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Diversity & Inclusion 1-On-1: Intentionality


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateFebruary 4, 2022
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaSpecialized Knowledge
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

Join us for a conversation with Alfonzo Alexander, President & CEO of Alexander Success Group, a D&I consulting firm. He is also Chief Ethics and Diversity officer at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Alexander will be joining us to talk about the meaning of intentionality – which he describes as something distinctly different than “good intentions,” particularly as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Specifically, we will talk about how affinity bias impacts those intentions and can undermine our efforts to build inclusive cultures and equitable organizations. We hope you join the conversation!

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify leadership's role in implementing diversity and inclusion

  • Recognize how unconscious bias can create blind spots in our awareness

  • Evaluate the impact of affinity bias on our decision making

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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.

Alfonzo alexander

Alfonzo Alexander serves as chief ethics and diversity officer of NASBA and President of NASBA’s Center for the Public Trust (CPT). As chief ethics and diversity officer, he oversees strategic diversity initiatives and ethics compliance for the organization, while facilitating a number of special projects working with the CEO. In his role as CPT President, Mr. Alexander oversees this ethics and leadership organization’s day-to-day operations and a growing number of CPT programs. Under his leadership, the CPT has cultivated new partnerships and built programs on nearly 100 college and university campuses across the United States, established Ethical Leadership Certification and Training Programs, and grown it's Being a Difference Award Program extensively. Prior to being named CPT president in January 2012, Mr. Alexander served as a staff director and vice president of the CPT and later chief relationship officer for NASBA. Prior to joining NASBA in 2006, Mr. Alexander served as regional manager and managing director for the Southeast region of INROADS, Inc., where he led operations and business development in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Before joining INROADS, he held several leadership positions in operations management and human resources at the Quaker Oats Company. Currently, Mr. Alexander is the vice chairman of the PhD Project board of directors and serves on the audit and executive committees of the board of directors for the Memorial Foundation. He holds a B.S. degree in business administration with an emphasis on human resources management from Tennessee Tech University, and an M.B.A. degree from Lipscomb University. 

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.