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 a professional development and career exploration session with the Rising Leaders. This private by invite only session will include interactive panel discussions on career development and career seeking topics and employment connection opportunities 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 to make the job search process much smoother.

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 or services that promote disability inclusion. This real-world, team-based environment encourages cross-disability collaboration towards solving employment challenges. The Rising Leaders are split into approximately 5-6 teams and each team creates a project to address 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 Rising Leaders Luncheon on August 22.

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)

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)
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 panelist 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.

Hosted by: TJX (Ruby Partner)

Location: TBA
11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
USBLN Affiliate/Business Networking Lunch (private)
Location: TBA
12:00 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
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
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
Location: TBA
09:45 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Rising Leaders Resume Review and Interview Center (private)

The Rising Leaders will sign-up to receive professional guidance from business professionals. Volunteers from the USBLN’s corporate partners will review and give advice on the Rising Leaders resumes, elevator speeches, and their career aspirations. This space can also be used for corporate partners to host job interviews with the students.

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:

  • Brandon M. Lyons, Experience Manager, PI Supply Chain, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
  • Patrick J Romzek, Vice President and LifeChanger Chief Executive, Cisco
  • Allison Chisenhall, Process Engineer/Explosives Manufacturing, BAE Systems; USBLN 2015 Career Link 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.
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:

  • 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

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 Entrepreneur Focus

Navigating the Procurement Process and Closing the Deal

Moderators:

  • Patricia Graves, President, Caption First, Inc. (DOBE®) & Chair-DOBE Host Committee
  • Kelli Schlitt, Supplier Diversity Professional, Freddie Mac

Presenters:

  • KP Simmons, Small Business Liaison Officer, Boeing Company
  • Mark Ellson, President and CEO, JEMNI, Inc. (SDV-DOBE™) & DOBE Host Committee Member

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 versus global opportunities.
  3. Find out best ways to identify expectations of the 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 Healthcare
  • Rich Lewis, Associate/Sr. Subcontracts Administrator Civil Health Market, Booz Allen Hamilton

Description: New to Supplier Diversity? Now what? This session will provide new Supplier Diversity professionals and leaders responsible for supplier diversity oversight 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. This 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®)

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

Description: In order for companies to communicate effectively, both internally and externally, content needs to be accessible. In this session companies will share best practices and strategies to make sure that emails, documents, social media content, PowerPoints and more, are all fully accessible to people with disabilities. The presenters will help participants understand basic terminology and how to run accessible events and meetings.

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

Applying Leading-Edge Innovations for Today’s Supply Chain

Remarks:

  • Jill Houghton, President & CEO, USBLN
  • Brian Horn, Chief of Staff, USBLN
  • Michael K. Robinson, Program Director, Global Supplier Diversity & Supplier Connection, IBM & 2017 Supply Chain Track Chair

Presentation of Pitch Competition 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
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; USBLN 2015 Career Link Mentoring Program Alumni

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

The Importance of Cybersecurity in the Supply Chain

Moderator:

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

Presenters:

  • Thomas Burgess, Director-Global Supply Chain, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Jonathan P. Froemel, Partner, Intellectual Property (IP) and Litigation, Barnes and Thornburg, LLP

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 S. Hayes, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion , Highmark Health

Presenters:

  • Sarah Crump, Diversity Senior, HRDI (Human Resources Diversity & Inclusion) ODI, Freddie Mac
  • Ryan Miccio, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, United Airlines
  • Kathy Stearman, Employment Compliance Officer, Supplier Diversity & Corporate Strategy, Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Rosemary Weppler, Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Procurement Manager, EY
  • Alejandro Ramirez, Associate Director, Product Supply Global Purchases, P&G

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, identify 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

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

Building the Business Case for Accessibility

Description: Why is accessibility good for business? Companies will share information and best practices on how they have made the business case to senior leaders to make sure that internal resources and external produces and services are fully accessible to people with disabilities. Experts on the panel will share information on the latest laws and regulations related to accessibility and accessible technology, and how that relates to the business case.

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

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.

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)

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.

Location: TBA
09:45 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Rising Leaders Resume Review and Interview Center (private)

The Rising Leaders will sign-up to receive professional guidance from business professionals. Volunteers from the USBLN’s corporate partners will review and give advice on the Rising Leaders resume’s, elevator speeches, and their career aspirations. This space can also be used for corporate partners to host job interviews with the students.

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

Hosted by: Microsoft (Presenting Partner)

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

This session will feature 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.

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

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
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

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

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.
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

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

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.

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, USBLN Affiliate Liaison, NCBLN, Levine Properties

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 from a panel of local and national USBLN business leaders the business case for launching and being involved in a BLN.

Learning Objectives:

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

Description: This special event brings together the Executive Sponsors of disability affinity groups to exchange learnings and strategies.

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

USBLN 2017 Pitch Tank Competition

Moderator:

  • Patricia J. Richards, Director, Disability Supplier Diversity Program®, USBLN

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 will be selected after a rigorous vetting process and will make compelling presentations that emphasize their business acumen and value proposition based on competitive positioning, 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 Accommodations Network (JAN)

Presenters:

  • Self-Disclosure – Greg Rutherford, Military & Disability Affairs, Vice Chair, McKesson Military Resource Group, McKesson Corporation
  • Global Recruiting – Elizabeth Peregrino, Head of People Compliance, Facebook
  • Centralized Accommodation – Bob Vetere, Enterprise Workplace Accommodations , Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Education on Mental Illness – 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, an innovative approach to workplace education on mental illness, and advancement of analytics to drive “stay at” and “return to” work programs. 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!

Moderator:

  • Drew Gulley, Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Bloomberg LP

Presenters:

  • 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 lifecycle
  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)

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

Discussion Leaders:

  • Thomas Burgess, Director-Global Supply Chain, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Tim Ruddell, Manager, Sustainable Procurement, Firmwide Procurement, KPMG
  • Deon Crayton, Staff Representative, Supplier Diversity, United Airlines

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.

  • Cybersecurity
  • Measuring the Impact of Supplier Diversity
  • Supplier Diversity in Market Development
  • Innovation Strategies
  • Procurement’s Collaboration with ERGs
  • Issues for growing DOBEs
  • Impact of an uncertain regulatory environment for supply chains

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase your knowledge on seven critical topics and best practices in advancing supplier inclusion.
  2. Explore how environmental changes, external and internal, impact culture and acceptance of disability-owned and operated businesses.
  3. Learn specific actions you can take to champion awareness and engagement with the disability community.

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

Facilitator:

  • Dragan Tubonjic, Senior Analyst, Bloomberg

Description: During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to share their thoughts as participants in small round table discussions on the advantages of bringing their whole selves to work and how to strategically accomplish that.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Discuss effective strategies for employees to share that they are a person with a disability
  2. How does self-identification as a person with a disability lead to self-empowerment
  3. What are the business advantages for a company when individuals with disabilities feel comfortable self-identifying
Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.
Partners Policy Meeting (private)
Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.
Breakout Session: Technology Roundtable

Innovations in Accessible Technology

Description: This discussion based session will explore the latest advances in accessible technology that will help the next generation of people with disabilities advance in their careers. Companies will share best practices in universal design and inventing the future of accessible technology.

Hosted by: Microsoft (Presenting Partner)

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

Professional Development/ERGs

Hosted by: Comcast NBCUniversal (Emerald Partner)

Location: TBA