The Harkin International Disability Employment Summit

Creating Careers and Professions for People with Disabilities

 

Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington D.C.

 

November 1, Wednesday

5:30- 7:30 pm

Handicap International 35th Anniversary

All Summit guests invited. Details here.

 

November 2, Thursday

7:45- 8:45 am

Breakfast

8:45- 10:00 am

Emcee: Andy Imparato, Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Welcome:  Joseph Jones, Executive Director, The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement

                Senator Tom Harkin (Ret.)

Remarks: Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

Keynote Address: Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Opening Panel: Multi-sector approaches to disability employment

Moderator: Deb Dagit, CEO, Deb Dagit Diversity

  • Marca Bristo, President & CEO, Access Living

  • Xian Horn, Founder, Give Beauty Wings, Changeblazer Inc.

  • Shilpi Kapoor, Founder, BarrierBreak Technology

  • Shira Ruderman, Director, Ruderman Family Foundation

  • Stefan Tromel, Senior Disability Specialist, International Labour Organization

  • Mark Wafer, CEO, Megleen Treadstone; Former Franchise Owner, Tim Hortons

11:15- 12:30

Breakouts by Sector

  • Businesses (MR 2)
    • Kickoff speech: Debra Ruh, Founder & CEO, Ruh Global Communications
  • Civil Society (MR 3)
    • Kickoff speech: Sudarshan Neupane, Handicap International Nepal
  • DPOs (MR 4)
    • Kickoff speech: Sean Fitzsimons, Disability Action
  • Funders (MR 8)
    • Kickoff speech: Noorain Khan, Program Officer, Ford Foundation
  • Government (MR 5)
    • Kickoff speech: Kickoff: Tony Coelho, Chairman, Partnership to Improve Patient Care

12:30- 1:45

Lunch

1:00: Keynote: Randy Lewis, Founder, No Greatness Without Goodness

2:00- 3:30

Topical Breakouts

  • Changing public attitudes  (MR 2)
    • Kickoff: Grant Javier, Program Manager, Project Inclusion, Unilab Foundation
  • Innovative strategies for accelerating hiring and full inclusion  (MR 3)
    • Kickoff: Nora Vele, Global Compliance Leader, Merck
  • Policy leadership inside and outside government (MR 4)
    • Kickoff: Julie Christensen, Director, Iowa's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities
  • Building inclusive business culture: diversity, inclusion, belonging (MR 5)
    • Kickoff: Pazhaniappan “Raja” Rajasekharan, Founder, V-shesh
  • Scaling diversity and inclusion practices across borders (Franklin Square)
    • Kickoff: Herve Bernard, Tiziana Oliva, Leonard Cheshire
  • Accessibility in the workplace (MR 8)
    • Kickoff: Michael Fembek, Director, Zero Project
  • Leveraging the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Convention on Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) (MR 9)
    • Kickoff: Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Disability Advisor, World Bank

3:45 – 5:30

Plenary

Reports from topical breakout sessions

Discussion: Biggest takeaways from Day 1

                   Moderator: Jill Houghton, President & CEO, US Business Leadership Network

Remarks       Judy Heumann, Senior Fellow, Ford Foundation

         Florence Daunis, Director of Operations, Handicap International Federation      

5:30 – 7:30

Networking Reception

 

November 3, Friday

7:30 -8:30

Breakfast

8:30- 8:55 am

Keynote: Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Former Director, National Museum of African Art

Former President, Spelman College and Bennett College

9:00- 9:25

Introduction: Isabel Hodge, Executive Director, U.S. International Council on Disabilities

Speaker:  Jaden Lake

               The Hon. Mike Lake, PC, MP, Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, Canada

9:30 am- 10:30

Panel

The Future of Disability Employment:

Moderator: Maria Town, Director, Mayor's Office for People With Disabilities, City of Houston, TX

  • Jessica Cox, Goodwill Ambassador, Handicap International

  • Ari Hazelman, Member, Nuanua O Le Alofa Disability Rights Advocacy
                           Organization Of Samoa Youth Executive Committee

  • Leah Katz Hernandez, Manager, Special Projects, Gallaudet University

  • Sara Luterman, Founder & Editor, NOS Magazine

  • Sara Minkara, Founder and President, Empowerment Through Integration

 

10:45- 12:00

Topical Breakout Sessions (repeat)

  • Changing public attitudes  (MR 2)
  • Innovative strategies for accelerating hiring and full inclusion  (MR 3)
  • Policy leadership inside and outside government (MR 4)
  • Building inclusive business culture: diversity, inclusion, belonging (MR 5)
  • Scaling diversity and inclusion practices across borders (Franklin Square)
  • Accessibility in the workplace (MR 8)
  • Leveraging the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the Convention on Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) (MR 9)

12:15

Lunch

12:40 pm

Conversation: Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation 

                      Senator Tom Harkin (Ret.)

1:30- 1:45

Break

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Reports from topical breakout sessions

Plenary discussion on next steps

Moderator: William Kiernan, Dean, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, University of Massachusetts Boston

3:00-3:45

Conversation: Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group

                     Senator Tom Harkin (Ret.)

3:25

Closing

4:00 pm

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