2020 Conference Agenda

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Sunday, July 9th

None

Registration Desk Open

Hosted by: Voya Financial
Location: Palazzo Foyer, JW Marriott
None

Hotel Tour

Walk the meeting space at the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes to become oriented with the space. Tours will depart from the Conference Registration Desk, located outside the Palazzo Ballroom at the JW Marriott.

Hosted by:
Location: Registration Desk

Monday, July 10th

None

Registration Desk Open

Hosted by: Voya Financial
Location: Palazzo Foyer, JW Marriott
None

Quiet Rooms

Hosted by:
Location: Petra, JW Marriott and Pisa, Ritz-Carlton
None

Hotel Tour

Walk the meeting space at the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes to become oriented with the space. Tours will depart from the Conference Registration Desk, located outside the Palazzo Ballroom at the JW Marriott.

Hosted by:
Location: Registration Desk
None

DOBE Lounge Open

Hosted by: Abbott
Location: Plaza Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton
None

Professional Headshots

Hosted by: Lowes Home Improvement
Location: Cordova 3, JW Marriott
None

Inclusion Works Meeting (Invitation Only)

Open only to Inclusion Works Companies.

Hosted by: Inclusion Works Breakfast and Lunch Hosted by: Northrop Grumman; Inclusion Works Reception Hosted by Intel
Location: Ritz Carlton Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton
None

Disability:IN International Certification Committee (Invitation Only)

Hosted by:
Location: Palazzo A & B, JW Marriott
None

Disability:IN Affiliate Summit (Invitation Only)

Hosted by: The Hartford and Edward Jones
Location: Palazzo G-H, JW Marriott
None

Disability:IN Accessibility Leadership Committee Meeting (Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

(Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

Hosted by: Booz Allen Hamilton
Location: Palazzo D, JW Marriott
None

Disability:IN Talent Acquisition Committee Meeting (Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

(Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

Hosted by: Activision
Location: Palazzo D, JW Marriott
None

DOBE Accelerator Program (Open exclusively to Disability:IN certified disability-owned business enterprises (DOBEs)

This session is open exclusively to Disability:IN certified disability-owned business enterprises (DOBE).

Hosted by: Wells Fargo
Location: Palazzo C, JW Marriott
None

Disability:IN Mental Wellness Committee Meeting (Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

(Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

Hosted by: Gallagher
Location: Palazzo D, JW Marriott
None

Disability:IN Reasonable Accommodations Committee Meeting (Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

(Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

Hosted by:
Location: Palazzo A & B, JW Marriott
None

Disability:IN Procurement Council Meeting (Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

(Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

Hosted by: Wells Fargo
Location: Palazzo E, JW Marriott
None

Social Corner

The Social Corner is a space for connecting our in-person attendees with the broader business community and our at-home audiences around the world. Partners will be given the opportunity to participate in a live interview discussing their company's disability inclusion efforts & conference experience with Disability:IN's followers. These interviews will be edited and published on the Disability:IN social channels.

Hosted by: LPL Financial
Location: Mediterranean 3 Pre-Function, JW Marriott
None

NextGen Leaders Matchmaking

During this one-on-one speed networking session, company representatives will be matched to NextGen Leaders who possess the field of study, educational background, and/or experience they are seeking in potential job applicants. Matchmaking is exclusive to Disability:IN corporate partners.  The matching between the company and the NextGen Leaders will be conducted ahead of time, and companies will be provided the participants’ names and resumes prior to the conference. Prior registration is required.

Hosted by: Amgen
Location: Tuscany Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton
None

DOBE Mentoring Mixer (Invitation Only)

Hosted by:
Location: Palazzo E, JW Marriott
None

Welcome Party

Performances by Kodi Lee and Wawa.

Appetizers will be provided.

Hosted by: T-Mobile; Entertainment Hosted by: Best Buy and Meijer
Location: Mediterranean Ballroom, JW Marriott

Tuesday, July 11th

None

Accessible Circuit Training Exercise

Circuit training is a great way to improve cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength endurance. Using lite resistance, bands and bodyweight in combinations of three to six exercises that are performed with short rest periods, Get ready for a effective and fun workout!

Hosted by: Pfizer
Location: Citrus Garden, JW Marriott
None

Registration Desk Open

Hosted by: Voya Financial
Location: Palazzo Foyer, JW Marriott
None

Quiet Rooms

Hosted by: DOW Chemical
Location: Petra, JW Marriott and Pisa, Ritz-Carlton
None

Continental Breakfast

Hosted by: Starbucks
Location: Mediterranean Foyer, JW Marriott
None

Hotel Tour

Walk the meeting space at the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes to become oriented with the space. Tours will depart from the Conference Registration Desk, located outside the Palazzo Ballroom at the JW Marriott.

Hosted by:
Location: Registration Desk
None

Disability Equality Index (DEI) Top-Scoring Company Photos

Hosted by:
Location: Cordova 3, JW Marriott
None

DOBE Lounge Open

Hosted by: HPE
Location: Plaza Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton
None

Opening Plenary: Disability Equality Index: Honoring Achievements and Focusing on the Future

Speakers:

  • David Casey – Chief Inclusion and Social Impact Officer at Tapestry
  • Rosaleen Burke – SVP Quality/Regulatory at Boston Scientific
  • Apoorva Gandhi – Senior Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Social Impact and Business Councils at Marriott
  • Paul Gennaro – Senior Vice President, Brand and Corporate Communications, and Chief Communications Officer at Voya Financial
  • Jill Houghton – President & CEO at Disability:IN
  • Chad Jerdee – Board Chair at Disability:IN
  • Ted Kennedy, Jr. – Partner, Epstein Becker Green; Co-Chair, Disability Equality Index
  • Jill Kramer – Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Accenture
  • Wil Lewis- Global Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Experian
  • Andrew McCartney – Senior Vice President, Human Resources, The Academy and Disability Diversity and Inclusion Executive at Bank of America
  • John Pluhowski – Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer at TD Bank
Hosted by: Bank of America
Location: Mediterranean Ballroom, JW Marriott
None

Break

Hosted by:
Location:
None

NextGen Leaders Interview and Networking Center Open

Hosted by: Travelers
Location: Tuscany Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton
None

Do This, Don’t Do That: A Disability Etiquette Deep Dive
Breakout Session Track: N/A

While what constitutes proper disability etiquette is ever-evolving, globally situational, and open to individual interpretation, there are universal attitudes, behaviors and language that can help you set a firm foundation. Whether you’re a newcomer to the disability community or a seasoned veteran, everyone can benefit from established etiquette best practices. This session will feature professionals with apparent and non-apparent disabilities outlining the fundamentals of good etiquette and providing a safe space to get answers to those questions that might be too awkward to ask elsewhere.    

