2017 DISABILITY MATTERS N.A. CONFERENCE & AWARDS

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WELCOME

The 11th Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards via Live-Stream

When: April 25-27, 2017
Where: NORTH MIAMI, FL

ABOUT THE KOVENS CONFERENCE CENTER:


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ROZ AND CAL KOVENS CONFERENCE CENTER
The Kovens Conference Center, an IACC-certified property, is one of South Florida’s premier waterfront venues, featuring breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. Information about the Kovens Conference Center can be found at http://kovens.fiu.edu/.

 

KEYNOTES

CONFERENCE DAY-1

Anastasia Somoza Photo

Anastasia M. Somoza
Biography

CONFERENCE DAY-2

Scott Burrows Photo

Scott Burrows
Biography

PROGRAM DETAILS

Kovens Conference Center
Florida International University
Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 N.E. 151st Street
North Miami, FL 33181-3000
Toll Free: 1.866.4.KOVENS (56.8367)
Local: 305.919.5000
http://kovens.fiu.edu/

 

PROGRAM BOOK 

EVENT ATTIRE

Welcome Reception:  Business Casual

Conference Attire:  Business

Awards Ceremony & Dinner:  Cocktail Attire

 

EVENT MENU:

Should you require any Dietary Accommodations, please be sure to make note in the Dietary Accommodations area of the Registration Process.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Welcome Reception

Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Conference Day – 1 & 2

Continental Breakfast

Lunch Buffet

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Awards Gala Dinner

Cocktail Reception: Hors D’oeuvres.

Dinner: Succulent Roasted Pork and Grilled Chicken Breast, Served with Seasoned Black Beans and White Rice, and Sweet Plantains.

Dessert

 

HELP:

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

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

Erickka Dominguez at erickka@consultspringboard.com; T: 973-813-7260

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

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WELCOME

The 11th Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards via Live-Stream

When: April 25-27, 2017
Where: NORTH MIAMI, FL

TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017

TimeTopicLocation
6:00 pm Bus Departure (Stop 1)-
Residence Inn to Courtyard
Front Building Entrance – Residence Inn
6:15 pm Bus Departure (Stop 2)-
Courtyard to Kovens Center
Front Building Entrance – Courtyard
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Welcome Reception

 

  • Nadine Vogel
    Chief Executive Officer
    Springboard Consulting, LLC
Terrace -2nd Floor
8:15pmBus Departure to Courtyard and Residence InnFront Building Entrance – Kovens Center
   

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2017

TimeTopicLocation
7:30 amBus Departure to Kovens CenterResidence Inn:
Front Building Entrance 
   
8:00 am – 8:30 amRegistration & Continental BreakfastFoyer – 1st Floor
   
8:30 am –  9:00 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

 

  • Steven Moll
    Vice Provost, Biscayne Bay Campus/Florida International University
Ballroom – 2nd Floor
   
9:00 am –  10:00 am

Workforce Panel

 

Moderator:

  • J. Michael Dizer
    Senior HR Manager – AAP and EEO Compliance, The Dow Chemical Company

Honorees:

  • Michele C. Meyer-Shipp
    Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Prudential Financial, Inc.

Panelist:

  • Amanda Niguidula, MPA
    Director, The Disability Resource Center, Florida International University
  • David M. Quilleon
    Senior Vice President, Global Mission, State Development & Operations, Best Buddies International
  • David M. Quilleon
    Senior Vice President, Global Mission, State Development & Operations, Best Buddies International
  • David M. Quilleon
    Senior Vice President, Global Mission, State Development & Operations, Best Buddies International
Ballroom – 2nd Floor 
10:00 am –  10:15 am

The Springboard Foundation

 

  • Ashley Jones Lawrence
    Executive Director, The Springboard Foundation
Ballroom – 2nd Floor 
   
 10:15 am –  10:30 am BREAK 
   
10:30 am –  11:30 am

Specialty Session:
Special Needs Parents in the Workplace
Moderator:

 

  • David Ortiz
    Senior Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Oracle

Panelist:

  • Kristine Biagiotti-Bridges
    President True Abilities, Hopkinton, Dell, Inc.
  • Rhonda Henning
    Payroll, Time & Absence Leader, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Jacqui Winters
    Principal, Deloitte Consulting
Ballroom – 2nd Floor 
   
11:30 am – Noon

Specialty Session:
Special Needs Moms 
Moderator:Moderator:

 

  • Nadine Vogel
    Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC

Panelist:

  • Drew Ann Long
    Founder, Caroline’s Cart
  • Mindy Scheier
    Founder & CEO, Runway of Dreams Foundation
Ballroom – 2nd Floor
   
Noon – 12:30 pm

Keynote Presentation

 

Introduction:

  • Danny Best
    Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Dell, Inc.

