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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 2022, more than 800 people registered.

 

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Diversity & Inclusion Assessment:

2020 Report

Originally undertaken in 2020,  the WNY D&I Community Assessment will be repeated in 2022 to understand the changes that have occurred in D&I in WNY in the last two years.

Read the 2022 press release here>

Take the 2022 Assessment> (link open July 18 to Aug. 14, 2022)

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Minority Business Initiative:

MBI Fact Sheet

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

PLATINUM SPONSORS

SILVER SPONSORS

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Thank you to our D&I Symposium Sponsors

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From the Blog

2022 D&I Symposium Rhonda Frederick

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Rhonda Frederick, Featured Speaker

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | Apr 13, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Rhonda Frederick, CEO of People Inc. 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&ISymposium Natalia Rice

2022 D&I Symposium: Meet Natalia Rice, Featured Speaker

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | Apr 11, 2022

The BNP is pleased to welcome Natalia Rice, Chief Equity Officer, New View Alliance 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: Meet Anna-Lesa Calvert, Featured Speaker

By cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | 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 cciccarelli@thepartnership.org | 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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