Agenda: USBLN 21st Annual Conference & Expo “NextGen Disability Inclusion”

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The 2018 USBLN 21st Annual Conference & 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:
  • Presenting Partners: Microsoft and Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Name Badge Lanyards: T-Mobile
  • iLab Tookit: Mitsubishi America Electric Foundation and the HSC Foundation
  • DOBE Conference Scholarships: Ingersoll Rand

Saturday, July 7, 2018 Conference Agenda
08:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Rising Leaders Advisory Council Meeting

Closed planning meeting for the USBLN’s Rising Leaders Advisory Council.

Location: TBA
5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Rising Leadership Academy Welcome & Dinner

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.

Intended Audience: Exclusive to Rising Leader participants

Hosted by: JPMorgan Chase

Location: TBA
Sunday, July 8, 2018 Conference Agenda
08:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Rising Leadership Academy Morning Session
Location: TBA
12:15 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Rising Leaders Come and Go Lunch

This is free time for all Rising Leader participants. It is also an opportunity for conference participants to meet and have open networking with Rising Leaders.

Intended Audience: Rising Leaders and Conference participants are welcome to network during this time (lunch not included for conference participants).

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

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 10-15 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.

Intended Audience: Exclusive to Rising Leader participants and iLab mentors
Hosted by: Boeing

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

During this event, Rising Leaders will build confidence by learning practical skills that leave lasting impressions and build business relationships. Since business interactions occur in many settings, including over meals, etiquette skills and networking 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.

Intended Audience: Invitation Only
Hosted by: Lockheed Martin Corporation

Location: TBA
6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
ERG/BRG Executive Council Planning Dinner

Intended Audience: Council Members

Location: TBA
Monday, July 9, 2018 Conference Agenda
07:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Registration Desk Open to Pick up Badge & Materials
Location: TBA
08:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
USBLN Affiliates Leadership Summit

Intended Audience: BLN Affiliates

Location: TBA
08:00 A.M. - 09:30 A.M.
Rising Leaders Financial Literacy Session

This session, hosted by Voya Financial, will teach Rising Leaders important information about finances so they are equipped to make decisions as they enter the workplace. Financial literacy involves topics such as: retirement, investing, credit, salary/benefits, saving and budgeting.

Intended Audience: Exclusive to Rising Leader participants
Hosted by: Voya Financial

Location: TBA
08:15 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Going for the Gold Meetings

Intended Audience: GFG Member Companies

Location: TBA
08:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
Circle Members Meeting

Intended Audience: Circle Members

Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
JAN Academy: ADA & Accommodations 101

(by separate registration)

Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
USBLN National Certification Committee

Intended Audience: NCC Members

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 who 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 who draws their attention.

Location: TBA
09:45 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.
Rising Leaders Branding Session

This session will teach Rising Leaders how to build a strong brand as a business professional. The result is an understanding of who you are as a professional and the ability to communicate about your skillsets, vision, values, and desired opportunities.

Intended Audience: Exclusive to Rising Leader participants

Location: TBA
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Accessibility Boot Camp: Leveraging Technology to Help Create a Digitally Inclusive Workplace

Please join Microsoft’s technology experts for a 2-hour accessibility boot camp that will explain why accessible technology matters and how to support your employees with and without a disability with inclusively designed tools. The session will share practical resources and tips for ensuring that your workplace technology and content is accessible, from job applications to documents created with Microsoft 365.

Intended Audience: All conference registrants

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

Intended Audience: BLN Affiliates, USBLN BOD, CAB, and Circle Members

Location: TBA
11:45 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.
Rising Leaders Come and Go Lunch

This is free time for all Rising Leader participants. It is also an opportunity for conference participants to meet and have open networking with Rising Leaders.

Intended Audience: Rising Leaders and Conference participants are welcome to network during this time (lunch not included for conference participants).

