2015 Disability Connect North America: Agenda


The Second Annual Disability Connect Forum


Sketch E R 3 - FINAL


Time Topic Location
8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am -  9:15 am Welcome to The Disability Connect Forum:

  • Wells Fargo Executive
  • Nadine Vogel
    CEO, Springboard Consulting
9:15 am -  10:45 am DISCLOSURE:  Disclosure can be an issue for
individuals with disabilities, veterans and those in the
LGBT community.  Shared experiences suggest that
corporate edict rarely accelerates the rate of disclosure.
Positive traction is realized through corporate culture
and a fair and equitable disclosure process that
minimizes risk and highlights the positive outcomes of
disclosing among other things.  ERGs can  influence
processes that guarantee privacy and promote the
values of disclosing to the employee including, but not
limited to issues of career development.  This session will
get at the heart of the issues and explore best practices for
addressing this very important topic.
10:45 am - 11:00am Break
11:00 am - 12:15 pm BARRIERS & MYTHS:
All three BRGs face a legacy of outdated thinking and
misunderstanding. Examples include: leaders associating
accommodations with high costs, colleagues believing that
those with Post Traumatic Stress are a danger in the
workplace or that LGBT is a sexual preference rather than
a sexual orientation. BRGs can counter these myths through
strategic activities and awareness based on fact. They can
influence the need to integrate this information into core
leadership training, ultimately building more inclusive
leaders. This session will address the barriers and myths
which hinder the integration of veterans, individuals with
disabilities and LGBT and will provide scalable solutions
for BRG leaders, including how best to extend the welcome
mat to allies through their name, mission, messaging and
inclusive culture.
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm Keynote Presentation:

  • Kathy Martinez
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Speaker:

  • Laurie Artis
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm ETIQUETTE:  Language, whether verbal or physical,
matters. Veterans, people with disabilities and those in the
LGBT community have been slighted and demeaned often
inadvertently, but impacted none the less. Managers and
colleagues must be educated on the correct way to engage
with someone in a wheelchair or speak with someone who is
hearing impaired. What is the appropriate reference when
asking about a life partner or how to engage with someone
transgender? What questions are appropriate when
welcoming a veteran back from active duty? Etiquette
breaches are often a matter of lack of understanding
and knowledge but at times can be pure bias (conscious and
unconscious), which sometimes manifests itself as
bullying – a different problem. This session will address
how a BRG can influence the corporation’s commitment to
competence and practice of appropriate etiquette
and at the same time; ensure that within their own
constituency they practice best practices
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break  
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm FINANCIAL EDUCATION: Veterans, people with
disabilities and LGBT share the need for specialized
financial education for both short and long term needs.
Veterans who are accustomed to their needs being taken care
of by the military find themselves on their own for budgeting,
savings and retirement planning. People with disabilities
may have needs for equipment or therapies that are not
covered by a health insurance plan or special needs parents
may needs to address planning for the future of their loved
ones with disabilities. Those in the LGBT community will
be diligent about the assignment of financial decisions
particularly as they relate to partners. This session will
address how a BRG can be a first point of contact for a
company to better understand these issues relative
to its own employees and to its customers.
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Wrap-Up; Next Steps




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