Diversity & Inclusion Council

Council Overview

The Diversity and Inclusion Council 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 Council seeks to assist employers by advancing best practices to create a culture of inclusion and grow the economy for all. In order to create an inclusive culture, it’s critical that members use a shared language. To that end, each Council member is required to attend the Racial Equity Impact Analysis training. This training ensures that each Council member has a common, foundational understanding of diversity and inclusion from which to approach Council work.

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Our mission includes:
  • Create a diverse and inclusive regional business climate to enhance innovation.
  • The Council achieves its mission by advancing best practices that enable employers to:
    • Leverage diversity for competitive advantage
    • Promote a workplace culture of inclusion and engagement
  • Continue to target Workforce Investment Board resources for training programs matching regional priorities and targeted industry sectors, including:
    • Incumbent worker training
    • On the job training
  • Create professional licensing program for immigrants and refugees
Programming:

The 2019 Council programming is across four topic areas: Human Resources, Communications, Community Commitment, and Procurement. Council members work in groups or Centers of Excellence to develop and advance strategies for each topic area.

  • Human Resources Center of Excellence – people, practices and policies in harmony with the diverse cultures represented in the market and community.
  • Community and Philanthropy Center of Excellence – fair and equitable distribution of company resources benefiting communities in need.
  • Communication Center of Excellence – internal and external messaging intended to convey company commitment, status and progress in the development and maintenance of inclusive & diverse culture.
  • Procurement Center of Excellence – fair and equitable processes for acquisition of goods and services, resulting in a diverse supply chain reflective of the market and community.
Council Expert in Residence:

Partnership Staff
Laura Smith

Laura Smith
Vice President, Economic Development
716-541-1741
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Moyla Halimy
Manager, Workforce Development
716-541-1768
Email

Council Members

  • Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
  • M&T Bank
  • United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
  • Erie County Medical Center Corporation
  • Bank on Buffalo
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • People Inc.
  • Evergreen Health Sevices
  • Buffalo City Mission
  • University Pediatric Dentistry
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Inspired Global Resources
  • Crowley Webb and Associates
  • Elderwood
  • Cannon Design
  • Child & Family Services
  • Buffalo Games, Inc.
  • AAA Western and Central New York
  • Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.
  • Diversified Labor Solutions
  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • PCB Piezotronics Inc. – MTS Systems Coproration
  • Buffalo State, State University of New York
  • Say Yes Buffalo
  • Power Drives, Inc.
  • Erie Community College
  • D’Youville College
  • Northwest Bank
  • Harris Beach, PLLC
  • Evans Bank, N.A.
  • Buffalo Prep
  • Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
  • Independent Health
  • Phillips Lytle LLP
  • Gross Schuman P.C.
  • Tipping Point Communications
  • KeyBank
  • Medaille College
  • Ingram Micro, Inc.
  • The National Federation for Just Communities of WNY
  • Bank of America
  • Trocaire College
  • Seneca Gaming Corporation
Thank You To Our Sponsors
TITLE SPONSORS:
m&t bank
PRESENTING SPONSORS:
Harris Beach
KeyBank
Northwest Bank
Wegmans
SUPPORTING SPONSORS:
  • BOND, SCHOENECK AND KING PLLC
  • BUFFALO CITY MISSION
  • BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY LIBRARY
  • EVERGREEN HEALTH
  • HURWITZ & FINE, PC
  • INDEPENDENT HEALTH

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