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn what ableism means and how certain words and actions could be considered micro-aggressions.
  2. Discover how respectful and disability-inclusive conversations and interactions can expand the potential for favorable employee, customer, supplier, and community experiences for your business.
  3. Gain insight into your own disability etiquette situations and scenarios during a safe space open discussion.

Moderator: 

Ryan Commerson, Vice President of Brand Marketing at Sorenson Communications

Panelists: 

  • Lucia Rios, Workforce Navigators Program Associate at Salesforce
  • Christine Vanek, Global Accommodations & Accessibility Leader at Otis
  • Millie Rhind, Talent Acquisition Manager at Baker Hughes
  • Amber Bauer, Senior Program Manager - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Learning at Walmart
Hosted by: Sorenson
Location: Palazzo F-H, JW Marriott
Digital Accessibility

Creating A Culture Beat: Drumming Up Support for Digital Accessibility
Breakout Session Track: Digital Accessibility

Building a company culture focused on accessibility and disability inclusion is a journey that typically begins organically, often with a team of one. To build momentum, consider creating a business case and growing a global network of accessibility champions. This session will explore the experiences of accessibility professionals and identify strategies for getting started on implementing accessible digital practices.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to build and leverage executive leadership support for digital accessibility.
  2. Gain insight into how other accessibility leaders maintain traction, eliminate silos, foster cross-functional collaboration, and scale globally.
  3. Consider the various business stakeholders and the role they play in advancing global accessibility, including diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI); human resources; technology; and more.

Moderator: 

Chris Desiano - Sr. Director of Emerging Channels at Pfizer 

Panelists: 

  • Shauna Gae-Davis - Chief DEI Leader for Deloitte Technology-US 
  • Sam Estoesta - Project Manager, Social Innovation Specialization at TD Bank 
  • Fred Moltz - Chief Accessibility Officer at Verizon Wireless 
  • Matt Ater - Vice President of Business Development at Vispero
Hosted by: Pfizer
Location: Palazzo E, JW Marriott
Supply Chain

We Are The Champions: Delivering Supplier Diversity Results Through Influential Leadership
Breakout Session Track: Supplier Diversity

The ability to influence and motivate is vital to sustaining and advancing any supplier diversity initiative. Supplier diversity professionals have the unique opportunity to unleash the power of influential leadership by inspiring every colleague to be a committed and engaged champion for supplier diversity and inclusion. This session on how influential leadership can be a catalyst for delivering outstanding results is a must regardless of where your company is on its global supplier diversity journey.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover the art of influential leadership and its importance in driving positive business results.
  2. Learn the essential steps for strengthening your ability to influence others.
  3. Understand how to unlock colleague relationships to mobilize your greatest champions and influencers.

Moderator: 

Brenda Arnold - Supplier Inclusion Program Manager at Robert Half 

Panelists: 

  • Terence Baptiste - Supplier Diversity Manager at Chevron
  • Heather Herndon Wright - Director, Supply Chain Diversity & Sustainability at Vistra Corp 
  • Darlene Fuller - Senior Director Supplier Diversity at Sodexo USA 
  • Simone Ray - Director of Supplier Diversity at Hilton 
Hosted by: Robert Half and Protiviti
Location: Palazzo D, JW Marriott
Workplace

All Together Now: Disability at the Intersection of Diverse Identities
Breakout Session Track: Workplace

The disability experience isn’t one-size-fits-all as your perspectives can vary greatly based on if you were born with a disability or you acquired one later in life. Apparent and non-apparent disabilities come with some shared experiences but also present a host of differences. When you factor in that disability intersects with all other facets of diversity, including gender, gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, and other identities, you’ll discover disability is one of the most diverse of diverse communities globally. This session will explore the intersection of disability with other diverse identities and how managers can develop cultural competency to become more inclusive leaders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a nuanced understanding of the lived experiences and perspectives of women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ individuals with disabilities and how these intersecting identities impact inclusion.
  2. Learn how leading with authenticity, empathy and vulnerability bolsters a sense of belonging and can lead to self disclosure discussions that can improve engagement, trust and performance.
  3. Discover how to use your platform and voice to be an advocate and ally for people with disabilities – particularly those who live at the intersection of other diverse identities.

Moderator:

  • Abie Chong – Head of Military and PwD Recruitment Strategy at Capital One

Panelists:

  • Jackie Tobias – Senior Program Manager – Culture, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion International at Walmart
  • Dr. Johne Battle – Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Dollar General
  • Miranda McCarthy – Deployment and Readiness Consultant at Mass Mutual
  • Samantha Warren – Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at GSK
Hosted by: Verizon
Location: Ritz Carlton 1 & 2, Ritz-Carlton
ERG/BRG

Measure Up: Using Metrics to Shape E/BRG Initiatives
Breakout Session Track: ERG/BRG

Employee and Business Resource Group (E/BRG) leaders can leverage data to evaluate which initiatives create the most value for employees, customers, suppliers, and the overall business, then focus on the practices and programs that add the greatest value for all. This session will explore the value of metrics, how to determine what to measure, and making sense of the data to inform decisions and garner support from executive sponsors and other business leaders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify which metrics to use when measuring the value of E/BRG initiatives and effective mechanisms for tracking them.
  2. Understand how to access data that already exists and leverage it to secure executive sponsor and business leader support.
  3. Gain insight into how other E/BRG leaders have used the Disability Equality Index (DEI), Global DEI and other internal metrics to inform global programming strategies.

Moderator: 

Anna Mercaldi, Senior Engineer & Chair of RTX ADAPT, Pratt & Whitney Employee Resource Group at Raytheon  

Panelists: 

  • Stacey Williams – Senior Consultant, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at T-Mobile 
  • Jason Winningham – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager at CBRE 
  • Katherine Baker – Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Meijer 
  • Katherine Lewis – ERG Global Partnership Lead at LinkedIn
Hosted by: Raytheon Technologies
Location: Ritz Carlton 3, Ritz-Carlton
Workplace

Beyond the J-O-B: Cultivating Career Pathways for People with Disabilities
Breakout Session Track: Workplace

When it comes to career advancement for women, people of color and other diverse groups, the saying goes “if you can see it, you can be it”. Yet when people with disabilities look to the senior ranks of most organizations, they seldom find aspirational leaders who share a common disability experience. Persistent unconscious biases – particularly competency biases – and a tyranny of low expectations perpetuate protracted entry-level positioning and stunted career progression for people with disabilities. This session will seek to disrupt the biases that constrain career growth for people with disabilities and examine proven development strategies that support advancement.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Unpack the unconscious bias scripts that hinder career progression for people with disabilities, including tips on how to spot them in yourself and others and strategies for how to disrupt them.
  2. Understand how to differentiate true barriers to advancement from false preconceptions and identify accommodations and solutions that enable and empower qualified individuals to progress past real barriers.
  3. Examine global development programming and processes which have proven successful in supporting career advancement for people with disabilities.

