2015 DISABILITY MATTERS: NORTH AMERICA

WELCOME

The Ninth Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards

When: April 14-16, 2015
Where: Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts

Springboard Consulting, LLC is pleased to welcome you to the Ninth Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards. This most important corporate event will host a welcome reception, two full two-days of content and the highly celebrated awards dinner.

As in prior years, our conference will feature outstanding content as delivered by leading disability experts from corporations, academia, national non-profits and governments across North America.  There will be amazing, inspirational stories as shared by our keynote presenters. A highlight of every year’s event is the sharing of our honorees award-winning practices related to the successful mainstreaming of people who either have a disability or have a child or other dependent with special needs in the workforce, workplace and marketplace.

As in prior years, honoree categories include:

Workforce –  This award is in consideration of a company’s programs/initiatives that touch on recruiting, training, reasonable accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Workplace –  This award is in consideration of a company’s programs/initiatives that touch on Disability Employee Resource Groups, Mentor Programs, Etiquette & Awareness Initiatives, the delivery/dissemination of educational Information and resources and company-wide celebratory events.

Marketplace –  This award is in consideration of a company’s programs/initiatives that focus on the marketing of products and/or services (mainstream and targeted) to the disability community.

Steps to Success – The Steps to Success award seeks to identify and celebrate those companies who are beginning on the journey of innovation, action and transformation relative to individuals with disabilities whether as employees, customers or both. This award also seeks to encourage these honorees whose initiative(s) have been in place no less than six months and no more than two years and who demonstrate significant promise of long term success, to have the commitment and perseverance to continue taking the steps necessary to eventually become a Disability Matters Employer or Supplier of Choice, the most prestigious of all Disability Matters Awards.

Disability Champion – recognizing a corporate executive, manager or associate whose advocacy, commitment and action in support of mainstreaming disability in their workforce, workplace and/or marketplace has greatly contributed to their organization’s success.

Employer of Choice – in consideration of companies that have taken their prior Disability Matters award-winning initiatives to a level providing complete synergy between mission and achievement.

Please join us and our Host Sponsor, EMC Corporation as we Celebrate, Educate, Inspireand Network.

We look forward to your participation in the 2015 Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards and are confident it will help you see that disability-focused initiatives — whether in the workplace, workforce, or marketplace — are not just a strategic advantage, but a business imperative.

PROGRAM DETAILS

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015

Scheduled Time Session Location
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, EST Welcome Reception Simmons College

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015

Scheduled Time Session Location
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM, EST Registration / Breakfast Simmons College
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, EST Conference Simmons College
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, EST Reception, Awards & Dinner Colonnade Hotel

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015

Scheduled Time Session Location
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM, EST Registration / Breakfast Simmons College
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, EST Conference Simmons College

 

LOCATION:

Simmons College
300 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
(617) 521-2000
http://www.simmons.edu/

 

EVENT ATTIRE:

Welcome Reception:  Business Casual

Conference Attire:  Business

Awards Ceremony & Dinner:  Cocktail Attire

 

HELP:

If you have any questions regarding this conference, please contact:

Jill Frankel at jill@consultspringboard.com; T: 973-813-7260 x. 106

Ivette Lopez at ivette@consultspringboard.com; T: 973-813-7260 x. 102

Contact us:

Continue to check back with us as we update our sponsors daily! If interested in becoming a Sponsor or participating in the event, there is still time! To become a sponsor, please contact Ivette Lopez; E: ivette@consultspringboard.com; T: 1-973-813-7260 x.102.  To purchase a ticket, click link below.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

WELCOME

The Ninth Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards

When: April 14-16, 2015
Where: Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015

Time Topic Location
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Welcome Reception 

 

  • Nadine Vogel, CEO, Springboard Consulting LLC
  • David Goulden, CEO, EMC Corporation
  • ML (Mary Louise) Krakauer, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, EMC Corporation
Simmons College

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015

Time Topic Location
7:45 am Shuttle Departure / Hotel to Conference:
Complimentary round-trip accessible shuttle service provided each day from Colonnade hotel to Simmons College
Colonnade Hotel
8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast Simmons College
8:30 am –  8:45 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

