2020 Conference Agenda

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(Day 1) Tuesday, July 14th

None

Challenged Athletes Foundation 5K Run/Walk/Roll

Kick off your day with a 5K with Challenged Athletes Foundation ambassadors Mack Johnson, Mary Kate Callahan, and Eric McElvenny leading a virtual pre-run/walk/roll warmup and stretch to set you our on your own outside or indoors on a treadmill or wheelchair training rollers.

Hosted by: Bristol Myers Squibb
Location: TBA
NextGen Leaders

NextGen Interviews

For instructions on how to interview our NextGen Leaders, please visit our recruit NextGen Leaders Page.

Hosted by: Zebra Technologies
Location:
None

DOBE Matchmaking

Hosted by:
Location:
None

Opening Plenary: Are You IN?

We all have a role to play in building an inclusive global economy. Now, more than ever corporations, CEOs, investors and the community have a responsibility to advance disability inclusion and equality around the globe. Join the Disability:IN global movement and demonstrate your commitment to advancing disability inclusion and equality for all. Are You IN?

Speakers:

  • Jill Houghton, President and CEO, Disability:IN
  • Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft, and Disability:IN Board Chair

Fireside Chat:

  • Steve Pemberton, Chief Human Resources Officer, Workhuman
  • Holly Robinson Peete, Actress and Philanthropist
  • R.J. Peete, Los Angeles Dodgers

Panelists:

  • Ted Kennedy, Jr., Partner / Board Chair / Co-Chair, Epstein Becker Green, American Association of People with Disabilities, Disability Equality Index
  • Holly O'Neill, Head of Consumer Client Services, Bank of America
  • Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller
  • Claudia Gordon, Director, Government and Compliance, Sprint
Hosted by: Accenture & Bank of America
Location:
None

Break

Hosted by: Comcast NBCUniversal
Location:
None

#DisabilityAdvantage Plenary

What if you found out that your company is significantly underutilizing a critical talent pool?  And, what if by recognizing the value of that talent pool and leveraging it, your company could also realize increased productivity, innovation and market share. In the journey to build a more inclusive culture, a growing number of Fortune 1000 companies are using the Disability Equality Index (DEI) to benchmark, assess & improve their disability inclusion practices and gain a competitive advantage. Corporate leaders will share how they’re working to advance disability inclusion in a manner that is aligned with their corporate values and purpose.

Session Moderators:

  • Becky Kekula  Disability:IN, Director, Disability Equality Index
  • Laurie Henneborn, Managing Director, Accenture Research

Panelists:

  • Oona King, Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Snap Inc.
  • Vicki Mealer-Burke, Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Qualcomm
  • Steven Mizell, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Merck
  • Hale Pulsifer, Vice President, Customer Accessibility, Fidelity Investments    

Fireside Chat:

  • Alejandra Lopez-Dias, Merck
  • Alaa Fadel, Merck
Hosted by: Fidelity Investments & Merck
Location:
None

Break

Hosted by: T-Mobile
Location:
Workplace

Leaning into the Disability Equality Index Advantage, Key Findings, and Initiatives
Breakout Session: Workplace Track

Disability Equality Index (DEI) top scoring companies will share how they used the DEI as a roadmap to become more inclusive. Participating brands will discuss why they chose to take the DEI, their initial expectations and key findings. They will also share their top five DEI generated workplace initiatives and their successful outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review how top scoring DEI companies are using DEI data as a roadmap to full workplace inclusion.
  2. Discover best and evolving practices to launch your disability inclusion efforts.
  3. Explore key DEI findings and learn how to turn them into initiatives to advance disability inclusion across your enterprise.

Moderator: Elizabeth Daly-Torres, Global Program Manager Office of Disability Inclusion, JPMorgan Chase & Co

Panelists:

  • Christopher Bylone, Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager, IFF
  • David Casey, VP, Workforce Strategies & Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health
  • Becky Kekula, Director, Disability Equality Index, Disability:IN                 

Hosted by: JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Location:
None

Disability Etiquette 101
Breakout Session

You chose to attend this conference because you want to hear what your industry peers are doing to be more disability inclusive.  Participation in this session is the first step. You will hear directly from individuals who experience a wide range of apparent and non-apparent disabilities. They will share what actions, words and interactions they consider good disability etiquette and what are the disability faux pas. This session will also offer a safe environment to ask those questions that seemed too awkward to ask.

Learning Objectives:

  1. An understanding of how certain words or actions may be considered micro-aggressions
  2. How respectful communication and interactions can help you successfully include employees, clients and customers in your business
  3. Why authentic disability etiquette can positively impact your business

Moderator: Connie Donnelly, Vice President of Neurodiversity & Business Development, Rethink Benefits

Panelists:

  • Linda Zhao, Talent Acquisition Recruiter, Pfizer
  • Cara Pelletier, Senior Director, Diversity, Equity and Belonging, Ultimate Software and Kronos Incorporated

Hosted by: Rethink Benefits
Location:
None

Exploring the Intersection of Race and Disability
Breakout Session

Everyone's identity is multifaceted (i.e., gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and age). As business leaders, our charge is to advance inclusion, diversity, and belonging in a manner that embraces the intersections of individuals' identities. Too often, our work ignores that disabled people of color exist, which is compounded by minority analogies used within disability rights discourse. This dynamic session will explore the intersection of race and disability.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increased understanding of the intersections of race and disability within the workplace; and,
  2. Learn tips on how your organization can be intersectional in your approach to inclusion, diversity, and belonging.

