Since March, my thoughts and actions have revolved almost entirely around the impact of COVID-19 on our region, our employers and citizens. And while the state of our new reality has felt overwhelming at times, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has stepped up to assist in a meaningful way. Our goal to provide up–to–date, clear, concise and trusted information to employers continues to drive our daily work and the appreciation of the business community has kept the BNP team motivated and moving forward.
If you are a member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, you get it. Providing a diverse and inclusive workplace continues to grow in importance for every type of employer.
“Generating a diverse set of possible solutions is not enough. The group must be able to distinguish good solutions from the bad.”
It was the last meeting of the year for the Partnership’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, but this was no wrap-up session. Instead, the focus was on what’s next for the Council in 2019.
Each year, the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is given to an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence in their career and devotion to improving the community through serving as role models for other young women.
Harmac Medical Products, a contract manufacturer of single-use medical devices, employs over 400 people in a neighborhood on Buffalo’s east side. Harmac is a member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and CEO John Somers sits on our board of directors. Recently, John spoke at our Maximizing the Value of Diversity & Inclusion event about the importance of community in attracting and retaining a dedicated workforce.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” That is the message Marc Burt has for employers looking to create diverse and inclusive workplaces. Burt – a former vice president of Inclusion and Diversity at Honda North America – shared his experience and expertise as the keynote speaker at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Maximizing the Value of Diversity event earlier this month. In addition to Burt, a crowd of more than 125 people heard from topic experts and business leaders who have made diversity and inclusion a priority for their company.
A former executive with one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world is part of the Executive in Residence team working with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. The Partnership’s Executive in Residence program is designed to give our economic councils additional subject matter expertise by providing more insight and leadership from industry veterans with years of experience. The Partnership is now pleased to announce a new Executive in Residence for the Diversity & Inclusion Council.