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
6:00 pm - 8:00 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.
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm FULL-FEATURE FILM

 

CinemAbility:  The Art of Inclusion

Cast:  Ben Affleck, Geena Davis, Jamie Foxx, William H. Macy, Marlee Matlin, Jane Seymour, and many more.

 

Description:  CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion reveals a compelling and often amusing look at the history of disability portrayals in entertainment.  From the early days of silent films to present-day Hollywood blockbusters, this historic film takes a detailed look at the evolution of “disability” in entertainment over the last 120 years by going behind the scenes to interview celebrities, filmmakers, and studio executives. With heart and humor, CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion utilizes clips from Hollywood’s most beloved motion pictures and television programs to shine a light on how the media impacts society and the monumental effect these portrayals have on inclusion.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019

Time                 Topic Location
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast Preserve Pre-function
7:15 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
  • Dahlia Shaewitz
    Vice President, Transition, Disability & Employment, Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)
  • 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
Sponsored by: Ahold
Mangrove Deck / Preserve Ballroom
10:15 am - 10:45 am Springboard in the Media

  • Bloomberg TV

 

  • Harvard Case Study, Forbes / Fortune / Entrepreneur (June 2019 Publications), and
    iHeart Podcast

    • Nadine Vogel
      Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC
Preserve Ballroom
10:45 am - 11:15 am 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
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 Government

Panelist(s):

  • Craig Leen
    Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
  • Michael Murray
    Director Employer Policy, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
Preserve Ballroom
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Neurodiversity

Session Sponsor: Landmark College

 

Introduction by:

  • Valerie Herskowitz, MA, CCC-SLP
    Founder, The Chocolate Spectrum

 

Moderator:

  • Jan Coplan
    Director, Career Connections, Landmark College

 

Panelist(s):

  • Maxwell Lyttle
    Social Mentor, Landmark College
  • Jessica Nelson
    Associate Director, Career Connections, Landmark College

Description: For the first time ever, the important topic of "Neurodiversity and sourcing, hiring, and retaining Neurodivergent talent," will be addressed from the main stage at the Disability Matters North America Conference. This session, led by Jan Copland, Director of Career Connections at Landmark College, will examine how emerging “neurodiversity in the workplace” efforts are recognizing the strengths that neurodivergent individuals can bring to problem-solving and innovation. Landmark College is helping to define neurodiversity as one of the pillars of human diversity. This session will have you thinking about solving today’s war for talent in a very new way.

Preserve Ballroom
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm BREAK Preserve Ballroom
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Session Preserve Ballroom
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Next-Steps Exercise:  How Prepared Are We? 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 - 9:30 am Springboard Event Announcements

 

  • 2019 Disability Connect Forum
    • James E. Taylor, Ph.D.
      Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Management Officer, UPMC
  • 2019 Disability Matters Europe

 

  • 2020 Disability Matters North America
    • Susan Hamilton
      General Counsel, Springboard Consulting, LLC
Preserve Ballroom
9:30 am – 10:45 am C4DI

 

Moderator:

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

Panelist(s):

  • Kirsten Weeks
    Director, Inclusion and Collaboration, and Community Relations, Cisco
  • 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
  • David Ortiz
    Disability Inclusion Program Manager, 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
10:45 am – 11:00 am BREAK Mangrove Deck / Preserve Ballroom
11:00 am – 11:30 am Best Practices Preserve Ballroom
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Keynote Presentation

Keynote: 

  • Lex Gillette
    Keynote Speaker and Paralympic Track & Field Athlete
    (Biography)
Preserve Ballroom
12:15 am – 1:15 pm NETWORKING LUNCHEON Mangrove Deck / Preserve Ballroom
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Travel: Accessibility & Acceptance

Session Sponsor: Visa, Inc.

 

Moderator:

  • Patty Dingle
    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
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Workplace Violence

 

Moderator: 

  • Mitch Morgan
    Vice President, Manager, Inclusion and Diversity, Fifth Third Bank

 

Panelist(s):

  • Barry Nixon
    Executive Director, National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence

 

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? 

Preserve Ballroom
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm BREAK Mangrove Deck / Preserve Ballroom
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Aging & Disability: A Fireside Chat

 

Panelist(s):

  • 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
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Next-Steps Exercise:  How Prepared Are We?

 

Preserve Ballroom
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Closing Remarks & Departures Preserve Ballroom

 

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