2021 D&I Symposium: Meet Cicely Strickland-Ruiz, Featured Speaker

The BNP is pleased to welcome Cicely Strickland-Ruiz, Chief Operating Officer, United Way of Greater Rochester as a featured speaker at our 2021 D&I Symposium: DEI at Work.

We will be helping you get to know each presenter, panelist, and moderator in the weeks ahead, leading up to the 4th Annual D&I Symposium on June 8th – get your tickets here.

2021 D&I Symposium Speaking Topic: 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

Presentation Highlights

  • Through broad community engagement, the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge will increase awareness of critical issues and strengthen our community’s capacity to dismantle all forms of racism.
  • The audience will learn steps to offer a community-wide or organizational challenge.


Cicely Strickland-Ruiz serves as the Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Greater Rochester. With more than 15 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, she has implemented strategies to increase revenue, strengthen customer relationships, and improve business practices. Prior to her role as Chief Operating Officer, Strickland-Ruiz served as Chief Development Officer, leading a team of 20 fundraising professionals to raise more than $30 million annually through corporate giving and individual philanthropy.  

Strickland-Ruiz is on the Steering Committee of the Interrupt Racism Initiative, focused on racial equity and justice, led by the Urban League of Rochester. She also serves as Vice President of the Irondequoit Public Library Board, and is a board member of Leadership Rochester and CGR.  She served on the board of RESOLVE of Greater Rochester as Vice Chair for five years, and is an active member of The Rochester (NY) Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Rochester Women’s Network.  

Strickland-Ruiz earned a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. She is an alumni of the United Way African American Leadership Development Program and Leadership Rochester. A lifelong learner, she credits her parents for instilling the importance of meaningful relationships and strong family values. Strickland-Ruiz resides in West Irondequoit with her husband Orlando and pug Malo.   


 Attend the 2021 D&I Symposium

Our 4th Annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium will feature national experts on D&I sharing their knowledge on subjects such as implicit bias, building an inclusive culture, and the best practices for D&I initiative implementation.

KEYNOTE: Angela Glover Blackwell Founder in Residence at PolicyLink and nationally recognized leading voice in the movement for equity in America.

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

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. EDT
Register to Attend Here

See Full Event Details & Agenda Here


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