NOD at 40 | Honoring the Past; Innovating the Future

Sep 29, 2022 2:30pm - 8pm
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The number 40 made out of various black and white images including: a protester holding a sign that reads "celebrate differences", hundreds of protestors in wheelchairs traveling down a highway, President George HW Bush sitting with Alan Reich, Alan Reich sitting in a wheelchair speaking in front of the United Nations, President George HW Bush shaking hands with Governor Tom Ridge, a woman sitting in a wheelchair holding a sign that reads "...and justice for all", President Jimmy Carter shaking hands with Alan Reich, Luke Visconti standing with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Alan Reich shaking hands with the Pope, protesters sitting in wheelchairs during the 5 oh 4 sit-in, three men sitting in wheelchairs with posters attached leading a protest in the street, a woman with a sign on her back that says "separate is never equal", President Ronald Reagan and others shaking hands with Alan Reich, President George HW Bush sitting at a desk signing the ADA, President Reagan sitting down and shaking hands with Alan Reich, and Carol Glazer standing with several others on the balcony of the New York Stock Exchange.

2022 Leadership Council Annual Forum

September 29, 2022
101 Constitution Avenue, Washington D.C.

2:30 – 3:30 PM ET | Sponsor Reception
3:30 – 6:00 PM ET | Annual Forum
6:00 – 8:00 PM ET | Roof Terrace Reception and Awards

Join us as we celebrate 40 years of NOD and the accomplishments of the disability rights movement; explore the future being built by ADA Generation innovators; and celebrate our longtime chairman Governor Tom Ridge.

Emcee: Michael A. Smerconish, CNN and SiriusXM host.

Title Sponsor:Hershey, Prudential


Lead Sponsors:

Charter Communications, Hilton, T-Mobile, Toyota

Platinum Sponsors:

Comcast NBCUNIVERSAL, DiversityInc, PwC


Gold Sponsors:

Colgate-Palmolive, Kaiser Permanente, Eli Lilly, Cox Enterprise, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Technologies, Target

Silver Sponsors:

American Heart Association, Amerihealth Caritas, Direct Employers Association, Elevance Health GM, Horizon, Kelloggs, Kessler Foundation, Marriott International, L’Oréal, Maybelline New York, PSEG, Sheetz


Curb cuts, talking ATM machines, smartphones, accessible trains, and buses. When the National Organization on Disability was founded 40 years ago, none of these existed. People with disabilities were largely thought to be incapable of working, being educated, caring for ourselves, or becoming contributing members of society.

Much of that has changed since NOD was established in 1982, as one of America’s first “cross disability” organizations. NOD and our allies have been at the forefront of those changes, redefining disability and fighting for equal access to education, employment, transportation, and civic life. Much has been accomplished. So much more work still remains.

On September 29, we’ll gather together NOD Leadership Council members, other corporate partners, disability rights advocates, elected officials, senior officials of the Biden Administration, and friends and allies, to celebrate our 40th anniversary in the heart of our nation’s capital.

Honoring the Past; Innovating the Future

To mark this milestone in our history, we’ll look back at NOD’s evolution in parallel with the Disability Rights Movement and its intersection with other civil rights issues. We’ll look ahead with the ADA Generation innovators who are setting the course for the future. Plus, we’ll salute the extraordinary 17-year leadership of NOD Chairman Gov. Tom Ridge, who successfully worked to transform the organization in partnership with NOD President Carol Glazer. Finally, we’ll applaud the winners of the 2022 Leading Disability Employer Seal.

The Annual Forum remains our largest event where NOD Leadership Council members and corporate partners in disability workforce inclusion can learn from robust roundtable discussions, be inspired by keynote speakers, and network with visionaries and leaders.

The Venue: 101 Constitution Avenue

101 Constitution Avenue is the closest building to the U.S. Capitol, offering one-of-a-kind views of the Capitol and the National Mall. The rooftop terrace offers the perfect setting for special events and distinguished guests.

Expected Attendance

This event will draw over 300 diversity and inclusion leaders, comprised of NOD Leadership Council members and corporate partners, disability and civil rights leaders, advocates, allies and policymakers, plus special guests and featured speakers.

Event Program:

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm | Sponsor Reception + Photos

3:30 pm to 5:45 pm | Annual Forum

  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Address
    • Dr. Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration on Community Living
  • Remarks By:
    • Michele Buck, CEO, The Hershey Company (addressing by video)
    • Chris Nassetta, CEO, Hilton (details being confirmed)
    • Chris Scalia, Chief of Human Resources, The Hershey Company
  • Honoring the Disability Rights Movement Over the Last 40 Years Roundtable | Take a deeper dive at the journey towards equality with leaders of the Disability Rights Movement and other civil rights movements, including:
    • Moderator, I. King Jordan, President Emeritus, Gallaudet University
    • Judy Heumann, Disability Rights Leader
    • Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, the National Urban League
    • Taryn Mackenzie Williams, Assistant Secretary for Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
    • Day Al-Mohamed, Disability Policy Director, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Focusing on the Future with Innovators of the ADA Generation Roundtable
    • Moderator: Charles Catherine, Director of Corporate and Government Relations, NOD
    • Xian Horn, Founder of Give Beauty Wings and Changeblazer, Disability Advocate, and ForbesWomen contributor
    • Andrea Jennings, Accessibility and Disability Strategist, C Talent@Whaler; Co-Founder of RAMPD – Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities
    • Jessica Riestra, Youth Organizer, California Foundation on Independent Living Centers and YO! Disabled & Proud
    • Ayelet Winer, Manager, Accessibility Resource Center at T-Mobile
    • Petr Kucheryavyy, Senior Accessibility Manager, Charter Communications, also known through its Spectrum brand

6:00 – 8:00 PM ET | Roof Terrace Reception

  • Emcee
    • Michael A. Smerconish, CNN and SiriusXM host
  • Celebrating 40 Years of NOD and Disability Rights History
    • Invited: U.S. Senator Bob Casey
    • Kenneth Roman, original NOD Board Director, former Chief Executive Officer, Ogilvy & Mather
  • NOD@40 Video
  • 2022 Leading Disability Employers Awards: Luke Visconti, Founder and Chairman, DiversityInc; NOD Chairman
  • Closing Remarks: Carol Glazer, President, NOD
  • Music: Zak Sandler, Spotlight; and Inside My Head
  • Networking + Photos

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Our corporate partners can earn valuable brand recognition wihle supporting NOD’s disability workplace inclusion mission. Click here to learn about the sponsorship levels and benefits available for the NOD Annual Forum.

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