2019 Disability Matters N.A. Conference & Awards
 

 

 

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AGENDA

The 13th Annual
DISABILITY MATTERS
North America Conference & Awards

 
 

Please check back regularly as we update the agenda.  Additional sessions and speakers being added.

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019

Time                 Topic Location
7:45 am - 5:00 pm Registration Pool Deck or Preserve Pre-Function, if raining.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm WELCOME RECEPTION

Welcome and Opening Remarks:

  • Nadine Vogel
    Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC
Pool Deck or Preserve Pre-Function, if raining.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019

Time                 Topic Location
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast Preserve Pre-function
7:45 am - 12:00 pm Registration Preserve Pre-function
8:30 am - 8:45 am Opening Procession Mangrove Deck / Preserve Ballroom
8:45 am - 9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Nadine Vogel
    Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC
Preserve Ballroom
9:00 am – 10:00 am Research Presentation

Moderator:

  • Pam McElvane
    Chief Executive Officer & Publisher, DiversityMBA

Remarks:

  • Barbara Frankel
    Executive Editor, Working Mother Research Institute, Working Mother Media
  • Michelle Yin
    Principal Economist, American Institutes for Research

DescriptionSpringboard regularly hears from corporate executives about the need for up-to-date quality research in order to make more informed decisions when it comes to implementing initiatives for mainstream people with disabilities in the workforce, workplace and marketplace. The 2019 Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards Gala will present Michelle Yin, a Principal Economist with The American Institute for Research (AIR) in this dynamic session of researchers on the latest findings, inclusive of AIR's findings, relative to this most important segment of our population.

Preserve Ballroom
10:00 am - 10:15 am BREAK Mangrove Deck / Preserve Ballroom
10:15 am - 11:15 am Session Preserve Ballroom
11:15 am - 12:00 pm

 

Keynote Presentation

Keynote:

  • Tricia Downing
    Athlete, Author, and Owner, RedefiningAble
    (Biography)
Preserve Ballroom
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCHEON Preserve Ballroom
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Session Preserve Ballroom
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Entertainment

  • Bryan M. Roberts
    Associate Dean, Roy H. Park School of Communications,  Ithaca College

Description: Whether we are talking about large or small screen, people with disabilities are helping Hollywood in a big way.  Are there challenges? Yes; but the entertainment industry is finally taking notice.   For the very first time, the 2019 Disability Matters Conference & Awards Gala will present a session on Disability in the Media and Entertainment Industry. This highly engaging session will be led by Bryan Roberts, the associate dean in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. In this position, he oversees a wide array of student success-initiatives including assisting with the creation and launch of the Ithaca College New York City Program. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010 at age 30, he serves on the Patient Council of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. 

Preserve Ballroom
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Session Preserve Ballroom
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm BREAK Preserve Ballroom
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Workforce Preserve Ballroom
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Session Preserve Ballroom
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap-Up day-1 Preserve Ballroom
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm COCKTAIL RECEPTION Mangrove Deck / Preserve Ballroom
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm AWARDS GALA Preserve Ballroom

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019

Time                 Topic Location
7:45 am – 8:45 am Breakfast Preserve Pre-function
7:45 am -12:00 pm Registration Preserve Pre-function
8:45 am - 9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Nadine Vogel
    CEO, Springboard Consulting, LLC
Preserve Ballroom
9:00 am - 10:00 am Session Preserve Ballroom
10:00 am – 10:30 am Session Preserve Ballroom
10:30 am – 10:45 am BREAK Mangrove Deck / Preserve Ballroom
10:45 am – 11:15 am Session Preserve Ballroom
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Keynote Presentation

Keynote: 

  • Lex Gillette
    Keynote Speaker and Paralympic Track & Field Athlete
    (Biography)
Preserve Ballroom
12:00 am – 1:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCHEON Mangrove Deck / Preserve Ballroom
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm 2019 Springboard Event Announcements

  • Disability Connect
  • Disability Matters: Europe, Asia-Pacific, & Education
Preserve Ballroom
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Aging & Disability: A Fireside Chat

  • Meryle Mahrer Kaplan
    Senior Consultant, Rupert Organizational Design
  • Paul Rupert
    Chief Executive Officer, Rupert Organizational Design

 

Description:  The incidence of disability doubles between the ages 40-55; meaning, there are and will continue to be an aging-population in the workforce living with a disability.  Add to that, the many who are staying in the workforce longer than ever before. As a result, employers must implement a variety of workplace practices to support the aging employee-population; many of these practices can benefit all workers.  

Paul Rupert and Meryle Mahrer Kaplan of Rupert Organizational Design and Respectful Exits will lead a lively discussion about the advantages and best practices for retaining this cohort, especially when they have or develop a disability.

Preserve Ballroom
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Workplace Violence

  • Barry Nixon
    Executive Director, National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence
  • Jeffrey A. Slotnick, CPP, PSP
    President, Setracon Enterprise Security Risk Management Services

 

Description:  Workplace violence is on the rise as is the number of employees with disabilities.  Although companies have begun to prepare their employees on how to remain safe based on the many current events of workplace violence, what companies are not doing is taking into consideration those employees who have disabilities who need to receive that information differently such as: an employee who is on the Autism Spectrum, or an employee who is experiencing Post Traumatic Stress, and different yet, for an employee who uses a wheelchair. What is a company to do?  Learn from Barry Nixon, Executive Director for The National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence;  Jeffrey A. Slotnick, President, Setracon Enterprise Security Risk Management Services, and a local First Responder. 

Preserve Ballroom
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm BREAK Mangrove Deck / Preserve Ballroom
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Travel: Accessibility & Acceptance

Session Sponsor: Visa, Inc.

 Patty Dingle
Sr. Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Visa, Inc.

Description:  Trains, planes, and automobiles.  Small town and large city, anywhere in the world.  Your travel experience should be one that is clearly accessible and accepting of people with disabilities.  Patty Dingle will lead this most provocative session.

Preserve Ballroom
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm C4DI

Moderator:

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

Panelist(s):

  • Shari Slate
    Vice President, Chief Inclusion & Collaboration Officer,
    Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Eugene Kelly
    Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion,
    The Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Andres E. Gonzalez
    Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer,
    Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Barbara H. Whye
    Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources, Intel Corporation
  • Scott Beth
    Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Intuit
  • James E. Taylor, Ph.D.
    Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Management Officer, UPMC
  • Traci Wade
    Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Oracle
  • Reginald J. Miller
    Senior Director, Global Inclusion and Diversity, VF Corporation

 

Description:  These diversity leaders and their corporations are role-models who understand the importance of ensuring candidates, employees, and customers with disabilities, as well as those caring for dependents with disabilities, are fully and appropriately included in everything from workforce, workplace and marketplace. They also understand the need to approach this work as a business imperative; committed to conversation, collaboration and action for successful mainstreaming of this large, loyal segment of our population by taking Springboard's C4DI Pledge!

 

Preserve Ballroom
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Closing Remarks & Departures Preserve Ballroom

 

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