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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is committed to creating awareness about the competitive advantage of having a diverse, equitable, and inclusive regional business climate through employer education, talent recruitment, and procurement.

The benefits of a diverse, equitable, and 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.

TEMP-bnp DEI Executive Exchange
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Executive Exchange:

Small, peer-to-peer, professionally facilitated groups for Senior Level Executives who are actively implementing DEI programs in their organization.  Where leaders can comfortably meet, share experiences, and resolve D&I challenges in a confidential setting.

 

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TEMP-bnp DEI Symposium
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Symposium:

The premier event for DEI in the Buffalo Niagara region. Our Symposium is presented annually to empower organizations to come together to learn how to start, continue, or accelerate DEI efforts. In 2022, we had more than 800 registrants, who signed onto our advanced virtual platform from within Buffalo Niagara and beyond.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Assessment:

Originally undertaken in 2020,  the WNY DEI 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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From the Blog

Collaborate on inclusive leadership with the D&I Executive Exchange

By communications@thepartnership.org | Sep 15, 2022

The BNP’s Diversity & Inclusion Executive Exchange provides a unique, peer-to-peer forum for leaders to collaboratively share skills and strategies in D&I practices.  Designed specifically for senior leaders with the highest level of responsibility for D&I initiatives, the program is facilitated by our expert in residence Sesha Yalamanchili. 

Cultural humility. The term may be unfamiliar, but it is a critical component to any organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

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BNP’s Minority Business Initiative: Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities –

By communications@thepartnership.org | Sep 15, 2022

The Minority Owned Business Initiative (MBI) is entering its second year in 2023.  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.

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Understanding Cultural Humility

By communications@thepartnership.org | Sep 15, 2022

Anna-Lesa Calvert to present during D&I Virtual Learning Series

Cultural humility. The term may be unfamiliar, but it is a critical component to any organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

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Will your organization win the war for talent? 

By communications@thepartnership.org | Aug 1, 2022

There are more jobs open than there are available people to fill them and so the odds are that organizations that have incredible cultures and work practices will win the war for talent.

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