Jina Etienne, CPA, CGMA
Founder & Principal Consultant, Etienne Consulting
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 story-teller and speaks candidly about her experiences, hard lessons and ‘aha’ moments that helped her understand the importance 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.
Other previous roles include:
- Director – Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for Grant Thornton LLC (GT), a national CPA firm. She managed the firm’s D&I team, responsible for developing & implementing GT’s national D&I strategy.
- President & CEO of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA), a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for black professionals in the accounting & finance.
- Director – Taxation at AICPA, where she led the team responsible for developing resources and practice aids for members, and served as the organization’s subject matter expert on tax ethics and practice standards.
- Managing Member, Etienne & Associates, a CPA firm specializing in the needs of small and start-up businesses, and their owners.
In her spare time, she loves puzzles, great coffee and sour gummies. She is a self-declared Peloton groupie (#Mama_Cat) and an a forever hopeful Arsenal fan.