Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Time: 8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton

The Y behind DEI…Your Workforce, Your Bottom Line, Your Business Success

A brand-new, half-day conference focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will take an in-depth look into what a more inclusive community can mean for economic development and beyond. This event will equip you with the tools to take action and make an impact in transforming your workplace and community.

The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce is committed to creating awareness about the competitive advantage of having a diverse and inclusive regional business climate through programs like the DEI Conference.

Event Goals

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”
Mahatma Gandhi

  • This conference is to be an inaugural event to begin the conversation of DEI in our business community.
  • The business community will learn the value of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and community.
  • Business partners will have the resources to kickstart their own DEI Initiatives
  • Attendees will know how to initiate difficult conversations surrounding DEI.
  • Attendees will be able to join the Chamber on this DEI journey and know that they are not alone in this.
  • Attendees will be able to foster partnerships with other companies and organizations to begin the next steps toward DEI initiatives.
  • Will meet local leaders of DEI Initiatives to use as sources of for future planning.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference 2021

2021 Event Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration, Networking

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast, Opening Session, “The Y Behind DEI…Your Workforce,
Your Bottom Line, Your Business Success

KEYNOTE: Sara Taylor

President and Founder, Positive Steps Consulting

Session DescriptionBiography

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.


9:45 – 10:45 a.m

General Session: Policy, Practice and the Realities of
Implementing DEI Organizational Strategies

Presenter: Sady Fischer

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Session DescriptionBiography

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

3 Facilitated Breakout Sessions : How to Engage in Difficult Conversations

Facilitator Group #1:

Lashawn Wiley

Relationship Banker

M&T Bank

Brianna Salazar-Olaiya

Banking Officer| Business Banking Underwriter II

M&T Bank

Facilitator Group #2:

Larry Parham

Chief Executive Officer

CARES (Community Advocates Restoring Educational Standards) Advocates for Families Inc.

Dr. Marguerite Wilson

Assistant Professor, Human Development, College of Community and Public Affairs

Binghamton University

Facilitator Group #3:

Amira Davis

Principal Owner

D5 Consulting Group

Sam Davis

Principal Owner

D5 Consulting Group

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch, Closing Session with Business Panelists – How Execs are
Championing Diversity in the Workplace

Moderated By: Lea Webb

Coordinator, Diversity Education, Binghamton University

Panelist #1: Karen A. Jones

Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Binghamton University

Panelist #2: Peter Newman

Regional President

M&T Bank

Panelist #3: Sheri Lamoureux

Chief Human Resources Officer


Panelist #4: Korin Kirk

Diversity Education Coordinator

Binghamton University

Panelist #5: Myra J. Bobo-Pickens

Northeast Regional HR Manager

Advance Auto

Panelist #6: Jenna Rosenberg

Vice President/Chief Governance & Strategy Officer

Visions Federal Credit Union

Admission Pricing

$55 Members; $75 Non-Members

After 9/3
$60 Members; $80 Non-Members

Our sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Inclusion Sponsor

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Keynote Panel Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Scholarship Sponsor

Breakout Session Sponsor

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Creative Sponsor