Agenda: USBLN 20th Annual National Conference & Biz2Biz Expo, Disability: A Catalyst for Change

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The 2017 USBLN 20th Annual National Conference & Biz2Biz Expo is pleased to present five (5) separate educational tracks: Marketplace, Workplace, Supply Chain, Professional Development, and Technology. These tracks will best accommodate the varied professional and educational needs of our attendees. Feel free to mix and match.

We are pleased to acknowledge the following support:
  • Technology Track and Wi-Fi Connection Brought to You by Microsoft
  • Southwest Airlines: Exclusive Travel Partner of the Rising Leadership Academy
  • Rising Leadership Academy Presenting Partners: Northrop Grumman Corporation & Microsoft
  • American Sign Language and Real-Time Captioning Host: Hosted by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cargill
  • Rising Leadership Academy Conference Scholarships: Hosted by GSK
  • Rising Leadership Academy Accessible Transportation: Hosted by Lowe’s

Saturday, August 19, 2017 Conference Agenda
09:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Rising Leaders Advisory Council Meeting
Location: TBA
5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Rising Leadership Academy Welcome Dinner (private)

The first engagement of the Rising Leadership Academy will be an informal Welcome Dinner. This will be the first time that all the students and the Rising Leaders team meet each other in person. Over dinner, the Rising Leaders will review the agenda and expectations for the Rising Leadership Academy and the USBLN Annual Conference. There will also be an informal networking activity so that students can learn more about their peers.

Hosted by: Lockheed Martin (Ruby Partner)
Hosted by: Ernst & Young (Ruby Partner)

Location: TBA
Sunday, August 20, 2017 Conference Agenda
08:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Rising Leaders Breakfast & Going for the Gold Session (private)

The USBLN’s Going for the Gold team and its participating USBLN corporate partners will host an interactive professional development session with the Rising Leaders. The session will include interactive panel discussions and one-one informational interviews between the GFG participating USBLN corporate partners and the Rising Leaders. 

Location: TBA
12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Rising Leaders Lunch Panel: Resilience in the Job Search (private)

Getting a job out of college can be exciting. It is an opportunity to showcase all the knowledge and skills you learned while in college. However, for many students finding a job does not always come immediately after college. The process of job applications and interviews can be overwhelming and stressful. This session will discuss how students can maintain confidence and persistence in the job search process. This session will also discuss tips when searching for a job.

Moderator:

  • Joe Strechay, Director, Pennsylvania Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services

Presenters:

  • Mike Bernard, Workforce/Strategy & Innovation, Deloitte
  • Dina Grilo, Program Manager, Office of Disability Inclusion, JPMorgan Chase

Hosted by: Dell (Ruby Partner)
Hosted by: Deloitte (Ruby Partner)

Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Technology Innovation Lab (private)

The Technology Innovation Lab will enable Rising Leaders to learn about the important role that universal design plays in our everyday lives and explore the skills that can help them solve challenges in the workplace by designing innovative new products, services or processes that promote disability inclusion. This real-world, team-based environment encourages cross-disability collaboration towards solving employment challenges. The Rising Leaders are split into teams, with 6-8 students per team, to create a project that addresses accessibility in the workplace. The Rising Leaders Advisory Council and volunteers from the USBLN’s corporate partners serve as Mentors to offer guidance to the teams and provide feedback on their proposed project designs and approaches. The Technology Innovation Lab will conclude with the teams pitching their ideas to conference participants for a chance to win prizes during the Wednesday, Rising Leaders Plenary Luncheon.

Hosted by: Boeing (Emerald Partner)

Location: TBA
5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Rising Leadership Academy Business Etiquette Dinner

During this dinner networking event, Rising Leaders and business professionals will learn about business etiquette skills that leave lasting impressions and build business relationships. Since business interactions occur in many settings, including over meals, business etiquette skills enable individuals to be more confident in these situations, communicate more effectively, build stronger rapport with coworkers, clients and customers, and can help enhance their company’s brand.

Hosted by: USAA (Ruby Partner)
Hosted by: American Airlines (Ruby Partner)

Location: TBA
Monday, August 21, 2017 Conference Agenda
08:00 A.M. - 09:15 A.M.
USBLN Affiliates Leadership Summit (private)
Location: TBA
08:00 A.M. - 09:15 A.M.
DSDP Corporate Mentor/DOBE Mentee Meetings (private)

The 2017 Disability Supplier Mentoring participants will meet to discuss progress and share best practices.

Location: TBA
08:15 A.M. - 09:30 A.M.
Rising Leaders Breakfast & Overview of USBLN Student Programs (private)

The event celebrates Rising Leaders for their accomplishments in being a part of the USBLN’s Rising Leaders Mentoring Program and the Rising Leaders Advisory Council. Academy participants are brought together with Rising Leaders Mentors, USBLN member company representatives and program sponsors/supporters for student presentations and facilitated group activities.

Hosted by: Best Buy (Ruby Partner)

Hosted by: Freddie Mac (Ruby Partner)

Location: TBA
08:15 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Going for the Gold Meetings (private)
Location: TBA
08:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
ODEP Circle Meeting (private)
Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
JAN Academy (By Registration)

Enhancing Your Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Processes with Current Best Practices and Embracing Enabling Technologies, the JAN Academy will offer participants the opportunity to learn from JAN’s experience as the leading source of expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. The JAN Academy is designed for reasonable accommodation professionals responsible for developing and deploying reasonable accommodation policies and practices.

Last fall, JAN launched the Job Accommodation Toolkit designed to assist companies in refreshing or developing a robust and equitable accommodation infrastructure. An effective accommodation infrastructure is an essential element of creating an inclusive workplace culture. The Toolkit contains a number of sample policies and procedures from corporations known to be inclusive as well as video training developed with input from these leaders. At this year’s JAN Academy, participants can expect to delve deeper into the Toolkit to review various best and emerging policies and practices. This will provide the opportunity for participants to compare and contrast their practices with those of their peers. In addition to discussing latest accommodation policies and practices, JAN will also present new video training modules on topics such as return-to-work and disclosure. These will be included in the Toolkit and will be available following the JAN Academy.

JAN Academy participants will also learn of assistive technologies that are enabling workplaces to be more inclusive. These technologies include video relay services, refreshable braille display, screen reading software, the Work Autonomy App, and video resumes using iMovie.
In addition, JAN will demonstrate the Mobile Accommodation Solution – the first mobile accommodation case management tool designed in collaboration with IBM, USBLN, AAPD, NBDC, and DMEC. The APP will be made available free at the APP Store in late 2017/early 2018.
Participants will receive HRCI CEU Credits and Certificate of Completion.

Learning Objectives
After participating in the JAN Academy, attendees will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast their current RA policies and processes with those of their peers.
2. Apply best practices when returning and injured employee back to work.
3. Learn how to use the accommodation-related technologies.
4. Learn how to access and use the new Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS) to manage accommodations for a mobile workforce.

Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
USBLN National Certification Committee (private)
Location: TBA
09:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Rising Leaders Transitioning from School to Work (private)

Transitioning from school to work can come with many new experiences and new opportunities. This session will discuss tips and tools that new employees should be prepared for in their career. The panelists will address questions such as: How to negotiate a salary/benefits? How do you navigate the politics of a company? How to build a support system or find mentors within your company? These panelists will help ensure Rising Leaders are career ready.

Moderator:

  • Kevin Webb, Senior Director, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation

Presenters:

  • Roger Guzman, Manager of Global Diversity and Inclusion, The TJX Companies, Inc.
  • Devan Vaughn, Diversity Program Manager – Recruiting, Microsoft
  • Desiree Morton, Facebook

Hosted by: TJX (Ruby Partner)

Location: TBA
11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
USBLN Affiliate/Business Networking Lunch (private)

Hosted by: Ingersoll Rand

Location: TBA
12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
USBLN DSDP Procurement Council Lunch Meeting (private)

Hosted by: Kaiser Permanente

Location: TBA
12:00 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
DEI Advisory Committee Meeting
Location: TBA
12:45 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
USBLN Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting (private)
Location: TBA
1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Rising Leadership Workplace Readiness Skills Game (private)

Team members of Northrop Grumman Corporation will host a lively session and competition to discuss workplace readiness skills. Utilizing a large board game, the Rising Leaders will split into teams to determine how to respond to real life scenarios. This session will require critical thinking skills and teamwork to beat the workplace obstacles in this game.

Presented by: Northrop Grumman Corporation (Rising Leadership Academy Presenting Partner)

Location: TBA
2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
JAN Academy

Enhancing Your Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Processes with Current Best Practices and Embracing Enabling Technologies

(by registration)

This is a repeat of the 9 am – 12 pm session

Location: TBA
3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
USBLN Board of Directors Meeting (private)
Location: TBA
3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
USBLN ERG/BRG Leadership Committee Meeting (private)
Location: TBA
6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Veterans Community Service Project

Description:
Welcome to the annual USBLN Veterans Community Service Project. Conference attendees join the ‘assembly line’ and fill bags with essentials that will be distributed to homeless veterans via the Department of Veterans Affairs in the greater Central Florida Area.

Hosted by: McKesson Corporation (Sapphire Partner)
Gift Bags courtesy of Meijer (Sapphire Partner)

Location: TBA
7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Welcome Reception

Description:
The USBLN 20th Annual National Conference “officially” begins this evening. Come and meet conference attendees and enjoy light refreshments.
Hosted by: McKesson Corporation (Sapphire Partner)

Location: TBA
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Conference Agenda
07:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Registration Desk Open to Pick up Badge & Materials
Location: TBA
07:30 A.M. - 08:15 A.M.
Continental Breakfast
Location: TBA
08:15 A.M. - 09:45 A.M.
Opening Plenary

Keynote:

Mark T. Bertolini, Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc.

Speakers:

Jill Houghton, President and CEO, USBLN
Gloria A. Flach, Chief Operating Officer, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Angela Talton, Chief Diversity Officer, Nielsen

Location: TBA
09:45 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Rising Leaders Interview and Networking Center

This space is designed for company recruiters and conference participants to have one-on-one sessions with college students and recent graduates that are participating in the Rising Leadership Academy. At the Rising Leaders Interview and Networking Center, recruiters and company representatives can host formal and informal job interviews with students. This is also an open space for conference participants to network or have discussions with any student that draws their attention.

Hosted by: JPMorgan Chase (Ruby Partner)

Location: TBA
10:05 A.M. - 11:20 A.M.
Breakout Session: Workplace

Closing the Generation Gap: Making the Workplace Matter to a Millennial Workforce

Moderator:

  • Yvonne Webb, Vice President HR Compliance & Enterprise Risk Management, Kaiser Permanente

Presenters:

  • Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Brandon M. Lyons, Experience Manager, PI Supply Chain, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
  • Patrick J Romzek, Vice President and LifeChanger Chief Executive, Cisco
  • Catherine (Katie) L. Jones, PMP, Summer Games Program Manager, Millennial Talent Team, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Allison Chisenhall, Chemical Process Engineer, BAE Systems; USBLN 2015 Rising Leaders Mentoring Program Alumni

Description: The landscape is changing and you may be experiencing more challenges around generational issues than diversity issues. The adage that if you hire a person with a disability they will stay in the same job throughout their career is not true for the next generation of high potential employees with disabilities. The next generation of individuals with disabilities is included in mainstream education and the community. They benefit from advances in technology and innovative disability employment strategies. During this session, you will engage with a national disability employment expert, employers who are preparing for the next gen workforce, and a high potential employee with a disability to explore the workplace culture that will attract and retain a more purpose driven pool of talent with disabilities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Technologies that will enable employees with disabilities to increase productivity and advance in their careers.
  2. Innovative disability employment strategies that open opportunities for people with disabilities.
  3. Expectations of Millennials with disabilities for the future workplace.

Hosted by: Booz Allen Hamilton

Location: TBA
10:05 A.M. - 11:20 A.M.
Breakout Session: USBLN Program: ERG/BRG Leadership Committee

Launch, Ignite and Inspire Your Disability ERG/BRG

Moderator:

  • Kristen Piersol-Stockton, Associate Director, Inclusion and Diversity, KPMG & UDBLN ERG/BRG Leadership Committee Co-Chair

Presenters:

  • Andrea Villa, User Experience Researcher, Qualcomm
  • Angela Borrell, Integrated Planning & Scheduling Specialist, Boeing
  • Dragan Tubonjic, Senior Analyst, Bloomberg, Bloomberg
  • Misty Koper, Project Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions, EY & USBLN ERG/BRG Leadership Committee Co-Chair
  • Eric SoHayda, Senior Relationship Manager, Prudential

Description: This interactive session is designed to advance the development and relevance of all ERGs/BRGs at all phases of maturation. During this session leaders for disability-focused ERGs/BRGs will share their experiences and strategies for a successful launch, moving to the next phase, and re-energizing a mature disability affinity group. You will be engaged in sharing your strategies for maximizing the impact of your disability-focused ERG/BRG.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the value proposition for a disability focused ERG/BRG.
  2. Discover ways to understand your stakeholders.
  3. Benchmark against other companies to develop and advance to the next phase.
Location: TBA
10:05 A.M. - 11:20 A.M.
Breakout Session: Supply Chain: DOBE®, V-DOBE™, And SDV-DOBE™ Focus

Navigating the Procurement Process and Closing the Deal

Moderator:

  • Patricia Graves, President, Caption First, DOBE®

Moderator/Presenter:

  • Kelli Schlitt, Supplier Diversity Professional Strategic Sourcing & Procurement, Freddie Mac

