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D & I Academy

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Getting Started

An instructor-led, peer-supported, virtual Academy for individuals wanting to successfully implement a diversity and inclusion strategy for their organization.

For Academy Participants:

About the Academy

The BNP’s D&I Academy takes your D&I work from ideas to implementation.

Participants from a variety of businesses, industries, and professional services will be welcomed to engage with one another on the critical topics of diversity and inclusion.

Through four instructor-led, peer-supported sessions, participants will discover fundamental knowledge and best practice information to create actionable strategies for their workplace.

What you need to know

Requirements: 

  • Registrants should be a champion for implementing or influencing D&I initiatives at their organizations.

Session Descriptions:

Academy graduates will:

  • Receive a Certificate of completion
  • Be able to develop and explore your top priorities for your diversity & inclusion strategy
  • be eligible for SHRM credit
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For SHRM HR professionals:

This event is valid for a total of 4 PDC for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.
Buffalo Niagara Partnership is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

  • Receive a copy of an instructor-recommended book: The Wake Up: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change by Michelle MiJung Kim

Academy Format

  • The Academy consists of 4 content sessions of 2 hours each
  • Virtual sessions will be held bi-weekly in Winter 2023.
  • Multiple attendees from the same company/organization can participate

The cost of the program:

Members: $699/seat 

Non-Members: $1400/seat 

Meet the Instructors: Ragan & Amos

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Yvonne Minor Ragan, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned, award-winning Educational Leader, Consultant, and co-founder of Ragan & Amos Consulting.

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Antoinette M. Amos, M.A., is a Trainer, Consultant, International Speaker, Author, co-founder of Ragan & Amos Consulting, and DEI Director for Therapists in Tech.

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Benefits of Attending

Each session in the D&I Academy is designed to empower you to get started and to help accelerate your D&I initiatives.

Working in a confidential setting, with a facilitator and peer support, we can help you improve your results.

  • Dig deeper to accurately diagnose and eliminate sources of institutional bias
  • Create accountability and measure and use data to set clear goals for making an impact
  • Establish company-wide objectives to maximize participation and generate support and buy-in throughout the entire organization
  • Examine the cultural practices and norms that need to change to foster better inclusion
  • Look closely at your role as a leader in creating diversity and inclusion – and pinpoint opportunities for greater impact and change

Thanks to our Sponsors

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From the Blog

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Bryan Gill, Panelist

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | June 7, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Bryan Gill, Head of Global Neurodiversity at JP Morgan Chase as a panelist at our 2022D&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 5th Annual D&I Symposium

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Claudine Ewing, Moderator

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | June 1, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Claudine Ewing, Reporter/Anchor at WGRZ-TV as a moderator at our 2022 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 5th Annual D&I Symposium on June 16th –

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Cynthia Bass, Panelist

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | May 25, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Cynthia Bass, CDO, ECMC as a panelist at our 2022 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 5th Annual D&I Symposium on June 16th – get

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Michele Mehaffy, Featured Speaker

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | May 23, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome MIchelle Mehaffy – Community Relations & PR manager, Buffalo Division, Wegmans as a featured speaker at our 2022 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 5th

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Riqueza Feaster, Featured Speaker

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | May 23, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Riqueza (Rique) Feaster, SVP, D&I Executive, Global Employee Networks and Global D&I Awards & Recognition, Bank of America as a featured speaker at our 2022 D&I Symposium: DEI at Work. We will be helping you get to know each presenter, panelist, and moderator in the weeks

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Kim Marino, Panelist

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | May 23, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Kim Marino, Manager, Diversity, Inclusion & Organizational Development, Independent Health as a Panelist at our 2022 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 5th Annual D&I

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet John F. Somers, Panelist

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | May 23, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome John Somers is President and CEO of Harmac Medical Products, Inc., as a panelist at our 2022 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 5th Annual

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Ekua Mends-Aidoo , Featured Speaker

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | May 11, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Ekua Mends-Aidoo, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer for Evergreen Health as a featured speaker at our 2022 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 5th Annual

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Trina Burruss, Featured Speaker

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | May 6, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Trina Burruss, COO, United Way as a featured speaker at our 2022 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 5th Annual D&I Symposium on June 16th

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Rene Petties Jones, Featured Presenter

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | May 6, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Rene Petties Jones, President, National Federation for Just Communities of Western NY as a featured speaker at our 2022 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