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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.

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.

Thank You to Our D&I Executive Council Sponsors




Thank you to our D&I Symposium Sponsors


From the Blog

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

By | Apr 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.

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

By | Apr 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.

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

By | Apr 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.

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