Panelists:

  • Staci Redmon, Founder and CEO, Strategy and Management Services (SAMS)
  • Keri Gray, Founder & CEO, Keri Gray Group, LLC
  • Lance Dorsey, Sr. Mgr. Inclusive Hiring & Vendor Management, McKesson Corporation
Hosted by:
Location:
Supply Chain

First Steps to Scaling Your Business
Breakout Session: Supply Chain Track

First Steps to Scaling Your Business

Regardless of whether you’re an owner of a start-up or an established business, ensuring that you have strong business foundational elements in place, can dramatically affect the growth trajectory of your company. From implementing effective hiring practices to utilizing solid business processes, guarantee that your business is on a path to sustained success by attending this informative session. 

                                                Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the essential business fundamentals necessary to ensure your business is on a continued path to success.
  2. Gain insights from successful business owners who have taken their companies to the next level and how they did it and the challenges along the way.
  3. Learn how to accelerate the growth of your company by applying smart business practices.   

Moderator:

  • Peter Lee, Supplier Diversity Manager, Wells Fargo

Panelists:

  • Jesús Borboa, Supplier Diversity Manager, PayPal
  • Kimberly Marcus, Director Supplier Diversity, AARP
  • Tamara Nall, President and CEO, The Leading Niche

Hosted by: Wells Fargo
Location:
Supply Chain

Employee Life Cycle for Employees with Disabilities: Attract, Develop, Promote, Retain
Breakout Session: Workplace Track

Moderator: Sarah McMullen, Lead Disability Inclusion Consultant & Business Development Manager, Getting Hired  

Panelists:

  • Matt Aubuchon, Vice-President Employee Relations, The Boeing Company
  • Afomeya Mekonnen, Pharmacy Intern, CVS Health
  • Russell Shaffer, Director – Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Walmart

Hosted by: Getting Hired
Location:
None

Supporting Veterans with Disabilities throughout the Employment Life Cycle
Breakout Session: Workplace Track

Supporting Veterans with Disabilities throughout the Employment Life Cycle

An effective military recruitment and onboarding strategy doesn’t happen by accident.  There are a number of components to designing a program that gets results. And once you have hired the Veteran, how do you retain this invaluable talent?  This session is designed to help employers make informed decisions in hiring veterans with disabilities and will share best practices for supporting them throughout the employment life cycle.  Participants will hear from leaders in this space who will share how they built their Veteran recruiting program, as well as retention, employee assistance, and leadership development programs designed to support the Veteran and provide them an opportunity to develop the skills they need to move up within your organization, grow in their career, and help them feel more connected to the business.

Learning objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of the building blocks of an effective military recruitment program
  2. Identify unconscious biases that may be preventing hiring managers from considering Veteran applicants
  3. Discover the resources an employer can provide to support the needs of Veterans with disabilities (apparent and non-apparent) once they are onboarded
  4. Learn about leadership development programs for Veterans that can generate higher employee morale and greater team productivity, creativity and innovation.

Panelists:

  • Tom Downs, Associate Director, Diversity Talent Acquisition, Gartner
  • Anthony Groff, Project Manager, Highmark Health
  • Ray Thompson, Veteran Affairs Manager US Domestic Small Package, United Parcel Service (UPS)

Hosted by: Cox Communications
Location:
ERG/BRG

Learn How Your Disability Employee Resource Group (ERG) and/or Business Resource Group (BRG) Can Drive the Usability of your Organization’s Products and Services
Breakout Session: ERG/BRG Track

As the 30th anniversary of the ADA is celebrated this year it marks an opportunity for E/BRGs to support the future of inclusive and usable product design. This session will look at how the E/BRG can engage with their businesses to drive the inclusiveness and usability of their organization’s internal systems, as well as the products and services they sell.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how an E/BRG can help bring awareness to support their organizations efforts to ensure their workplace systems are usable for everyone.
  2. Discover practical tips for involving the E/BRG and people with disabilities in the development of your organization’s products and service offerings.
  3. Understand the role the E/BRG has in influencing growth and implementation of an iterative inclusive and usable design approach during product development.

Moderator: Karen Perham-Lippman, Manager Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Program, CenturyLink

Panelists:

  • Sarah Helm, Senior Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Discover Financial Services
  • Kerry Stith, SVP, Strategy and Planning Specialist Senior, The PNC Financial Services Group
  • Gautam Rao, Global Digital Accessibility Lead, EY           
Hosted by: CenturyLink
Location:
None

Interactive Conversation with OFCCP Director Craig Leen on Section 503 and Focused Reviews
Breakout Session

Please join this interactive conversation with Director Craig Leen from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Director Leen will provide updates on Section 503 compliance, the agency’s Focused Reviews, and answer federal contractors’ questions.