Moderator: 

Mia Eckhaus, Associate Director of Workplace Strategy at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

Panelists: 

  • Kayley Petersen, Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Discover
  • Robert Barea, Vice President, Culture, Diversity & Engagement at Prudential
  • Doug McCullough, Senior Manager, Global Supply Chain Reliability at Johnson & Johnson
  • Carlos Terrazas, Global Disability Inclusion Manager at McDonalds
Hosted by: Regeneron
Location: Ritz Carlton 5 & 6, Ritz-Carlton
None

A View on Disability Inclusion and Accessibility from EMEA Breakout Session Track: N/A

Join Disability:IN Corporate Partners operating in Europe for an in depth look at current disability inclusion trends. The conversation will include information on multi-national companies’ approaches to disability inclusion, equity and accessibility, and broader disability attitudes in Europe. This session will highlight the integral role multi-national companies play in promoting disability inclusion in Europe.

Moderator: 

Jo-Ann Pohl - Senior Advisor at Kearney 

Panelists: 

  • Frank Justus - Global Co-Lead ENABLE at Bayer 
  • David Sneddon - Accessibility & Disability Lead at Google EMEA 
  • Manisha Mehrotra - Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Bloomberg LP 
  • Alex Lane - Global Disability Inclusion & Neurodiversity Lead at Accenture
Hosted by: Kearney
Location: Ritz Carlton 4, Ritz-Carlton
None

Break

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Location:
None

Luncheon Plenary: Our Social Responsibility: Weaving Disability and Self-ID Into Your ESG Framework

Lunch will be provided.

Speakers:

  • Tali Bray – Executive Vice President, Technology Diversity, Community, and Sustainability at Wells Fargo
  • Gerard Dehrmann – Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and State and Local Government Relations at Walmart
  • Nedra Dickson – Managing Director, Global Supplier Inclusion and Sustainability Lead at Accenture 
  • Alleace Gibbs – Vice President, Communications at Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Angela Harrell – Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Corporate Impact Officer at Voya Financial
  • Jill Houghton – President & CEO at Disability:IN
  • Reid Jewett-Smith – Director of Research and Policy at Disability:IN
  • Michael Lopez – Senior Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Culture at HSBC
  • Justin Nelson – Co-Founder & President at National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • John Pluhowski – Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer at TD Bank
  • Otis Rolley – Head of Social Impact at Wells Fargo
  • David Sneddon – Vice President at Google
  • Zaylore Stout – Founder and Attorney at Zaylore Stout & Associates LLC
Hosted by: Wells Fargo
Location: Mediterranean Ballroom, JW Marriott
None

Coffee Break

Hosted by: Medidata and W.L. Gore & Associates
Location:
Inclusive Marketing & Communications

Building the Frame: Authentic Representation of People with Disabilities
Breakout Session Track: Inclusive Marketing & Communications

Marketers and communicators have the power to shape the public understanding and perception of disability. While people with disabilities are increasingly being represented in media and marketing campaigns, work is still needed to ensure that this representation is accurate, affirming and authentic. This session will explore several inclusive marketing campaigns from around the globe and discuss what worked and where there are opportunities for growth.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain guidance on involving people with disabilities, such as Employee Resource Group members, in the planning process from start to finish, including during casting, with intersectionality in mind.
  2. Consider how to build cross-functional teams to advance disability inclusion with intentionality.
  3. Learn how to ensure that disability is included as an intersectional facet within every global market segment.

Moderator: 

Scott Hoesman, CEO InQuest Consulting 

Panelists: 

  • Elaine Carroll, Program Manager at Google 
  • Joanna Del Orbe, Communications & Enablement Specialist at Salesforce 
  • Lamia Drew, Global Director, Inclusive Technology & Accessibility at Estée Lauder Companies
  • Shelby Mitchell, Head of Digital Accessibility at Discover
Hosted by: Discover
Location: Palazzo E, JW Marriott
None

Global Accommodations Policies and Practices
Breakout Session Track: N/A

This panel discussion will highlight multi-national companies’ best practices to ensure employees around the world have access to the accommodations/adjustments they need to be successful in their workplaces. The panel will also discuss how-to develop accommodations policies and practices, the benefits of a centralized accommodations budget, and provide an overview of the recently released Disability:IN Reasonable Accommodations Guidebook.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn accommodations/adjustments corporate best practices.
  2. Learn how to develop accommodations/adjustments policies/practices.
  3. Recognize the value of centralized accommodations budget.

Moderator:

  • Anna Beninger – Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Liberty Mutual

Panelists:

  • Sarah Cline – Global Workplace Inclusion and Diversity Lead at Accenture
  • Andrew Houghton – President at Disability Inclusion Solutions
  • Alex Shiver – Senior Strategic Advisor and Bridges Program Leader at H-E-B
  • Megan Smith – Global Accessibility and Accommodations Lead at Amazon
Hosted by: Liberty Mutual
Location: Palazzo D, JW Marriott
Workplace

Focus on Fundamentals: Best Practices for Workplace Disability Inclusion
Breakout Session Track: Workplace

Disability inclusion in the workplace is an ever-changing target, and every company is on their own journey. Whether your company is just getting started or has been focused in the disability space for a long time, there are fundamental and foundational best practices that are critical for sustained success. This session will examine crucial elements of a holistic disability inclusion strategy, including corporate culture, reasonable accommodations, self identification campaigns, talent acquisition, and scaling globally.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the crucial components of a disability-inclusive corporate culture and how to implement and integrate them at your company.
  2. Gain insights on best practices for reasonable accommodations, self identification campaigns, talent acquisition, global scalability, and other aspects of a disability inclusion strategy.
  3. Understand how to make the business case for additional resources for your disability inclusion initiatives and how to measure and report results to maintain executive-level support.

Moderator:

Tara Baucom – Audit Partner at KPMG 

Panelists:

  • Carol Saieva – Worldwide Director Medical Affairs at Associate Health
  • Hillary Wool – Principal at Boston Consulting Group
  • Gabriela Burgardt – Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Project Manager at Nestle
  • Meg Filer – Senior Program Manager – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Internal Partnerships at Blue Origin
Hosted by: KPMG
Location: Ritz Carlton 5 & 6, Ritz-Carlton
Supply Chain

Build It and They Will Grow: Creating Effective Global Supplier Development Initiatives
Breakout Session Track: Supplier Diversity

Improving supplier performance and increasing sustainable business relationships with your diverse suppliers can be achieved by investing in supplier development initiatives. Procurement professionals are discovering how initiatives such as formal mentoring and capability-building programming are strengthening their global supply chains and positively impacting their bottom lines. This session will provide strategies and tactics for building effective global supplier development initiatives within your own organization.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Raise your awareness of innovative internal corporate supplier development programming.
  2. Learn the key elements for building effective global supplier development initiatives.
  3. Recognize the potential challenges to building supplier development initiatives and how to measure success.

