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The First Annual Disability Matters Europe Conference & Awards

When: March 26-27, 2012
Where: Paris, France  
Location: Publicis



Agenda: 2012 – Europe

The Inaugural Disability Matters Europe Awards & Conference


The 2012 – Inaugural Disability Matters Europe
Awards Banquet & Conference
Publicis Groupe, 133 avenue des Champs Elysees, Paris, France


Monday, March 26, 2012:
6:30PM – 7:30PM CET Welcome Reception  (Sponsors and Invited Guests)


Tuesday, March 27, 2012:

8:00AM – 8:45AM CET Registration, Continental Breakfast
8:45AM – 9:15AM CET Welcome & Opening Remarks
Speakers: Nadine Vogel, Springboard Consulting and Eve Magnant, Publicis Groupe
9:15AM – 10:30AM CET Workforce Panel
Moderator: Lois Cooper – Adecco Group NA


  • Jelena Krstovic – Delta Holding, Honoree
  • Florence Gravellier – Paralympics Bronze Medal Winner
  • Claire Le Roy-Hatala –  Sociologist
  • Boris Bertin – Accompagner la Réalisation des Projets d’Études de Jeunes Élèves et Étudiants Handicapés (ARPEJEH)
10:30AM – 10:45AM CET Networking Break
10:45AM – 12:00PM CET Workplace Panel
 Moderator:   Bruce Roch – Association Française des Managers de la Diversité (AFMD)


  • Graeme Whippy – Lloyds Banking Group, Honoree
  • Dr. Nasser Siabi – Microlink PC Ltd, Honoree
  • Luk Zelderloo – European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)
  • Angél Navarro – European Institute for Managing Diversity


12:00PM – 12:30PM CET Keynote Speaker :


  • Dr Philippe Chabasse – Handicap International

Introduction: Eve Magnant, Publicis Groupe

12:30PM – 13:00PM CET Keynote Speaker :


  • Stephen Frost – London Organising Commitee of the Olympic Games & Paralympic Games, Ltd.

Introduction: Steve Girdler, Adecco

13:00PM – 14:00PM CET Luncheon
14:00PM – 14:15PM CET Break
14:15PM – 15:30PM CET Marketplace Panel
Moderator: Rachid Bensahnoune – L’Oréal


  • Marc Moncet – SFR, Honoree
  • Richard Pareti – SFR
  • Shadi Abou-Zahra – WAI International Program Office EU Worldwide Web Consortium
  • Roland Dreyfus – Accès Universel
15:30PM – 15:45PM CET U.S./Global Best Practices
Speaker:  Nadine Vogel – Springboard Consulting
15:45PM – 16:45PM CET Awards Presentation
Announcer:  Antoinette Hamilton – L’Oréal
Presenter:  Nadine Vogel – Springboard Consulting
16:45PM – 17:15PM CET Disability Matters EU 2013
Closing Remarks, Survey Completion & Departures

Host Sponsors:

Adecco Group Logo

Publicis Groupe Logo



Disability Matters Europe 2012 – Honorees

The 2012 Disability Matters Honorees are Selected!


SFR Logo


Delta Holding Logo


Microlink Logo Lloyds Banking Group Logo

Press Release 3 – February 28, 2012; PDF Format

Press Release 3 – February 28, 2012; WORD Format


Press Release 2 – January 16, 2012, PDF Format

Press Release 2 – January 16, 2012; WORD Format


Press Release 1 – October 11, 2011, PDF Format

Press Release 1 – October 11, 2011; WORD Format


 Related Media:

DELTA Holding:

Jelena Krstovic on Twitter 

Winner of the International Award for Employing Persons With Disabilities



SFR wins Disability Matters Europe award

Other Media:

Disability Matters Awards Europe

Disability Matters EU: Awards Descriptions & Methodology

The Disability Matters criteria uses a similar basis for each of the three award categories. They are as follows:


This award is in consideration of a company’s programs/initiatives that touch on recruiting, training, and reasonable accommodations. The judges look at things such as who the recruiting programs are targeted to and how integrated they are across the enterprise. For training, is it mandatory or optional and for whom is it delivered. They consider purpose of the programs, how they tie to a company’s overall mission/vision as well as how they connect to the overall HR/Workforce plan. They also consider commitment to the programs in terms of resources (people and money) and widespread communication of the offerings as well as measureable results such as retention of employees with disabilities and their own criteria to determine success. In all of these, the judges are looking for geographic reach. Alignment with disability related organizations is also strongly considered.


This award is in consideration of a company’s programs/initiatives that touch on Disability Employee Resource Groups, Mentor Programs, Etiquette & Awareness Initiatives, the delivery/dissemination of educational Information and resources and company-wide celebratory events. The actual criteria used is similar to above.


This award is in consideration of a company’s programs/initiatives that focus on the marketing of products and/or services (mainstream and targeted) to the disability community. The judges look at the look, feel and messaging as well as appropriateness and relevance of collateral used, advertising, outreach. They look to understand what segment of the population is targeted and why and how it relates to the firm’s overall mission and marketing strategy. Measures of success such as revenue generation are looked at as well as a company’s, overall purpose for marketing to this segment.