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2024 DEI Symposium

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2024 DEI Symposium

Thursday, June 13, 2024 (8:30 AM - 1:00 PM) (EDT)


Our 7th Annual DEI Symposium will be held on June 13 at The Atrium at Rich’s – returning to in-person for the first time since 2019!

Be a part of this milestone in-person event as the BNP unveils the results of the 2024 Employing DEI in WNY Assessment,  a benchmark for evaluating progress and best practices among employers in our region. Get ready for an enriching half-day Symposium filled with insights from DEI thought leaders in Buffalo Niagara, a nationally recognized keynote speaker, and engaging peer-to-peer knowledge sharing sessions.  

We're excited to welcome regional leaders to share their perspectives on the 2024 Employing DEI in WNY Assessment. Our panel will discuss organizational best practices and innovative approaches.

DEI Assessment Panelists:

  • Chantele Campbell, Chief Health Equity Officer, BestSelf Behavioral Health
  • Ed Moore, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Rich Products Corp.
  • Rene Petties-Jones, President, National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC)
  • Tom Quatroche, PhD. President and CEO, Erie County Medical Center

    Moderated By:
  • Kenya Hobbs, Director, Community Engagement & Equity Initiatives, BNP

Keynote Address: Reimagining DEI: Innovative Approaches for a Changing Society
Keynote Speaker Maggie Rivera will equip attendees with the tools to build an actionable and sustainable DEI movement that can withstand the test of time. Join us to learn how to make DEI a powerful force and strategic imperative within your organization.

Impact Chat Peer Learning Circles
DEI Impact Chat Topics for Discussion:

  • Remote Work Inclusivity
  • Affirmative Action Under Attack.
  • Transgender Inclusion
  • All Star Allyship Programs
  • A.I.’s Impact on DEI
  • Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace
  • Gender Equality Strategies: Empowering Balance
  • Accessible Workplace Design: Infrastructure for All
  • Inclusive Communication: The Importance of Language in the workplace
  • How to be an Inclusive Leader: Practices for Diverse Success
  • An Intersectional Approach to Decision Making 
  • Attracting Underrepresented Talent 
  • Building a Culture of Belonging
  • Exploring DEI Fatigue 
  • How to Have an Uncomfortable Conversation

    Full Agenda
      8:30 am - Registration, networking, continental breakfast
      9:15 am - Results of the Employing DEI in WNY Community Assessment
    10:00 am - DEI Assessment Panel
    10:45 am - Break
    11:00 am - Impact Chat: Peer Learning Circles
    12:00 pm - Break
    12:15 pm - Keynote Address and Lunch


For SHRM HR professionals, this series is valid for a total of  3.5 PDC for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. 1 credit per session

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


May 10th is the last day for Early Bird Pricing!
Save $25 off of each Individual ticket listed below. 
$200 off a table of 8

Member Individual: $175

Non - Member Individual: $275

Table of 8: $1400 

Rich Products Corp.

Buffalo, NY 14213 United States

Rich's Atrium

Event Contact
Charlene Janiga
(716) 541-1770
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Thursday, June 13, 2024 (8:30 AM - 1:00 PM) (EDT)

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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SHRM Credits

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has officially been named an authorized Recertification Provider by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). With this certification, participants in our qualified educational trainings and other HR-related programming will now have the opportunity to receive Professional Development Credits (PDCs).

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