Moderator: 

Anthony Flemmich - Vice President Indirect Procurement at Bristol Myers Squibb 

Panelists: 

  • Raul Rodriguez - Director, Global Economic Inclusion & Supplier Diversity at Merck 
  • Rakhi Agarwal - Global Head of Supplier Diversity & Risk at Sanofi 
  • TJ Lewis - Senior Director of Supplier Diversity & Sustainability at Ally Financial 
  • Jillian Schneeberger - Supplier Diversity Lead at Target
Hosted by: Bristol Myers Squibb
Location: Palazzo F-H, JW Marriott
ESG Investing

Staying One Step Ahead: Integrating Disability into Your S and G Strategy
Breakout Session Track: ESG

Regulation around disability disclosure is on the horizon. If not included in this year’s SEC human capital rules, it’s sure to follow in the coming years following the growing influence of ESG frameworks that shape corporate operations and governance. Based on cutting-edge research by Disability:IN, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Accenture, this breakout session will provide an overview of the global and domestic policy landscape surrounding disability disclosure, then facilitate a discussion about how to include disability in your S and G strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Familiarize yourself with global and domestic policy landscape surrounding diversity disclosure in the workforce (the “S”) and at the board (the “G”) level
  2. Learn how to include disability data in your Annual ESG & Sustainability Reports
  3. Walk away with model language for including disability in documents that nominate corporate directors

Moderator:

  • Gloria Lewis – Vice President, Compliance and Accessibility at AT&T

Panelists:

  • Rhett Buttle – Founder at Public Private Strategies
  • Jesse Cortez – Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at McKesson
  • Ted Kennedy Jr. – Board Member, Co-Chair, Partner at AAPD, Disability Equality Index, Epstein Becker Green
  • Gloria Lewis – Vice President, Compliance and Accessibility at AT&T
Hosted by: AT&T
Location: Ritz Carlton 3, Ritz-Carlton
ERG/BRG

All Aboard: Intentional and Intersectional Collaboration Across E/BRGs
Breakout Session Track: ERG/BRG

Whether collaborating with other internal disability Employee and Business Resource Group (E/BRG) chapters, other diversity-focused E/BRGs, or E/BRGs at other companies, leaders must be intentional about their partnerships to make significant progress toward global disability awareness and inclusion. Working collectively on strategic priorities can influence E/BRG leaders to cultivate allies, maximize resources, eliminate duplicative efforts, and highlight the intersecting identities found inside a global workforce. This session will examine how some companies have leveraged the intersectionality of disability with other diverse groups to work in partnership to maximize reach and impact.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore ways to intentionally foster an intersectional and cohesive community that supports employee needs and is aligned to the mission and goals of the business.
  2. Understand how different E/BRGs can collaborate on consistent messaging to effectively shape policies and programs to create a more inclusive culture.
  3. Learn strategies to align E/BRG efforts and resources across multiple diverse communities to facilitate an inclusive culture, provide development opportunities, maximize community impact, and scale globally.

Moderator: 

Cecilia Persson-Ramos -DEI Employee Resource Group Leader at Intuit 

Panelists: 

  • Erica Sumpter – Diversity Equity & Inclusion Program Manager at Highmark Health 
  • Adrian Hawkins – Senior Immunology Account Manager at Novartis
  • Holly Raymond – Neurodiversity Global Community Lead at Johnson & Johnson
  • Jax Cowles – Merchandising Coordinator at Gucci
Hosted by: Intuit
Location: Ritz Carlton 1 & 2, Ritz-Carlton
None

A View on Disability Inclusion and Accessibility from the Asia-Pacific Region
Breakout Session Track: N/A

Join Disability:IN Corporate Partners operating in the Asia Pacific Region (APAC) for an in depth look at current disability inclusion trends. The conversation will include information on multi-national companies’ approaches to disability inclusion, equity and accessibility, and broader attitudes about disability in APAC countries. This session will highlight the integral role multi-national companies play in promoting disability inclusion in APAC.

Moderator:

  • Sam Giese – Business Analysis Manager at Fiserv 

Panelists:

  • Alisha Fernando – Head of Diversity and Inclusion, APAC at Bloomberg
  • Saliya Katungu-Moran – Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Leader – People with Disabilities Hiring at Amazon Web Services
  • Madhu Bala Sharma – Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist Communities Leader at Amazon
  • Sam Giese – Business Analysis Manager at Fiserv 
Hosted by:
Location: Ritz Carlton 4, Ritz-Carlton
None

Glam Your Cane with Lachi

Bring your blind cane or mobility device and Team Lachi will "glam" it up on site with rhinestones while you hang out with recording artist and Grammy Board Governor Lachi!

Hosted by:
Location: Marbella 4, JW Marriott
None

Break

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Afternoon Plenary

Accessible from the Start: Inclusive Innovations in Customer Centered Products

DOBE Pitch Tank Competition Hosted by: Merck

Speakers:

  • Laurie Allen – Senior Accessibility Technology Evangelist at Microsoft
  • Paula Alston – Vice President, Facilities at Merck
  • Monica Goel – Executive Director, Accessibility at CVS
  • Regina Heyward – Senior Vice President, Client Communities & Sustainability at LPL Financial
  • Mark Jones – Manager, Accessibility and Services for Guests with Disabilities at Walt Disney Company
  • Gurpreet Kaur – Vice President, Accessibility and Inclusive Design at MasterCard
  • Jenny Lay-Flurrie – Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft
  • Christina Mallon – Director of Inclusive Design at Microsoft
  • Jessica Rafuse – Director at Microsoft
  • Ryan Steinberger – Senior Vice President, Digital Client Partners and Product Management at Pfizer
  • Navin Thadani – Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Evinced
  • Katie Young – Senior Vice President, Store Operations at Starbucks
  • Don Watson – Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate and Facilities Management at Oracle
  • Tom Wlodkowski – Vice President, Accessibility at Comcast
Hosted by: Microsoft
Location: Mediterranean Ballroom, JW Marriott
None

NextGen Leaders Matchmaking

During this one-on-one speed networking session, company representatives will be matched to NextGen Leaders who possess the field of study, educational background, and/or experience they are seeking in potential job applicants. Matchmaking is exclusive to Disability:IN corporate partners.  The matching between the company and the NextGen Leaders will be conducted ahead of time, and companies will be provided the participants’ names and resumes prior to the conference. Prior registration is required.

Hosted by: RSM
Location: Tuscany Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton
None

VIP Reception (Invitation Only)

Hosted by: Salesforce
Location: Citrus Garden, JW Marriott
None

Social Corner

The Social Corner is a space for connecting our in-person attendees with the broader business community and our at-home audiences around the world. Partners will be given the opportunity to participate in a live interview discussing their company's disability inclusion efforts & conference experience with Disability:IN's followers. These interviews will be edited and published on the Disability:IN social channels.

