Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Time: 8:00 am – 1:45 pm
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton

Building & Growing THE Workplace Culture

A supplementary half-day conference building upon the inaugural DEI Conference. This event will focus on the next steps and goals of creating an inclusive community for economic development and beyond.

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 will continue the conversation of DEI in our business community
  • The business community will learn the value of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace
  • 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 for future planning

2022 Event Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration, Networking

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast, Opening Session, “Building & Growing THE Workplace Culture”

KEYNOTE: Jamie Ousterout

VP of Client Success, The Diversity Movement

Session DescriptionBiography

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.


9:45 – 10:45 a.m

3 Facilitated Breakout Sessions: Part 1

Words Matter

Facilitator Group #1:

DEI Cohort

Sarah Burton

Human Resources Business Partner

Lourdes Ascension

Mary Maruscak

Director, Community Health Education

Rural Health Network of South Central New York

LaToya Pryce

Culture and Inclusion Officer

Visions Federal Credit Union

Facilitator Group #2:

DEI Cohort

Jack Branan Jr.

Corporate Manager, HRIS and Talent Acquisition

The Raymond Corporation

Lisa Kost

Executive Director

Helping Celebrate Abilities

Heather Zebrowski

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources
and Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Security Mutual Life Insurance Company

Facilitator Group #3:

Brianna Salazar-Olaiya

Brianna Salazar-Olaiya

Assistant Vice President, DEI Program Manager

M&T Bank


LayKisha Hawkins

Assistant Vice President

M&T Bank, Commercial Payment Solutions

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

3 Facilitated Breakout Sessions : Part 2

Cultivating a Welcoming Environment

Facilitator Group #1:

DEI Cohort

Pamela Burns

Director of Human Services/Chief Diversity Officer

Chemung Canal Trust Company

Siobhan Davey


Broome Co-Operative Insurance Company

Rajeswari Ramanan

Senior Director, Talent, Performance, OE D&I

United Health Services

Facilitator Group #2:

DEI Cohort

Craig Biondi

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Mirabito Energy Solutions

Theresa Bovier

Chief Operating Officer


Lesley Frey

VP, Chief HR & Diversity Officer

Columbian Financial Group

Facilitator Group #3:

Dawn-Marie Solais

Principal Owner

EQ Solutions: You2.0

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & 2022 DEI Cohort Class Recognition

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Closing Session- “Reflecting the Community We Serve”


Speaker: Dan Kimbrough

President and Founder, Park Multimedia

Session DescriptionBiography

Our sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Inclusion Sponsor


Lunch Sponsor

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Closing Session Sponsor


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Scholarship Sponsor


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