Presenters:

  • KP Simmons, Small Business Liaison Officer, Boeing Company
  • Jason Wegmet, Executive Director, Indirect Strategic Sourcing, Cox Communications
  • Mark Ellson, President and CEO, JEMNI, DOBE®

Description: This session will provide an in-depth look at the journey to the “done deal.” An overview by a supply chain expert on how to successfully navigate the procurement process will pave the way for a stronger understanding of supplier selection and buying decision drivers. Panelists representing supplier diversity, supply chain, and disability suppliers will lead a vigorous discussion on what disability suppliers, and others, need to know to form meaningful business relationships that produce results.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain insight into the business drivers of corporations, how they “think” about diverse suppliers and how to identify your best fit within the overall supply chain.
  2. Develop a better understanding of the different requirements in government contracting and explore potential for national vs global opportunities.
  3. Find out best ways to identify expectations of SD professional, buyer and supplier and use that knowledge to achieve more effective dialogue producing more sustainable results.
Location: TBA
10:05 A.M. - 11:20 A.M.
Breakout Session: Supply Chain: Corporate Focus

Laying the Foundation for the New SD Professional

Moderator:

  • Rona Fourte, Director, Supplier Diversity, Walgreens

Presenters:

  • Luis Cruz, Supplier Diversity Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PWC)
  • Tippi Montgomery, Mentor Protégé Program Manager, Cigna
  • Roxanne Wilson, Supplier Diversity Manager, Corp Procurement, Fannie Mae

Description:  New to Supplier Diversity? Now what? This session is will provide new Supplier Diversity professionals with a solid basic foundation and understanding to help them ramp-up quickly. Careful attention has been given to ensure participants have a safe environment where they can ask critical questions and get answers from their peers. Will also serve as a refresher for seasoned Supplier Diversity professionals!

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn key strategies and tactics to manage change and to establish and grow a resilient supplier diversity process.
  2. Understand the value of honing interpersonal skills and how to take an entrepreneurial approach to creating strong relationships internally and externally.
  3. Meet a group of seasoned SD professionals and start building a peer support network.
Location: TBA
10:05 A.M. - 11:20 A.M.
Breakout Session: Marketplace

Bias in marketing, it happens. How do we mitigate it?

Moderator:

  • Deb Dagit, President, Deb Dagit Diversity, LLC (DOBE®)

Presenters:

  • Scott Hoesman, CEO & Founder, inQUEST
  • Scott Pentoney, Senior Manager Production Operations; ENABLED Content Chair, ESPN
  • Cecil Brown, Project Manager, Human Resources, Meijer
  • Jennifer Wilburn, LMHC, CIC, Accessibility Specialist, Florida Blue

Description: People with disabilities are receiving greater recognition as a loyal and profitable diverse marketing segment along with women, people of color and LGBTQ. The challenge is how to effectively use authentic disability-friendly images and language in advertising that will appeal to potential customers with and without disabilities. During this session, corporate marketing and communication professionals will share creative images of people with disabilities and positive language that shatter common biases.  Successful strategies for testing images and language will be discussed, including leveraging community and employee resources such as Business Resource Groups.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Appreciating how unconscious bias manifests in marketing materials.
  2. Understanding what attributes make disability images and language ‘authentic’.
  3. Acquiring strategies for constructive feedback on planned disability inclusive marketing before launching.
Location: TBA
10:05 A.M. - 11:20 A.M.
Breakout Session: Technology

Creating Accessible Content

Moderator:

  • Albert Rizzi, Founding Member, International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)

Presenters:

  • Clint Covington, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Shawn Lauriat, Senior Software Engineer, Google
  • Brian Macken, Content Distribution Manager, Netflix
  • Mike Paciello, Founding Partner, The Paciello Group

Description: In order for companies to communicate inclusively and effectively, both internally and externally, content needs to be accessible. We will walk through the business case on why this is important for organizations and what you can do to help ensure content accessibility is top of mind for your teams. In this session, companies will share best practices and strategies to promote the creation of accessible emails, documents, media, PowerPoints, and more.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate the use of assistive technology that interfaces with accessible and not-so-accessible content.
  2. Learn three simple things to do to make all content more accessible for employees and customers with disabilities.
  3. Take-away strategies for promoting the creation of accessible content within your organizations.

Hosted by: Microsoft (Presenting Partner)

Location: TBA
10:05 A.M. - 11:20 A.M.
Breakout Session: USBLN Program: DEI

The Updated DEI: Driving Business Success

Moderator:

  • David Casey, VP, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer, CVS Health

Description:

What’s true? Disability inclusion drives business success, and when it’s leveraged, leads to true competitive advantage. The Disability Equality Index (DEI) strengthens corporate America by transforming disability inclusion.

What’s new? Already participating in DEI? Hear what is coming down the pike for DEI — how the bar is being raised and smart tips to help prepare. Thinking about participating in DEI? Let’s join the real world to hear compelling stories from corporate Diversity leaders at DEI top-scoring companies as to how the DEI has helped their organization. Above all, discover how your organization can leverage the power of the DEI to develop winning business strategies by enhancing disability inclusion practices.

Learning objectives:

  1. Tips on how to prepare for upcoming changes to the DEI.
  2. How companies leveraged the DEI to accelerate internal disability inclusion.
  3. How companies harnessed the DEI to advance their market and talent presence.
Location: TBA
11:40 A.M. - 1:10 P.M.
Luncheon Plenary

Maximizing Supply Chain Inclusion through Collaboration: A Conversation with IBM, IVMF, NGLCC, WBENC, WE-Connect and USBLN

The Supply Chain Plenary will feature the leaders who have committed to work together to raise the profile of diverse suppliers. They are effectively collaborating to exert their collective organizational influence to challenge the status quo and advocate for economic parity and access for their supplier constituents. Join these leaders as they engage in a stimulating discussion, reflecting on challenges and solutions and what you can do to support these efforts.