Location: TBA
12:30 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Procurement Council Meeting

Intended Audience: Council Partners

Location: TBA
12:45 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
DEI Advisory Committee Meeting

Intended Audience: Committee Members

Location: TBA
12:45 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
USBLN Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) Members Meeting

Intended Audience: CAB Member Companies

Location: TBA
2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
JAN Academy: Advanced Topics in Accommodations

(by separate registration)

Location: TBA
3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
USBLN Board of Directors Member Meeting

Intended Audience: BOD Members

Location: TBA
3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
USBLN ERG/BRG Leadership Committee Members Meeting

Intended Audience: ERG/BRG Leadership Committee Member Companies

Location: TBA
4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Rising Leaders Matchmaking Session Part I

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

Intended Audience: Exclusive to Rising Leader participants
Hosted by: Freddie Mac

Location: TBA
4:30 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
DSDP Mentoring Event

Intended Audience: Mentors and Mentees

Location: TBA
5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Networking Reception for Professionals with Disabilities

This is a unique opportunity for individuals in professional-level positions with USBLN corporate partners to network. The event will foster interaction and the opportunity to build relationships.

Intended Audience: Individuals with disabilities in professional positions at USBLN member companies.
Hosted by: KPMG

Location: TBA
6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Veterans Community Service Project & Opening Reception

Intended Audience: All conference registrants invited

Location: TBA
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Conference Agenda
07:00 A.M. - 08:00 A.M.
Continental Breakfast

Intended Audience: All conference registrants

Location: TBA
07:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Registration Desk Open to Pick up Badge & Materials
Location: TBA
08:00 A.M. - 09:30 A.M.
Opening Plenary

Intended Audience: All conference registrants

Location: TBA
09:30 A.M. - 09:45 A.M.
Break
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 who 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 who draws their attention.

Location: TBA
10:00 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
Breakout Session: Workplace (Intermediate Level)

Negotiating Workplace Accommodations in Non-Traditional Work Spaces

During this intermediate level session, industry and sourcing agency representatives will share strategies for negotiating workplace disability-related accommodations for a range of work spaces, situations and employment status. Situations that will be covered include working from a home office, challenging travel schedules and preparing for contract employees. Issues that will be addressed include joint responsibility for providing accommodations, determining what productivity tools will be effective, negotiating financial arrangements, approving needed technologies and how to ensure that the accommodations are in place before the employee arrives on day one.

Intended Audience: Conference attendees with intermediate level knowledge of the topic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore tools and strategies for engaging in effective accommodation practices
  2. Understand approaches to negotiating financial responsibility for accommodations
  3. Identify strategies on how to create policies and practices to implement and monitor the use of technologies
Location: TBA
10:00 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
Breakout Session: Professional Development (Beginner Level)

Navigating Workplace Disability Related Barriers

This beginner level session is designed for both new and experienced professionals with disabilities, their allies and mentors.  During this session experienced business savvy experts will present the knowledge and skills needed to become empowered to effectively navigate disability related barriers. Topics will include: rights and responsibilities; recognizing and dealing with conscious and unconscious bias, micro aggressions, and hostile work environments; understanding how anticipating negative actions may raise defenses; and securing the accommodations and productivity tools needed to perform at maximum productivity and to succeed in a new position or transition to a new one. This session will also serve as a powerful review for managers.

Intended Audience: Conference attendees with beginner level knowledge of the topic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will gain confidence from the information and knowledge received to effectively deal with workplace barriers
  2. Attendees will learn how to navigate their organizational structure and create effective engagement when dealing with barriers
  3. Attendees will be empowered to address disability-related barriers from securing accommodations to dealing with hostile work environments to searching for resources both within and outside of the organization
Location: TBA
10:00 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
Breakout Session: Supply Chain

It’s Not Rocket Science:  Proven Success Skills for the SD Professional and Diverse Supplier

For SD Professionals, gaining and building support internally is a necessary skill, particularly when introducing a new supplier group into your supplier diversity program.  While influencing and persuading remain undeniable attributes for supplier diversity professionals, methodology for doing so also requires effective engagement with leaders in key departments/levels (from formation of executive steering committees to strategic partnerships with D&I and ERG/BRGs).

For certified disability suppliers being deliberative on how to engage with different corporations and supplier diversity representatives and their decision-makers, utilizing more effective ways to bid for, win and retain contracts is equally important to drive successful outcomes.