Hosted by:
Location:
None

How CDOs are Incorporating Disability Into D&I
Breakout Session

Disability touches all dimensions of diversity. It is imperative to engage with employees at the “intersections” of what makes them unique, including disability. Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs) will discuss how they are leading the way in assuring that disability is an integral part of their companies’ quest for true inclusion and an equal amount of respect and opportunity for all employees.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how CDOs are leading the way in their workplaces to assure that employees with disabilities are afforded equal amounts of respect and opportunity.
  2. Discover the importance of the CDOs’ commitment to disability, intersectionality and inclusion.
  3. Learn new ideas that can be replicated in your workplace
Hosted by:
Location:
None

Fireside Chat with Disability Rights Activist Judy Heumann

Join star of the Netflix documentary Crip Camp and author of Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist, Judy Heumann for a candid conversation about the history of the disability rights movement and where it is headed. Moderated by Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft and Disability:IN NextGen Leader Program Alum and Bryan Stromer.

We encourage you to watch Crip Camp on Netflix prior to the event.

Judy’s book can be purchased from a variety of sellers including Amazon.

Hosted by:
Location:

(Day 2) Wednesday, July 15th

NextGen Leaders

NextGen Interviews

For instructions on how to interview our NextGen Leaders, please visit our recruit NextGen Leaders Page.

Hosted by: Boeing
Location:
None

DOBE Matchmaking

Hosted by:
Location:
Global, ERG/BRG

The Role of Global Employee/Business Resource Groups (E/BRGs)
Breakout Session: Global Track, ERG/BRG Track

As companies have expanded into the global marketplace, there is a need for employee/business resource groups (E/BRGs) to expand into new global locations as well.  This will come with new challenges, as well as tremendous opportunities for E/BRGs to support their businesses. Learn how global E/BRGs have been instrumental in improving their workplaces by shedding light on cross-cultural issues and have aligned with their organization’s global business objectives to ensure they are providing maximum value.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the unique challenges and proven strategies to starting, growing, and sustaining global chapters of disability E/BRGs.
  2. Discover different ways global E/BRGs have been successful in driving disability inclusion and supporting employees with disabilities including the development of future leaders and increasing employee engagement.
  3. See how different disability E/BRGs are aligning with their organization’s global business objectives and helping expand their marketplace reach.

Moderator: Melissa Renae Harris, Accessibility Lead, McDonald's

Panelists:

  • Tinamarie Duff, Global Lead: DAWN (Differently-Abled Workplace Network) and PBRG (People and Business Resource Group), Bristol Myers Squibb
Hosted by: McDonalds
Location:
Marketplace

Disability Inclusive Marketing and Advertising Campaigns
Breakout Session: Marketplace Track

People with disabilities are receiving greater recognition as a loyal and profitable diverse marketing segment. During this session, corporate marketing and communications professionals will share creative examples of inclusive advertising campaigns. Learn about how to use authentic disability-friendly images and language in advertising that will appeal to potential customers with and without disabilities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The basic elements of strong and effective disability inclusive marketing & advertising.  
  2. The comparative value of disability-centered advertising & marketing.
  3. Incorporating disability inclusive social media in your advertising and marketing initiatives.

Moderator:

  • Apoorva Gandhi, VP Multicultural Affairs and Business Councils, Marriott International

Panelists:

  • Paul Gennaro, SVP, Chief Brand and Communications Officer, Voya Financial
  • Faith Wada, HR Associate Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Procter & Gamble
Hosted by: Marriott International, Inc.
Location:
Supply Chain

Supporting Small, Diverse Businesses During Economic Disruption
Breakout Session: Supply Chain Track

From the start-up to the well-established company, small, diverse businesses are facing unprecedented challenges under the current business conditions. To sustain the U.S. economic engine that is the small business community, the support of DOBEs and other diverse suppliers has never been so necessary. Learn how you can help small businesses continue to thrive in times of economic uncertainty and disruption.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the unique challenges that small, diverse business owners encounter during economic disruption
  2. Evaluate different ways corporations can provide meaningful assistance to the small business community
  3. Create long-term strategies in supporting DOBEs and other diverse supplier communities

Moderator: Natalie C. McGrady, Director, Supplier Diversity, Cargill   

Panelists:

  • Michael K. Robinson, Program Director, Global Supplier Diversity, IBM
  • Christopher Hollins, Managing Director, GM of Cash Management, Business Banking, JPMorgan Chase
  • Dominica Groom Williams, Vice President, Office of Inclusive Engagement, Freddie Mac
Hosted by: Cargill
Location:
Technology

Tech Plenary

Hosted by: Microsoft
Location:
Supply Chain

Supplier Diversity Plenary: Leading Business Transformation with Disability Inclusion

By leveraging agility and innovation, disability-owned business enterprises are re-inventing how business is done and seizing on new and changing opportunities. Join us for this exciting plenary session featuring our ninth installment of the DOBE Pitch Tank Competition.

