Background and Mission

The Workforce Diversity Network was formed in 1996, in response to needs expressed by several Rochester businesses to develop a network whose members would work together to broaden and apply the concepts of diversity and inclusion to a larger audience.

For over 20 years the Network has been the standard of excellence in the Rochester region in providing continuous support to its member organizations as they develop their diversity and inclusion initiatives. As a non-profit 501c3 corporation, we have organized some of the largest and most highly regarded conferences in the country focused on the importance of diversity, inclusion and equity as key elements of successful organizations.

Our 35 members include a wide range of corporations and organizations from higher education, healthcare, the legal profession and the non-profit space. We have conducted over 200 educational meetings for our members that represent the essence of our mission – to create strong connections and personal relationships that lead to inclusive, engaged, successful organizations.

Our outreach extends well beyond the Rochester region through our Web site, with more than 1,000 visitors a day from around the world. To enrich the content of our site, we have fostered key relations with national and international experts who provide their expertise and insight on diversity and inclusion issues by making regular contributions to our Expert Forum. 
Our vision is to ensure that the Rochester Region is recognized as a center of excellence for diversity, inclusion and equity. We continually challenge the Network’s capacity to develop our member organization leadership skills in:

  • Creating diverse, inclusive and equitable workplaces and communities
  • Promoting best practices in culturally responsible customer service
  • Attracting, developing and retaining the best talent 

To organize a Council in your region contact Mike Streeter.






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