Intended Audience: USBLN Corporate Partners and Certified Suppliers

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand how you can use new or differently applied methodologies to positively impact and guide internal dialogue on disability inclusion
  2. Suppliers will learn how changing their approach will change their results (there will be a pre-conference Web-Ex to help prepare for BXMM meetings at the conference)
  3. SD professionals and disability suppliers will define common ground for enhanced relationship building
Location: TBA
10:00 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
Breakout Session:  Global Roundtable

Key findings from a first-of-its-kind study entitled Disabilities and Inclusion, published by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) and sponsored by the USBLN, are shared with session participants. The study has uncovered enlightening information about employees with disabilities and the impact that information has on their employers and is sure to provide great insight into disability inclusion efforts outside of the United States.

Intended Audience: Multinational USBLN Corporate Partners (Corporate partners serving in global roles or working outside of the United States)

Learning Objectives:
This session is designed to provide corporate partners with key findings from the Center for Talent Innovation’s recent study on Disability Inclusion around the globe, specifically in key countries in which USBLN corporate partners operate.

Location: TBA
10:00 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
Breakout Session: Marketplace (Beginner Level)

Everyone Loves Us! Right…? Managing & Measuring Marketplace Perceptions

Perceptions of our company products and services drive brand value and the strength of this brand impacts revenue. Responding to brand perceptions of inclusivity is also critical to the evolution of new and better products and services. But how do we effectively and accurately engage and solicit feedback from the marketplace? Leaders from a diversity of industries will share their experiences, including replicable practices for measuring the disability market’s perceptions. Together, we will explore how to leverage these findings to enhance products or services to the benefit of everyone in a target market.

Intended Audience: Conference attendees with beginner level knowledge of the topic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore business case examples for embracing disability inclusive products & practices
  2. Understand various measurement methodologies for brand perception and how they are being utilized
  3. Discuss how enhancing the brand perception of people with disabilities drives brand value and market share
Location: TBA
10:00 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
Breakout Session: Executive Sponsors Roundtable

Intended Audience: ERG/BRG Executive Sponsors of USBLN Corporate Partners

Hosted by: McKesson

Location: TBA
10:00 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.
Breakout Session: Technology

From Zero to Digital Inclusion – Building Your Accessibility Program

Have you got an accessibility program you’re looking to grow, or inspired to start one? Looking to identify an executive sponsor or simply secure a budget? Trying to infuse accessibility standards across all of your products and services? Whether you are just getting started, or well on your way, join top companies as they share their journeys to initiate, build and grow their accessibility programs.

Intended Audience: All interested conference attendees

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn strategies from your experienced peers on how to build and grow an effective accessibility program.
  2. Identify approaches that worked and pitfalls to avoid.
  3. Acquire strategies to infuse accessibility standards across your company.

Hosted by: Microsoft

Location: TBA
11:15 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Break
Location: TBA
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Technology Plenary Luncheon

Hosted by: Microsoft

Location: TBA
1:00 P.M. - 1:15 P.M.
Break
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Workplace (Intermediate Level)

The Disability Recruiting Pipeline: How to Get to a Hire

During this intermediate level session, representatives from a variety of industries present snapshots on how they built productive pipelines for job candidates with disabilities that resulted in hires. Attendees will engage with the panelists on pipeline issues including: connecting with and educating the most appropriate college/university departments; leveraging disability sourcing agencies; attracting candidates who are not affiliated with a disability sourcing entity; and reaching experienced job candidates with disabilities for high level positions. To move from recruiting to a hire, the discussion will cover communications that guide job candidates on self-disclosure throughout the entire hiring process and dealing with internal and external policies that are barriers to innovative direct hiring initiatives.

Intended Audience: Conference attendees with intermediate level knowledge of the topic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify strategies to increase effective connections and communications with colleges/universities to recruit talent
  2. Explore strategies to attract qualified candidates not affiliated with disability sourcing entities as well as experienced candidates for high level positions
  3. Identify language/communication methods to encourage self-disclosure during the entire hiring process and internal and external policies and strategies to overcome barriers to hiring

Hosted by:  Rangam

Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: ERG/BRG

Launch, Ignite and Inspire Your Disability ERG/BRG

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.

Intended Audience: Conference attendees engaged in the life cycle of an 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.