Other Features include: Overview of USBLN Pitch Tank Competition and announcement of finalists

Hosted by: Wells Fargo (Emerald Partner)

Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Workplace

Advanced Knowledge and Skills for the Disability Inclusion Expert

Moderator:

  • Scott Hoesman, CEO & Founder, inQUEST

Presenters:

  • Yves Veulliet, Global Disability Inclusion Program Manager, IBM
  • Mark Simone, Head of Early Career and Diversity Talent, Cigna
  • Hiren C. Shukla, Director, Americas Account Support Associates Program, Ernst & Young LLP

Description:

You have the fundamentals of Disability Inclusion – you already are a champion – an advocate. But in looking ahead, you are curious as to the trends and challenges that may be coming our way as disability inclusion experts. In this interactive and experiential session, we’ll take a think tank approach on several topics relevant to the advanced practitioner. This format will allow participants to not only engage with thought leaders on each of the subjects, but also allow everyone to learn from one another.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Connecting disability inclusion efforts to your organization’s core business strategy and having that connection resonate with all levels of supervisors/managers
  2. Finding ways to continually innovate in your disability inclusion programming, community outreach, market access, and products and services
  3. Securing the commitment of key executives to drive action on the disability inclusion management process

Hosted by: Cigna

Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Professional Development

Leading with Your Ability for Lateral & Upward Career Mobility

Moderator:

  • Russell Shaffer, Senior Manager – Public Affairs, Constituent Relations, Walmart

Presenters:

  • Sarah Pashe, Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources, MassMutual
  • Won Shin, Senior Manager, Transaction Advisory Services – Tax, EY
  • Allison Chisenhall, Process Engineer / Explosives Manufacturing, BAE Systems, and USBLN 2015 Career Link Mentoring Program Alumni (Rising Leaders Mentoring Program)
  • Eric Sohayda, Senior Sales Associate, Structured Settlements, Prudential, and USBLN 2013 Career Link Mentoring Program Alumni (Rising Leaders Mentoring Program)
  • Lauren Oplinger, Vice President, North Americas Sales & Marketing – Corporate & Investment Bank, JPMorgan Chase

Description: When you stand on your respective stage- what story are you telling? Do you know how to leverage your identity for leadership positions? Owning and embracing your identity can be important for lateral and upward mobility.  For an employee with a disability, it is important to understand that part of a person’s identity is owning their disability. It is also important to understand that there is a difference between self-identification, a regulatory requirement of federal contractors, and self-disclosure, a personal choice. This session will focus on presenting disability as a strength for leadership, problem solving, and innovation. It will also touch on how through self- disclosure an employee can make the workplace quantifiably better and more inclusive.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to leverage your identity as an asset for lateral and upward mobility.
  2. Learn how to create and leverage a disability ‘TED Talk’ or ‘Elevator Speech’ as tools for leadership positions.
  3. Gain valuable insight from professionals with disabilities who leveraged their disability as a strength .
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Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Supply Chain –V-DOBEs™ / SDV-DOBEs™, Corporate, SDVOSB and SDV Allies Focus

The Importance of Cybersecurity in the Supply Chain

Moderator:

  • Raul Suarez-Rodriguez, Manager Diversity, and Strategic Procurement, CVS Health

Presenters:

  • Thomas Burgess, CPO Global Procurement, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Estrella Cramer, Director, Supplier Diversity, UPS
  • Jon P. Froemel, Partner, Barnes and Thornberg, LLP
  • Rick Rodgers, Managing Director and Co-Founder, The Resource Network DOBE®

Description: Did you know that 80% of all information breaches originate in the supply chain? Supply chains are responsible for assuring innovation, quality, competitive pricing and just-in-time delivery of required goods and services necessary to maintain operational excellence using IT and other information systems. The interdependence and interconnectivity of systems, nationally and globally, makes mitigating risks involving intellectual property security and the exchange of other critical business information of vital concern to all. Organizations are increasingly at risk of supply chain compromise, whether intentional or unintentional. In this session, you will learn how managing cyber supply chain ensures the quality, integrity, security and resilience of the supply chain, the suppliers who support their operations and indeed the end users.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the cyber supply chain and risks in today’s business environment from a national and global perspective and how specific industries are working together to protect themselves.
  2. Learn what constitutes intellectual property(IP), what business supply chains and IP protection have in common and how all parties can protect themselves, their profits and reputation.
  3. Share and learn best practices and tools to mitigate cyber risks in the supply chain from different informed perspectives.
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Supply Chain Corporate Focus

Integrating Inclusive Practices – Supplier Diversity and D&I

Moderator:

  • Dr. Lonie Haynes, Director of D&I, Highmark Health

Presenters:

  • Sarah Crump, Diversity Senior, HRDI (Human Resources Diversity & Inclusion) ODI, Freddie Mac
  • Kathi Stearman, Employment Compliance Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Rosemary Weppler, Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Procurement Manager, EY
  • LaTonya Fourte-Lyles, Manager, Supplier Diversity, HCSC
  • Alejandro Ramirez, Associate Director, Product Supply Global Purchases, Procter and Gamble

Description: This panel will feature D&I and supplier diversity leaders who will discuss the intersection between inclusion in their respective areas. Corporations continue to recognize and value the role of D&I and SD in creating internal systems that create supportive and participative environments. With similar goals it makes sense to explore the best ways to build collaboration between the two, identifying what works best, and ideas for the future and ways to capture and report out on real-world metrics, positive outcomes and benefits. We will discuss how affinity resource groups (BRGs/ERGs) play a significant role in encouraging inclusive behaviors and sustaining corporate performance using examples like board interaction, employee engagement, budget, community involvement and annual reports to stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. A stronger understanding of how D&I and Supplier Diversity share a common goal.
  2. Impact of both corporate initiatives on Business goals and how to collaborate and maximize results.
  3. Best approaches to engage the strength of ERGs/BRGs to gain better traction for disability and disability supplier inclusion.
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Marketplace

Strengthening Brand Loyalty through Authentic Connections

Moderator:

  • Jay Cardinali, Worldwide Accessibility Manager, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Presenters:

  • Ron Pettit, Senior Manager, Disability Inclusion & ADA Compliance, Trade Support & Service, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
  • Michelle Frenette Simmons, Senior Specialist Inclusion & Diversity, American Airlines

Description: It is a business imperative that your company’s associates are comfortable and informed when serving customers and clients with disabilities.  This session will focus on interactive and real-time communications.  During this discussion, you and the panel will explore how to better determine the size of your customers with disabilities base, training options for customer-facing staff, how to leverage internal and external expertise, and how to protect and burnish your brand.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the size, impact and stakeholder behavior of the disability market.
  2. Receiving information on effective disability customer service training.
  3. Leveraging internal and external expertise to improve customer service.
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Technology

How Regulations are Driving Digital Accessibility

Moderator:

  • Claudia Gordon, Senior Manager Government and Compliance, Sprint

Presenters:

  • Susan Mazrui, Director of Public Policy, AT&T
  • Matt Ater, Vice President, Enterprise Compliance, VFO
  • Eric Wright, Lead Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton

Description: Although new regulations can create fear and uncertainty, organizations can harness the opportunity to turn regulation into a more accessible environment for employees and customers. In this session, you will hear from experts on U.S. and global current and potential future regulations and guidelines, such as WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1, Section 508, and EN 301 549. Companies will share how they are innovating to be ahead of the curve through regulatory interpretation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about recent and potential updates in accessibility regulation.
  2. Explore strategies for leveraging regulation to launch innovation within corporations.