Hosted by: Capital One; DOBE Pitch Competition Hosted by Freddie Mac & Salesforce
Location:
None

Expo Open

Hosted by:
Location:
Global

Global Roadmap to Mental Wellness in the Workplace
Breakout Session: Global Track

The goal of Disability:IN’s Roadmap to Mental Wellness in the Workplace is to inspire action, improve workplace productivity and impact the well-being of millions of employees and their families around the world. This session will provide roadmap recommendations from global inclusion leaders for accessing leadership buy-in, establishing needed resources, reducing stigma through culturally sensitive discussions and actions, and tapping employee networks to grow mental wellness conversations and more.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of mental health.
  2. Discover how to address cultural sensitivities in your efforts to reduce stigma around mental health conditions.
  3. Learn how to develop leadership buy-in and participation in your organization’s mental wellness strategy and campaign.
  4. Understand how to secure needed resources to offer access and scale while safeguarding privacy and considering regional cultural concerns.
  5. Describe how to leverage employee networks and people to grow conversations.
  6. Understand the interaction between workplace stress/environments and mental health and explore how to make the workplaces more positive for mental health.

Moderator: Daniel Pelton, PhD- Clinical Psychologist, Deloitte

Panelists:

  • Barbara Harvey, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Hale Pulsifer, VP Customer Accessibility, Fidelity Investments
  • Glenn Williams, Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Qualcomm

Hosted by: Deloitte
Location:
None

Talent Acquisition in the Time of COVID-19 – Maintaining a Focus on Disability Inclusive Hiring During a Pandemic
Breakout Session

Economic disruptions have forced some companies to pause recruiting efforts while others experience exponential growth in hiring. Learn how several companies are maintaining a commitment to disability inclusive hiring practices during the current business climate and the ways in which they have adjusted their practices to meet social distancing guidelines.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Enhancing recruitment process accessibility and ramp up staff competence
  2. Best practices in recruiting, interviewing and onboarding while following social distancing guidelines
  3. Engaging ERG/BRG in navigating the new environment

Moderator: Tracey Andrus, EVP, Strategy & Partnerships, Rangam Consultants

Panelists:

  • Kathy West-Evans, Director of Business Relations, National Employment Team (NET) @CSAVR
  • Lisa Fleury, SVP, Talent Acquisition & HR Operations, Voya Financial
  • Tamara Burks, Manager, Diversity Talent Acquisition, PwC   

Hosted by: Rangam Consultants Inc.
Location:
None

Break

Hosted by: Challenged Athletes Foundation
Location:
Supply Chain, ERG/BRG

Strategies for Engaging ERGs/BRGs in Supplier Diversity
Breakout Session: Supply Chain Track, ERG/BRG Track

Company Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are valuable resources representing many facets of diversity (disability, minority, women, LGBT, etc.).  These groups have connections in areas where supplier diversity may have limited exposure and can help generate higher internal support.  Learn how to take advantage of these 'diversity goldmines' to help you further your supplier diversity program.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Find ways to draw interest and support from your company’s ERGs/BRGs by aligning interests and objectives.
  2. Understand how to develop a strategy on leveraging traditional ERG/BRG events/celebrations (i.e. Disability Awareness Month) into supplier diversity showcases.
  3. Create a multi-layered communications plan to align various ERG/BRG activities with your supplier diversity strategy.

Moderator: Kimberly Figueiredo, Associate Director, Supplier Diversity, Sanofi       

Panelists:

  • Roxanne Wilson, Supplier Diversity Manager, Fannie Mae
  • Darlene Fuller, Senior Director Supplier Diversity, Sodexo
  • Selina McCole, Head of Sustainable Supply Chain Program, Goldman Sachs
Hosted by: Sanofi
Location:
None

How Effective Corporate Disability Inclusion Programs are Structured
Breakout Session

This Disability:IN Inclusion Works session will feature two companies with unique cross-functional teams, representative of internal functions, Employee Resource Groups & various business units. Learn how these teams collaborate to successfully drive disability inclusion across their companies’ footprints.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how inclusive companies structure their disability inclusion programs
  2. Identify organizational techniques that can be replicated in your workplace
  3. Gain an understanding of how these companies’ organizational structures have resulted in success

Panelists:

  • Christine Cadena, VP, Enterprise Diversity & Inclusion, Marketplace, The Walt Disney Company
Hosted by: McKesson
Location:
Global

Disability Equality Index Global Best Practices
Breakout Session: Global Track

Companies with international operations that take the Disability Equality Index (DEI) are asked to respond to a non-weighted set of questions on the inclusiveness of their global operations. This session will highlight global best practices shared on the 2020 DEI. 

