Thursday, October 25, 2018 – Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 12:00pm – 4:30pm

Women's Leadership Summit

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11:30 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.

Registration and Networking


12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Presentation of Women to Watch Awards


1:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Networking Break and Dessert Buffet


1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

The Authenticity Paradox – Why It Takes Courage to “Be Yourself

Jina Etienne, CPA, CGMA, director, Diversity & Inclusion, Grant Thornton LLP

We’ve all heard the importance of “being yourself” or authenticity in today’s lingo. There is no shortage of seminars, books, blogs and YouTube videos touting its power. Being authentic isn’t always quite simple; it’s a mix of skills, attributes and qualities that come naturally to some but not to all. Fortunately, not only can it can be learned, it can be leveraged as a marketplace differentiator. 

 In her session, Jina will talk candidly about her 26-year career in public accounting and how she learned to elevate her business – and her client’s businesses – above the crowd by being herself. She’ll share stories and lessons that helped her understand the importance and value of authenticity, curiosity and individuality, and how she fueled it to grow her personal brand. In addition, she’ll explore how you can think differently about inclusion and adaptability, and how you can tap into the power of your authenticity.



3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Networking Break


3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Managing Scope: The Art of Saying No

Jennifer Wilson, ConvergenceCoaching, LLC

 Are you challenged with managing priorities that seem to change daily? Do you say “Yes” when you would prefer to say “No” in order to not disappoint others? During her session, Jennifer will discuss how to develop strategies for tackling the “right” work-to-do list items. Topics of discussion include:

  • Identifying where to focus to further your firm’s strategic plan;
  • Defining and gaining buy-in on your priorities annually and throughout the year;
  • Managing expectations and proactively keeping others informed;
  • Communicating to manage expectations, ask for help and reprioritize; and
  • Rationalizing the need for more resource and delegating.



This conference qualifies for the Workforce Training Express Fund program. The course code for this program is 1116346 Click here for more details:



Jina Etienne

Jina Etienne

Jina Etienne, CPA, CGMA is director of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Grant Thornton LLP, where she is responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s national D&I strategy. In her role, she partners with firm leaders and collaborates across business lines to create, promote and implement D&I initiatives and programs. Prior to her role at Grant Thornton LLP, Etienne was principal consultant at EtiennePartners and the president & CEO of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA).

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Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson is co-founder and partner of ConvergenceCoaching, LLC and a frequent speaker, writer and thought leader on topics related to leadership, the rise of the next generation and managing change within the CPA profession. Named as one of Accounting Today’s 100 Most Influential People in Accounting, INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 10 Most Recommended Consultants and Practicing CPA’s Top 25 Thought Leaders and Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting, Wilson is an experienced change agent who has worked in both public accounting and industry.

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This course is 4.00 credits

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