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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 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 2022, more than 800 people registered.

 

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Diversity Equity & Inclusion Assessment:

Originally undertaken in 2020,  the WNY DE&I Community Assessment has been released with updated data that indicates there has been significant progress and interest on behalf of local employers to move past “learning” and into action.

Read the 2022 press release here>

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Minority Business Initiative:

MBI Fact Sheet

This initiative seeks to help break through the barriers that have historically challenged minority business ownership and create a pathway to board membership for participants. By giving minority-owned businesses greater access to BNP’s resources, the program’s underwriters aim to help multiply the participant’s success.

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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 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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2022 D&I Symposium - Patrick Keating

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

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | Apr 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.

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2022 D&I Symposium - Kelly Dumas

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Kelly Dumas, Panelist

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | Apr 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.

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