Disability Matters 2021 – North America

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The 15th Annual Disability Matters
North America Conference & Awards via Live-Stream

When: April 27-29, 2021
Where: Live Stream


Sponsorship Opportunities available by contacting ivette@consultspringboard.com

(2-day Virtual Live-Stream Conference & Awards)

(1-day Summit)

COMBO-TICKETS: $1,499 per person
(1-day BRG Summit, and 2-day Disability Matters Virtual Live-Stream Conference & Awards)

CART Captioning will be provided at both events.



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Time               Topic
10:00 am – 10:15 am


Nadine Vogel
Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC

10:15 am – 10:30 am

Opening Remarks

Sheldon Cummings
Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Intuit

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Research 1

Pam McElvane , MBA, MA, PCC
Chief Engagement Officer, Diversity MBA Media, A P&L Group Co.

11:00 am – 11:45 am


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

Leddi Fraser, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Comprehensive Medpsych Systems

Brandi Kent, RPR-CRC-CRR-RSA
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Kaptions4U, LLC

Description:  Hear from this year’s award winner about the initiative(s) that brought them to the Disability Matters stage. This award is in consideration of a company’s programs/initiatives that speak to its culture relative to the support for resources, engagement, celebration and retention of employees who either have a disability or are caring for someone with a disability.   This session will also address the need and impact of captioning and addressing mental health in the workplace.

11:45 am – Noon BREAK

Noon – 12:45 pm


Keynote Presentation


Terrance Irizarry
Chief Inclusive Diversity Officer, Danone North America


David Renaud
Writer / Producer



12:45 pm – 1:45 pm




1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Digital Usability

Peter McNally
Senior Consultant, Bentley University User Experience Center

Stuart Seaborn
Managing Director, Litigation, Disability Rights Advocates

Description:  Digital accessibility is important. Digital Usability is critical.  This session will address both the legal and the practical issues when it comes to ensuring your candidates, employees and customers can successfully engage with you and your business no matter their disability.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Research 2

Laurie A. Henneborn
Managing Director, Accenture

Description: This session will present the findings from Accenture’s “Getting to Equal 2020: Disability Inclusion” research.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm BREAK
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm



Lauren Guthrie
Vice President, Global Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Action, VF Corporation

Description:  Hear from this year’s award winner) about the initiatives that brought them to the Disability Matters stage.  This award is in consideration of a company’s programs/initiatives that focus on the outreach, communication and marketing of products and/or services to consumers who are individuals who either have a disability and/or have a dependent with special needs.

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Healthcare Professionals with Disabilities


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


Dr. Sarah Diekman, MD, JD, MS
Occupational and Environmental Medicine Resident Physician, Johns Hopkins

Marley Doyle, M.D.
Director of the Adult Outpatient Division, Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN), and Associate Director of the Women’s Reproductive Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Leora Heifetz, RNC-OB, MSN Ed.
Nurse, Chicago Public Schools

Nichole Taylor, DO
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Letitia “Letty” Tomaszewski
Medical Student

Description: When it comes to the representation and inclusion of healthcare professionals with disabilities, medical schools, nursing schools and ultimately, hospitals and healthcare systems are greatly missing the mark.  This session will address the issues, challenges, opportunities and potential solutions for effecting positive and lasting change.

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm Wrap-Up day-1




Time               Topic
10:00 am – 10:15 am

Welcoming Remarks

Nadine O. Vogel
Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC

10:15 am – 10:45 am


Nadine O. Vogel
Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC

o   TV Programs (The Nosh, Talk & Tea w/ G and Me, Inclusion at Work)

o   Podcast: The Reboot Genie

o   Springboard Consulting Learning Institute (SCLI) Expansion

o   Springboard Website

Norma Stanley
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, E.E.E. Marketing Group

o   Podcast: Disabled Lives Matter


10:45 am – 11:45 am



Tesha L. Nesbit
Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Erie Insurance


John D. Kemp
President & Chief Executive Officer, The Viscardi Center

Description:  Hear from this year’s award winners about the initiatives that brought them to the Disability Matters stage.  This award is.in recognition of their company’s programs/initiatives that touch on all aspects of talent acquisition and management, learning and development, human resources and technology.   This session will also address the practice of using AI for talent acquisition and how it might be viewed as discriminatory to individuals with disabilities.

