2021 D&I Symposium: Meet Michael Weiner, Featured Speaker

The BNP is pleased to welcome Michael Weiner, President & CEO, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County 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

The 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge has been implemented in dozens of markets across the country and we are asking the Western New York Community to join us in developing a deeper understanding of how racism and inequity affect our lives and our community. 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 more about the Challenge and how they can get involved.      


Michael Weiner was appointed President and CEO of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County in July of 2009. United Way’s mission is to “bring people, organizations and resources together to create systemic community change” and Michael leads the organization’s efforts in raising and investing millions of dollars each year – nearly $19 million in 2020 – to address pressing local health and human service priorities in Education, Financial Stability, and Health & Wellness. Beyond fundraising and with assets over $30 million, United Way engages the community in planning, advocacy and volunteer service engagement to help ensure that every person in our community has the opportunity to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

Michael formerly served as the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Social Services from 2004-2009.  In his capacity as Commissioner, he was responsible for the administration of a Department with a budget in excess of $530 million dollars and a workforce of over 1800 individuals. From 2000-2004 he served as the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Mental Health.

In addition, Michael previously held the positions of Director, Deputy Director and Mental Health Program Specialist for the New York State Office of Mental Health Western New York Regional Office. He also served as Program Manager for Inpatient Psychiatry at the Erie County Medical Center, Program Director for the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services, and Coordinator of Clinical Services for Catholic Charities of Western New York.

Michael holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Rehabilitation Counseling from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a Clinical Instructor for SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Psychiatry.

Currently, Michael is a member of the WNED Community Advisory Board, the KeyBank Advisory Committee, the Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business Advisory Council, and the Say Yes To Education Leadership Council. He serves as a member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Board of Directors and is a former Board member of the United Way of NYS. He has been recognized on numerous occasions for his service to the community including the UB School of Management Service to the WNY Community Award, the Mental Health Association’s Hyman Levin Award, the Spirit of Compeer Award, the Community Action Organization Julian B. Dargan Community Service Award, the United Way One Person Award, and the Business First Buffalo C-Level Executives Award.

Michael and his wife Gina have two grown children and three grandchildren and reside in the City of Buffalo.


 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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