Disability Matters 2022 – Europe


2022 Disability Matters
Europe Conference & Awards

When: 26 – 27 July, 2022
Where: Live-stream


Sponsorship Opportunities available for the event.  Or, if you have questions, please contact ivette@consultspringboard.com

(1-1/2 day Conference & Awards)

Please note – General or Sponsor Admission, regardless of registration, in order to gain entry to the event, you must be corporate personnel.

CART Captioning will be provided for the event.

Hosted by: 

Barilla G. e R. F.lli S.p.A.
We are an Italian family in love with good food
Our story begins in Parma in 1877, with a small bread and pasta shop. Today, more than 140 years later, our products are present in over 100 countries and have become icons of the food sector. Despite this, we have remained a family business, not listed on the stock exchange. https://www.barillagroup.com/it/



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DMEUR 2022 AGENDA (Final Rev 1 25 July 2022)

TIME ZONE:  Central European Summer Time (CEST) UTC / GMT +2

TUESDAY, 26  JULY 2022

Time               Topic
9:00 am – 9:15 am


Nadine Vogel
Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC

9:15 am – 9:30 am

Opening Remarks

Giangaddo Prati
Chief Financial Officer, Barilla Group

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Disability & Education


Prof. Gabriele Giorgi
Associate Professor, Organizational Psychology, European University of Rome


Dr. Georgia Libera Finstad
PhD candidate, Teaching Assistant, and Lecturer, European University of Rome

Emanuela Ingusci
Associate Professor, Work & Organizational Psychology, Human & Social Sciences Department, University of Salento

Nicola Mucci
Professor, University of Florence, Italy

Jose M. Leon-Perez
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Universidad de Sevilla

Description. Research trends and intervention in disability management.

10:15 am – 11:15 am



Talita Ramos Erickson
Chief D&I Officer, Barilla Group


Rosanna Maserati
Diversity and Inclusion Service Manager, Crédit Agricole Italia

Daniele Regolo
Brand Ambassador D&I, Seltis Hub s.r.l.

Christian Schinko
Head of Disability Management | Vice President, UniCredit Bank Austria AG

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.  

11:15 am – Noon


Keynote Presentation

Gretchen Vogel
Executive Assistant, Springboard Consulting, LLC | Motivational Keynote Speaker

Noon – 1:00 pm LUNCH BREAK
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Film Industry & Persons with Disabilities: Your unique creativity and authenticity is needed now.


Mrs. Rayna Lountzis
Filmmaker + Film Student, De Montfort University


Lewis Ian Bray
Actor + Screenwriter

Amanda Graham
Writer, Lecturer, and Ideas Person, Freelance

Ms. Maria Rogers
Getreal Media

Description: Destigmatizing mental health and disability in the film industry both in front and behind the camera.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Invisible Disabilities and Wellbeing in the Workplace


Dr. Christine Parker
Associate Profession, University of Derby


Mandy Aulak
Solicitor, Director, and Co-Founder, Talem Law

Mr. Gavin Cooper
Director, Mental Health, Derbyshire Mind

Description: Dr Christine Parker, Associate Professor at University of Derby UK with Mandy Aulak, Solicitor, Director and Co-Founder, Talem Law UK, specialist in Employment Law & SEN/Disability and Gavin Cooper Director of MIND Derbyshire UK discuss hidden disabilities in the workplace especially mental health diagnoses and difficulties.  An overview, the case for inclusivity, and empowering employers to support wellbeing for all.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm



Talita Ramos Erickson
Chief D&I Officer, Barilla Group


Phil Canale
Vice President, International Area Management, BNY Mellon

Karin Flinspach
Regional Head Transaction Banking Europe & Americas, Standard Chartered Bank AG

Simona Piva
Diversity Officer and People Care, Findomestic Banca spa

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.  .

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Creating Menopause-Inclusive Workplaces

Dinah Tobias
Director & Founder, Blooming Menopause

Description: Dinah Tobias, Founder of Blooming Menopause will outline why workplaces need to be taking action around creating menopause-inclusive workplaces.  She will discuss why this stage of life does not need to limit careers for those navigating it and how employers can and should work to retain this talented, experienced group of employees.  Menopause is not a disability but many of the symptoms can be difficult to manage.  The session will explore best practice workplace adjustments that every workplace could consider.

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Wrap-Up day-1

Nadine Vogel
Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC


TIME ZONE:  Central European Summer Time (CEST) UTC / GMT +2


Time               Topic
9:00 am – 9:15 am

Welcoming Remarks

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

9:15 am – 9:45 am

A Fireside Chat. Intersectionality: What does it mean and how does it manifest itself for people from being included in the workplace?


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


Gurchaten Sandhu
ILGA World Programmes

Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett
Global Inclusion & Diversity Advisor, AngloAmerican

Description: A fireside chat hosted by Nadine Vogel, with Gurchaten Sandhu from ILGA World Programmes and Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Inclusion & Diversity Advisor for Anglo American discussing the layers of intersectionality, and how their race/ethnicity, invisible disabilities, sexual orientation and Gender identity creates challenges and how can psychological safety be increased for others to be their authentic selves in the workplace?

9:45 am – 10:15 am

Practical Inclusion: Usability Testing for Evaluating Accessibility

Chris Hass
Executive Director, User Experience Center, Bentley University

Peter McNally
Senior Consultant, User Experience Center, Bentley University

Description: Accessibility best practices may not be incorporated into your organization’s processes. As a result, vital perspectives may be omitted from product or service selection, design, and/or development activities. You may have suspicions that job application tools and the tools employees are asked to use present accessibility and usability barriers. This seasoned duo of User Experience (UX) research practitioners will introduce usability testing as a tool for assessing product accessibility. We’ll cover the anatomy of a usability test, its practical uses, and the invaluable ROI it provides for embedding accessibility into product-related processes, generating unbiased truths for decision making, defeating office politics, and amplifying the value of accessibility within organizations of all sizes and types.

10:15 am – 11:15 am



Floriana Notarangelo
Sales Senior Manager, Barilla Group


Prof. Gianluca Amatori
Associate Professor, Special Education, Ufficio Inclusione – Università Europea di Roma 

Karthik Kannan
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Envision

Andrea Pontremoli
Chief Executive Officer & General Manager, Dallara

Christian Schinko
Head of Disability Management | Vice President, UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Description: Hear from this year’s award winners 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.

11:15 am – Noon


Keynote Presentation

Chris Moon, MBE
Keynote Speaker, Step Beyond

Noon – 12:30 pm Awards Presentation
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

Closing Remarks

Mauricio Cannavacciuolo
Head of HR for Global Marketing & Barilla Acceleration Team, Barilla D&I Board Member, Barilla Group

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm


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





Gretchen Vogel was born with a myriad of disabilities, none of which stops her from independently living life to the fullest.

Gretchen is currently employed at Springboard Consulting (www.consultspringboard.com).  In her tenure, she has served in many capacities and currently as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer.  And previously interned at Prudential Financial in the Life Insurance Death Claims division.

Gretchen is also a motivational keynote speaker, sharing her signature talk, “Expectations, Tribulations and Triumph.” Gretchen takes you through her life’s journey from birth to adulthood… you’ll learn that at birth Gretchen was diagnosed with what is often referred to as Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, which means she had joint contractures of hands, arms, legs and feet, in addition to having her feet positioned at her shoulders. She also had a complete nervous system shutdown leaving her without reflexes including the ability to suck, swallow, and track, which has caused her to live with lifelong disabilities.  In addition, she was born to a business executive and a U.S. Army Lieutenant, RANGER; two people that don’t take “no” as an answer very easily.  So when the doctors told Gretchen’s parents she wouldn’t do much in life and that she may not live… well, they had other plans in mind for baby Gretchen.

Gretchen’s story will challenge what you see and what you might be thinking. She’ll take you through her parents’ expectations, then her own expectations, and through those tribulations, all which culminates into a beautiful story about life’s challenges and its successes.  The lesson… you shouldn’t ever give-up on what matters to you.  It may take a little longer than expected, but you eventually get there.

Since Gretchen started presenting in 2013, she had spoken at corporate events, schools, and at conferences.

You know how those doctors said Gretchen wouldn’t do much, well… she has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Psychology and a minor in Studio Art from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Gretchen enjoys painting, water aerobics, and yoga.  She resides in South Florida with her service dog Coco.




A white man with a disability is running in the desert.
Chris Moon
helps people and organisations around the world grow and improve personal and team performance. He’s been a keynote speaker and run change and leadership programs for twenty years working with the public and private sector and international business schools. He’s one of the most fortunate people to be alive you’re likely to meet.  His exploits have been covered in a Discovery documentary I Shouldn’t Be Alive.

Chris is a former British Army Officer with three year’s operational experience who left to work for a charity clearing landmines. He’s survived being taken prisoner in Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge (one of the most brutal terror groups in history) and negotiated his release and that of two colleagues from threatened execution.

In 1995 he was blown up in a supposedly safe area of a minefield in remote East Africa losing an arm and a leg (ironically doing one of the least dangerous things he did). He survived initially because he treated himself. About fourteen hours after injury, he arrived in South Africa where doctors say they’d never seen anyone live with such a small amount of blood.

He recovered four times faster than expected and in 1996; within a year of leaving hospital ran the London Marathon, raised significant sums to help disabled people in the developing world and successfully completed a full time Master’s Degree in human behaviour.

Chris taught himself to run and is thought to be the world’s first amputee ultra-distance runner after completing the Marathon De Sables in 1997. He’s run the world’s toughest ultra-marathons, most recently the Badwater Death Valley 135 mile ultra and the Devon Coast to Coast 117-mile Race. He’s led numerous teams to complete rigorous challenges ranging from climbing mountains to cycling the length of Cambodia.

When it comes to challenging the concept of limitation, adapting to change, and overcoming adversity Chris walks the talk. He has a passion for the process of achievement and uses his unique experiences to help people do what they do better. Chris speaks with enthusiasm and humour on resilience, change, personal and strategic leadership, and all aspects of behavioural choices. His interactive presentations and workshops are tailored to desired outcomes and actions.



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