11:45 am – Noon BREAK

Noon – 12:45 pm


Keynote Presentation


Sagar Barbhaya
Staff Software Engineer, Intuit, Inc.


Chris Downey, AIA
President, Architecture for the Blind

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm LUNCH BREAK
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Research 3

Elaine E. Katz, MS, CCC/SLP
Senior Vice President, Grants and Communications, Kessler Foundation

John O’Neill, Ph.D.
Director, Employment and Disability Research, Kessler Foundation

Tynisha Henderson
Executive Director, The Springboard Foundation

Elizabeth “Libby” Ladu
Finance Director, The Springboard Foundation

Description: In this session The Kessler Foundation will present their findings from The First National Survey looking at the experience of college graduates with disabilities from “The ADA Generation”.  It will also address opportunities for college students with disabilities to obtain scholarships.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Disability Hero


Laura Barbaro
Vice President, Sales and Marketing, General Manager Customer Advocacy, Intel

Description:  A Disability Hero is someone who makes their voice, time, efforts and at times, money, count, for issues impacting the disability community. These individuals can be found anywhere, in all shapes, sizes and ages; although, they are not affiliated with a non-profit organization, agency or the like.  Though their intentions are good, their acts of kindness and resulting outcomes are amazing.  This year’s Hero is an award-winning author as are the characters she writes about.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm BREAK
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Music Industry

Terry Moorer
The Hottest Disabled Entrepreneur in America

L.A. Williams III
Vice President, Synergy Records

Description:  Learn from industry professionals about navigating the music industry with a disability.

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Research 4

Sheri Wyatt
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Description: PWC presents the new human capital disclosure rules and getting your company ready especially as it relates to individuals with disabilities.

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm BREAK
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm Awards Presentation
5:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Ted Drake
Global Accessibility Leader, Intuit

5:30 pm – 5:45 pm


Nadine Vogel
Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC 



Photo of David RenaudDAVID RENAUD
Flying Renaud Productions

David Renaud is a former medical doctor and a Producer on the Humanitas Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated ABC series The Good Doctor. He has also written on the CBS medical drama Pure Genius (created by Jason Katims) and the ABC primetime soap Blood & Oil. He was born and raised in Canada and holds both an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and an MD from the University of British Columbia. At the age of 19, David was in a near fatal car accident that left him paralyzed. He is currently developing a medical drama for ABC with Sony Pictures, Josh Berman and Seth Gordon that is loosely based on his own life. David is committed to challenging preconceptions about people with disabilities and was recognized for his work on The Good Doctor by the Media Access Awards in 2019 (Visionary Award) and by Variety in 2018 (2018 Inclusion Impact Report). He is also committed to expanding opportunities for disabled artists in the industry and has served as a Faculty Advisor to the Respectability Summer Lab for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities (2019, 2020, 2021). He is a proud father of two, an aspiring musician, and a passable cook.


Photo of Chris DowneyCHRIS DOWNEY, AIA
Architecture for the Blind

Chris Downey, AIA has over 32 years of experience in architecture – continuing without sight since 2008. He now specializes in projects focusing on users that are blind and Low Vision including eye institutes, rehabilitation centers, and schools for the blind along with other relevant projects. His current work includes a new Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital for UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA, new eye institutes for Waterloo University in Canada and Wake Forest University in North Carolina and a new building for the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, WA. Other relevant projects include the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco, the National Industries for the Blind in Alexandria, VA and the Sustainability Pavilion for the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, UAE. In all cases, Chris consults with project architects, project teams, user groups and clients on the design of multi-sensory user experiences of users that are blind or low vision. That said, his approach endeavors to express and embrace the broader interests and principles of Universal Design embedding a philosophy of user experience design that is inclusive of the vast spectrum of the human condition. Whatever the project, Chris endeavors to instill a sense of delight for all whether it is seen or not.

Chris has been featured in numerous media stories including “60 Minutes”, speaks internationally regarding disability, inclusion and design, has taught Universal Design for the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley while his TED Talk, “Design with the Blind in Mind”, has been viewed well over a million times. He has served on the California commission on disability Access since 2013 and as its chair effective January 2021. He is also the immediate past Chair of the board of directors for San Francisco’s Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired on which he has served since 2010.

Chris and his wife of 27 years are empty nesters living in Piedmont, CA where he is a competitive rower on a crew team on the Oakland Estuary, sings in his church choir and is an avid cyclist – now on a tandem.



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