Hosted by: Boston Consulting Group
Location: Mediterranean 3 Pre-Function, JW Marriott
None

Expo Opening Reception

Appetizers will be provided.

Hosted by: CVS Health
Location: Coquina Ballroom, JW Marriott
None

Screening of Crip Camp

Hosted by: Experian
Location: Palazzo D, JW Marriott

Wednesday, July 12th

None

Accessible Yoga

The beauty of participating in a regular yoga practice is that you will help transform your mind and body, ultimately helping you find inner calmness and peace. Over time you will feel more centered internally, and externally your strength, balance, flexibility and stability will increase. Namaste.

Hosted by: Zendesk
Location: Citrus Garden, JW Marriott
None

Quiet Rooms

Hosted by: Electronic Arts
Location: Petra, JW Marriott and Pisa, Ritz-Carlton
None

Registration Desk Open

Hosted by: Voya Financial
Location: Palazzo Foyer, JW Marriott
None

Hotel Tour

Walk the meeting space at the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes to become oriented with the space. Tours will depart from the Conference Registration Desk, located outside the Palazzo Ballroom at the JW Marriott.

Hosted by:
Location: Registration Desk
None

NextGen Leaders Interview and Networking Center Open

Hosted by: Grant Thornton LLP
Location: Tuscany Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton
None

Expo Open (Continental Breakfast Served)

Continental Breakfast Hosted By: American Airlines

Hosted by: CVS Health
Location: Coquina Ballroom, JW Marriott
None

Caregiver Support Group

Hosted by:
Location: Ritz Carlton 1 & 2, Ritz-Carlton
None

DOBE Matchmaking Check-In

Hosted by:
Location: Plaza Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton
None

Professional Headshots

Hosted by: Prudential
Location: Cordova 3, JW Marriott
None

DOBE Matchmaking Meetings (Invitation Only)

Disability:IN Corporate Partners are pre-matched with certified DOBEs, V-DOBEs and SDV-DOBEs, to make their pitches and discuss potential connections.

Hosted by: US Foods
Location: Plaza Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton
None

Procure Access Advisory Group Meeting (Invitation Only)

Hosted by:
Location: Ritz Carlton 5 & 6, Ritz-Carlton
None

ODEP Circle Meeting (Invitation Only)

Hosted by:
Location: Ritz Carlton 1 & 2, Ritz-Carlton
None

DOBE Lounge Open

Hosted by: Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Location: Plaza Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton
None

Luncheon Plenary: Disabled & Proud: Celebrating Our Disability Experiences

Lunch will be provided.

Speakers:

  • Claudia Gordon – Senior Accessibility Strategist at T-Mobile
  • Alethia Jackson – Senior Vice President, ESG, and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Walgreens
  • Heather Lavallee – Chief Executive Officer at Voya Financial
  • Megan Lawrence – Global Director of Accessibility at Nike
  • Wil Lewis – Global Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Experian
  • Michael Lopez – Senior Vice President, Inclusion, Diversity, and Culture at HSBC
  • John McGonagle – Co-Chair, Able and Allies BRG at Lockheed Martin
  • Brendan Nelson – Senior Vice President at The Boeing Company; President of Boeing Global
  • Geralyn Ritter – Executive Vice President, External Affairs, and ESG at Organon
  • Joshua Stewart – Senior Vice President, Head of Talent Acquisition and Outreach at PNC 
  • Zaylore Stout – Attorney, Author, and Historian at Zaylore Stout & Associates, LLC
  • Jonita Wilson – Chief Diversity Officer at Discover
Hosted by: Walgreens; NextGen Innovation Lab Hosted by Nike
Location: Mediterranean Ballroom, JW Marriott
None

Break

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Digital Accessibility

Level Up: Advancing Accessibility from Grassroots to Enterprise Strategy
Breakout Session Track: Digital Accessibility

Moving beyond the initial excitement of launching your company’s digital accessibility program involves enterprise awareness, education, training, and global engagement. Infusing accessibility into the DNA of your enterprise poses one of the most common challenges companies face. This session features leaders discussing strategies that helped move accessibility programs to the next level of maturity.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore how to thread accessibility into your company’s corporate values for maximum enterprise exposure.
  2. Uncover methods for achieving continual improvement through advancement of accessibility beyond the initial excitement of a grassroots launch.
  3. Chart your course through innovative approaches to achieving accessibility milestones, leveraging the support of critical leaders to embed accessibility across your global organization.

Moderator:

  • Jennifer Earnest – Senior Director, Digital & Accessibility at Cox Communications 

Panelists:

  • Ronda Hendricks – Director, Digital Accessibility at Fidelity
  • Kerry Stith – Senior Vice President, Accessibility Director at PNC Financial Services 
  • Steve Framil – Corporate Global Head of Accessibility at Merck
Hosted by: Cox Communications
Location: Ritz Carlton 3, Ritz-Carlton
ESG Investing

How to Achieve ESG Goals through Art: Lessons from ArtLifting, Pfizer, State Street, and Oracle
Breakout Session Track: ESG

The audience will hear from entrepreneur Liz Powers, artist Aimee Hofmann, and corporate real estate leaders from Pfizer, State Street, and Oracle on why art is good for business. Liz will take the audience on her journey as a social worker who identified extreme inequities in the workforce and art market, developed a "business for good" model with her company ArtLifting, and partnered with 415 corporations to generate millions of dollars in income for individuals experiencing homelessness and disabilities. The speakers will connect artists' innovative practices with the needs and goals of corporate real estate professionals (drawing talent, sparking creativity, promoting diversity, or elevating their brand). While gaining insights from the presenters, the audience will learn from each other, as they share how they make their values visible and participate in ESG and disability inclusion initiatives in their roles as corporate real estate professionals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to create a corporate art strategy that supports multiple business goals including employee recruitment & retention, disability inclusion, brand building, and corporate social responsibility. (Have an “easy button” for the “S” in ESG and for return to office.)
  2. Gain knowledge on the inequalities in the art market and how purchasing artwork can make a social impact. Participants will be able to evaluate artwork vendors for efficiency and ease of partnership along with uniqueness of artwork and payment model to artists.
  3. Discover how artwork can be a valuable bridge to educate and engage employees, customers, suppliers and the community.

Moderator: 

Liz Powers, Co-Founder & CEO at ArtLifting

Panelists: 

  • Karen Faison, Assistant Vice President at State Street
  • Aimee Hofmann, Artist at Aimee Hofmann Fine Art
  • Laurie Rothenberg, Assistant General Counsel, Real Estate at Pfizer
  • Don Watson, Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate & Facilities Management at Oracle
Hosted by:
Location: Palazzo F - H, JW Marriott
Supply Chain

The Corporate Contract: Winning, Losing and Defining Success
Breakout Session Track: Supplier Diversity

Like an online dating profile designed to attract the perfect partner, the Request for Proposal (RFP) allows a supplier to compete for an opportunity to “win the attention” of a buyer and potentially land a contract. The RFP process, however, can often be complex, rigorous and intimidating to any supplier. How you manage an RFP response can undoubtedly win a contract – or easily derail it. This session will reveal the secrets to winning the bid, what to do when you don’t, and how to build longer-term partnerships by clearly defining success after the contract is signed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn winning strategies for navigating the RFP process.
  2. Understand how to appropriately accept rejection and prepare for future opportunities.
  3. Discover how to define and sustain success to build longer-term business relationships.