Hosted by: Microsoft (Presenting Partner)

Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: USBLN Program

Going for the Gold

Description: Nine Fortune/Global 500 USBLN Going for the Gold (GFG) participating companies will discuss the progress they have made in advancing disability inclusion across their enterprises through the engagement of Executive Leadership Teams, multi-media Self-Id campaigns, creative Outreach and Recruitment, and active Business Resource Groups. With the support of the USBLN’s GFG team, the companies’ progress includes a collective 512% increase from project start in the hires of over 2,000 individuals with disabilities and a significant improvement in USBLN Disability Equality Index (DEI) scores.

Topics & Speakers:

  • Self-Identification and Executive Leadership Team Support:
    CSX: Lisa Matway, Manager, Diversity & Organizational Development
    McKesson: Greg Rutherford, Military & Disability Affairs, Vice Chair, McKesson Military Resource Group
    Boston Scientific: Lynn Prust, Director of Employment Policy & Employee Relations
  • Outreach & Recruitment:
    TD Bank: Jocelyn Weyrauch, VP, Diversity Talent Advisor
    Facebook: Elizabeth Peregrino, Head of People Compliance
    Grainger: Alfred Johnston, Manager, Inclusion & Diversity
  • Business Resource Groups:
    GM: Andrea Munzenberger, IT Program Manager and People with Disabilities Employee Resource Group Co-Chair
    Qualcomm: Vanessa Jones, Global Inclusion and Diversity/Human Resources
    3M: Chris Kondo, Co-Chair, dAN Network, & Veteran/Military Recruitment & Global Programs Lead

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how the GFG companies collectively increased their hiring of individuals with disabilities by 512% (over 2,000 hires) over a 3-year period by earning reputations as employers of choice for candidates with disabilities.
  2. Learn how to engage Executive Leaders in championing disability inclusion through a multi-faceted approach and a variety of activities and initiatives.
  3. Learn how Business Resource Groups contribute to successful self-id campaigns, recruiting, and spreading the message of disability inclusion throughout their companies.
Location: TBA
3:15 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Plenary Session: The Technology Marketplace

Brought to You by Microsoft

Moderator:

  • Apoorva N. Gandhi, Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International, Inc., USBLN BOD

Panel:

  • Jenny Lay Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft, USBLN BOD Chair
  • Ruoyi Zhou,  Ph.D. Director, Accessibility Research, IBM Research
  • Jennison Asuncion, Engineering Manager, Accessibility, LinkedIn
Location: TBA
4:45 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.
Rising Leaders Matchmaking Session (private)

During this one-on-one speed networking session, company representatives will be matched to Rising Leaders who possess the field of study, educational background, and/or experience they are seeking in potential job applicants. The matching between the company and the Rising Leaders will be conducted ahead of time. Companies will be provided the participants’ names and resumes prior to the conference. A maximum number of two company participants can attend this session.

Hosted by: PNC (Sapphire Partner)

Location: TBA
4:45 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
DSDP & BLN Networking Mixer (private)

Invited Guests: USBLN Board Members, Corporate and DSDP Partners, BLN leaders and members and DOBE® s/SDVOBs and disability business owners and Rising Professionals

Description: We invite Corporate Partners, BLN Affiliates and Disability-Owned Businesses to help us build a stronger network for collaboration and growth. Attend this event and start making valuable business connections that will extend beyond this year’s conference! Find out about the great resources that exist in many states for disability and supplier inclusion. Enjoy delicious food and drink too!

Hosted by: Chevron (Ruby Partner)

Hosted by: Accenture (Ruby Partner)

Location: TBA
6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Biz2Biz Expo Opening Welcome Reception

Description:

Join us in the Exhibit Hall for the Biz2Biz Expo Welcome Reception. This will be the first look at disability inclusive products and services offered by corporations, government agencies, disability­owned businesses, organizational partners and other key stakeholder exhibitors.

Make sure to visit the Rising Leaders booths to hear their Innovation Lab Pitches & vote.

Be sure to visit each exhibitor booth and collect stamps on your Exhibit Hall map for your chance to win the Grand Prize that will be given away during the Wednesday, Rising Leaders Luncheon Plenary.

Location: TBA
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Conference Agenda
07:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Registration Desk Open to Pick up Badge & Materials
Location: TBA
07:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Biz2Biz Expo

All Exhibits Open & Rising Leaders Innovation Lab Pitches & Voting Continues

Location: TBA
07:30 A.M. - 09:30 A.M.
Biz2Biz Expo Continental Breakfast

(coffee service only between 9:30am ­ 11:00am)

Location: TBA
07:45 A.M. - 08:15 A.M.
Business Exchange MatchMaker Meeting (BXMM) Check-in (private)

Focus: For pre-registered DOBEs ® and DSDP Founding Partners and Corporate Members

Description: Check-in and confirm your reservation for one of the most valued events of the supply chain track for both corporate partners and DOBEs®, V-DOBEs™SDV-DOBEs™ – the Business Exchange Matchmaker Meetings (BXMM)

Location: TBA
08:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Business Exchange Matchmaker Meetings (BXMM) (private)

Focus: For pre-registered DOBE® ®s and DSDP Founding Partners and Corporate Members

Description: BXMM brings USBLN certified suppliers together with corporate partners to explore 1st, 2nd and 3rd tier sourcing opportunities. Each meeting is approximately 10 minutes and provides invaluable face-to-face connection and relationship building.

Hosted by: IBM

Location: TBA
09:45 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Rising Leaders Interview and Networking Center

This space is designed for company recruiters and conference participants to have one-on-one sessions with college students and recent graduates that are participating in the Rising Leadership Academy. At the Rising Leaders Interview and Networking Center, recruiters and company representatives can host formal and informal job interviews with students. This is also an open space for conference participants to network or have discussions with any student that draws their attention.

Location: TBA
09:45 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Innovative Practices by DEI Companies (private)

Hosted by: Microsoft (Presenting Partner)

Location: TBA
11:15 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Rising Leaders Luncheon Plenary

The Rising Leaders Luncheon Plenary will uplift and discuss issues important to college students and recent graduates with disabilities. The first part of the plenary will showcase the top two teams, from the Technology Innovation Lab, pitching their universal design ideas to conference participants. The second part of the plenary will host a question and answer segment between two USBLN Corporate Partner Executives and two Rising Leaders. Rising Leaders will ask the Corporate Executives questions around their transitions, mentorship, and tips for success. Corporate Executives will ask Rising Leaders questions around their aspirations, mentorship, and hopes/concerns around disability and employment.

Hosted by: Boston Scientific (Emerald Partner)

Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Workplace

Successfully Including Veterans with Disabilities in the Workplace

Moderator:

  • Greg Rutherford, Military & Disability Affairs, Vice Chair, McKesson Military Resource Group, McKesson Corporation

Presenters:

  • Dan Ellerman, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Tom Downs, Senior Manager Corporate Diversity and Inclusion, Capital One
  • Michael ‘Mike’ Bernard, National Recruiting Manager, Deloitte
  • LeAndre Yarrell, Network Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporations & 2016 Career Link Mentoring Program Alumni (Rising Leaders Mentoring Program)

Description: Military service members with disabilities returning to the workplace need to navigate the same challenges that civilians with disabilities do but with some additional considerations.  During this knowledge sharing session, presentations will cover several effective corporate initiatives including aligning company resources to support transitioning service members, educating on corporate versus military perspectives, outreach to student veterans, and aligning veterans with disabilities with both veteran and non-veteran affinity groups.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Innovative disability employment strategies that allow opportunities for veterans with disabilities.
  2. Identification of key external opportunities for partnerships to drive disabled veterans awareness & inclusion.
  3. Best practices for veterans with disabilities focusing on retention and engagement through ERG/BRG efforts.

Hosted by: Getting Hired

Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Professional Development

Lead the Conversation! Be a Thought Leader for Innovation and Culture Change

Moderator:

  • Jessica Rafuse, Program Manager, Accessibility, Corporate External Legal Affairs, Microsoft

Presenters:

  • Megan Belden, Director, Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience
  • Kathy Martinez, Senior Vice President, Disability Market Segment & Strategy, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Emily Ladau, Digital Communications Consultant, Employer Assistance and Resource Network
  • Matt Tague, General Manager, Diversity Solutions, LinkedIn

Description: What are the opportunities to join the conversation and become a thought leader to change culture to be more inclusive? Internal and external communication tools, including social media sites, the intranet, LinkedIn, internal blogs and various apps, can provide an opportunity to promote ideas for culture change. Attend this session to learn how to use communication tools and company resources, including disability Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), to become a catalyst for sustainable culture change and advance your professional career.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the power of thought leadership.
  2. Learn about tools and resources to impact culture change.
  3. Gain valuable insight on how ERGs develop a sustainable plan to impact the business through thought leadership.

Hosted by: McDonald’s

Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Supply Chain Entrepreneur & Corporate Focus

Understanding the Value of V-DOBE and SDV-DOBE Certification

Moderator:

  • Lance Dorsey, Sr. Manager, Supplier Diversity, McKesson

Presenters:

  • Chanel Bankston-Carter, Director, Strategic Outreach and Communications, US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Barbara E. Carson, Associate Administrator, Office of Veterans Business Development, SBA
  • Wayne Shanks, Sr. Advisor, Military Family Supplier Diversity, USAA
  • Michael Cherlock, President & CEO, AE Works (SDV-DOBE™)

Description: What is the perceived value of V-DOBE™ and SDV-DOBE™ certifications from a corporate, agency and small business owner perspective? Many organizations are seeking ways to ensure an inclusive supply chain and recognize the unique set of skills and experiences that our veterans possess. The reality is many current suppliers qualify as diverse, but may not have sought certification or be aware that certification can provide access to bidding opportunities within the public and private sectors. Learn more about the USBLN’s certification process. Hear top corporate and agency partners’ views on these unique certifications and their benefit to your supply chain.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What are V-DOBE™ / SDV-DOBE™ certifications and what criteria are used to determine certification?
  2. Learn the corporate perspective on supplier inclusion and what steps are taken to realize this untapped potential.
  3. Learn how leading federal agencies are working with the USBLN to support inclusion of veterans through outreach, tools and collaboration.
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Marketplace

Tweets and Technology

Description: The digital marketplace is exploding and the disability segment is becoming the largest target group. People with disabilities exhibit the most potential brand and market loyalty if barriers are eliminated and they are openly welcomed. During this session, we will explore known disability-friendly websites, call center technology, and online services. Strategies will also be shared for the most productive use of social media and effectively establishing and using customer advisory boards and other feedback strategies.

Moderator:

  • George W. Foley, Business Development Manager, 3M Government Markets, 3M Center

Presenters:

  • Spiro Papathanasakis, Director, eSSENTIAL Accessibility Inc.
  • Daniel Sullivan, Vice President of Sales, AudioEye
  • Jennifer Wilburn, LMHC, CIC, Accessibility Specialist, Florida Blue

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding what makes websites, call centers, and online services disability-friendly.
  2. Learning how to productively leverage social media.
  3. Effectively establishing and utilizing customer advisory boards and other feedback strategies.
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Technology

Creating a Culture of Accessibility

Moderator:

  • Jessica Rafuse, NGO Program Manager, Microsoft

Presenters:

  • Michael Palmer, Senior Product Operations Manager & Access & Disabilities (ERG) co-chair, T-Mobile
  • Carrie Farber, Senior, Product Manager, Digital Accessibility & User-generated Content, Walmart
  • Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility, Comcast

Description: Accessibility is more than making sure your products are accessible, it is about creating a culture of inclusion at your company. Accessibility must be built in to your company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Topics discussed will include, moving from accommodations to systematic solutions, how accessibility can advance careers for employees with disabilities, and how companies can create credibility within the disability community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how companies are educating their technical talent, account teams, communicators, and beyond on digital accessibility.
  2. Prioritize accessible technology within external vendors, partners, and suppliers.
  3. Explore effective methods for gathering feedback from people with disabilities, such as customer support centers, formal usability studies, and community engagement.

Hosted by: Microsoft (Presenting Partner)

Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Business Leadership Network (BLN) Primer

An Introduction to the USBLN Local BLN Affiliate Network

Moderators:

  • Lynn Kirkbride, M.S., Director of Affiliate Relations, USBLN
  • Tim Newman, Asset Manager, Levine Properties; NCBLN; USBLN Affiliate Liaison

Presenters:

  • Ouraphone Siri-Outhay Willis, Senior Director, Global Diversity, Talent Acquisition, UNITEDHEALTH GROUP
  • Jarrod A. Sheets, Supplier Diversity, Supply Chain Management, Wells Fargo

Description: Did you know that the USBLN has a network of Affiliate Business Leadership Networks that span over 28 states and are located in over 40 locations across the US? Joining a BLN is an opportunity for a company to be involved year-round at the local level in developing a more inclusive workforce, supply chain and marketplace across your footprint. Learn about value of involvement with an Affiliate and the types of programming that the BLNs provide to their business members.
If there is not a BLN in your locale, discover the process of Affiliation with the USBLN and learn the business case for launching and being involved in a BLN from a panel of local and national USBLN business leaders.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Introduction to the USBLN Affiliates.
  2. Affiliate Model Programming.
  3. The business case for becoming involved in a local BLN.
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Business Relations Group Executive Sponsors Roundtable

Make Your Employee Resource Group / Business Resource Group (ERG/BRG) Executive Sponsors Successful by Engaging Middle Management. (private)

Moderator:

  • Michele C. Meyer-Shipp, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Prudential Financial

Presenters:

  • Peggy Foran, Senior Vice President, Chief Governance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial; ADAPT’s Executive Sponsor
  • Rebecca Boucher, Director, Global Marketing Communications, Prudential Financial; ADAPT’s National Co-Lead
  • Eric Sohayda, Technical Support Specialist, Structured Settlements-Retirement; ADAPT’s Site Lead. Woodbridge, NJ

Description: During the session, panelists from Prudential’s ADAPT (Abled and Disabled Associates Partnering Together) BRG will share their experiences, opportunities and lessons learned in creating an ecosystem and engaging middle management in support of ERG/BRG impact. ADAPT’s Executive Sponsor, National Co-Lead, and local Site lead will share their experiences and tools for enlisting middle management support to drive ADAPT’s business impact in three strategic areas: People, Market, and Community. We will explore the ecosystem of support, roles & responsibilities, and strategic activities which have enhanced middle management involvement with ADAPT at Prudential.

