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Diversity & Inclusion One-on-One: Leading the Charge


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateApril 6, 2021
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaSpecialized Knowledge
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

Join us for a conversation with Julius Green, CPA, JD. Julius is the past president of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs (PICPA) and former chair (and current member) of the Diversity Committee. He is also a former chair (and current member) of the PICPA CPA Foundation, which focuses on CPA pipeline initiatives, including diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession. 

Julius is a Villanova Business Fellow, working to help the university's accounting department to develop its DEI strategy. His other focus has been working with diverse students. He is a retired tax partner and regional tax leader for the Philadelphia tax services group at Baker Tilly US LLP (formerly Baker Tilly Virchow Krause).

In this session, we will discuss the importance of leadership from the top to improve diversity across the profession. Many state societies have developed programs to help firms launch a D&I initiative, notably to support partners looking to drive change. An effective D&I strategy requires buy-in and leadership support. Julius has a unique perspective on the role of leadership in driving change. We hope you join the conversation!

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine the role of leadership support and buy-in for D&I strategy

  • Identify programs and resources available to support D&I initiatives

  • Identify strategies to support the roll-out of D&I programs

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Julius Green

National Philanthropic Trust
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(888) 878-7900

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Julius Green, CPA, JD, is a recently retired tax partner with the Philadelphia office of the public accounting firm of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. He has held significant leadership roles with Baker Tilly, including a partnership role since 2002. He has been the Philadelphia regional tax leader, the firmwide exempt organization tax leader, and leader of diversity & inclusion efforts in the firm’s eastern region. The firm partners elected him to the Board of Partners in August 2017. 

His other work experience includes 11 years with two international firms and 12 years with two universities.  He is a recognized leader in diversity and inclusion with several strategic roles in leading D&I efforts in the accounting profession. He also has more than twenty years of experience mentoring young professionals, college and high school students in business and accounting career opportunities.

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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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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.