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2023 DEI Symposium: Meet Jody Briandi, Panelist

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May 3, 2023

The BNP is pleased to welcome Jody E. Briandi, President, and Managing Partner Hurwitz Fine PC as a panelist at our 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 D&I Symposium on June 1st – get your tickets here.

2023 DEI Symp blog-Jody Briandi
Presentation Highlights (what can the audience expect to learn or take away?):

How to develop and implement DEI strategies, how to measure success, and how to continue improving and evolving.

D&I Resources, Recommendations, & Inspiration
  • Book: DEI Deconstructed by Lily Zheng
  • Person: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an inspiration and trailblazer in the law on gender equality.
  • Other Media (podcast, show, social, publication): "The Will to Change: Uncovering True Stories of Diversity."
  • Advice for someone starting, or continuing on, their DEI journey: Before you can develop and implement DEI strategies, you need to assess and understand where your organization is on DEI. From there, you can begin to set goals in recruitment and hiring, onboarding, promotion decisions, culture, and environment.  If you have a DEI plan, it's important to assess progress in achieving goals. However, measuring success should be qualitative versus quantitative.
More About Jody:

Jody E. Briandi is President/Managing Partner of Hurwitz Fine P.C. She leads the firm’s Board of Directors and chairs the firm’s Premises Liability, Retail & Hospitality Liability, and School District Litigation practice groups. Jody is an active advocate for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, oversees the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and also frequently speaks and writes on diversity and law firm management best practices.

Locally, she is a member of the Board of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, the Buffalo State University Foundation, and the WNY Women’s Foundation. Nationally, Jody is a member of the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association and the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, where she chairs the law practice management section. Jody is a recipient of the Buffalo Business First Women of Influence – Corporate Executive Award and the C-Level Executive Award and was selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Top 50 Lawyers and Top 25 Women lists. Jody is a 2023 ATHENA Leadership Award honoree.

2023 DEI Symposium Panel: DEI Successes and Challenges at Work

Our panelists, representing small, medium, and large companies, will discuss what has worked and what hasn't worked at their organizations and how attendees can benefit from their challenges and successes.

Moderator: Kenya Hobbs, Director, Community Engagement & Equity Initiatives, Buffalo Niagara Partnership


  • Jody Briandi, President, Managing Partner Hurwitz Fine PC
  • Barbara Strother, Corporate Recruiting Manager for Aleron
  • DeWan Stroud, Chief People Officer, BestSelf Behavioral Health

Attend the 2023 DEI Symposium

Our 6th Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium will feature local and national experts sharing their knowledge on hiring and retention, inclusive leadership, the importance of DEI data, and more.

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

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