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.
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.
Diversity & Inclusion Academy:
Designed for business leaders and their staff who understand the benefits of a D&I strategy and are interested in starting a program in their organization. After this 2-month, 4 class, program attendees will have the foundation needed to create a “strategy workbook” for their workplace.
Diversity & Inclusion Symposium:
Western New York’s first ever Diversity & Inclusion Symposium was presented by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo this past June. National experts on D&I shared their knowledge on subjects such implicit bias, building an inclusive culture, and the best practices for D&I initiative implementation.
Save the date: the second annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium: June 15, 2020 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Diversity & Inclusion Survey:
To better inform our work in this area, the Partnership is developing an extensive Diversity & Inclusion Survey to obtain feedback from both our membership and the business community as a whole. Scheduled for release in March 2020, the survey is designed to provide critical input from a diverse range of businesses and organizations so we can tailor our programming to specific needs of members and employers.