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Diversity & Inclusion One-on-One: We Are Not Uncomfortable Enough


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateMay 28, 2021
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaSpecialized Knowledge
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

Have "uncomfortable conversations" become too comfortable? Is the passion and push for a racial reckoning fading? Are we at risk of sliding back into complacency? Join us for a conversation with Eric Pierre, CPA, CEO, Owner, and Principal of Pierre Accounting in Austin, TX as we discuss these questions and far more!

As the conversation in race continues, Eric isn’t afraid to be vocal, speak up, push back and challenge the status quo. He believes in speaking boldly and loudly, even if that means pushing someone out of their comfort zone. He isn’t willing to sit back and let uncomfortable conversations become too comfortable. In his own words, “For some of you, you might not know what to say, and that is okay. This is a fight that must be taken on day by day.”

In this session, Eric will tell us more about “the fight” he is referring to, why it is important to elevate to “bold” from just uncomfortable conversations, and why these conversations are especially important within the accounting industry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the business imperative of diversity within the accounting industry

  • Understand challenges of navigating sensitive issues and uncomfortable topics

  • Explore the social norms and workplace cultures that hinder progress in D&I

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Eric Pierre

Pierre Accounting
(512) 900-8293


Eric is the founder, CEO, Owner, and Principal of Pierre Accounting. Eric has worked in accounting, tax, finance, and audit since 2003. He specializes in Advanced Tax Strategies, Financial Planning and Analysis, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate, and Forensic Auditing for our clients. Prior to starting Pierre Accounting in 2015, Eric worked for various Fortune 500 companies including Deloitte & Touche, McDermott, Abbott Laboratories and Team Industrial Services. His corporate experience gave him exposure to doing business all over the world, including Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and The Caribbean with a focus on the following industries: Energy, Power, E&P, Power, EPC, and Pharmaceuticals. It was in his corporate experience where he got to experience working with diverse teams, something he has carried on into building his team at Pierre Accounting.

Eric graduated with a Master of Professional Accountancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy, with honors, from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Eric earned his Certified Public Accountant Licenses with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and California Board of Accountancy on May 16, 2006, and August 15, 2017 respectively. Eric is also a second-generation CPA in his own family as his father was a licensed CPA with the State of New York.

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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.

About Our Sponsor

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.