According to the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s 2018 Member Pulse Report, half of those who responded to our annual member survey said they struggle to achieve a diverse workforce. We hope our upcoming Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, hosted with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, will help employers launch or advance diversity and inclusion initiatives.
We’re profiling the best practice experts who will share their experience and offer real-world advice at the Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, which is set for June 10 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Click here to get tickets for yourself or for a group. Hurry—the early bird ticket rate is good only through May 29.
Meet Greg Hodge
Greg Hodge has filled many roles throughout his career. Consultant, community leader, attorney, minister, musician, strategist, meeting designer, facilitator and coach, to name a few. Whatever the role, Greg’s focus is always on sparking transformative change.
Today in his role as an organizational development consultant at Khepera Consulting in Oakland, CA, Greg helps people and organizations strategically think, connect, and act in the relationships that will affect such change. He works with a range of groups, from small non-profits and foundations to public agencies, with a particular emphasis on school districts. Most recently, he served as lead consultant on the Equal Voice for America’s Families Campaign—an initiative of the Marguerite Casey Foundation—and the 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys, two national initiatives.
Greg is a social change activist who is highly regarded in the Oakland area. The Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN) once named him one of its community heroes. “As a member of this vibrant East Bay community, I have worked to help define and implement equity practice in the space for boys and men of color, especially in regard to quality education as a right,” he said at a recent PLAN event.
Business takes action.
Greg applies his expertise in implementing equity practice to the business community, including serving nine years on Workforce Investment Board in the City of Oakland. He is co-author of a resource guide for businesses in organizations to help in the analysis of policies, practices and programs for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion.
At the upcoming Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, Greg will speak about building an inclusive workplace culture and how to create an action plan for an inclusive workforce. In general, according to Greg’s resource guide, creation of an organization’s action plan will include steps such as:
- Making the case for diversity and inclusion
- Crafting policy
- Implementing operational practice
- Implementing programmatic practice
- Monitoring for accountability
Whether you work as a business owner, manager, HR director, or community leader, diversity and inclusion is among the most important areas for advancing and growing your organization. Greg will offer key insights and strategies for creating an inclusive workplace environment to help you get started or improve your organization’s current practices.
Attend the Diversity & Inclusion Symposium
The business case for diversity and inclusion is clear. What isn’t so clear is the roadmap for getting started. Learn how at the Diversity & Inclusion Symposium, Buffalo Niagara’s premier event on the topic. Delivering the keynote address is Mary-Frances Winters, a renowned expert in the field who has worked with organizations like Disney, Pixar, LinkedIn, Twitter, Domino’s, SunTrust, Kaiser Permanente, and Ingersoll Rand. You’ll also hear from best practice experts and corporate leaders in diversity and inclusion. Individual and group tickets are available, along with the option to book a room at the nearby Hyatt Regency Buffalo.