Meet Our Founder
Jenna Ortiz (she/her/hers/ella) is a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practitioner, coach, operational strategist, and systems guru. She's a skillful facilitator who leads with empathy, vulnerability, and real-life experience. DEI relies on a balance between acknowledging individuals' shared humanity and being able to navigate discomfort and accountability when harm has been done. Jenna does this masterfully, creating an environment that allows all individuals to show up fully to engage in this work. She has extensive in-person and virtual facilitation experience and understands what's needed to support participants in both spaces. She has consulted for many organizations, big and small, private and public. These have ranged from non-profits, tech organizations, academia, advocacy organizations, and more. She brings a wealth of experience to all of her projects and understands that every organization enters its DEI journey from a unique place, and no two projects are the same.
In addition to DEI facilitation and strategy support, Jenna is a Certified Professional Diversity Coach (CPDC). She understands that in order for intentional organizational change to be successful, organizational leaders must undergo their own individual DEI and identity journeys. Jenna is skilled and equipped to support them with her coaching practice. As a CPDC, Jenna relies on empowerment coaching techniques to dismantle barriers that prevent leaders from moving forward, and empowering them with the tools to be strong, empathetic leaders within their organizations and communities.
Reflection and clarity are critical pillars of Dynamic Transformations. These pillars guide Jenna's continuous learning journey, as she feels a true DEI practitioner never stops learning. She received her Bachelors of History, focusing on International Social Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Her final thesis titled "The War on Drugs & The Systemic Incarceration of African American Men" focused on how legislation and domestic policy passed to combat drug use systemically incarcerated African American men at disproportionately higher rates than that of their White counterparts. Jenna went on to obtain her Masters of Arts in International Affairs from The New School Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, with a focus on governance and human rights, and development. Her research areas included religious colonialism in Africa, trade agreements' impact on health equity, and policy comparisons on children's rights. As education is a deep passion of hers, Jenna continues to engage in learning and development. Part of her learning journey has been completing the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace and the Ethical and Inclusive Leadership Certificates from the University of South Florida's Muma College of Business. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Leadership through the Forbes School of Business and Technology at the University of Arizona Global Campus.
Values That Guide Us
Defined as being able to understand and share another's feelings, empathy guides much of the learning that Dynamic Transformations does. We work to build empathetic leaders at all levels of an organization. Empathetic leaders have improved communication, are more productive and innovative, and are more positively reviewed by their peers, managees, and managers. We believe to truly move forward on your diversity, equity, and inclusion journey building empathy for others is a critical skill that must be honed.
HONESTY & TRANSPARENCY
Too often we find organizational leaders are afraid to be open, honest, and transparent with their colleagues about the hard work of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Often in their attempt to shield others from something they perceive as "bad," they in turn open up room for interpretation and assumption, which can lead to distrust and disinvestment. We believe having open and honest conversations about DEI across the organization fosters deeper investment and sets a foundation of transparency that everyone can rely on, refer back to, and hold themselves accountable to.
Cultural humility calls upon us to commit to the process of self reflection and self examination about one's own beliefs and values, as we work to understand others'. At Dynamic Transformations, we believe practicing cultural humility allows us to lean into empathetic leadership, vulnerability, and learning. It requires historical awareness and understanding of how certain beliefs and values have been formed, impacted, and perpetuated over time. It requires us to be open to making mistakes, questioning what we thought we knew and understood, and humbling ourselves for learning.