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 Academy:
Designed for business leaders and their staff who understand the benefits of a D&I strategy and are interested in starting or improving a D&I initiative in their organization. This is a comprehensive 2-month, 4 class program for attendees to build a strong foundation in D&I.
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 2021, more than 800 people registered.
Diversity & Inclusion Assessment:
To better inform our work in this area, the Partnership developed and deployed the WNY D&I Community Assessment. Originally undertaken in 2020, the assessment will be repeated in 2022 to understand the changes that have occurred in D&I in WNY in the last two years. To learn more, visit our web page HERE.
From the Blog
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 weeksRead More
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&IRead More
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 AnnualRead More
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 AnnualRead More