Join us for a conversation with Herschel Frierson, Chairman of the Board at the National Association of Black Accountants, Managing Director in the consulting group at Crowe, and recently named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting according to Accounting Today.
In this session, moderated by Jina Etienne, we will discuss the diversity of the accounting pipeline and NABA’s mission to bridge the opportunity gap for black professionals. Although 13% of the U.S. population is black, only 1% of partners in CPA firms are black. An essential part of closing this gap is the student pipeline. We’ll talk with Herschel about these challenges, opportunities for improvement, and ideas for how you can get involved to make a difference. We hope you join the conversation!
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.
Herschel Frierson is the 27th Chairman of the Board of Directors with the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and is a lifetime member. Herschel was recently named by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. In the past, Herschel Frierson served as a National Director with NABA, the Chair of Organizational Effectiveness and Personnel. He has also chaired Membership, where he focused on Student and Professional Membership Development and Growth. Herschel has served as the Central Region President for NABA, Chairman of the Audit Committee for NABA, and Chairman of the National Ethics Committee. He also served as a member of the Audit Committee, secretary to the Central Region, and served in various capacities for the Central Region Student Conference and Indianapolis Chapter President.
Herschel has also been involved with Big Brothers of Indianapolis, Center for Leadership Development, Academy of Finance, 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee Member; NFL Community Impact. Herschel is a proud graduate of Butler University and a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc.