Virtual Recruitment: Success and Challenges for Business Seeking Diversity in the Workforce

April 15, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Virtual Recruitment: Success and Challenges for Business Seeking Diversity in the Workforce

A panel of HR professionals from varied backgrounds will discuss the effective, challenging and sometimes complex issues arising from changes to the recruitment process brought about by the pandemic as related diversity initiatives in the workplace. We encourage attendees to submit questions for the panelists prior to the event and during a Q&A period.

Some of the anticipated issues to be discussed are:
• Diversity initiatives and the impact of the pandemic.
• Barriers to virtual recruiting
• Best practices, techniques, tips and tools
• Accommodation requests and what’s reasonable
• The use of outside recruitment tools, such as Indeed, helped or hindered
• Changes in the way that the Workforce Development system prepares diverse job seekers for virtual recruitment

Meet our Panelists: 

Bonnie Rice is the Executive Director for the Niagara County Workforce Development Board, steering federal WIOA dollars and services to local job seekers and businesses.  Bonnie has a master’s degree in Education and over 20 years of experience in federal and state funded services including On-the-Job Training, Customized Training, Classroom Training, Youth Services, and Business Services.  She also has private sector experience at two Fortune 500 companies. 

Kayla Parenti is currently a Field Staffing Manager with The Home Depot. She joined THD in July 2018, initially supporting the Southwest before moving on to support the Northern Division. Prior to joining THD, Kayla was a Sr. Recruiter for The Wendy’s Company for 5 years in Columbus, Ohio. She held several Talent Acquisition positions where she focused on leading all recruitment efforts for various company owned markets, corporate positions, recruitment & employment marketing, background check adjudication, and process improvement. Kayla has 9+ years’ experience in full-cycle recruitment, onboarding, training, and supporting critical HR initiatives.

Collin Gehl has been with Child & Family Services since 2016. He is currently the Talent Acquisition and Development Manager. In that role, Collin recruits new staff, conducts orientations, and other staff development related training in the agency. In addition, he provides HR support for Say Yes Buffalo. He also sits on the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Collin has a background in non-profit, being a part of the original staff of the King Center Charter School, but also holding positions at the Buffalo History Museum, the Buffalo Museum of Science and Housing Opportunities Made Equal. Collin has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University at Buffalo and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Medaille College. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association, Tapestry Charter School, and Just Buffalo Literary Center. He is also a member of the Emerging Philanthropists of Color (under the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo) and is an alumnus of Leadership Buffalo (RL ’04).

David Scott is a human-resources professional with a background in recruitment, training, employee relations and Diversity.  David is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam where he earned a BA degree in Economics and International Business.  He attended graduate school at Buffalo State College where he earned an MS degree in Adult Education with a concentration in Human Resource Development.

David is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Roswell Park.  His job duties includes recruitment for diverse employees and Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprises who want to contract with Roswell, Diversity and Career Development training for Roswell employees and community partners, communications with diversity newspapers, Multicultural celebrations and community outreach for cancer awareness in underserved communities. 

Rebecca Broderick is the current Payroll Manager at UB Foundation Activities, INC on the UB north campus. Her credentials include a Master’s in I/O Psychology with a master’s certification in Human Resources Development as well as a CPP from the American Payroll Association and a SHRM-CP from the Society of Human Resources Management. Rebecca has experience with all areas of HR and Payroll including recruitment and all manners of virtual meetings.

Andrea Todaro is President of Innovative Placements, a company based in Western New York that helps individuals with disabilities secure and maintain employment. With over twenty years of professional job placement experience, Ms. Todaro has demonstrated a unique talent for matching her clients to the hiring requirements of the many area employers and human resource professionals she has served. To date, over 3,000 clients and employers representing a wide range of occupations and industries have benefited from her expertise. She has served on the Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association (BNHRA) board of directors in roles over the past several years including Workforce Readiness, Diversity and Inclusion, and Membership Director. She is also a member of The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has a master’s certificate in Human Resources from Villanova University.  Over the years, she has helped spearhead and coordinate many health-n-wellness events, diversity career fairs, and workforce readiness presentations.

In her spare time, Ms. Todaro enjoys singing in concerts and operas. In addition to performing in local theatres, she has traveled to Italy twice to sing lead opera roles.  She currently serves on the boards of the Opera Foundation of Buffalo and other organizations that are dedicated to bringing music, art, economic development and diversity to the WNY community.


Dennis Martinez, Regional Coordinator for Business Engagement, ACCES-VR

To submit questions for panelists in advance, email: [email protected]

Pre-approved for recertification credit by SHRM and HRCI


Thank you to our Event Sponsors: OrthoSports &  Trilogy Wellness Inc.



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