Remember when working remotely generally meant working at a space different from your assigned location—such as your client's office, a conference, or another office? Today, remote work has become a business model, not a descriptor of where someone is working on any given day. And this model has a mix of modalities: full-time work from home (WFH), full-time work in the office (WIO), or a hybrid of WFH and WIO. With so many different combinations of remote work, it can be challenging for organizations to foster an environment where colleagues feel connected and engaged with their colleagues and the organization.
In this session, we will look at key elements of workplace culture and how they are impacted by the remote work model. We will revisit what inclusion means and explore strategies for strengthening workplace relationships that foster a sense of connectedness and belonging in a remote environment.
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.