The 13th Annual Disability Matters North America Conference & Awards

When: April 23-25, 2029
Where: Jupiter, Florida
Location: Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place



Conference Day 1

Tricia Downing Photo

Athlete, Author, and
Owner, RedefiningAble

Conference Day 2

Lex Gillette wearing his Paralympic Medal

Keynote Speaker and

Paralympic Track & Field Athlete

Feature Film

Right after the
Welcome Reception
CinemAbility Poster

LIVE Performance By:

Natalia Sulca Photo

            NATALIA SULCA

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Contact Us

Continue to check back with us as we update our sponsors daily! If interested in becoming a Sponsor or participating in the event, there is still time! To become a sponsor, please contact Ivette Lopez, C.O.O. & Chief of Staff; E: ivette@consultspringboard.com; T: 1-973-813-7260 x.102.  To purchase a ticket, click here >> https://consultspringboard.com/disability-matters/ticket-purchase/.



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  • Welcome Reception:  Resort Wear and/or Pool Attire (swimming will be allowed)
  • Conference Attire:  Resort Wear
  • Awards Ceremony & Dinner:  Formal / Cocktail Attire


Should you require any Dietary Accommodations, please be sure to make note in the Dietary Accommodations area of the Registration Process.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – Welcome Reception

  • Passed Hors D’oeuvres

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Conference Day – 1 

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch: TBD

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Awards Gala Dinner

  • Cocktail Reception: Hors D’oeuvres.
  • Dinner: TBD
  • Dessert: TBD

Thursday, April 25, 2019 – Conference Day – 2 

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch: TBD


    If you have any questions regarding this conference, please contact:


      Tuesday, April 23, 2019
      6:30PM – 8:30PM EST

      Wednesday & Thursday
      April 24 & 25, 2019

      7:45AM – 5:15PM EST

      Wednesday, April 24, 2019

      7:00PM – 10:00PM EST


      Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place
      122 Soundings Avenue,
      Jupiter, Florida 33477
      (T): 561-273-6600
      (F): 561-273-6669


      Agenda is final.

      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 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


      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 


      • Pamela McElvane
        Chief Executive Officer & Publisher, DiversityMBA


      • 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


      Description Springboard 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


      Sponsored by: Ahold Delhaize | USA

      Mangrove Deck / Preserve Ballroom
      10:15 am – 10:45 am

      Springboard in Post-Secondary Education 

      • Harvard Case Study; and Disability and Diversity Management at the Universidad Europea di Roma
        • Nadine Vogel
          Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC

       Springboard in European Government

      • German Social Accident Insurance: Policy and Practice in Germany and around Europe
        • Nadine Vogel
          Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC

      Springboard in the Media

      • Forbes / Fortune / Entrepreneur (June 2019 Publications), and iHeart Podcast
        • Nadine Vogel
          Chief Executive Officer, Springboard Consulting, LLC
      • Bloomberg TV
        • Glenn Hanson
          Chief Executive Officer, Colony Hills Capital
        • Lawrence Rothstein, EdD
          Executive Director, No Limits Media
      Preserve Ballroom
      10:45 am – 11:15 am



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


      • F. Carl Hansen
        Producer/Director, Beverly Entertainment
      • Jim True-Frost
        Actor, Freelance

       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: 

      • 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



      • Craig E. 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 – 1:40 pm

      Neurodiversity:  An Introduction 

       Introduction by:

      • Valerie Herskowitz, MA, CCC-SLP
        Founder, The Chocolate Spectrum
      1:40 pm – 2:45 pm


      Session Sponsor: Landmark College


      • Jessica Nelson
        Associate Director, Career Connections, Landmark College


      • Jan Coplan
        Director, Career Connections, Landmark College
      • Andrew Garcia
        Talent Acquisition Lead, New Balance Athletic Shoe
      • Maxwell Lyttle
        Social Mentor, 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
      2:45 pm – 3:00 pm BREAK Preserve Ballroom
      3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Mental Health:  A Corporate Strategy not a Best Practice, but a Next Practice 

      Session Sponsor: Cisco

      Introduction by:

      • Maria Medrano
        Director, Employee, Partner & Customer Experiences, Cisco


