Diversity & Inclusion
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is committed to creating awareness about the competitive advantage of having a diverse and inclusive regional business climate through employer education, talent recruitment and procurement.
The benefits of a diverse & inclusive workforce are well known and include enhanced innovation, increased competitive advantage, higher employee engagement and improved talent attraction and retention.
However, recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce continues to be a major challenge and priority for our members. In response to our members’ needs, we have created several programs designed to advance best practices and enable employers to leverage diversity for competitive advantage and promote a workplace culture of inclusion and engagement.
Diversity & Inclusion Executive Exchange:
Small, peer-to-peer, professionally facilitated groups for Senior Level Executives who are actively implementing D&I programs in their organization. Where leaders can comfortably meet, share experiences, and resolve D&I challenges in a confidential setting.
Diversity & Inclusion Symposium:
The premier event for D&I in the Buffalo Niagara region. Our Symposium is presented annually to empower organizations to come together to learn to start, continue, or accelerate D&I efforts. In 2022, more than 800 people registered.
Diversity Equity & Inclusion Assessment:
Originally undertaken in 2020, the WNY DE&I Community Assessment has been released with updated data that indicates there has been significant progress and interest on behalf of local employers to move past “learning” and into action.
Minority Business Initiative:
This initiative seeks to help break through the barriers that have historically challenged minority business ownership and create a pathway to board membership for participants. By giving minority-owned businesses greater access to BNP’s resources, the program’s underwriters aim to help multiply the participant’s success.
From the Blog
BN360 is proud to present The Art of Storytelling on Friday, September 30th at noon. This virtual webinar will give you the tools to transform the way you connect with people and jump-start your professional development. We sat down with facilitator, Herb Escher, CEO of Dale Carnegie of WNY and the Greater Boston Area to find out why you should attend this event.Read More
The BNP’s Diversity & Inclusion Executive Exchange provides a unique, peer-to-peer forum for leaders to collaboratively share skills and strategies in D&I practices. Designed specifically for senior leaders with the highest level of responsibility for D&I initiatives, the program is facilitated by our expert in residence Sesha Yalamanchili.
Cultural humility. The term may be unfamiliar, but it is a critical component to any organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.Read More
The Minority Owned Business Initiative (MBI) is entering its second year in 2023. This initiative seeks to help break through the barriers that have historically challenged minority business ownership and create a pathway to board membership for participants.Read More