2021 D&I Symposium: Meet Collin Gehl, Featured Panelist

The BNP is pleased to welcome Collin Gehl, Talent Acquisition & Development Manager, Child & Family Services, and Say Yes Buffalo as a featured panelist 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: What does Success Look Like? Building Strong Diverse Cultures 

Panel Highlights

  • As part of the panel, I will discuss how to recruit diverse candidates, how to build diverse networks, and how to provide support within organizations for employees of color.
D&I Resources, Recommendations, & Inspiration

Person: Tommy McClam, Senior Director of Boys and Men of Color Initiative, Say Yes Buffalo | LinkedIn | Twitter

Other Media: 

  1. Black Gems Dive in Podcast
  2. National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (
  3. Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)

Advice for someone starting, or continuing on their D&I journey:

“This type of work is not easy. It requires that organizations assess and review systems that have been in place for centuries. In order to be effective, there needs to be the spirit of empathy, open-mindedness, and a commitment to change. “Speak into existence what it is that you want to accomplish and it will happen”


Collin Gehl has been with Child & Family Services since 2016. He is currently the Talent Acquisition and Development Manager. In that role, Collin recruits new staff, conducts orientations, and other staff development related training in the agency. In addition, he provides HR support for Say Yes Buffalo. He also sits on the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. Collin will become the first full-time Director of Human Resources at Say Yes Buffalo on July 1, 2021.

Collin has a background in non-profit, being a part of the original staff of the King Center Charter School, but also holding positions at the Buffalo History Museum, the Buffalo Museum of Science and Housing Opportunities Made Equal. Collin has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University at Buffalo and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Medaille College. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association, Tapestry Charter School, and Just Buffalo Literary Center. He is also a member of the Emerging Philanthropists of Color (under the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo) and is an alumnus of Leadership Buffalo (RL ’04).


 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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