Hosted by: Prudential Financial Inc. (Sapphire Partner)

Location: TBA
3:15 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Industry Sectors Roundtable (private)

Note: Ruby partners and above; no more than two representatives per company due to space restrictions

Developing Advance Knowledge and Skills for Disability Inclusion Leadership

Moderator:

  • Jennifer Demirdjian, Director, Office of Diversity, PwC

Description:
You have the fundamentals of Disability Inclusion – you are a champion – an advocate. You likely invest most of your time working to help others and driving your organization’s inclusion initiatives forward. But when is the last time you focused on your own development and effectiveness as a leader? Might sharpening some of your own skills help to accelerate the achievement of your objectives? During this business to business session, representatives from USBLN partner companies will join their colleagues in the same or related industry to engage in a lively discussion and share knowledge on what they see as the 3 core leadership skills often required for those leading a disability inclusion charge.

Hosted by: PwC (Ruby Partner)

Location: TBA
3:15 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Breakout Session: Professional Development

Why You Need a Sponsor and a Mentor for Career Development

Moderator:

  • Mike Ellis, Global Vice President of Accessibility, Sprint

Presenters:

  • Won Shin, Senior Manager, Transaction Advisory Services – Tax, EY
  • Anita Wright, Manager Business Development & Proposal Operations, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
  • Ron Pettit, Senior Manager, Disability Inclusion & ADA Compliance, Trade Support & Service, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
  • Megan Belden, Director, Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience

Description: It is well known how valuable a mentor is, someone who can provide guidance and suggestions in developing a person’s area of interest. However, do you know the difference between a mentor and a sponsor and why it’s important to have both? This session will focus on the value of having both a mentor and a sponsor, how to effectively interact with both, and how to find these essential keys to your career success.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the value and difference between a mentor and a sponsor.
  2. Learn how to find the right mentor and sponsor.
  3. Learn how to effectively interact with each for professional and career development.

Hosted by: UPS

Location: TBA
3:15 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Breakout Session: Supply Chain – Open to All Attendees

USBLN 2017 Pitch Tank Competition

Facilitator:

  • Philip DeVliegher, USBLN Consultant, Disability Supplier Mentoring Program

Description:
The Pitch Tank competition was an overwhelming success in its inaugural year. Join us again for this exciting and challenging competition that brings out the best in disability entrepreneurs as they make their “pitch” and present their capabilities to a judging panel comprised of top buyers and decision makers in the public and private sector. Finalists have been selected after a rigorous vetting process and will make compelling presentations that emphasize their business acumen and value proposition based on technology and technology and innovation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Watch the drama and listen as enterprising entrepreneurs ‘pitch’ their value proposition and vie for top recognition and prizes!
  2. Learn what the expert judges value most in business presentations—watch and listen as finalists nimbly answer penetrating questions that will determine their success.
  3. Root for your favorite entrepreneur and discover the next new product or service for your supply chain.

Underwriting Sponsor: Wells Fargo (Emerald Partner)
Hosted by: Merck (Sapphire Partner)

Location: TBA
3:15 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Breakout Session: Workplace

Pinnacle Practices for Inclusive Workplaces

Moderator:

  • Lou Orslene, Co-Director, Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Presenters:

  • Self-Disclosure – Janice Little, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, McKesson
  • Global Recruiting – Elizabeth Peregrino, Head of People Compliance, Facebook
  • Centralized Accommodation – Bob Vetere, Enterprise Workplace Accommodations, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Managing Accommodations Using a Third Party Vendor – Herminio Vargas, Absence Management Program Manager, Walmart
  • Education on Mental Health Conditions – Lori Golden, EY Abilities Strategy Leader, Americas Talent Team, Ernst & Young, LLP

Description: There is an ever-expanding universe of best practices for creating inclusive workplaces. Most are being generated by USBLN corporate partners. During this session, representatives from these corporate partners will each present one pinnacle practice. Practices showcased will include a robust self-disclosure strategy, a successful multi-dimensional approach to recruiting, a centralized accommodation program with integrated tracking system, a strategy for use of a third-party vendor to manage accommodations, and an innovative approach to workplace education on mental health conditions. In a fast paced “show and tell” session, each partner representative will showcase their pinnacle inclusive practice and the results achieved.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn five pinnacle practices for creating inclusive workplaces.
  2. Understand the role of the business unit as well as their unit leaders in developing these practices.
  3. Identify the leaders who have had responsibility to implement the strategy resulting in these practices.
Location: TBA
3:15 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Breakout Session: Marketplace

Choose Your Own (Product) Adventure!

Co-Facilitators:

  • Drew Gulley, Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Bloomberg LP
  • Richard Ram, Senior User Experience Designer, Bloomberg LP

Description: Have you ever had an idea that could revolutionize an industry or, simply, improve an existing product? We’ve been there! Only to have the concept get wrapped up in red tape, lost in a sea of priorities and competing interests, or take ages to bring to market? We’ve been there, too…
In this “choose your own adventure” session, you’ll work with expert guides to understand the product quest: gathering the right merry band of adventurers, selecting the best roadmap and supplies, and testing your concept through trials and tribulations. Together, we’re seeking the same prize: An accessible, inclusive product that will be the envy of all!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the product design life-cycle
  2. Appreciate and navigate common product design barriers and complications
  3. Take away best practices for product design, including user testing and resource gathering

Note: If you have a product design idea, you are invited to share it for discussion

Location: TBA
5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
DEI Top-Scorer Reception

Hosted by: CVS Health (Emerald Partner)

Location: TBA
6:00 P.M. - 7:15 P.M.
Pre-Dinner Reception

Hosted by: Marriott International Inc. (Sapphire Partner)

Hosted by: Southwest Airlines (Emerald Partner)

Location: TBA
7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
USBLN 2017 Leadership Awards Dinner

(Formal Attire Optional)

Emcee:

  • Gerard Dehrmann,
    Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and State & Local Government Relations, Walmart;
    USBLN Board Member

Featured Speaker:

  • Nyle DiMarco, Founder, the Nyle DiMarco Foundation

Description: Join us for a stimulating, motivating and celebratory evening during which the 2017 DEI top-scoring companies will be announced. Meet the winners of the Disability Suppliers Shark Tank competition. Be present for the announcement of the recipients of the 2017 USBLN Annual Leadership Awards and learn their accomplishments.

