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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 Erin O’Brien, Panel Moderator

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | May 4, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Erin O’Brien, Assistant Dean, Chief Enrollment and Marketing Officer, UB School of Management 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 – get your tickets here.

2022 D&I Symposium Glenn Jackson

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Glenn Jackson, featured Speaker

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | May 4, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Glenn Jackson, Chief Diversity Officer, M&T Bank 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 – get your tickets here.

2022 D&I Symposium - Patrick Keating

D&I Symposium: Meet Patrick C. Keating, Panel Moderator

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | April 22, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Patrick C. Keating, WNY Regional President, Five Star Bank as a Panel 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 – get your tickets here.

2022 D&I Symposium - Kelly Dumas

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Kelly Dumas, Panelist

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | April 21, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Kelly Dumas, Chief Operating Officer, BestSelf Behavioral 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 Symposium on June 16th – get your tickets here.

2022 D&I Symposium Rhonda Frederick

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Rhonda Frederick, Featured Speaker

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | April 13, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Rhonda Frederick, CEO of People Inc. 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 – get your tickets here.

2022 D&ISymposium Natalia Rice

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Natalia Rice, Featured Speaker

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | April 11, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Natalia Rice, Chief Equity Officer, New View Alliance 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 – get your tickets here.

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Anna-Lesa Calvert, Featured Speaker

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | April 11, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Anna-Lesa Calvert, Manager of Professional Development and Diversity, Hodgson Russ as a featured speaker at our 2022 D&I Symposium: DEI at Work.

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Karen Andolina Scott, Featured Speaker

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | April 9, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Karen M. Andolina Scott, Esq., MSW – CEO of Journey’s End Refugee Services as a featured speaker at our 2022 D&I Symposium: DEI at Work.

2022 D&I Symposium: Melissa Donaldson – Keynote Sneak Peek

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | April 2, 2022

Meet Melissa Donaldson, our Keynote speaker for the 2022 D&I Symposium. Learn a little about Melissa and her address – Let Inclusion be your guide in this blog.