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The Language of D&I: How to Talk About It With Confidence


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateOctober 5, 2021
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

Cultivating inclusion and fostering belonging requires everyone to be comfortable speaking openly and authentically about a range of topics such as equity and fairness, gender and gender identity, disability, racial and ethnic differences, and more. There is no shortage of seminars, books, blogs, and YouTube videos touting the power of candor, empathy, self-awareness, and authenticity in the context of D&I. But learning to speak with confidence, particularly when it comes to uncomfortable topics or sensitive issues can be challenging if you aren't even sure which terms are correct, acceptable or even appropriate.

Talking comfortably about diversity and inclusion starts with understanding the language of equity, belonging, and inclusion.

This program looks at the terminology associated with the practice of diversity, equity and inclusion. We will discuss the importance of understanding the implications, nuance and risk associated with language used to discuss D&I in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the link between diversity and performance

  • Define terminology using in the practice of D&I

  • Give examples of how language can support or hinder efforts to foster inclusion

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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.

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.