Hosted by: Sanofi

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

Policy Talk Made Simple: Understanding New Accessibility

Are you ready for the recent accessibility policy updates such as US based digital accessibility outlined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA and international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG 2.1? Find out what’s new, what this means for you and your company, and simple strategies for successful implementation.

Intended Audience: All interested conference attendees

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn what is new in the 508 Refresh and WCAG 2.1.
  2. Acquire an understanding of how these changes affect you and your company.
  3. Identify strategies for successful implementation.

Hosted by: Microsoft

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

Navigating for Business – Where Are Corporations Really Looking for Small and Diverse Businesses?

This session will emphasize the importance of certification/verification (similar to last year) but will now go the extra step of showing how some DOBEs, V-DOBEs and SDV-DOBEs have effectively used this tool as a stepping stone to get business contracts.  But wait—is your product or service area really needed by major corporations? Corporations get bombarded by small and diverse suppliers, many who are competing in the same spend categories (contingent labor, staffing, training, IT, promotional items etc.)  But there are areas where many large businesses are struggling to find small and diverse businesses (e.g. National Fleet provider (sales), transportation, TV media, radio, utilities where available, Production materials and equipment, consumer retail products, etc.). Typically, these are capital intensive areas/industries with other high barriers to entry (e.g. regulatory).

Intended Audience: USBLN Certified Suppliers and USBLN Corporate Partners

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the importance of certification and find out more about opportunity categories and resources
  2. Brainstorm ideas on how USBLN and other organizations prioritize the identification and certification of disability and service-disabled veteran owned businesses (DOBEs and SDV-DOBEs)
  3. Learn resources (private and public) that are available to help suppliers overcome barriers to entry to under-populated categories
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Global Roundtable

Disability inclusion leaders representing USBLN multinational corporate partners lead this engaging and interactive workshop to identify and share talent acquisition and supplier diversity strategies and best practices currently being applied outside of the United States.

Intended Audience: USBLN Multinational Corporate Partners (USBLN Corporate partners serving in global roles or working outside of the United States)

Learning Objectives:
This session is designed to provide corporate partners with key learnings on how to drive disability inclusion success within their respective organizations operating outside of the United States.

Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Marketplace (Intermediate Level)

Service is Everything

Every organization provides a service. Whether it’s answering a call from a client, greeting a guest at your business, or responding to an email about a product specification, service is essential to your market. To capture and engage the disability market, how that service is delivered is a critical success factor.  Employees need to possess a level of disability inclusivity to succeed in their service.    Organizations must respond to customers with disabilities by asking appropriate questions and demonstrating respect, authenticity and confidence. This session will engage industry representatives and attendees in a lively discussion of successful training methods (incorporating topics like micro-inequities and unconscious bias), associated customer satisfaction metrics, lessons learned, and recommendations for sustaining success.

Intended Audience: Conference attendees with intermediate level knowledge of the topic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how and why service presents opportunities for engaging customers with disabilities
  2. Explore successful approaches for gaining disability inclusion ‘buy-in’ from service providers in your organization
  3. Demonstrate strategies for delivering confidence & results producing disability inclusion training
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Going for the Gold

Disability Inclusion: Getting Started, Making Progress, Hitting Your Stride

The USBLN’s Going for the Gold (GFG) Program has engaged 18 companies in a Community of Practice. GFG companies came into the program at various times and are in multiple stages of their disability inclusion journeys.  These committed companies will describe how they got started, the progress they have made and the work ahead.  This open and honest discussion will include acknowledgment of hurdles experienced and how the companies successfully overcame the wrong turns they made along the way.

Intended Audience: Conference attendees who are in the early stage of their disability inclusion journey

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to get started and progress on your company’s disability inclusion strategy.
  2. Learn how the use of USBLN tools and programs will expedite your progress.
  3. Gather information on avoiding pitfalls and wrong turns.
Location: TBA
2:45 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Break
Location: TBA
3:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Plenary – Supply Chain

Accessibility in Procurement – A Strategic Business Driver

Full disability inclusion extends to accessibility as a necessary component and a competitive advantage for organizations in reaching key stakeholders such as customers, employees, and suppliers. Accessibility is key to interacting with the disability community, supply chain and procurement leaders who play a crucial role in influencing how accessibility practices are adopted by their organizations and supply chains to ensure universal usability for all products sold in the US.