Moderator: 

Jay Burks - Director, Supplier Diversity at Comcast 

Panelists: 

  • Kimberly Coffman - Director, Supplier Diversity at Voya Financial 
  • Monette Knapik - Executive Director, Enterprise Procurement Supplier Diversity at CVS Health 
  • Tatiana Martinez - Worldwide Director of End-to-End Procurement Services at Colgate-Palmolive 
  • Robert Williams - President & CEO at SlateBelt Safety
Hosted by: MGM Resorts International
Location: Palazzo E, JW Marriott
None

Disability Equality Index: Gaining Momentum and Going Global

The Disability Equality Index (DEI) has become widely considered the leading benchmark for objectively measuring disability inclusive policies and practices inside corporate America since its 2015 inception. The DEI has expanded from 80 participating companies in its first year to 485 representing 30 industries in 2023. In 2021, a two-year Global DEI pilot was launched which garnered total participation from 98 companies spanning 66 countries across the multi-year pilot. As the DEI is readied for its 10th anniversary in 2024, there is much to celebrate and learn from the DEI’s first decade and tremendous excitement building for the next 10 years of the benchmark. This session will examine compelling insights and findings from the DEI and Global DEI, including examples of how companies have leveraged the DEI to drive progress on disability inclusion, as well as a look ahead at the future of the DEI and Global DEI.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how leading companies are leveraging the DEI and Global DEI to develop and evolve their disability inclusion strategy.
  2. Explore best practices for building equitable programs for employees, customers and suppliers with disabilities.
  3. Gain insight into the future of the DEI and Global DEI in advance of the 10thanniversary of the DEI in 2024.

Moderator:

  • Ronald Pettit – Director, Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance at Royal Caribbean

Panelists:

  • Oriel Arusy - DEI Strategy & Operations at Verizon
  • Nicole Bergstrom – Senior Director, Accessibility at Hilton 
  • David Dent – Executive Director and Lead of Disability Strategy Group at Parexel
  • Laurie Henneborn – Managing Director at Accenture 
Hosted by: Royal Caribbean Group
Location: Ritz Carlton 4, Ritz-Carlton
None

A View on Disability Inclusion and Accessibility from The Latin America Region

<Join Disability:IN Corporate Partners operating in Latin America (LATAM) for an in depth look at current disability inclusion trends. The conversation will include information on multi-national companies’ approaches to disability inclusion, equity and accessibility, and broader attitudes about disability in LATAM countries. This session will highlight the integral role multi-national companies play in promoting disability inclusion in LATAM.

Moderator:

  • Ezequiel Massa – Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Latin America & Caribbean at SAP 

Panelists:

  • Paulina Beltrán – Senior UX Designer, Digital Accessibility Program Lead at Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Bob Lopez – Culture and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director Mexico and Central America at Walmart
  • Silvana Aguilar – Regional Facility Manager at JLL 
  • Camila Barboza – Senior Audit Specialist and the Latin America Enabled@SAP Lead at SAP
Hosted by: JLL
Location: Palazzo D, JW Marriott
None

ERG/BRG Leadership Committee Meeting (Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

(Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

Hosted by: Freddie Mac
Location: Ritz Carlton 1 & 2, Ritz-Carlton
None

CDO Forum Meeting (Invitation Only)

Hosted by: Comcast
Location: Ritz Carlton 5 & 6, Ritz-Carlton
None

Coffee Break

Hosted by: Dexcom and American Family Insurance
Location:
Inclusive Marketing & Communications

Nothing About Us Without Us: Advancing Disability Employment in Marketing
Breakout Session Track: Inclusive Marketing & Communications

Disability is a proven strength and a career asset to roles across any organization. As disability representation in marketing campaigns, on social media, and in mainstream media increases globally, it’s important to make sure that representation extends beyond on-camera talent. This session will feature marketers with disabilities sharing how their lived experience has shaped their work and strategies for advancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the field.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the advantages of employing people with disabilities on marketing and communications teams.
  2. Gain insights on best practices for recruitment, retention and advancement.
  3. Discover tips for building cultures of inclusion within marketing and communications functions, including manager training, accommodations, supporting global self identification, and developing an individual collaboration plan.

Moderator:

  • Karen Roy – Brand Ambassador at Numotion

Panelists:

  • Jacob Lambert – Manager, Field Communications and Feedback at Walgreens
  • Sena Pottackal – Associate in Client Experience, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Corporate Communications at Current Global
  • Amir Rahimi – Senior Manager, Product Communications and Public Affairs at Johnson & Johnson
Hosted by: Numotion
Location: Palazzo F - H, JW Marriott
Digital Accessibility

The Numbers Game: Quantifying Accessibility Success Measures
Breakout Session Track: Digital Accessibility

Maximizing momentum requires a clear demonstration that your company’s accessibility efforts are producing measurable and sustainable value. Whether it's the digital accessibility of content and systems; inclusive design in your corporate offices; or employee and customer experiences, quantifying results is part of the process toward building global accessibility maturity. This session will explain how to know what to measure and how to leverage the data to increase enterprise support for your accessibility program.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn best practices for quantifying long-term accessibility outcomes – using maturity models and improvements in employee and customer experiences.
  2. Identify strategies for how organizations can examine their business model to understand how to effectively reach, connect with, and serve people with disabilities across the globe.
  3. Gain insights on driving value through brand recognition, earnings, and profits by integrating and quantifying accessibility practices.

Moderator: 

Elodie Fichet - Head of Brand Accessibility at Amazon 

Panelists: 

  • Melissa Sape - Digital Accessibility & Accommodations Service Manager at Dow Chemical Company
  • Kate Kalcevich - Head of Accessibility Innovation at Fable 
  • Gurpreet Kaur - Vice President of Accessibility & Inclusive Design at MasterCard 
  • Adrian Ledda - Head of Inclusive Game Design at Activision Blizzard 
Hosted by: Amazon
Location: Palazzo E, JW Marriott
Workplace

Follow the Leader: Equipping Managers for Effective Disability Inclusion
Breakout Session Track: Workplace

It’s been said that some leaders are born while others are made. Whether leadership comes naturally or requires persistent practice, leaders at all levels often lack the competencies and confidence necessary for leading people with disabilities and caregivers. This session will examine the key characteristics of inclusive leadership and discuss how they specifically relate to disability inclusion.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the definition of inclusive leadership and how commitment, curiosity, courage, cognizance of bias, cultural competence and other leadership characteristics are essential for disability inclusion.
  2. Explore global strategies for effectively managing and supporting employees with disabilities working in different settings such as corporate offices, retail locations, distribution centers, laboratories, and hybrid/work from home arrangements.
  3. Discover what tools, trainings and resources exist to equip and upskill managers of people with disabilities and caregivers to lead more inclusively.

