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Diversity & Inclusion

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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

Thank You to Our D&I Executive Council Sponsors

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Thank you to our D&I Symposium Sponsors

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From the Blog

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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