Annual Forum + Leading Disability Employers Dinner: “New Frontiers in Disability Employment”

Sep 25, 2018 9am - 9pm
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Exclusive to NOD Corporate Leadership Council members!

ANNUAL FORUM + LEADING DISABILITY EMPLOYERS DINNER: “NEW FRONTIERS IN DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT” September 25, 2018 Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VAAnnual Forum + Leading Disability Employers Dinner: “New Frontiers in Disability Employment”

September 25, 2018
Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park
3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA


9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Networking + Disability Employment Learning Sessions

  • Discover proven strategies and cutting edge tactics to help you tackle the next frontier in disability employment. Learning sessions will include: mental health and the workplace, disability hiring initiatives and the quest for talent, and innovations in workplace assistive technology.

5:00 PM – 9:00PM | Leading Disability Employers Reception + Announcement Dinner

National Partners

Northrop Grumman + PwC logos


Kaiser Permanente Logo



9:00  – 10:00  |  Registration + Breakfast

10:00 – 10:30  |  Welcome + Sponsor Remarks 

  • Carol Glazer, NOD; Brad Hopton, PwC

10:30 – 11:45  |  Plenary Session: Beyond the “Mental Health Day” Welcoming Employees with Mental Health Disabilities 

  • What does a welcoming workplace for people with mental health disabilities look like? Examine the experiences of employees with mental health disabilities, how companies can enhance work environments for these employees, and the benefits of breaking down the stigma.
  • Andy Imparato, Executive Director, AUCD; Anupa Iyer, EEOC; Don Mordecai, MD, Kaiser Permanente; moderated by Carol Glazer, NOD

11:45 – 12:15  |  Learning Burst: Tracking to Success, How PwC Quantifies the Impact of their Disability Inclusion Efforts

  • PwC unveils their 2018 Impact Report and discusses how they brought their story of disability inclusion to life, for both employees and clients. Learn how they tracked progress and results while building trust in the workplace and the marketplace.
  • Scott Borchardt and Katie Curley, PwC

12:15 – 12:45  |  Lunch

12:45 – 1:30  |  Keynote: In Conversation

  • Tipper is an engineer, a mentor to young people and a motivational speaker. He also happens to use a wheelchair. Neil explores Tipper’s personal disability journey and what inspires them to action.
  • Neil Romano, National Council on Disability, The Romano Group; William “Tipper” Thomas, Northrop Grumman

1:30 – 1:45 | Break

1:45 – 3:00  |  Plenary Session: Disability Hiring and the Quest for Talent

  • To fill critical talent vacancies, more companies are pioneering disability employment models and opening pathways to careers for neurodiverse talent. Hear from companies that have significantly changed how they hire people with disabilities, and gotten real results.
  • James Mahoney and Anthony Moffa, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Kim Ray, UPS; moderated by Felicia M. Nurmsen, NOD

3:00 – 3:15  |  Break

3:15 – 3:45  |  Plenary Micro-Session: Assistive Technology in the Workplace

  • New technologies are leveling the playing field for individuals with disabilities, so building a comprehensive assistive tech infrastructure can vastly improve the employee experience. Discover that latest innovations for employees who are deaf or have low hearing.
  • Diane Hettinger, Prudential

3:45 – 4:00  |  Plenary Micro-Session: Enhancing the Digital Experience for People with Disabilities

  • Going beyond compliance and investing in a fully accessible digital experience for customers and employees with disabilities is the next frontier. Explore integrated approaches to build barrier-free digital environments.
  • Simon Dermer, eSSENTIAL Accessibility

4:00 – 4:10  |  Closing Remarks + Announcements

  • Carol Glazer, NOD


5:00 – 6:30  |  Networking Reception + Leading Disability Employers Photos

6:00 – 6:30  |  Dinner Seating

6:30 – 6:50  |  Welcome + Opening Remarks

  • Carol Glazer, NOD; emcee Robert David Hall, actor + advocate

6:50 – 7:20  |  Dinner Service

7:20 – 8:00  |  Keynote Session: New Frontiers in Disability Employment

  • What is the role of the CEO in changing the conversation around disability inclusion? Wes Bush and Gov. Tom Ridge discuss how corporate leaders can help improve employment opportunity for people with disabilities, and how they can work with civic leaders towards this shared goal.
  • Wesley Bush, Northrop Grumman; Gov. Tom Ridge, Ridge Global + NOD; moderated by Dr. Ronald L. Copeland, Kaiser Permanente

8:05 – 8:45  |  Announcing the 2018 Leading Disability Employers + Winners’ Video Debut

  • Celebrate the companies that are being recognized as Leading Disability Employers for their exemplary disability employment practices. Plus, watch the debut video showcasing the amazing people working to advance disability inclusion at these winning companies.
  • Gov. Tom Ridge, Ridge Global; Carol Glazer, NOD

8:45 – 9:00  |  Closing Remarks

Featured Speakers

Ronald L. CopelandRonald L. Copeland, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Senior Vice President, National Diversity and Inclusion Strategy + Policy & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Kaiser Permanente



Headshot of Wes Bush, CEO, Northrop GrummanWesley G. Bush
CEO, Northrop Grumman Corporation




Simon DermerSimon Dermer
Co-Founder + Managing Director, eSSENTIAL Accessibility




Carol GlazerCarol Glazer
President, National Organization on Disability




Diane HettingerDiane Hettinger
Director, Health and Wellness, Prudential




Brad K. HoptonBrad K. Hopton
Partner, NY Metro Regional Tax Leader and Disability Inclusion Networks Champion, PwC; Director, NOD



Andy ImparatoAndy J. Imparato, J.D.
Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)




Anupa Iyer, J.D. Anupa Iyer, J.D.
Confidential Assistant, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C.)




James MahoneyJames Mahoney
Executive Director + Head of Autism at Work, JPMorgan Chase & Co.




Don MordecaiDon Mordecai, MD
National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness, Kaiser Permanente




Felicia M. NurmsenFelicia M. Nurmsen
Managing Director, Employer Services, NOD




Headshot of Gov. Tom RidgeTom Ridge
Chairman, NOD; First Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Former Governor of Pennsylvania



Headshot of Neil Romano Neil Romano
Chairman, National Council on Disability; Chairman, The Romano Group




Headshot of William Tipper Thomas, IIIWilliam Tipper Thomas, III
Systems Safety Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Community Servant & Motivational Speaker



Plus, leaders from PwC, UPS and more!

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