Moderator:

Scott Hoesman – Chief Executive Officer at InQuest Consulting

Panelists:

  • Jennie Lay-Flurrie – Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft
  • India Sylvester – Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Lumen
  • Chely Wright – Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Unispace
  • Rachael Grossman – Manager, Business Consulting at Ernst & Young
Hosted by: EY
Location: Palazzo D, JW Marriott
Supply Chain

The Power of Storytelling: A DOBE Marketing Strategy
Breakout Session Track: Supplier Diversity

Every business owner concentrates on what sets you apart from the competition – your unique product or service; the use of cutting-edge technology; or how you’ve integrated an Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) framework into your business. Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBEs) also have the unique opportunity to weave their own personal disability story into their marketing strategy. This session will explore the effective use of personal storytelling as a strategic method for inspiring authentic and memorable client connections.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover how personal storytelling can enhance your current marketing strategy and help differentiate you from the competition.
  2. Gain insight into personal stories that capture attention and inspire potential clients.
  3. Learn how to craft your own compelling business narrative that can help launch a lasting client relationship.

Moderator:

Derek Cantey, Senior Supplier Diversity Manager at Wells Fargo

Panelists: 

  • Shaun Jones, Global Senior Director, Procurement, Economic Inclusion & Supplier Diversity at Mondelez International
  • Aura McCracken-Byrd, Director, Supplier Diversity at Comcast NBC Universal 
  • Jennifer Willey, Founder and CEO at Wet Cement 
  • Joyce Bender, CEO at Bender Consulting
Hosted by: BD
Location: Ritz Carlton 3, Ritz-Carlton
ERG/BRG

Everyone Counts: How E/BRGs Add Value to Global Self-ID Campaigns Breakout Session Track: ERG/BRG

Self identification enables organizations to better understand their global workforce, facilitate dialogue, and create programs that support diverse employees. Employees with disabilities, however, might be reluctant to self-identify for a variety of valid reasons. A disability-focused Employee or Business Resource Group (E/BRG) can be a key partner as it can help shape the narrative surrounding global self identification and disability disclosure. This session will examine how E/BRGs can add value by creating an inclusive and disability confident workplace by increasing transparency and encouraging all employees to share personal experiences through authentic storytelling.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the definitions of and differences between self identification and self disclosure, and the appropriate role for each in global workforce representation metrics, requests for reasonable accommodations, and fostering a disability-inclusive culture.
  2. Learn how to craft an enterprise definition of disability and universal key messaging to create global consistency and establish norms so employees understand if their medical condition is considered a disability for the purpose of self-identification.
  3. Discover strategies for collaborating with other diverse ERGs to enhance global self identification efforts.

Moderator: 

Jennifer Flinn, Integration Manager/ Ability ERG Chair at McKesson

Panelists: 

  • Rana Saab, Director of Inclusion & Diversity at Starbucks
  • Judith Dickson, Claims Operations Manager at Liberty Mutual
  • Kathy Martinez, Vice President, Disability Inclusion at Expedia  
  • Glenda Valero, Human Resources Director at Chevron
Hosted by: McKesson
Location: Ritz Carlton 4, Ritz-Carlton
None

Global Roundtable Meeting (Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

(Open only to Disability:IN corporate partners)

Hosted by: Marriott
Location: Ritz Carlton 1 & 2, Ritz-Carlton
None

Executive Sponsors Forum Meeting (Invitation Only)

Hosted by: Walmart
Location: Ritz Carlton 5 & 6, Ritz-Carlton
None

Accenture and National Veteran Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) Reception (Invitation Only)

Join the teams from NaVOBA and Disability:IN as they celebrate their year-long collaboration in enhancing business opportunities for our Service-Disabled Veteran community and recognize an outstanding Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprise of 2023.

Hosted by: Accenture
Location: Ritz Carlton, 1&2, Ritz-Carlton
None

Disability Pride Celebration

Performances by Lachi and Wawa.

Heavy appetizers will be provided.

Speaker:

  • David Sneddon, VP at Google
Hosted by: Google
Location: Mediterranean Ballroom, JW Marriott
None

Social Corner

The Social Corner is a space for connecting our in-person attendees with the broader business community and our at-home audiences around the world. Partners will be given the opportunity to participate in a live interview discussing their company's disability inclusion efforts & conference experience with Disability:IN's followers. These interviews will be edited and published on the Disability:IN social channels.

Hosted by: Fable
Location: Mediterranean 3 Pre-Function, JW Marriott

Thursday, July 13th

None

Quiet Rooms

Hosted by: Gen
Location: Petra, JW Marriott and Pisa, Ritz-Carlton
None

Registration Desk Open

Hosted by: Voya Financial
Location: Palazzo Foyer, JW Marriott
None

Continental Breakfast

Hosted by: Texthelp
Location: Mediterranean Foyer, JW Marriott
None

The Future of Benefits: Emerging Opportunities & Innovations for Disability-Owned Businesses (Open exclusively to Disability:IN certified disability-owned business enterprises (DOBEs))

Disability:IN and the Public Private Strategies Institute (PPSI) cordially invite you to participate in a roundtable discussion on the challenges and opportunities disabled business owners face when providing benefits to their employees. The discussion will focus on the barriers that small business owners face to providing benefits, and new options available, including the fix for the “family glitch," new health reimbursement arrangement options, the Inflation Reduction Act, and enrollment in the Marketplace.

Last year, PPSI published research on small employers’ views on the evolving benefits landscape that explored their concerns and knowledge of benefit options. The research found:

  • Small business leaders’ top four most important benefits issues for policymakers to address are cost-related.
  • More than 7 in 10 small business leaders were not at all or only somewhat familiar with new benefits options.
  • Nearly 4 in 10 small business leaders believed information about these options from a trusted source would be most helpful to facilitating their offerings of these options.

This roundtable discussion will provide a forum to hear from disability-owned business leaders about the unique opportunities and challenges they face in providing employee benefits, as well as a chance to learn more about new benefits options available to small businesses.