Keynote:

Ballroom – 2nd Floor 
   
12:30 pm – 1:15 pmNETWORKING LUNCHBallroom – 2nd Floor 
   
1:15 pm – 1:45pm

Specialty Performance: Karen Peterson & Dancers

 

 Presentation:

  • Jay K. Crawford, Board Member

Performers:

  • Marjorie Burnett, Dance Artist
  • Rebecca Pelham, Dance Artist
Ballroom – 2nd Floor 
   
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Marketplace Panel

 

Moderator:

  • Eric Polite II
    Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Academy, Toyota Motor North America

 Honorees:

  • Mike Gartner
    Leader, P&G People with Disabilities Network, The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Carlos Leyva
    Vice President & Chief Guest Experience Officer,
    Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Panelist:

  • Steve Cody
    Chief Executive Officer, Peppercomm
Ballroom – 2nd Floor 
   
2:45 pm – 3:00 pmBREAK 
   
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Specialty Session:  Experiential Learning

 

Moderator:

  • Susan Hamilton
    Legal Counsel, Springboard Consulting LLC

Panelists:

  • Matthew J. Camardella
    Principal, Jackson Lewis, P.C.
  •  Wini Campbell
    Attorney, The McHattie Law Firm
Ballroom – 2nd Floor 
   
4:30 pm – 4:45 pmWrap-Up Day 1
Ballroom – 2nd Floor  
   
5:00 pmBus Departure to Courtyard and Residence InnFront Building Entrance – Kovens Center
   
6:30 pmBus Departure (Stop 1) –
Residence Inn to Courtyard
Front Building Entrance – Residence Inn
   
6:30 pmBus Departure (Stop 2 –
Courtyard to Kovens
Front Building Entrance – Courtyard
   
7:00 pm – 10:00 pmAwards Gala
Terrace –
2nd Floor  
   
10:15pmBus Departure to Courtyard and Residence InnFront Building Entrance – Kovens Center

THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017

TimeTopicLocation
7:30 amBus Departure (Stop 1)-
Residence Inn to Courtyard
Front Building Entrance – Residence Inn 
   
7:45 amBus Departure (Stop 2)-
Courtyard to Kovens Center
Front Building Entrance – Courtyard 
   
8:15 am – 8:45 amRegistration & Continental BreakfastFoyer – 1st Floor 
   
8:45 am –  9:00 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks

 

  • Nadine Vogel
    Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC
Ballroom – 2nd Floor  
   

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Employer of Choice

 

Moderator: 

  • Michele C. Meyer-Shipp
    Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Prudential Financial, Inc.

 Honorees:

  • Jule Kucera
    Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity & CSR Officer, Fifth-Third Bank
Ballroom – 2nd Floor 
   
9:30 am – 9:45 am

Diversity Benchmark Presentation

 

  • Pamela McElvane
    Chief Executive Officer & Publisher, Diversity MBA
Ballroom – 2nd Floor 
   
9:45 am – 10:15 am

2017 Disability Matters Announcements

 

 ASIA-PACIFIC

  • Carolina Z. Fonseca
    Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Accenture

 EUROPE

  • Fabio Pettenati
    Vice President Supply Chain, Region Americas, Barilla America, Inc.
Ballroom – 2nd Floor 
   

10:15 am – 10:30 am

BREAK 
   

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Steps-to-Success   

 

Moderator: 

  • Eugene Kelly
    Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Colgate-Palmolive Company

 Honorees:

  • Tim Knuettel
    Vice President, Sales – U.S., Barilla America, Inc.
  • David Ortiz
    Senior Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Oracle
Ballroom – 2nd Floor  
   