Feature Event: DOBE® Pitch Tank Competition

Hosted by:  Merck
Hosted by:  Galt Foundation

Intended Audience: All conferees

Location: TBA
4:45 P.M. - 6:15 P.M.
Rising Leaders Matchmaking Session Part II

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.

Intended Audience: Exclusive to Rising Leader participants

Location: TBA
5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
DSDP & BLN Affiliates Reception

We invite our guests to join us for an invigorating and fun networking evening. Reconnect with other business champions and advocates, and of course USBLN certified suppliers. Find out about our collective progress in advancing disability business inclusion in both public and private sectors and what is in store for 2018.

Intended Audience: USBLN Board Members, USBLN Corporate & DSDP Partners, BLN leaders and members, DOBEs/SDV-DOBEs, and disability business owners

Location: TBA
6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Expo Opening Welcome Reception

Join us in the Exhibit Hall for the Expo Welcome Reception. This will be the first look at disability inclusive products and services offered by corporations, government agencies, disability owned 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.

Hosted by: Marriott
Hosted by: Meijer
Hosted by: United Airlines

Location: TBA
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Conference Agenda
07:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Registration Desk Open to Pick up Badge & Materials
Location: TBA
07:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Expo

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

Hosted by: Marriott
Hosted by: Meijer
Hosted by: United Airlines

Location: TBA
07:30 A.M. - 09:00 A.M.
Expo Continental Breakfast
Location: TBA
07:45 A.M. - 08:15 A.M.
Business Exchange MatchMaker Meeting (BXMM) Check-in
Location: TBA
08:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Business Exchange MatchMaker Meetings (BXMM)

Intended Audience: Corporate Partners and Certified Suppliers who have signed up prior to the event

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 who 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 who draws their attention.

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 teams from the Technology Innovation Lab pitching their universal design ideas to conference participants. The second part of the plenary will focus on topics related to transitioning into the workplace, mentorship, and tips for success.

Location: TBA
1:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Break
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Workplace (Advanced Level)

Identifying Internal Business Partners: Engaging the Right People to Remove Barriers to Disability Workplace Inclusion (Advanced)

In the competitive business environment all departments have heavy workloads. Internal departments such as Accessibility/Accommodations, D&I, Facilities, HR, Legal, Operations Talent & Recruiting, and Security are among the critical internal partners for barrier removal. To deal effectively with cross-functional disability-related issues such as long and short-term leave, Worker’s Comp, Return to Work, facility and technology access, and flexible policies, it is necessary to identify the thought leaders in each relevant department. During this advanced session the facilitator will guide a deep dive discussion between the members of the panel and the attendees on how to identify the right internal people and how to bring those thought leaders together to create a cohort that drives change.

Intended Audience: Conference attendees with advanced level knowledge of the topic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the right internal business partners that you need to achieve disability inclusion results
  2. Identify strategies and tools to develop a community of support that results in the elimination of barriers to disability inclusion
  3. Effective best practices to create a process flow
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Supply Chain

Supply Chain Rationalization –SD Professionals Can Use It to Drive Better Business Results

Rationalizing the supply chain continues to receive attention by senior business leaders as a key strategy mechanism for cost reduction and supplier and risk management. Supplier Diversity professionals are faced with the dilemma of how to introduce new disability suppliers into a system that is increasingly restrictive. It is critical that SD professionals work with procurement colleagues to develop plans that deliver on this requirement to ensure continued diverse supplier representation including metrics to quantify usage, tracking linkage of disability suppliers to primes, early identification of business-ready pre-qualified diverse suppliers, and introduction of primes to USBLN.