Hosted by:
Location: Plaza Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton
Digital Accessibility

The Future is Now: Artificial Intelligence, Extended Reality and Accessibility
Breakout Session Track: Digital Accessibility

Many of us might recognize the terms Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and the Metaverse, but how comfortable are you with your knowledge of them? While each of these platforms has their unique characteristics, they all have a common opportunity for focus. It’s vital that accessibility is built into the design of these emerging technologies to ensure that everyone can participate. This session will define AR, VR, and the Metaverse, and discuss how this new frontier can become a landscape for inclusive design and accessibility.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What does accessibility mean for these modern technologies?
  2. Explore Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and the Metaverse as we demystify what it all means for accessibility and disability inclusion.
  3. Learn how to advise your business partners on leveraging this new technology, with emphasis on Artificial Intelligence (AI) through Google Bard, Microsoft Bing, ChatGPT and other platforms.

Moderator:

Kimmy Dowdee,  UX Director - Inclusive Design, Storefront, & Creative Services at Ally Financial

Panelists:

  • Rick Boardman, Senior Director, Engineering at Zendesk
  • Sunday Parker, Access Technology Program Manager at Microsoft
  • Sterling Summerville, Diversity Lead at Snap Inc.
  • Kevin Berg, Vice President of Solution Engineering at Evinced
Hosted by: Ally
Location: Ritz Carlton Ballroom 1-2, Ritz-Carlton
ERG/BRG

Glocalization: Transforming Your E/BRG While Balancing Stakeholder Priorities
Breakout Session Track: ERG/BRG

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) have been evolving into Business Resource Groups (BRGs) as their leaders seek to create shared value for employees, customers, suppliers, and the business. BRG leaders and their executive sponsors are increasingly identifying how broad, global programs can be tailored to meet specific local employee, customer, and business unit needs. This session will delve into how to successfully manage these transitions and balance various priorities to achieve positive results for all stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore how disability focused BRGs can achieve trusted partner status and gain additional resources by contributing to business success while continually supporting employees with disabilities.
  2. Learn how BRG leaders collaborate with other internal partners when the business requires disability-related support and expertise.
  3. Gain insights into how to think globally and act locally while keeping it personal so employees feel connected and the business is supported.

Moderator: 

Shone Zachariah, ERG Global Lead at Dell

Panelists: 

  • Lisa Bickel, Chief Labor & Employment Counsel, Honeywell Aerospace at Honeywell
  • Camille Chang Gilmore, Vice President Human Resources, Global Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Boston Scientific
  • Margi Vagell, Senior Vice President & GMM Hardlines at Lowes Companies 
  • Brendan Gramer, Global President, AmazonPwD at Amazon
Hosted by: Dell
Location: Palazzo E, JW Marriott
Workplace

Applying Your Oxygen Mask: Navigating Workplace Mental Wellness in a Turbulent World
Breakout Session Track: Workplace

We’re told when flying that we should put our own oxygen mask on first before assisting others. When it comes to workplace wellness, it can be difficult to maintain your own wellbeing let alone be a support system for others with all of the turbulence and uncertainty going on in the world today. The emotional side of business rarely gets discussed even though it can have a significant impact on employee engagement, morale and productivity which has direct implications for the bottom line. This session will focus on global strategies for workplace wellness as well as methods for creating psychological safety.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to distinguish the difference between mental health disabilities and general mental wellness for all employees, and discover strategies to promote both overall workplace wellbeing and individualized accommodations and supports.
  2. Gain an understanding of basic mental health first aid, including how to spot warning signs and appropriately engage to provide support.
  3. Discuss the meaning of psychological safety and the role it plays in workplace wellness and belonging for employees.

Moderator:

  • Kevin Traw – Vice President at UnitedHealth Group

Panelists:

  • Dr. Tam Brownlee – Chief Health Officer at Accenture
  • Shari Conaway – Manager People Director at Southwest Airlines
  • Jon McLeod – Co-Founder, ESPN T.R.U.S.T. Mental Health BERG at ESPN
  • Shannon Snowden – Global Head of ERGs and Wellness at Experian
Hosted by: UnitedHealth Group
Location: Palazzo D, JW Marriott
None

Embracing Neurodiversity At Your Company: Simple Changes Today For An Ongoing Impact
Breakout Session Track: N/A

To genuinely offer equal opportunities for neurodivergent talent, organizations must cultivate an inclusion culture that acknowledges and values the distinct perspectives, skills, and talents of neurodivergent employees in meaningful ways. Creating a neuroinclusive culture takes time, intentional effort, deliberate action, and self-assessment. It starts with understanding that our workplaces are designed to cater to the needs and preferences of dominant identities, which can present both explicit and implicit barriers for neurodivergent employees who may work and behave differently than normative expectations.

In this session, you will hear from both neurodivergent and neurotypical program leads from Neurodiversity@Work Roundtable Employers as they discuss practical strategies companies can implement today to make a difference and progress toward a more neuroinclusive culture.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a deeper understanding of Neuroinclusion and learn how to support the growth and development of your neurodivergent workforce.
  2. Explore specific examples to build neuroinclusion competency among employees and managers, recruiting teams, through organizational change, accommodations teams, and more and create a neuroinclusive workplace that benefits all employees!
  3. Discover ways your company can collaborate with the neurodiversity community to foster systemic neuroinclusivity across all business functions, policies, and processes.

Moderator:

Anthony Pacilio – Vice President, Neurodiverse Solutions at CAI

Panelists:

  • Stephen DeStefani – Senior Vice President, Neurodiversity Program Executive at Wells Fargo
  • James Mahoney – Chief Operating Officer at Rangam Consultants
  • Natalia Lyckowski – Global Neurodiversity Advancement Leader at IBM
  • Landon Huber – Advisory Managing Director at Deloitte
Hosted by: CAI
Location: Ritz Carlton Ballroom 4, Ritz-Carlton
None

DOBE to DOBE Needs and Leads Mixer

Open exclusively to Disability:IN certified disability-owned business enterprises (DOBE), this event will allow DOBEs to meet and identify opportunities to work with one another.

Hosted by: Southern California Edison
Location: Plaza Ballroom, Ritz-Carlton
None

Break

Hosted by:
Location:
None

Closing Plenary: Minds at Work: Building A Culture of Belonging for Mental Health and Neurodiversity

Speakers:

  • Danielle Biddick – Program Manager, Diversity Talent Acquisition at Dell Technologies
  • Lisa Hornak – EAP Advisor at Chevron
  • Sarah Loucks – Autism at Work Global Lead at SAP
  • Manisha Mehrotra – Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Europe, Middle East & Africa at Bloomberg LP 
  • Hale Pulsifer – VP Customer Inclusion at Fidelity
  • Christina Schendel – Lead of Clinical Psychology, Integrated Mental Health Services at Deloitte
  • Dr. Gus Schmedlen – Chief Revenue Officer at Texthelp
  • Hiren Shukla – Global Neurodiversity Leader at Ernst & Young
  • Bettina Thompson – Program Manager, Director for Recruiting and Neurodiversity – Global Board Amazon PWD Affinity Group at Amazon
Hosted by: Deloitte
Location: Mediterranean Ballroom, JW Marriott