 

  • Nadine Vogel
    CEO
    Springboard Consulting LLC
  • Jacqueline (Jackie) Glenn
    VP, Global Chief Diversity Officer
    EMC Corporation
Simmons College
8:45 am –  10:15 am

Moderator: Eugene Kelly

Worldwide Director Global Diversity & Inclusion

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Honorees:

  • Bob Feiner
    Vice President Dell Global Deployment and Field Services Dell, Inc
  • Jeff Lichon
    Executive Director, North American Disability Employee Network (DEN) & Public Affairs Leader
    The Dow Chemical Company
  • Kristine Biagiotti-Bridges
    Principle Business Consultant & President of the Disability Employee Resource Group
    EMC Corporation
  • Rebecca Caruso
    Vice President Communications, Diversity and Inclusion
    L’Oréal USA
  • Brad Hopton
    Partner – Corporate Tax Advisory Services
    PwC
Simmons College
10:15 am –  10:30 am BREAK
Simmons College
10:30 am –  11:15 am

 “The Devil Made Me Do It”:  Legal Implications and Practical Solutions

Moderator:  Susan Hamilton
Legal Counsel
Springboard Consulting LLC

Panelists:

  • Matthew Camardella
    Shareholder
    Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Thomas R. Kelly
    Vice President, Assistant General Counsel
    Pfizer Inc.
  • Nadine Vogel
    CEO
    Springboard Consulting LLC
Simmons College
11:15 am – 11:45 am

Disability Champions – Executive Panel

Moderator:  Stephen Pelletier
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Business
Prudential Financial

Honorees:

  • Gregory Akers
    Senior Vice President & CTO of Advanced Security Research & Government, Security & Trust Organization
    Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Bob Feiner
    Vice President Dell Global Deployment and Field Services
    Dell Inc.
  • Donald Potter
    Vice President, HR Operations
    EMC Corporation
Simmons College
11:45 am – 12:30 pm

KEYNOTE: Sebastien Sassville
Speaker and Endurance Athlete

  • Introduction by:  Bob Feiner
    Vice President Dell Global Deployment and Field Services
    Dell Inc.
Simmons College
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm NETWORKING LUNCH
Simmons College
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Disability Matters Europe 2015

  • Announcement by:  Tunde Ogungbesan
    Global Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
    Shell International
Simmons College
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

“Help, I can’t navigate your website!”

Moderator:  Peter McNally
IT/Web Accessibility Consultant
Springboard Consulting LLC

Panelists:

  • Bruce Howell
    Accessibility Services Coordinator
    Carroll Center for the Blind
Simmons College
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Steps to Success Panel

Moderator: Marsha Gewirtzman
Senior Director NA
Springboard Consulting LLC

Honorees:

  • Melissann Ashton-Patton
    Materials Engineering Lab Supervisor & President of ADAPT Affinity Group
    Corning Incorporated
  • Don Trella
    Director of Employee and Guest Experience
    Mohegan Sun
  • Marcia Leander
    Vice President Talent Acquisition
    Unum
Simmons College
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm BREAK Simmons College
3:05 pm – 3:15 pm

Diversity MBA

  • Presentation by: Pam McElvane
    CEO
    DiversityMBA
Simmons College
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Employer of Choice Panel

Moderator:  Gregory Akers
Senior Vice President & CTO of Advanced Security Research & Government
Security & Trust Organization
Cisco Systems, Inc

Honorees:

  • Michele C. Green
    Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
    Prudential Financial
  • Pamela Arroyo
    Program Director- Talent Acquisition
    UPMC
Simmons College
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Wrap-Up Day 1
Disability Matters North America 2016 – Teaser
Simmons College
4:00 pm Shuttle Departure / Conference to Hotel:
Complimentary round-trip accessible shuttle service provided each day from Colonnade hotel to Simmons College
Simmons College
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception Springboard Foundation Silent Auction Huntington Foyer
Colonnade Hotel
7:00 pm – 7:15 pm Performance
The Michael Carter Lisnow Respite Center
Huntington Ballroom
Colonnade Hotel
7:15 pm – 7:45 pm

WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

 

  • Nadine Vogel, CEO, Springboard Consulting LLC
  • Jacqueline Glenn, VP, Global Chief Diversity Officer
    EMC Corporation
  • Christiana Crowley, Vice President of Global Business Services (GBS), EMC Corporation
Huntington Ballroom
Colonnade Hotel
7:45 pm – 11:00 pm Dinner, Awards & Celebration Huntington Ballroom
Colonnade Hotel
7:45 pm Dinner Huntington Ballroom
Colonnade Hotel
8:00 pm Bidding Closes for Springboard Foundation Auction Huntington Ballroom
Colonnade Hotel
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

DISABILITY MATTERS NA AWARD PRESENTATIONS

  • Nadine Vogel, CEO, Springboard Consulting LLC

Disability Champion Award

 

  • David Ford – EMC Corporation
  • Rita Shauger – Corning Incorporated
  • Margaret Downey – CSX Corporation
  • Mark Lunz – UPMC
  • David Tate – AT&T
  • Gregory Akers – Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Bob Feiner – Dell Inc.
  • Donald Potter – EMC Corporation

Steps to Success Award

  • Corning Incorporated – Melissann Ashton-Patton
  • Mohegan Sun – Bobby Soper
  • Unum – Marcia Leander

Marketplace Award

  • AT&T – Mark Balsano
  • Procter & Gamble – Deanna Bass

Workforce Award

  • Fifth Third Bank- Mitch Morgan
  • KPMG – Christopher L. Brown

Workplace Award

  • Dell Inc. – Bob Feiner
  • The Dow Chemical Company – Jeff Lichon
  • EMC Corporation – ML (Mary Louise) Krakauer
  • L’Oréal USA – Rebeca Caruso
  • PwC – Brad Hopton

Employer of Choice Award

  • Prudential Financial – Stephen Pelletier
  • UPMC – Pamela Arroyo
Huntington Ballroom
Colonnade Hotel
9:30 pm
  • Disability Matters NA 2016- Special Announcement
  • Dessert
  • Springboard Foundation Auction Winners Announced
Huntington Ballroom
Colonnade Hotel
9:45 pm-11:00 pm Dancing & Celebration Huntington Ballroom
Colonnade Hotel

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015

Time Topic Location
7:45 am

Shuttle Departure / Hotel to Conference:
Complimentary round-trip accessible shuttle service provided each day from Colonnade hotel to Simmons College

Colonnade Hotel
8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast Simmons College
8:30 am –  8:45 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

 

  • Nadine Vogel
    CEO
    Springboard Consulting LLC
  • Danny Best
    Director, Diversity & Inclusion
    EMC Corporation
Simmons College
8:45 am – 10:00 am

Workforce Panel (table exercise and report out)

Moderator:  Marcia Leander
Vice President Talent Acquisition
Unum 

Honorees:

  • Mitch Morgan
    Assistant Vice President-Leadership Development Program Manager
    Fifth Third Bank
  • Annette Rosta
    Associate Director, Experienced Hire Recruiting-Diversity & Compliance
    KPMG

Panelist:

  • Mary A. Barrows
    Senior Director for Learning Strategies and Student Success
    Northeastern University
Simmons College

10:00 am – 10:45 am

Essential Job Functions & EEOC

Moderator:  Susan Hamilton
Legal Counsel
Springboard Consulting LLC

Panelists:

  • Jana Burke
    ADA Employment Specialist
    Springboard Consulting LLC
  • Peggy Mastroianni
    Legal Counsel
    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Simmons College
10:45 am – 11:00 am

BREAK

Simmons College
11:00 am – 11:45 am

Service Disabled Veterans Session

Moderator:  Michele C. Green
Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
Prudential Financial

Panelists:

  • Ginger Miller
    President
    Women Veterans Interactive
  • Laurie Sayles Artis
    President & CEO
    Civility Management Solutions LLC
Simmons College

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Disability Champions – Management Panel

Moderator:  Gail Herring
Communications Coordinator
Toyota Motor Sales

Honorees:

