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.

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 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.


Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Learning Series:

This 3-part virtual series will feature nationally recognized diversity and inclusion experts as well as local business leaders and will provide expert insight into timely D&I topics.  Series topics & speakers:

9.16.20: Engaging in Bold, Inclusive Conversations®
Mary-Frances Winters, President & CEO of The Winters Group

10.15.20: Moving Toward Racial Equity in the Workplace
Greg Hodge, social change activist & organizational development consultant, Khepera Consulting

11.18.20: Leading with D&I – A Panel Discussion
Sesha Yalamanchili, President & Founder of On The Mark Consulting

Learn More and Register Today

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. 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.

Register Today for the
2nd Annual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

June 8, 2021 | Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Diversity & Inclusion Survey:

To better inform our work in this area, the Partnership developed and deployed the WNY D&I Community Assessment.  To learn more, visit our web page HERE.

Thank You to Our Executive Council Sponsors

Northwest Bank
Verizon Media

Thank You to our Symposium and Virtual Learning Series Sponsors


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