      • Lori Paschall
        Regional Manager, Cisco
      • Seann Ritzman
        CDAN Co-Lead, Cisco
      Preserve Ballroom
      4:00 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
      7:30 am -12:00 pm Registration Preserve Pre-function
      8:45 am – 9:00 am

      Welcome and Opening Remarks: 

      • Nadine Vogel
        Chief Executive Officer, 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

      • Maria Medrano
        Director, Employee, Partner & Customer Experiences, Cisco

      2020 Disability Matters North America

      • Susan Hamilton
        General Counsel, Springboard Consulting, LLC
      Preserve Ballroom
      9:30 am – 10:45 am



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


      • 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
      • Amy Warner
        Vice President & General Manager, IT Digital Business Solutions, 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
        Head of 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 

      • Lex Gillette
        Keynote Speaker and Paralympic Track & Field Athlete
      Preserve Ballroom
      12:15 pm – 1:15 pm NETWORKING LUNCHEON Mangrove Deck / Preserve Ballroom
      1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

      Travel: Accessibility & Acceptance 

      Session Sponsor: Visa, Inc.


      • Patty Nishimura Dingle
        Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Visa, Inc.


      • Gina Emrich
        Senior Manager, American Airlines
      • Bonnie Hayes
        Customer Accessibility Analyst, American Airlines

      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 


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


      • W. Barry Nixon
        Executive Director, National Institute for the Prevention of Workplace Violence, Inc.
      • James W. Satterfield
        President / Founder, CrisisRisk Strategies, LLC


      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 


      • 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

      Hotel and Transportation


      Springboard has negotiated a discounted rate of $189.00 USD, plus applicable sales (7%) and occupancy (6%) tax rates at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place.  Please book quickly as space is limited.

      Please Note:

      • The room rate is subject to any applicable city, county, state or federal taxes that may apply at the time of room occupancy. Currently, the combined tax rate is 13%; taxes are subject to change. 
      • Cancellations are not allowed (hotel reservation is non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-negotiable).*
      • If you shorten your stay after reservation has been secured, there are no refunds.*
      • Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.
      • Check-out time is 11:00 a.m.
      • All hotel reservations must be made no later than Monday, April 1, 2019 to receive the discounted rate and additional negotiated amenities.*
        • Amenities included are:
          • Guestroom internet access
          • Use of the Fitness Center
          • Two bottles of water daily in guest room
          • Coffee & Tea in guest room
          • Local Calls
          • Waived Hotel Services Fee ($14.00 value per night)
          • Overnight self-parking will be reduced to $8.00 (discounted from $16.00 per night). Should you still wish to utilize Overnight Valet Parking the rate is $24.00 plus tax, which is at your cost.
          • Group rate will be offered three (3) days pre and post, based upon availability (Saturday, April 20, 2019 through Saturday, April 27, 2019)
          • As part of your reservations, you will be entered into a raffle to win a Two Night Three Day Lodging Package at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place.


      TO MAKE A HOTEL RESERVATION, PLEASE VISIT >> https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/groups/gr/springboard-consulting-llc1



      We recommend scheduling with Uber or Lyft to/from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Airport or West Palm Beach (PBI) Airport; or using local taxi service.




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      Day-1 Morning Sessions Day-1 Morning Sessions Day-2  Sessions



      United Voices Choir


      Opening Remarks


      Research Presentation


      Springboard in Post-Secondary
      Education & in the Media


      Disability in the Media &
      Entertainment Industry



      Keynote Day-1
      Tricia Downing


      U.S. Disability Regulation and
      its impact on Corporate America


      Neurodiversity: An Introduction


      Neurodiversity in the Workplace


      The Importance of Making
      Full-Spectrum Disability
      Part of your
      Company Strategy & Culture



      Performance by
      Natalia Sulca


      Awards Presentation


      Opening Remarks Day-2


      Springboard Announcements

      2019 Disability Connect Forum   2019 Disability Matters 
      Europe Conference & Awards
        2020 Disability Matters
      North America Conference & Awards


      Chief Diversity Officers 
      for Disability Inclusion (C4DI)TM



      Best Practices
      Featuring the Honorees



      Keynote Day-2
      Lex Gillette



      Travel: Accessibility & Acceptance



      Workplace Violence


      Aging & Disability
      A Fireside Chat


      Closing Remarks