The Harkin International Disability Employment Summit

Creating Careers and Professions for People with Disabilities

The agenda for the 2018 Harkin Summit is currently being drafted. Please see below for the 2017 agenda.

 

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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