The Harkin Summit: Innovating for Inclusion

Doubling Disability Employment In A Changing Landscape

Thursday, November 15

07:45 AM to 09:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

09:00 AM to 09:15 AM


09:15 AM to 10:00 AM


Celeste Warren

Vice President of Human Resources and Global Diversity

Inclusion Center of Excellence


10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Briefing: Global Disability Summit

  • Richard Boden, Deputy Team Leader, Disability Inclusion, Department for International Development UK
  • Dr. Muhannad Al-Azzeh, Secretary General, Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM


11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

  • Big Ideas
    Meeting Room 2
    • Victor Calise, Commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
    • Marcia Rioux, Distinguished Research Professor, York University
    • Pat Romzek, CEO, Three Talents
  • Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and
    the Workplace of the Future

    Meeting Room 3
    • Lenore MacAdam, Inclusion Lead, Deloitte Canada
    • Mark Wafer, CEO, Megleen Treadstone
    • Frances West, Founder of FrancesWestCo, Author, "Authentic Inclusion Drives Disruptive Innovation"
  • Closing the Gender Gap:
    Meeting Room 5
    • Claudia Gordon, Director of Government and Compliance, Sprint Accessibility
    • Deepti Samant Raja, Disability and Development Consultant, The World Bank
    • Liz Sayce, Senior Honorary Fellow, London School of Economics
  • Empowering Workers to Thrive in a Corporate Setting
    Meeting Room 4
    • Carlos Cubia, Global Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance
    • Mike Ellis, Global Vice President of Accessibility, Sprint
    • Russell Shaffer, Director – Brand Strategy, Outreach and Benchmarking in the Office of Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart


  • Leveraging the Sustainable Development Goals to
    Transform Livelihoods in the Global South:

    Meeting Room 8
    • Mohammed Loutfy, Executive Director, Disabled People's International - Arab Region
    • Jaehyang So, Senior Adviser, The 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations and Partnerships, World Bank
12:45 PM to 01:45 PM


Rasha Kashan

Editor for Diversity and Special Projects

BBC Arabic

01:45 PM to 02:30 PM


02:00 PM to 04:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

04:00 PM to 04:30 PM

Keynote Speaker

04:30 PM to 05:30 PM

Midstream report-outs from breakout sessions

05:30 PM to 07:00 PM


Friday, November 16

09:00 AM to 09:15 AM

Opening Remarks; Day 1 Review

09:15 AM to 09:30 AM

Rapid Talks

  • 2-3 minutes each on post-Summit activity
09:30 AM to 09:45 AM

Update: Paris Summit

Hervé Bernard

Head of Inclusion Unit

Humanity & Inclusion

09:45 AM to 10:00 AM


10:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Breakout Sessions

11:45 AM to 12:00 PM


  • Transition to lunch
12:00 PM to 01:15 PM


Reports from breakout sessions

01:15 PM to 02:00 PM


HRH Prince Mired Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein

President, Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities