Buffalo Startup Week 2021 Buffalo Startup Week 2021

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Monday, November 8, 2021

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Recruiting and Selection Panel Discussion
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Claire Petrie
Claire Petrie
Lighthouse Technology Services, Director, Technology Talent Management
Quintessence Anx
Quintessence Anx
PagerDuty, DevOps Advocate
Joel Shapiro
Joel Shapiro
JMS Technical Solutions, President
Sarah Viana
Sarah Viana
CTBK LLP, Director, Organizational Development

Talented, qualified candidates have more options than ever, and employers who sit back waiting for the right person to find, apply for, and select them are making a huge mistake. In this panel discussion, we will talk with experienced experts on all-things talent sourcing and selection. From employer branding, sourcing strategies, and candidate experience, everything you do in your quest for the right people matter. Putting purposeful and thoughtful effort into this first step of the employee life-cycle can make all the difference in gaining a competitive edge with your number one asset to make or break your success- the people executing what you do.

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Diversity in the Start-Up World Colloquium: A conversational workout.

Join us at the K Haus for a conversational workout about the importance of diversity in start up teams.  Leave with data and tools that you can use in your organization.  While not for the faint of heart, this coversation is being facilitated by the brain trust of Better Together and Real Talk.  

Better Together is an articulate & unique discussion group and brain trust, experienced at having frank and audacious discussions that are important and deliberate attempts at healing America, right now.  

Real Talk is a social learning platform that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom so as to prepare students for the professional work environment.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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Building a Scalable Talent Strategy for Startups
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Melanie DellaPietra
Melanie DellaPietra
Nextcorps, Program Coordinator, Embark Program
Justin Johnson
Justin Johnson
Operations Executive

The “old school” methodology for hiring plug-and-play talent to make a business successful is quickly eroding. Employers must evolve to the changing talent landscape and mindset, or risk not only losing the players they already have, but also face finding themselves unable to attract new members. The events of the past 18 months have provided a catalyst for this impending reality, as expectations have changed while high-level talent has become scarcer with the availability of endless options to choose from.  Startups have a unique opportunity to build a scalable talent strategy from day one, that meets the demands and realities of the current and future talent market, while also optimizing talent use for their business.  In this session, we’ll explore a real-life case study of wins, losses and lessons learned from both a hiring manager and HR perspective and provide a framework for building a scalable talent development and optimization strategy- no matter what your business is.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

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Helping Founders Lead The Right Way
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Jason Pearl
Jason Pearl
Nacre Consulting LLC, President, Founder

A business’ people are their #1 competitive advantage- and that includes startups. Leaders of startups, whether Founders themselves or those hired into initial key roles, can take simple steps to optimize the performance of their teams. In his talk, Jason will talk about utilizing the concepts of Head, Heart, and House to cultivate healthy communication, transparency, and trust between leaders and their staff to create high-performing teams.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

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Challenging Assumptions & Shifting Mindsets: A Workshop on Cultural Competency
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Najja A. Bouldin
Najja A. Bouldin
Phoenix Innovation Group, Founder & Principal

We have mixed Creative Problem Solving, innovative thinking and Applied Imagination into a mental workout that shifts paradigms and leaves participants free to navigate success strategies they are charged to create to allow greater success for all within their business and the community. 

Friday, November 12, 2021

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Quick Hit HR Essentials for Startups
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Emily Martin
Emily Martin
Ally HR Partners, LLC, Founder, Advisor

Hiring staff comes with a lot of requirements from compliance based rules on paying your employees, to a list of insurances that you must be enrolled in. Aside from just what's required, there are many "best practice" actions startups can and should take as employers to reduce risks on the employment side of the business, but also optimize efficiencies and productivity in their people operations. This presentation will get down to brass tax on what you should do from the start, if you do nothing else, to get started on the right foot.