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand how companies leverage the DEI to accelerate internal global disability inclusion
  2. Learn how companies harness the DEI to advance their global market and talent presence
  3. Describe specific disability inclusion recruitment and advancement initiatives for global brands

Moderator: Carlos W Cubia, Global Chief Diversity Officer, VP Human Resources, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Panelists:

  • Wil Lewis, SVP, Diversity & Inclusion Executive, Bank of America
  • Marina Williams, Director, Equity & Compliance, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Hosted by: Walgreens Boots Alliance
Location:
None

Break

Hosted by: Kaiser Permanente
Location:
Supply Chain

Beyond Spend: Measuring Your Supplier Diversity Program’s ROI
Breakout Session: Supply Chain Track

Tracking spend with diverse suppliers has become only one part of measuring a supplier diversity program’s success and return on investment. Companies are leveraging other important metrics to measure program results and to tell a larger, compelling supplier diversity and inclusion story.

As a supplier diversity or procurement professional needing an ROI enhancement, you won’t want to miss this session!

Learning Objectives:           

  1. Understand additional measurements beyond spend
  2. Compare the differences and similarities between B2B and B2C economic impact studies
  3. Learn how to leverage diverse supplier summits and other supplier development activities to build a compelling ROI

Moderator: Wayne Shanks, Supplier Diversity Director, USAA       

Panelists:

  • Raul Suarez-Rodriguez, Associate Director, Merck
  • Joycelyn Yue, Senior Program Manager - Supplier Diversity, Southern California Edison
  • Reginald Humphrey, Assistant Director, Global Purchasing & Manufacturing Services (GBS), Supplier Engagement, General Motors

Hosted by: USAA
Location:
Technology

Organizing Digital Accessibility Across the Company from Getting Started to Advanced Practices
Breakout Session: Technology Track

Wondering how to start or grow your digital accessibility initiative? A successful digital accessibility program depends on baking accessibility into your organizational structure, with participation from individuals and teams across the company in a variety of roles. Join top companies as they share best practices for organizing accessibility, so it sticks. Topics include creating a Chief Accessibility Office; raising and spreading the accessibility conversation; breaking down internal silos to get the right people on board (including HR, communications, development and design, procurement, etc.); developing an accessibility champions program; identifying roles needing accessibility training; ensuring accessibility throughout the product lifecycle; and involving disability talent every step of the way.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the many organizational roles that play a part in a successful digital accessibility program and how to involve them in your company’s accessibility efforts
  2. Learn strategies to ensure that accessibility is not an afterthought, but a fundamental aspect of every product’s lifecycle.
  3. Learn how employees with disabilities and the external disability community can help bake accessibility into your organizational structure

Moderator: Melissa Summers, Managing Director, Internal IT, Accenture

Panelists:

  • Larry Goldberg, Head of Accessibility, Verizon Media
  • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility, Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Parinay Malik, Director, Inclusive Experience Lead | Head of Office of Internal Accessibility, Fidelity Investments
  • Jennison Asuncion, Head of Accessibility Engineering Evangelism, LinkedIn

Hosted by: Microsoft
Location:
Workplace

Collaborating Across Intersections of Disability and Other Dimensions of Diversity
Breakout Session: Workplace Track

People with disabilities also are represented in all other demographic identities, and how people view and manage their health conditions is greatly influenced by their gender, culture, sexual orientation/identify, faith and military experience.  This session will explore how companies are effectively and creatively working across personal identities to meet employees needs in a cross culturally competent and inclusive manner.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what is meant by intersectionality in the workplace
  2. Learn about inclusive cross-cultural disability strategies and practices
  3. Explore how collaboration across Employee/Business Resource Groups can enhance participation in your company's wellness resources and support

Moderator: Scott Hoesman, CEO and Founder, inQUEST Consulting, LLC

Panelists

  • Michael Lopez , Vice President and Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Gwen Migita, VP Equity, Social Impact & Sustainability, Caesars Entertainment
  • Reggie Miller, VP, Global Inclusion + Diversity, VF Corporation

Hosted by: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Location:
None

Inclusion Awards and DEI Top-Scorers Awards

Disability:IN will announce the winners of the 2020 Inclusion Awards and unveil the Disability Equality Index (DEI) 2020 top-scoring companies. Bring your family and join us for a special performance by a musical guest!  

Awards designed and manufactured by Cristaux, a certified disability-owned business.

www.cristaux.com

Speakers:

  • Jill Houghton, President and CEO, Disability:IN
  • Ted Kennedy, Jr., Partner / Board Chair / Co-Chair, Epstein Becker Green, American Association of People with Disabilities, Disability Equality Index
  • Rodney O. Martin, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Voya Financial
  • Regina Heyward, Senior Vice President, Head of Supplier Diversity, Wells Fargo, and Disability:IN Board Vice Chair

Emcee: Gerard Dehrmann, Sernior Vice President, Public Affairs and State & Local Government Relations, Walmart Stores, and Disability:IN Board Member

Hosted by: Voya Financial
Location:

(Day 3) Thursday, July 16th

None

Yoga for All Presented

Set the tone for your day with an inclusive, empowering yoga session led by renowned yoga instructor Katie B Happyy alongside CAF athletes ambassador Tara Butcher and Luzi Castillo. This yoga session is for all abilities and yoga levels and guaranteed to bring both an energetic and calming start to your day!

