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Diversity & Inclusion 1-on-1: Let’s Talk about the Pipeline


Course Description

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!


Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the business case for and implications of diversity and inclusion in the accounting profession

  • Determine how organizations and student programs impact diversity in accounting

  • List programs to improve diversity recruiting efforts

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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.


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.

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.