Intended Audience: USBLN Corporate Partners and Certified Suppliers

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how senior procurement leaders (and SD peers) are leading efforts to challenge and accommodating rationalization thought norms
  2. Understand how you can use knowledge of external and internal business landscapes to drive a thirst for solutions, innovations and fresh perspectives
  3. Find out how to ignite second tier initiatives (requirements for prime/first tier suppliers) and USBLN
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Professional Development (Intermediate Level)

Communication Skills for Tough Workplace Conversations

This intermediate level session will focus on the communication skills that are needed to start the tough workplace conversations on the ‘How’, ‘What’, and ‘Where’. These are skills needed to be a high-performing employee or member of management. Presenters will share initiatives that have worked and those that haven’t worked within their organizations. If you are ready to exchange ideas and knowledge this session is for you. The facilitator will engage the presenters and the attendees a lively discussion that will address issues and topics including: how to speak up when you are a small fish in a big pond; ‘finding your voice’; building self-confidence; how to be assertive and contribute to the discourse without being annoying or being perceived as angry; utilizing a mentor to help contextualize issues that you may not be aware of and distilling issues and talking points; and how to be open and receptive during those hard conversations with managers.

Intended Audience: Conference attendees with intermediate level knowledge of the topic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn the importance of managing their personal communications style when engaging in hard conversations with individuals with different communication styles
  2. Attendees will be able to identify appropriate timing for engaging in the tough workplace conversations
  3. Attendees will be empowered to be part of the solution, not the problem, and learn how to frame talking points and prepare responses for the tough workplace conversations that are necessary to thrive in their careers
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Marketplace (Advanced Level)

Disability Inclusion Across Generations: Expectations Are Driving Innovation

Millennials and Gen Z, sometimes referred to as the “ADA Generation,” have different expectations than other generations. The ADA Generation has grown up benefiting not only from full inclusion protections under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) but also from the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). This market expects to be accommodated in public, academic and transportation settings, often without even having to request disability inclusion.  A facilitator will guide an informative and provocative discussion amongst consumers of diverse generations.  The conversation will explore product and service expectations now and in the future and the types of marketing strategies that drive brand loyalty.

Intended Audience: Conference attendees with advanced level knowledge of the topic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand similarities and differences in generational expectations for disability inclusion
  2. Discuss best practices as well as lessons learned (what works, what doesn’t)
  3. Explore future expectations that will drive and sustain brand loyalty
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: Technology

Today, Tomorrow & Beyond: Tech Trends Advancing Inclusion

What is the future of technology for people with disabilities. Are you wondering how Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5th generation wireless networks (5G) and personal assistants (e.g., Cortana, Alexia, etc.) are advancing inclusion in and out, of the workplace? Hear from industry leaders about the trends of today and sneak a peek into the innovations of tomorrow.

Intended Audience: All interested conference attendees

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of how digital assistants support full inclusion.
  2. Learn which assistive technologies are now feasible using 5G internet of things and mobile/wearable technologies.
  3. Explore the future of AI and its contributions to full inclusion.

Hosted by: Microsoft

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

Disability Equality Index (DEI) – Celebrating the Past and Preparing for the Future

Disability inclusion drives business success, and if appropriately leveraged, leads to true competitive advantage. During this session, we will celebrate the past and prepare for the future changes to the DEI. You will hear compelling stories from corporate diversity leaders as to how the DEI helped their organization to focus on every aspect of what it takes to be authentically and creditably disability Inclusive with customers, suppliers and talent. You will also hear about the upcoming changes to the 2019 DEI. Topics covered will include Culture & Leadership, Enterprise-Wide Access, Employment Practices, Community Engagement, and the new Supplier Diversity survey section.  Join this innovative interactive session to discover how your organization can leverage the power of the DEI to develop winning business strategies by enhancing disability inclusion practices.

Intended Audience: All Conference attendees

Learning objectives:

  1. How companies leverage the DEI to accelerate internal disability inclusion
  2. How companies harness the DEI to advance their market and talent presence
  3. How to prepare for the upcoming changes to the DEI
Location: TBA
1:30 P.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Breakout Session: BLN Affiliate

An Introduction to the USBLN Local BLN Affiliate Network

Did you know that the USBLN has a network of Affiliate Business Leadership Networks (business to business, for business/by business networks) that span over 30 states and are located in over 45 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 workplace, supply chain and marketplace across your footprint.  Learn about the value of involvement for your company with an Affiliate and the types of programming that the BLN’s 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 business to business, for business/by business BLN.

