Marine who was in Kabul, Afghanistan supporting the evacuation of civilians in 2021.