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Diversity & Inclusion 1-On-1: Understanding Identities


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateOctober 29, 2021
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

Join us for a conversation with Sacha Thompson, Founder of The Equity Equation, LLC. With 20 years in the industry, Sacha teaches and advises DEI practitioners who support underrepresented professionals and the companies they work for. She helps her clients better understand how to transcend biases in the workplace, resulting in a more inclusive environment where all team members and populations feel heard, connected, and valued. Sacha will be joining us to talk about how we begin to explore who we are as individuals and how that impacts how we show up with others. We hope you join the conversation!

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline the visible and non-visible components of individual identity

  • Define how identity influences beliefs, values, and assumptions regarding diversity

  • Recognize diversity, dynamics, and variety within different cultural identities

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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.


Sacha Thompson is the founder of The Equity Equation, LLC, a diversity coaching and consulting firm based in the Washington, DC area.  With nearly 20 years of experience within the education, non-profit and tech industries, Sacha has seen the challenges faced by executives with good intentions struggling to make decisions around diversity. Where executives are motivated to do the ‘right thing’ when it comes to DEI but may be hindered by their own biases and fears. She’s also seen, and experienced, the damage endured by BIPOC employees when they are not centered/valued in their company’s DEI efforts.

Sacha’s work is about removing barriers or providing support in order to get to a place of equality. She helps executives and leaders have that important dialogue, and coach them to the necessary, long-term changes that develop institutional cultures of DEI.

Sacha received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology concentrating on Cultural Diversity & Ethnicity and a Masters in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from The College of William and Mary. Also, she has acquired her Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University where she focused on management and marketing.

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.