2021 Disability Connect Forum

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The 7th Annual Disability Connect Forum

When: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Where: Live Stream


Sponsorship Opportunities available by contacting ivette@consultspringboard.com

(1-day Virtual Live-Stream)

CART Captioning will be provided.

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Inclusion is a universal human right. Exclusion is a universal phenomenon created by humans.

Whether disenfranchised due to disability, race, sexual orientation, military service or anything else, the road from exclusion to inclusion is often a long, difficult journey.

Whether you realize it or not, you are most likely engaging with someone every day who is confronting this journey on a very personal level. For some, the journey will be the same or similar to your own. For others, it may be quite different.

At Disability Connect, we will address how your BRG can be the group that paves the road to rights for your constituency as well as others.

Please join us for this important conversation.  I look forward to seeing you soon.


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2021 DISABILITY CONNECT AGENDA  (Revised September 10, 2021)



Time               Topic
10:00 am – 10:15 am


Nadine Vogel
Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC

Andres E. Gonzalez
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Human Rights

Each of these will be defined individually and collectively. This will be followed by a discussion of why these four items matter and the BRG’s role for each vs. that of Human Resources and/or other corporate functions.

Andres E. Gonzalez
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

Joni S. Williams, M.D., MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

11:15 am – 11:30 am BREAK

BRGs as a Social Movement

A discussion about the interface between business and human rights and how that constitutes a social movement.  The construct of a social movement has often been defined as a voluntary association of people engaged in concerted efforts to change attitudes, behavior, etc.

Monica Bell
VP, Senior Business Analyst, HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

11:30 am – 11:45 am Overview with all attendees
11:45 am – 12:15 pm Breakout Rooms: Small Group Discussions
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm Breakout Rooms Discussions: Report to all attendees
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


“A Conversation with Judith Heumann”

Judith E. Heumann
International Disability Rights Advocate


Corporate Social Responsibility

Although CSR works differently in different organizations, they typically look at being responsible for initiatives that impact society and provide guidance for what companies should do to meet that responsibility.    Should and if so, how should our BRGs interface with CSR?  Participants will be asked to share their company processes and experiences relative to this interaction.

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

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm Overview with all attendees
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Breakout Rooms: Small Group Discussions
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Breakout Rooms Discussions: Report to all attendees
3:30 pm – 3:45 pm BREAK

DEI Practices that Work

Collect, Count and Compare.  Deploy Alternative Complaint Systems. Test for Accessible and Biased Technology.  Stop the Small Number Excuse. Involve Managers from the Start.  Each of these practices present opportunities and have implications for the BRG.

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Overview with all attendees
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Breakout Rooms: Small Group Discussions
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Breakout Rooms Discussions: Report to all attendees

Empowerment for All

When people can exercise their human rights, they can stand up for themselves and for each other, they are empowered to shape the decisions that impact their lives.  Going forward, how will BRGs foster and accelerate empowerment for their own constituency and others to ensure no one is left behind?

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Overview with all attendees
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Breakout Rooms: Small Group Discussions
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm Breakout Rooms Discussions: Report to all attendees
5:45 pm – 6:00 pm Concluding Thoughts



A headshot of Judith E. Heumann

A headshot of Judith E. Heumann

A black and white picture Judith E. Heumann at the 504 protests in the 70s.

A black and white picture Judy at the 504 protests in the 70s.


Judith (Judy) Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She contracted polio in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York and began to use a wheelchair for her mobility. She was denied the right to attend school because she was considered a “fire hazard” at the age of five. Her parents played a strong role in fighting for her rights as a child, but Judy soon determined that she, working in collaboration with other disabled people, had to play an advocacy role due to continuous discrimination.

She is now an internationally recognized leader in the disability rights community. Her memoir, authored with Kristen Joiner, of Being Heumann “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist,” published by Beacon Press and audio recorded by Ali Stroker, who is the first wheelchair actor to perform on Broadway. Judy was featured on the Trevor Noah show.  Judy is featured in Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution is a 2020 American award winning documentary film, directed by James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, produced by the Obama Higher Ground Production and is available on Netflix. She also produces a podcast called The Heumann Perspective, which features a variety of members from the disability community.

She has been featured in numerous documentaries including on the history of the disability rights movement, including Lives Worth Living and the Power of 504 and delivered a TED talk in the fall of 2016, “Our Fight for Disability Rights- and Why We’re Not Done Yet”. Her story was also told on Comedy Central’s Drunk History in early 2018, in which she was portrayed by Ali Stroker,. As Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation (2017-2019), she wrote “Road Map for Inclusion: Changing the Face of Disability in Media”. She also currently serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Humanity and Inclusion, as well as the Human Rights Watch board.

Judy was a founding member of the Berkeley Center for Independent Living which was the first grassroots center in the United States and helped to launch the Independent Living Movement both nationally and globally.

In 1983, Judy co-founded the World Institute on Disability (WID) with Ed Roberts and Joan Leon, as one of the first global disability rights organizations founded and continually led by people with disabilities that works to fully integrate people with disabilities into the communities around them via research, policy, and consulting efforts.

From 1993 to 2001, Judy served in the Clinton Administration as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education.

Judy then served as the World Bank’s first Adviser on Disability and Development from 2002 to 2006. In this position, she led the World Bank’s disability work to expand its knowledge and capability to work with governments and civil society on including disability in the global conversation.

During his presidency, President Obama appointed Judy as the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State, where she served from 2010-2017.  Mayor Fenty of D.C. appointed her as the first Director for the Department on Disability Services, where she was responsible for the Developmental Disability Administration and the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of legislation, such as Section 504, the Individuals with Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which have been advancing the inclusion of disabled people in the US and around the world and fighting to end discrimination against all those with disabilities.

Judy graduated from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY in 1969 and received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. She has received numerous awards including being the first recipient of the Henry B. Betts Award in recognition of efforts to significantly improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and the Max Starkloff Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council on Independent Living. She has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates.

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