The 4th Annual D&I Symposium: DE&I at Work was a virtual half-day event packed with incredible content designed to help you and your organization start, or continue, your D&I journey.
We were thrilled to see the overwhelming engagement from the business community, as over 800 people registered for the event.
Through our continued commitment to advance a more diverse and inclusive business climate, we have made the event content public below. We hope you will join us in this ongoing effort in supporting DE&I at Work.
Angela addressed the idea of DE&I as a journey for business organizations, where some may be further along than others, but where everyone has work to do. She provided guidance on building DE&I infrastructure, setting goals and holding people accountable to make necessary changes at every level of an organization. That includes the CEO and upper management who must lead the journey with the help of the entire team.
Learn about Angela
Overview: Diversity & inclusion (D&I) is a decades-old phenomenon whose evolution has run the gamut from awareness to more recent activism. Today, D&I is more en vogue than ever before, and has been appended to include equity, justice, belonging and the like. Individuals are demanding it, and employers are scrambling to address it. Hear from an executive diversity & inclusion strategist as she discusses the core elements of intentional practices that get results.
REIAT = Racial Equity Impact Analysis Training. It's an important first step towards becoming a trusted organization and creating a culture where individuals of diverse backgrounds feel empowered to grow and thrive in their careers. REIAT training at an organization can set your D&I journey up for the best chance for success, while being a tool that makes the concept of racial equity both actionable and measurable.
REIAT training teaches attendees about the history of inequality, the impact, and tangible actions to use to build towards an equitable culture.
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An interactive session that clarifies the what, why, and how of microaggressions. We examine intent versus impact, identify and define racial and other microaggressions, examine the experience of receiving a microaggression and jointly strategize ways to diminish their prevalence and use. Because microaggressions are not so small after all.
A roundtable discussion on how to build equity through procurement and purchasing in your organization.
Why building an infrastructure to organize DEI efforts is critical to your success and how to do it.
Get insights from the BNP survey: Employing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in WNY: 2020 Western New York Diversity & Inclusion Business Community Assessment, which compiles the sentiments of employers of various sizes and industries throughout WNY.
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Learn about the 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge with the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.
This is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community through shared learning action and growth.
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An enriching discussion on analytics, goal setting, and accountability. Learn what it looks like to set measurable actions that will demonstrate the positive impact of the work being done.
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There are so many ways to get employees engaged - Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Internship Programs - what works and what does not? This session goes over the options to help determine the right answer for your organization.
Meet Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder in Residence at PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing racial and economic equity and working to transform policy making in the United States.
Through her writing, speaking, and leadership, Angela has helped to grow and define a national equity movement focused on innovating and improving public policy with a wide range of partners to ensure access and opportunity for all low-income people and communities of color – particularly in the areas of building an equitable economy, health, housing, transportation, infrastructure, and arts and culture.
She’s a super star in her field, widely recognized and sought after for her experience and knowledge on the issues people are talking about today. She has appeared as a frequent guest and commentator on PBS and CNN, and has contributed to the New York Times and Washington Post, to name just a few. It was our great fortune to engage her as the keynote speaker, where she spoke about the special role business plays in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and why the moment is now to keep moving forward.
Buffalo Niagara Partnership is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.
The D&I Symposium is one of several events that we offer each year that is eligible for SHRM Credit. Please visit our events page for more details.
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