Intended Audience: All Conference attendees

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
2:45 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Break
Location: TBA
3:00 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.
Breakout Session: Workplace

Tools for Mitigating Workplace High Stress Situations that can Result in or Exacerbate Mental Health Conditions

All work places experience high stress periods such as during major organizational change situations. High stress situations negatively impact all employees and can result in or exacerbate mental health conditions such as, but not limited to, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bi-polar, substance abuse and depression.  During this intermediate level session corporate representatives will share programs and initiatives to help managers be mindful of the impact of high stress periods on all employees, recognize stress signals, recognize when stress is affecting a mental health condition, and what are effective tools to deal with this important workplace issue.

Intended Audience: Conference attendees with intermediate level knowledge of the topic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore what you can do to prepare all employees for coping with upcoming high stress periods
  2. Learn to recognize stress-induced mental health issues and identify the tools needed to mitigate these reactions
  3. Identify strategies to engage managers and employees in participating in mental health initiatives and programs and to obtain C-Suite buy-in to implement mental health initiatives

Hosted by: Bank of America

Location: TBA
3:00 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.
Breakout Session: Professional Development (Advanced Level)

Developing and Implementing a Growth & Development Plan                                   

This advanced level session is designed to enhance the skills of professionals with disabilities and individuals charged with ensuring that professional development initiatives are inclusive. The panel will provide snapshots of professional growth and development plans constructed using such tools as collaboration, coaching, mentoring and networking. A skilled facilitator will engage the panel in providing examples of the elements that comprise a specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) growth and development plan. A lively discussion with the attendees will include identifying and addressing roadblocks to a successful development plan. These may include: recognizing and overcoming implicit biases by well-intentioned managers; self-advocacy concerns; and connecting with individuals who represent varied expertise, background and diversity of thought. Intended Audience: Conference attendees with advanced level knowledge of the topic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will leave this session empowered to move beyond ‘a job’ to a ‘vocation’ by developing specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART) career goals
  2. Attendees will learn how to identify and effectively deal with attitudinal and perception barriers that can impede career growth
  3. Attendees will gain the ability to create their own or assist others in formulating a successful growth and development plan
Location: TBA
3:00 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.
Breakout Session: Autism @ Work Employer Roundtable

Intended Audience: Company representatives interested in how to enhance recruiting and interviewing processes to tap the often-overlooked talents of people on the Autism spectrum.

Location: TBA
3:00 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.
Breakout Session: Supply Chain

Globalization:  Remaining Present and Relevant within a Multi-National Landscape – A Playbook for Competing Globally

How can global corporate partners include DOBEs in bid opportunities while providing a framework for DOBE firms to compete against multi-national, majority suppliers? One workable solution is to have disability suppliers form partnerships, alliances or teaming arrangements.  Participate in a vigorous conversation of real possibilities led by a panel of corporate representatives and DOBEs providing realistic solutions on how to keep disability suppliers in the game.

Intended Audience: Corporate Partners and Certified Suppliers

Learning Objectives:

  1. Hear how corporations are leveling the playing field by encouraging and accepting scaling solutions for inclusion
  2. Listen as suppliers share real business examples of success from several different industries
  3. Understand how to make the leap from U.S. to global suppliers working with multi-national clients
Location: TBA
3:00 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.
Breakout Session: Technology

Inclusive Technology & Talent: Unlocking the Keys to Productivity & Retention

Assistive technology is a crucial component to a truly inclusive workplace. Join candidates and employees with various disabilities as well as HR professionals as they share how assistive technology has driven inclusion and productivity. We’ll explain all the terms and discuss how companies are using digital inclusion to find, grow and keep talent with disabilities.

Intended Audience: All interested conference attendees

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the first hand experiences of candidates and employees in asking and receiving digital accommodations.
  2. Explore strategies for how employees with disabilities keep up with rapid workplace demands with evolving digital technologies.
  3. Identify best practices from HR professionals in finding the best digital tools and resources in the workplace to keep employees productive.

Hosted by: Microsoft

Location: TBA
3:00 P.M. - 4:15 P.M.
Breakout Session: Veterans Roundtable

In depth exploration of inclusion of veterans with disabilities.

Intended Audience: Participation exclusive to USBLN Corporate Partners at the Collaborative Level (Ruby) and above.

