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2021 D&I Symposium: Meet Ekua Mends-Aidoo, Featured Speaker

The BNP is pleased to welcome Ekua Mends-Aidoo, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Evergreen Health 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: Awareness to Practice: Benchmarking DEI through Data & Metrics

Companies who embrace diversity, equity and inclusion have the potential to yield greater work productivity and competitive advantages. Many organizations have taken the initial first steps to educate themselves on the importance of DEI, but many are asking, now what? Implementing a mechanism to track progress and results can be a challenge when there is so much work to be done, but it is imperative to the success of your diversity initiative.  

Presentation Highlights

  • Learn how DEI scorecards and dashboards can help your organization stay on track with its overall diversity and inclusion strategy  
  • Lay the foundation on how you can use an equity analysis framework to measure progress within your organization 
  • Receive top highlights for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Key Performance Indicators        
D&I Resources, Recommendations, & Inspiration

Book: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, Medical Apartheid by Harriet A. Washington

Person: Dave Ciliberto | LinkedIn

Podcast: Black Gems Dive In Podcast

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

“Start where you are. The abundance of work in the DEI space can seem daunting, but it’s all about chipping away a little at a time. Pick a few areas and initiatives that you’d like to make more equitable this year and find people who will collaborate with you to see them through.” 

BIO:

Ekua Mends-Aidoo serves as the Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer for Evergreen Health. She has over 13 years of experience working with municipal government, non-profit and healthcare organizations. She has been responsible for implementing Evergreen Health’s Three-Year Racial Equity Action Plan and Health Equity Taskforce. She also creates equitable policies, communications and programs that align with organizational strategic goals and vision, especially in diverse and underserved populations. She has been instrumental in shaping workplace cultures with an emphasis on maintaining employee engagement through strategic analytics and program design.  

Mends-Aidoo is the Principal Consultant for Clementine Gold Group, a consulting firm specializing in diversity, equity, inclusion and community engagement. She has extensive management experience with a focus on creating effective teams. Building relationships with employees and advocating for equitable support and change is a major highlight of her work. A 2014 graduate of Leadership Buffalo’s Rising Leaders, Mends-Aidoo is also a member of the Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals and the Emerging Philanthropists of Color.  

Ekua earned a bachelor’s in exercise science and health & wellness from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in public administration from Hilbert College. Most recently Ekua earned a certification as a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional (CCDP) from Cornell’s ILR School. In 2020, Ekua was recognized with Buffalo Business First’s inaugural I.D.E.A Award (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Awareness) highlighting her work in the diversity and inclusion space. Originally from Syracuse, NY, she moved to Buffalo in 2004. To both practice self-care and increase her understanding of and respect for different cultures and life perspectives, Mends-Aidoo enjoys international travel.  

 

 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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