  • Margaret Downey
    General Manager- Learning & Development Strategies
    CSX Corporation
  • Mark Lunz
    Director, Surgical Processing Department
    UPMC
  • David Tate
    General Attorney & Associate General Counsel
    AT&T
Simmons College

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

KEYNOTE:  Heather Abbott
Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor & HR Manager

 

  • Introduction by:  Kristine Biagiotti-Bridges
    Principal Business Consultant & President of the Disability Employee Resource Group
    EMC
Simmons College

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

NETWORKING LUNCH

Simmons College
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Disability Matters Asia-Pacific 2015 – Video Announcement

Simmons College
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Marketplace Panel (table exercise and report out)

Moderator:  Jacqueline (Jackie) Glenn
VP & Global Chief Diversity Officer
EMC

Honorees:

  • Mark Balsano
    Executive Director-Compliance
    AT&T
  • Trevor Hutchinson
    Fabric Care Innovation Leader & Disability Recruiting Leader
    Procter & Gamble
Simmons College
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm BREAK Simmons College

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Disability Champions – Associate Panel

Moderator:  Lois Cooper
Practice Leader
LMH Strategies, Inc.

Honorees:

  • David Ford
    Senior Education Solutions Consultant
    EMC Corporation
  • Rita Shauger
    Administrative Coordinator, Global Diversity & Inclusion
    Corning Incorporated
Simmons College

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Closing Remarks,
Survey Completion  & Departures
Simmons College
4:00 pm Shuttle Departure / Conference to Airport:
Complimentary transportation will be provided from Simmons College to the Airport
Simmons College

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WELCOME

The Ninth Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards

When: April 14-16, 2015
Where: Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts

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WELCOME

The Ninth Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards

When: April 14-16, 2015
Where: Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts

2015 Disability Matters N.A.: Honorees 

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EMPLOYER OF CHOICE

WORKFORCE AWARD

WORKPLACE AWARD

MARKETPLACE AWARD

STEPS TO SUCCESS AWARD

DISABILITY CHAMPION AWARD

EXECUTIVE
GREG AKERS
Senior Vice President, Advanced Security Initiative
BOB FEINER
Vice President, Global Deploymnet and Field Services

DONALD POTTER
Vice President, Human Resources Operations
MANAGEMENT
MARGARET DOWNEY
General Manager, Learning & Development Strategies
MARK LUNZ
Director, Surgical Services
DAVID TATE
General Attorney and Executive Council
ASSOCIATE
DAVID FORD
Senior Education Solutions Consultant
RITA SHAUGER
Administrative Assistant to the Global Diversity Officer

 

 

 

WELCOME

The Ninth Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards

When: April 14-16, 2015
Where: Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts

PHOTOS:

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2015 Disability Matters Conference & Awards Photos

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO EMC & SIMMONS COLLEGE

 

WELCOME RECEPTION

 

 

WELCOME/OPENING REMARKS: DAY-1

 

 

WORKPLACE PANEL

 

SPECIALTY SESSION: “THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT”

 

DISABILITY CHAMPIONS: EXECUTIVE PANEL

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER DAY-1:  SEBASTIEN SASSEVILLE

 

2015 DISABILITY MATTERS EU ANNOUNCEMENT

 

SPECIALTY SESSION: “HELP I CAN’T NAVIGATE YOUR WEBSITE!”

 

STEPS-TO-SUCCESS PANEL

 

EMPLOYER OF CHOICE PANEL

 

SPRINGBOARD FOUNDATION AUCTION &
AWARDS PRESENTATION
Part-1 Part-2 Part-3

 

WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS – DAY 2

 

WORKFORCE PANEL

 

SPECIALTY SESSION: ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS & THE EEOC

 

SPECIALTY SESSION: SERVICE DISABLED VETERANS

 

 

DISABILITY CHAMPIONS PANEL: MANAGEMENT PANEL

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  HEATHER ABBOTT

 

MARKETPLACE PANEL

 

DISABILITY CHAMPION PANEL: ASSOCIATE PANEL

 

CLOSING REMARKS