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

Intended Audience: Companies that scored 80 or above on the USBLN’s Disability Employment Index

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

Intended Audience: All conference attendees are welcome

Location: TBA
7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
USBLN 2018 Leadership Awards Dinner

(Formal Attire Optional)

Intended Audience: All conference attendees are welcome

Hosted by: Walmart

Location: TBA
Thursday, July 12, 2018 Conference Agenda
07:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
Registration Desk Open to Pick up Badge & Materials
Location: TBA
07:30 A.M. - 08:45 A.M.
Continental Breakfast

Intended Audience: All conference attendees are welcome

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

Description:  During this interactive session, attendees will self-select one of four table discussions. Each table will discuss one of the following topics followed by a report-out. The discussion topics are:

  1. Universal Design: How can we accomplish this?
  2. Inclusion of employees with disabilities in career development: How can we ensure this happens?
  3. Engaging experienced employees with disabilities in the disability inclusion conversations: How to get them to talk about the barriers they encountered and their perceptions of disability inclusion.
  4. Leveraging ERGs/BRGs as internal resources and assistance in building the pipeline.

Intended Audience: All conference attendees with an interest and basic knowledge of the topic

Hosted by: Kaiser Permanente

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

A Place at the (Universal) Table

During this interactive session, attendees will self-select into one of four discussion groups where they will engage in a productive dialogue on how best to approach key internal stakeholders when encouraging them to embrace universal design principles.  Each table will have a facilitator who will guide a 4-step process.

Step 1:  Developing and communicating the business case for universal design

Step 2:  Identifying and engaging key internal cross-functional stakeholders

Step 3:  Determining which products and/or services could/should be targeted

Step 4:  Talking through interdependencies and unique aspects of universal design application within each step of the product lifecycle, from concept and R&D to customer service feedback loops

Intended Audience: All conference attendees with an interest and basic knowledge of the topic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand/be able to articulate the importance of embedding universal design in the lifecycle of a product or service.
  2. How the application of universal design principles may vary in each part of the business
  3. How to facilitate communications within and across key stakeholder teams
Location: TBA
09:00 A.M. - 10:15 A.M.
Breakout Session: Supply Chain Roundtable

The Supply Chain Roundtable session will be in roundtable format to facilitate knowledge sharing with like-minded professionals. The session will be led by industry and business experts and consist of robust and intense discussions of future and leading trends and ideas that will impact disability supplier inclusion.

Intended Audience: USBLN Corporate Partners

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn what various industries are anticipating and planning for around key topics for supplier inclusion
  2. Collaborate and share best efforts uniting those in private and public sectors, and learn how to influence public forums to support disability inclusion
  3. Identify a plan of action to take back for implementation and new ways to measure plan results

Hosted by: Bayer

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

Whether or not you attended one or more of the Professional Development breakout sessions, you do not want to miss this facilitated interactive roundtable discussion.  This session will bookend all three breakout sessions in an experiential, hands-on work session. Attendees will self-select to join a table that is marked with one of three topics: Navigating Workplace Disability Related Barrier; Communication Skills for Tough Conversations; Developing and Implementing a Growth & Development Plan. Come with questions you want to ask your peers and be prepared to share your personal and organization’s effective practices.

Intended Audience: All conference attendees with an interest and basic knowledge of the topic

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

In depth exploration of a ‘hot’ disability inclusion issue with peers for your industry.

Intended Audience: Participation exclusive to USBLN Corporate Partners at the Collaborative Level (Ruby) and above.

Hosted by: Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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

The Key Ingredients to a Digitally Inclusive Environment

We all need to be able to work in an inclusive supportive environment that empowers every person to shine. Learn how you can empower or disempower via digital technology in your company. From technology, tools and training to processes and procurement, engage with industry experts on the best practices for an inclusive workplace. Break- out into groups and dig deep into the details to share, develop and grow your own successful strategies.

Intended Audience:  All conference attendees with an interest and basic knowledge of the topic

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop executive support for a digitally inclusive environment
  2. Gather tips to build digital inclusion into your operations from the bottom up and top down
  3. Discover strategies to raise procurement’s awareness of the purchase of accessible products/services and assist vendors to create accessible products/services
  4. Explore strategies to develop/sustain a disability ERG/BRG that advances digital inclusion

Hosted by: Microsoft

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