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.
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.