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 advance best practices to create a culture of inclusion and grow the economy for all.

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Our mission includes:
  • Identify barriers that limit inclusion by offering trainings to assist employers with diversity hiring and cultural understanding in the workplace
  • Promote diversity in businesses practices, including local bids and procurement processes
  • Raise awareness of the competitive advantages of diversity through best practice sharing and development of a resource guide for employers
  • 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:

Best Practices & Learning

  • Competitive advantages of diversity
  • Best practices in overcoming hurdles and creating a company culture that embraces and fosters diversity
  • Data, sample programs, policies and tools to assist businesses in diverse hiring

Initiative Engagement

  • Racial equity impact training for Council members

Signature Event

  • Diversity & Inclusion Council Kickoff
Council content designed and facilitated in partner with:

Partnership Staff
Laura Smith

Laura Smith
Vice President, Economic Development
716-541-1741
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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:
Evans Bank
Independent Health
KeyBank
Northwest Bank
Verizon
Wegmans
SUPPORTING SPONSORS:
  • BOND, SCHOENECK AND KING PLLC
  • BUFFALO CITY MISSION
  • BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY LIBRARY
  • EVERGREEN HEALTH
  • HURWITZ & FINE, PC
  • UNIVERSITY PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

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