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DEI by Another Name: Moving beyond Diversity


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateJune 11, 2024
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaPersonal Development
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

Over the past year, there has been a growing backlash against Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI or DE&I) initiatives, fueled by evolving cultural dynamics, political polarization, and economic pressures. Despite this pushback, DE&I work is not new; it has evolved over the last 40+ years, transitioning from equal employment and affirmative action to more comprehensive strategies aimed at fostering inclusivity.

Recent criticism suggests that some view DE&I efforts as divisive, overly focused on minorities to the exclusion of those in the majority, creating a 'them vs. us' mentality. This webinar seeks to reframe the DE&I conversation by emphasizing that diversity goes beyond representation metrics and the identities of marginalized groups. This course will highlight the importance of creating a workplace culture where every individual, regardless of their background, feels included and valued. Participants will explore key themes such as moving beyond bias, fostering inclusion for everyone, understanding the importance of representation, and expanding the identities that frame the meaning of “diversity” in workplace DE&I efforts.

Participants will leave this webinar with a clear understanding of the historical evolution of DE&I practices, an expanded view on diversity, and strategies for creating a supportive and representative workplace. They will be invited to reimagine DE&I beyond traditional metrics, focusing on fostering an environment where all employees feel a sense of belonging. Additionally, participants will gain practical skills to implement inclusive practices and nurture psychological safety for all employees.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the evolution of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI or DE&I) practices over the years

  • Identify DE&I principles, concepts, and terminology through the lens of holistic diversity and cultural competence

  • Evaluate practices that focus on nurturing psychological safety and fostering an inclusive environment where all employees feel a sense of belonging

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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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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.