Hosted by: Challenged Athletes Foundation
Location:
NextGen Leaders

NextGen Interviews

For instructions on how to interview our NextGen Leaders, please visit our recruit NextGen Leaders Page.

Hosted by: Cigna
Location:
None

DOBE Matchmaking

Hosted by:
Location:
Workplace

Self-Identification Campaigns/Disability Awareness Campaigns: What is the Return on Investment and How Do They Promote Disability Inclusive Cultures?
Breakout Session: Workplace Track

Companies are launching disability awareness campaigns around events like ADA30, Disability Employment Awareness Month, and International Day of Persons with Disabilities that successfully contribute to the inclusiveness of their workplaces and raise awareness of the disability inclusion advantage. This session will showcase disability awareness campaigns that have reduced stigma, raised awareness, and created a culture of inclusion and belonging, which drives self-identification.

Learning Objectives:           

  1. Learn how-to effectively organize and launch disability awareness campaigns.
  2. Experience other companies’ successes and how they can be replicated at your workplace.
  3. Gain knowledge on how such campaigns have educated employees on workplace disability inclusion leading to a more inclusive culture, and increased applicant and employee self-identification.

Moderator: Sean Hoffman, Partner, KPMG LLP

Panelists

  • Nikki Alphonse, Director, EEO Compliance and Workplace Accommodations, Northrop Grumman
  • Kevin Fitzpatrick, EEO/AA Director - PepsiCo Employment Law Team, PepsiCo
  • Christine (Christi) Anthony, Diversity Compliance Manager, Cummins Inc.
  • Kristen Cook, Manager Inclusion, Diversity and Corporate Impact, McKesson Corporation

Hosted by: KPMG
Location:
Supply Chain

Crafting the Perfect Capability Statement
Breakout Session: Supply Chain Track

A compelling capability statement can make your company stand out among the competition and increase your potential for winning bids. This interactive workshop will guide participants through the process of creating a powerful and effective capability statement.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover the elements that make up a capability statement that reflects your company’s brand and competencies.
  2. Gain insights into real examples of capability statements and evaluate their level of effectiveness.
  3. Learn how to tailor a capability statement to different audiences.

Moderator: David Feldman, Manager Supplier Diversity, Chevron

Panelists:

  • Heather Cox, President, Certify My Company
  • William Holmes, Director, Global Supplier Diversity, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Rondu Vincent, Director, Supplier Diversity, Bristol Myers Squibb

Hosted by: Chevron
Location:
NextGen Leaders

NextGen Plenary

Join our NextGen Leaders as they pitch their Innovation Lab projects on the theme of “Building Connections and Community in a Virtual World.” The NextGen Leaders have spent several weeks coming up with disruptive ideas that meet this year’s theme presented by Google. As the world transitions to virtual environments, come hear innovative solutions to maintaining and building connections and community during this time.

NextGen Leaders and corporate executives will discuss what belonging means to them and what steps companies have taken to foster inclusion in the workplace. Learn how companies are leading discussions on intersectionality and allyship to foster a truly inclusive culture.                                                 

Head Judge: Melonie Parker, Chief Diversity Officer, Google

Judges:

  • Matt Johanson, SVP HR, Discover Financial Services
  • Bin Wolfe, Global Deputy – Talent, Ernst & Young

Spotlight: NextGen Mentor Pair

  • Samantha Figueredo (Sam), Undergraduate Student, Columbia University
  • Michael Farruggia, Director, Systems Development, Prudential

Panel Moderator: Meredith Sadoulet, VP Talent Experience, Comcast

Panelists:

  • Shani Bird, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Boston Scientific
  • Zarin Hamid, Technical Intelligence Analyst, PNC Financial Services and Disability:IN NextGen Program Alum
  • Bob O’Brien, Corporate Vice President, Properties and Facility Services, Lockheed Martin
  • Brandi Riggins, Sr. Diversity Leader, Enterprise Financial and Wells Fargo Technology, Wells Fargo
  • Camille Chang Gilmore, VP of Human Resources & Global Chief Diversity Officer, Boston Scientific
Hosted by: Boston Scientific & Lockheed Martin Corporation; iLab: Building Connections and Community in a Virtual World - hosted by Google
Location:
None

Break

Hosted by:
Location:
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Mental Health Plenary: The ROI of Workplace Mental Wellness Initiatives

Corporate leaders are the drivers of change in creating workplaces that support their employees’ mental and physical well-being. Mental illness is the leading cause of adult disability today, impacting one in four people worldwide. Billions of working days are lost each year due to untreated mental illness. Major employers increasingly recognize that improving mental health among their employees is one of the best investments they can make. Please join corporate leaders as they discuss how their mental wellness programs have benefitted their employees, their families and their workplaces.

