Skip to content

2023 DEI Symposium: Meet Rachel Parrino, Speaker

Blog Categories

May 1, 2023

The BNP is pleased to welcome Rachel Parrino, CDP, Founder, Parrino Consulting, as a speaker for the 2023 DEI Symposium. as a speaker for the 2023 DEI Symposium.

We will be helping you get to know each presenter, panelist, and moderator in the weeks ahead, leading up to the 6th Annual DEI Symposium on June 1st – get your tickets here.

2023 DEI Symp blog-Rachel Parrino

Presentation Highlights (what can the audience expect to learn or take away?):

In this session, we will define terminology & concepts, clarify differences between sex & gender, explore complexities of gender-expansive identities & sexuality, and identify ways to create welcoming & affirming spaces.

D&I Resources, Recommendations, & Inspiration

  • Book: Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon (also on socials)
  • Other Media (podcast, show, social, publication): Pride Center of WNY
  • Advice to someone starting or continuing on their D&I journey: Understand your privilege. Listen and do your homework. Speak up, but never over. Admit when you make a mistake, then make amends, and learn to do better. Remember that ally is a verb - you have to do the work.


More about Rachel:

Rachel Parrino, CDP (she/her), is the founder of Parrino Consulting, through which she consults on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging with a specialty in LGBTQ+ issues. She is also a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Administrator at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds Certified Diversity Professional credentials through the Society for Diversity. Previously, she oversaw engagement and education with the Pride Center of Western New York.

Rachel is a native Western New Yorker and a graduate of the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. While attending UB, she became involved with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance (LGBTA), where she held the presidency for two years. She began educational and supportive programming and became a founding student representative of the university's Diversity Committee and was named to the list of ‘Top Ten Leaders at UB’. She was honored with the Trailblazer Award as an alumnus. Rachel is also a Georgetown University Fellow after completing the 2018 McCourt School of Public Policy, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Executive Certificate in Supporting LGBTQ Youth with the Erie County team.

You can also find her working behind the scenes with the Brazen-Faced Varlets, a local women’s theater company, facilitating diversity workshops with the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York (NFJC of WNY), or at the park with her springer doodle, Maggie.


2023 DEI Symposium Microsession: LGBTQIA+ in the Workplace

Learn how to utilize more inclusive and affirming language addressing employee pronouns and gender identity with tools and resources to enhance the workplace culture.

Presenter: Rachel Parrino, Founder, Parrino Consulting


Attend the 2023 DEI Symposium

Our 6th Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium will feature national experts on D&I sharing their knowledge on subjects such as building an inclusive culture, and the best practices, cultural assessments, and dimensions of diversity.

KEYNOTE: Sandra Quince, Paradigm for Parity CEO, Bank of America Leader on Loan

This event will feature workshops and break-out sessions with actionable next steps for attendees to take away.

Thursday, June 1, 2023
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT
Register to Attend Here
See Full Event Details & Agenda Here

Related Posts

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Announces 2022 ATHENA Award® Individual Finalists

By growthzone | March 25, 2022

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to announce the individual finalists for the 2022 ATHENA Awards®. The awards recognize contributions made by women leaders that show professional excellence and advance the status of women throughout the Buffalo Niagara region.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Announces 2022 ATHENA Organizational Award® Finalists 

By growthzone | March 21, 2022

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to announced the Organizational Award Finalists for the 31st Annual ATHENA Awards.

Introducing Minority-Owned Business Initiative Participant: Strickly Business Safety Solutions, LLC

By growthzone | March 3, 2022

Darrin Strickland is the founder and CEO of Strickly Business Safety Solutions, LLC, a Buffalo-based company providing health and safety preparedness programs and services to clients across New York State. From authorized and certified CPR/AED training and workplace emergency preparedness, to defensive driving courses and babysitter certification, Strickland and his staff help businesses, schools, and individuals be safe and be ready in critical situations.

Introducing Minority-Owned Business Initiative Participant: Kiper Moving and Transportation

By growthzone | February 22, 2022

Deidre Batson Griggs is president of Kiper Moving and Transportation, a company she founded with her husband Dante that offers a full range of residential and commercial moving services, including long-distance and international moving.