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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

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

Registration is now closed 



  • 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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    Cisco Systems Logo   Landmark College Logo   Visa Logo



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    Intel Logo

    UPMC Logo

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    American Airlines Logo   Bank of America Logo (2019) Fifth-Third logo
    Oracle Logo   Runway of Dreams Foundation Logo   Toyota Logo
    Travelers Logo   Workday Logo    





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    DTCC Logo Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin logo Intuit Logo (2017)
    Kimberly-Clark Logo

    L'Oreal USA Logo

    novant health logo
    Procter & Gamble Logo Prudential Financial Logo SCJohnson logo

    Stanley Black & Decker Logo

    Wells Fargo Logo Wyndham Destinations Logo



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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