  1. Discover the importance of workplace mental wellness programs
  2. Learn how corporate leaders are supporting workplace mental wellness programs
  3. Learn how your company can replicate mental wellness successes

Speaker: Leslie Wilson, M.S., SVP Workplace Initiatives, Disability:IN

Moderator: Pascale Thomas, Vice President, Global Benefits, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Panelists:

  • Brooke Wilson, Head of Aetna Resources For Living, CVS Health / Aetna
  • Amy Green, Director of US Healthcare Strategy and Global Wellness, Dell Technologies
  • Barbara Harvey, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Tracy E. Brennan, Managing Partner, Central Canada Assurance Services, Ernst & Young, LLP
Hosted by: CVS Health & Dell Technologies
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Global

Delivering Global Disability Inclusion for Employees: Best Practices on Global Accommodations, Self-ID and Accessibility
Breakout Session: Global Track

The disability advantage is now recognized globally with corporations seeking inclusive policies and practices. Join this session to learn from disability inclusion leaders regarding their experiences and recommendations for global self-identification campaigns, accommodation models, and best practices for implementing site accessibility and/or universal design policies around the world.

Learning objectives:

  1. Learn global self-identification best practices, including how to address and manage varying data and privacy regulations.
  2. Understand how to develop and implement global accommodations practices, including a global centralized fund and request process.
  3. Gain insight into global site accessibility and universal design policies, programs and supporting resources.
  4. Learn leading talent acquisition and recruitment models, in quota and non-quota countries.
  5. Learn how to change perceptions and build cultural intelligence from the top down and bottom up

Moderator: Brooke Matheson, Global Disability Accommodation Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton

Panelists:

  • Monika Jankowska-Rangelov , EMEA Head Inclusion & Diversity, State Street
  • Daniella Camara, Global Inclusion and Diversity Outreach Lead, Cargill

Hosted by: Booz Allen Hamilton
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Technology

Artificial Intelligence: The Advantages and Pitfalls for a Disability Diverse Workforce
Breakout Session: Technology Track

Artificial Intelligence (AI) offers tremendous potential for people with disabilities and is already delivering on that promise. But if people with disabilities are not represented in AI data sets, AI also poses a risk to diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as to security and privacy. In an AI driven world – is your company inadvertently creating or procuring technology that excludes disability talent or undermines corporate security and privacy protocols? Come explore cutting-edge issues on the potential and pitfalls of AI. Topics include: How AI tools can enhance accommodation programs and grow and retain disability talent. What is AI fairness and how does it apply to business? Are your organization’s procurement processes designed to spot AI technology that may exclude applicants with disabilities or limit current employees? (Think talent acquisition tools such as resume scanners.) What safeguards ensure that AI vendors empower customers and employees with disabilities, not leave them out.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how Artificial Intelligence tools can benefit applicants and employees with disabilities
  2. Learn the ways in which Artificial Intelligence tools can inadvertently exclude and harm disability talent or create security risks.
  3. Discover resources to ensure that your organization’s AI procurement and development processes avoid the pitfalls of AI while reaping the benefits for applicants and employees with disabilities.

Moderator: Heather Dowdy, Partner Engagements, AI for Accessibility, Microsoft      

Panelists:

  • Sara Basson, Accessibility Evangelist, Google
  • Sheri Byrne-Haber, Head of Accessibility, VMware
Hosted by: Microsoft
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Supply Chain

Building an All-Inclusive Supplier Diversity Program with Disability-Owned Businesses
Breakout Session: Supply Chain Track

Expanding your supplier diversity program to include disability-owned businesses can be difficult in a competitive and resource-challenged business environment. Ensuring that all diverse supplier communities have a seat at the procurement table is essential to a world-class and sustainable program.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the ROI of a supplier diversity program that includes everyone
  2. Learn how to develop an effective business case for disability supplier inclusion
  3. Gain insights into identifying and engaging disability-owned businesses

Moderator: Jackie LaJoie, Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity, Trane Technologies

Panelists:

  • Brian K. Hall, Manager; Supplier Diversity & Brand Advocacy, Shell Oil Company
  • Heather Herndon Wright, MCA, CPSD, CPS, Director, Supply Chain Diversity, Vistra Energy
  • Casey Oakes, Procurement Analyst, Bristol Myers Squibb
Hosted by: Trane Technologies
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Inclusive Remote Interviews in a Virtual World
Breakout Session

How do you ensure that your remote interviews are accessible to candidates with disabilities? This session will focus on what other companies have done to assure accessibility of their platforms and the inclusive strategies of their recruiters. 

Panelists:

  • Kristin Nichols, Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Program Manager, Ultimate Software
  • Dane Browner, Global Recruiting Strategy Manager, Indeed
Hosted by: Goldman Sachs & Co.
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Workplace

Physical Accessibility and Emergency/Pandemic Preparedness
Breakout Session: Workplace Track

A disability inclusive workplace is an accessible workplace. This includes physical accessibility and emergency and pandemic preparedness for employees and guests with disabilities. Attend this session to learn how companies have created accessible workplaces to ensure employees with disabilities have what they need to perform to their full potential and employees and guests feel safe and secure.