Hosted by: Walmart

Location: TBA
Thursday, August 24, 2017 Conference Agenda
07:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Registration
Location: TBA
07:45 A.M. - 09:00 A.M.
Continental Breakfast
Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.
Workplace Roundtable

Workplace Transitions for People Touched by Cancer

Facilitator:

  • Mike Eleff, MD, Medical Director, Regional Vice President, Health & Wellness, Anthem, Inc.

Description: This interactive roundtable session starts with a demonstration of the Workplace Transitions e-Toolkit during which you will receive information on how to access this free, comprehensive resource for your company. During the facilitated discussion, explore how organizations can support employees touched by cancer, including those with a diagnosis and those who are caregiving for someone with cancer – so that the company benefits as a whole.

Table Discussion Questions:

  1. What challenges does your organization face with cancer in the workplace?
  2. How does your organization support employees touched by cancer?
  3. How can your company adopt and implement this e-Toolkit?

Hosted by: Workplace Transitions for People Touched by Cancer; A collaboration of Anthem, Inc., Cancer and Careers, Pfizer and USBLN (Ruby Partner)

Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.
Breakout Session: Marketplace Roundtable

Intersectional Learnings & Authentic Images

Welcome:

  • Angela Talton, Chief Diversity Officer, Nielsen and Marketplace Track Chair

Facilitators:

  • Djuana C. Beamon, VP, Diversity & Inclusion, Voya Financial
  • Jessica Tuman, People with Special Needs – Center of Excellence, Voya Financial

Description: During this working roundtable session you are invited to join one of the two following discussions where you will exchange ideas and strategies with your peers.

Topic 1: Building a Disability Inclusive Culture from Intersectional Learnings (Veterans, LGBTQ, People of Color)

Topic 2: Developing a Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Strategy that Intentionally Incorporates Authentic and Positive Disability Images and Language

Hosted by: Voya Financial (Ruby Partner)

Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.
Breakout Session: Supply Chain Roundtable

Facilitator:

  • Tim Ruddell, Manager, Sustainable Procurement, Firmwide Procurement, KPMG, LLP

Represented Roundtable Industries and Discussion Leaders:

  • Cybersecurity – Thomas Burgess, CPO Global Procurement, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Procurement’s Collaboration with ERGs – Deon Crayton, Staff Rep, Supplier Diversity, United
  • Role of Supplier Diversity in the Market Development – Tim Ruddell, Manager, Sustainable Procurement, Firmwide Procurement, KPMG, LLP
  • Measuring the Impact Beyond the Business Case/ROI – Pauline Gebon, Global Head of Supplier Diversity, Metlife
  • Issues for Growing DOBEs, TBD
  • Open Regulatory Environment – Changes and Impact of Uncertainty on Supply Chain – TBD, KPMG, LLP
  • Innovation Strategies – Adrianna Samaniego, Supplier Diversity, Google

Description: This roundtable format will feature supply chain and supplier diversity professionals exploring key topics impacting the inclusion of disability suppliers in corporate and government procurement organizations. Topics (see below) will be led by business and industry subject matter experts. Participating in dialogue will be USBLN certified suppliers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Hear from top supply chain and supplier diversity professionals on seven critical topics, and best practices in achieving supplier diversity and inclusion.
  2. How corporations balance risk and reward when integrating diverse suppliers (and disability suppliers) into the supply chain and how to influence other internal departments to collaborate on supplier inclusion.
  3. Learn how the business case for disability inclusion is continuing to evolve through awareness and engagement with the disability community and strategic community/business organizations.

Hosted by: AARP (Ruby Partner)

Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.
Breakout Session: Professional Development Roundtable

Self-Identification: Adding Value for the Individual and the Business

Moderators:

  • Dragan Tubonjic, Senior Analyst, Bloomberg

Description: This interactive round table session will invite participants to discuss three questions around self-identification and the value for the individual and the business: 1) What are the business advantages for a company when individuals with disabilities feel comfortable self-identifying? 2) What are effective strategies for increasing self-identification?, and 3) How does self-identification as a person with a disability lead to self-empowerment.

Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.
Partners Policy Roundtable (private)

This session will be open exclusively to USBLN corporate-partners and will explore the topic of accessibility through a policy lens. We continue to hear from our corporate partners who are struggling to make their good and services, internal and external resources, and procurement policies fully accessible to people with disabilities. This panel will discuss these topics and share what forward-thinking approaches companies can take to make sure everything they do is accessible to all people.

Presenters:

  • Christopher Soukup, CEO, Communication Service for the Deaf
  • Nedra Dickson, Global Supplier Inclusion & Sustainability Lead, Accenture
  • Scott R. Freiermuth, Counsel, Government Affairs, Sprint
Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.
Breakout Session: Technology Roundtable

Innovations in Accessible Technology

Moderator:

  • Megan Lawrence, PhD, Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

Presenter:

  • Richard Ram, User Experience, Bloomberg
  • Drew LaHart, Head of Accessibility Enablement, IBM Research

Description: Join business leaders as they share the latest in accessible technology research. Companies will discuss their journeys into innovation projects that focus on people with disabilities, lessons learned, and strategies for moving from research to reality. Demos will include the latest IOT innovations to make your home smarter and wayfinding technology for people who are Blind.

Hosted by: Microsoft (Presenting Partner)

Location: TBA
10:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Closing Plenary

Leveraging a BRG/ERG for Career Advancement Opportunities and Programs to Ensure Full Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

This plenary session will offer the opportunity to meet and learn from a panel of Disability Employee Resource Group members who will share how their ERG advanced their company’s disability outreach and recruitment strategies to attract qualified job applicants with disabilities; created innovative career building opportunities for employees with disabilities; and developed effective strategies and tools to enable its members to bring their whole selves to work.

Welcome:

  • Kenneth Price, Director, Aircraft Valuation, Boeing Capital Corporation and Professional Development Track Chair

Presentation of ERG/BRG Tool Kit:

  • Kristen Piersol-Stockton, USBLN ERG/BRG Leadership Committee Co-Chair, Associate Director, Corporate Responsibility, Diversity, KPMG
  • Misty Koper, USBLN ERG/BRG Leadership Committee Co-Chair, Project Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions, EY

Panel Discussion:
Moderator:

  • Kristen Piersol-Stockton, USBLN ERG/BRG Leadership Committee Co-Chair, Associate Director, Corporate Responsibility, Diversity, KPMG

Panelists:

  • Rebecca Boucher, Director, Global Communications, Co-Chair, ADAPT BRG, Prudential Financial, Inc.
  • Paulette Penzvalto, Program Manager, Corporate Engineering, Google.

Hosted by: Comcast – NBCUniversal (Emerald Partner)

Location: TBA