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Nyle DiMarco to Speak at USBLN Conference
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We are excited to announce that Nyle DiMarco will be speaking at the Leadership Awards Dinner on Wednesday, August 23, during the USBLN 20th Annual Conference!

He won the mirror ball trophy on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (season 22) and was the last model standing on The CW’s America’s Next Top Model (cycle 22), now Nyle is winning over audiences as an influential leader and ambassador for the deaf community. Born into a multigenerational deaf family, he is an honorary spokesperson for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) and founder of the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which works to improve the lives of deaf people around the world. Nyle was also a creative collaborator on The ASL App, created by nativedeaf signers to teach conversational American Sign Language.

With a passion for language, literacy and advocacy within the deaf community and beyond, Nyle shares his barrier-breaking story as a deaf man who has risen above stereotypes to take the world by storm. Believing that his deafness is “an asset rather than a limitation,” he builds a bridge between the deaf and hearing by shining a light on not only the struggles, but also the triumphs of the deaf culture. Above all, Nyle shows audiences that with a sense of community, commitment to your goals, and belief in yourself, you can accomplish anything.

Don’t forget, early bird registration ends April 14, so register today!


Mark T. Bertolini to Speak at USBLN Conference
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USBLN is proud to announce that Mark T. Bertolini, Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the opening plenary of the 2017 USBLN Annual Conference. Mr. Bertolini is a spinal cord injury survivor and is partially disabled as the result of a severe skiing accident in 2004. Since, he has been an advocate for people with disabilities and speaks about his personal story as an executive with a disability.

Mr. Bertolini is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna, a Fortune 50 diversified health care benefits company. Aetna serves approximately 46.7 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care and has operations in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Bertolini assumed the role of CEO on November 29, 2010 and of Chairman on April 8, 2011.
In 2016, Mr. Bertolini was recognized in the top four of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare for his efforts to promote measures that increase access, lower costs and improve quality. He meets regularly with state and federal policymakers to further these efforts and share Aetna’s vision for a consumer-centric healthcare system. Mr. Bertolini has also been recognized as a leader in corporate social responsibility for his historic decision to raise Aetna’s base wage to $16 per hour and reduce out-of-pocket medical expenses for low-income households. In recognition of this decision, he was named to Fortune’s 2015 list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and also to the 2015 Politico 50.
Mr. Bertolini serves as a director of Verizon Communications Inc. (communications and technology solutions), Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (insurance and investment products), The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a non-profit organization founded by Paul Newman that serves children with cancer and other serious illnesses, and the FIDELCO Guide Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization that breeds, trains and places German Shepherd guide dogs with people who have visual disabilities. In 2009, he was elected the first straight ally board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Bertolini holds an undergraduate degree in business administration/finance from Wayne State University and a MBA in finance from Cornell University.