11:00 am – 11:30 pm

Disability Champions

 

Moderator:

  • Jennifer Demirdjian
    Director, Office of Diversity, PwC

Honorees:

  • Kristine Biagiotti-Bridges
    President True Abilities, Hopkinton, Dell, Inc.
  • Richard W. Welsh
    Principal Debug Technician, Dell, Inc.
Ballroom – 2nd Floor  
   
11:30 pm – 12:15 pm

Keynote Introduction:

 

Introduction:

  • Michael Bernard
    National Recruiting Manager, Deloitte

Keynote presentation & performance: 

Ballroom – 2nd Floor  
   
12:15 pm – 1:15 pmNETWORKING LUNCHBallroom – 2nd Floor   
   
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Specialty Session:
Crossroads… Disability, LGBTQ, and Veterans
Moderator: 

 

  • Wil Lewis
    Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Bank of America

Panelist(s):

  • Gary Ross
    Senior Diversity Consultant, Operations, Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group
  • Dana Foote
    Audit Partner, KPMG
  • Chad Libertus
    Tax Partner, KPMG
  • Andrew Barnes
    Enterprise Talent Acquisition Project Manager, Wells Fargo
Ballroom – 2nd Floor   
   

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

BREAK 
   

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Specialty Session:
Mental Health in the Workplace
Moderator:

 

  • Shawn Hartsell
    Director, Unum

Panelist:

  • Michael J. Farrell
    District Director, U.S. EEOC
  • Alisa LaPolt
    Executive Director, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Florida
  • Mary Beth Shea, PhD
    Local Recovery Coordinator, Orlando VA Medical Center
Ballroom – 2nd Floor   
   
4:00 pm – 4:15 pmClosing Remarks & DeparturesBallroom – 2nd Floor   
   

 

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WELCOME

The 11th Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards via Live-Stream

When: April 25-27, 2017
Where: NORTH MIAMI, FL

The 11th Annual Disability Matters Conference & Awards

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GOLD SPONSOR(S)

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WELCOME

The 11th Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards via Live-Stream

When: April 25-27, 2017
Where: NORTH MIAMI, FL

The 14th Annual Disability Matters Conference & Awards

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EMPLOYER OF CHOICE

 Fifth Third Bank logo

 

MARKETPLACE

Procter & Gamble LogoRoyal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

 

WORKFORCE


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STEPS TO SUCCESS

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DISABILITY CHAMPION

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Principal IT Business Consultant
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Principal Debug Technician

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Disability Matters Logo

WELCOME

The 11th Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards via Live-Stream

When: April 25-27, 2017
Where: NORTH MIAMI, FL

Disability Matters Logo

WELCOME

The 11th Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards via Live-Stream

When: April 25-27, 2017
Where: NORTH MIAMI, FL

PHOTOS:

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VIDEOS: 
COLOR GUARD PROCESSION / DAY-1 WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS
 

 

WORKFORCE PANEL
 

 

THE SPRINGBOARD FOUNDATION
 

 

SPECIALTY SESSION:  SPECIAL NEEDS PARENTS IN THE WORKPLACE
 

 

SPECIALTY SESSION: SPECIAL NEEDS MOMS 
 

 

KEYNOTE DAY-1: ANASTASIA SOMOZA
 

 

SPECIALTY PERFORMANCE: KAREN PETERSON & DANCERS
 

 

MARKETPLACE PANEL
 

 

SPECIALTY SESSION: EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
 

 

AWARDS GALA
 

 

DAY-2 WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS
 

 

EMPLOYER OF CHOICE PANEL
 

 

DIVERSITY MBA BENCHMARK PRESENTATION
 

 

2017 DISABILITY MATTERS ASIA-PACIFIC ANNOUNCEMENT
 

 

2017 DISABILITY MATTERS EUROPE ANNOUNCEMENT
 

 

STEPS-TO-SUCCESS PANEL
 

 

DISABILITY CHAMPIONS PANEL
 

 

KEYNOTE DAY-2:  SCOTT BURROWS
 

 

SPECIALTY SESSION:  CROSSROADS… DISABILITY, LGBTQ, AND VETERANS
 

 

SPECIALTY SESSION:  MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE
 

 

CLOSING REMARKS