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  1. Learn how to create physically accessible workplaces.
  2. Gather ideas for emergency and pandemic preparedness that includes the needs of employees and guests with disabilities and takes into consideration the type of emergency.
  3. Examine some of the most forgotten areas of accessibility in the workplace.

Moderator: Mark Jones, Manager-Accessibility & Services for Guests with Disabilities, Walt Disney World Resort, The Walt Disney Company

Panelists:

  • Don Watson, Vice President, Global Workplace & Enterprise Services, Merck         
  • Stephanie Leduc, Health & Safety Specialist, Salesforce
  • Andrew D. Houghton, President, Disability Inclusion Solutions
  • Edwin Avink, CSI, CDT, CCS, Senior Project Manager/Specification Discipline Leader, Progressive AE

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Working Caregivers: Why You Should Care and What You Can Do
Breakout Session

Employees today are more likely to care not just for children, but also for family members who have a disability or are elderly. In fact, approximately 20% of employees identify as a caregiver and an additional 20% do not consider themselves a caregiver even though they provide ongoing care for an aging family member, relative or friend, or someone with a disability or chronic health condition.  Organizations have an opportunity to support these employees by offering access to programs and resources that can help make their lives easier.  And they can expect to see a return on investment in the form of increased engagement and productivity just as they did after improving support for working mothers. Join us to learn about leading practices for supporting employees who are caregivers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what steps you can take to support your employees who have caregiver responsibilities.
  2. Find out what benefits and resources employers are offering for caregivers and how they are educating employees, so they take advantage of those resources.
  3. Hear how ERG/BRGs are supporting caregivers in their organizations.

Moderator: Fay Dunbar, Director, Inclusion & Diversity, Prudential

Panelists:

  • Jessica Tuman, Head of Voya Cares Center of Excellence, Voya Financial
  • Samantha Lipinski, Senior Manager, Employee Relations, Best Buy        
  • Jill Bradley, Manager, Learning Solutions, Blue University, Health Care Service Corporation
Hosted by: Prudential Financial
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Technology

The Digital Accessibility Legal Space: What Every Business Needs to Know for their Applicants, Employees, Customers, and the Public
Breakout Session: Technology Track

Around the world there is a growing recognition that digital accessibility is a civil / human right of people with disabilities, an innovation driver, and a public and corporate value. Laws and regulations support digital inclusion in a wide range of industries and in a growing number of countries across the globe. In the United States, legal activity around accessibility continues to expand, with an increase in lawsuits about the rights of employees to access digital workplace tools, and the rights of consumers to access digital products and services. Come learn how your company can meet legal obligations to your employees, applicants, customers and the public while establishing a culture of inclusion and accessibility to avoid legal pitfalls.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the current digital accessibility legal space – laws, court cases, settlements, and more (primarily a US focus, with reference to the global legal environment).
  2. Learn strategies and best practices to create a culture of accessibility that can help your organization mitigate legal risk.
  3. Discover resources to stay abreast of legal developments and keep your organization out in front on legal issues.

Moderator: Amy Warner, VP, IT Digital Business Solutions and Corporate Director of Accessibility, Intel      

Panelists:

  • Suzanne Montgomery , VP - Compliance & Chief Accessibility Officer, AT&T    
  • Lainey Feingold, Disability Rights lawyer, Public Speaker, and Author, Law Office of Lainey Feingold
Hosted by: Microsoft
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Autism @ Work Employer Roundtable: Qualcomm & SAS’ Autism Internship Programs
Breakout Session

Too often, people with autism have a difficult time making it through a neurotypical hiring process due to struggles with communication skills, sensory issues, executive functioning or lack of confidence. In this session you will learn how The SAS Autism Spectrum Internship Program provides a unique interviewing process and training programs to help address these challenges – and bridge the gap between academic and on-the-job learning to aid in obtaining meaningful employment. You will also learn how Qualcomm partnered with the National Foundation for Autism Research to successfully bring in local talent on the Autism Spectrum, providing a unique interview experience. Both companies were able to launch within a year and on very small budget - your organization can do this, too!

Moderator: Cori Caputo, Client Executive, Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI)

Speakers:

  • Danielle Pavliv, Senior Diversity & Inclusion Manager, SAS
  • Matt Harris, Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, Qualcomm
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Executive Sponsor Roundtable
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Hosted by: Ernst & Young LLP
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Executive Sponsors Plenary: Disability is Our Strength

The most valuable resource that every business has are its people.  That is what makes Business Resource Groups critical to business performance. So, what can business do to foster an environment where employees belong?  Hear from executive sponsors of Disability Business Resource Groups about what it means to belong or be IN at work?

Speakers: Liz Taub, Executive Vice President, Programs, Disability:IN

Moderator: Carlos W Cubia, Global Chief Diversity Officer, VP Human Resources, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Panelists:

  • Keara Mangan, Orion Communications Intern, NASA Johnson Space Center, 2020 NextGen Leader
  • Ann Marie Powell, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Alleace Gibbs, Vice President, Communications, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Gary Owen, Chief Information Security Officer, Wells Fargo
Hosted by: Northrop Grumman & Wells Fargo
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