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Corporate Advisory Board (CAB)

The USBLN® Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) was launched by the USBLN® Board of Directors on January 1, 2009 to draw upon members for their expertise and wisdom to advance the mission of the USBLN®. The CAB is comprised of 20 USBLN® member companies that are appointed by the USBLN® Chairperson in consultation with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. Each company is invited to name two company representatives for the CAB.

The Corporate Advisory Board provides strategic direction to USBLN® programs, ensuring a focus on relevant and realistic activities and goals. The CAB contributes an awareness of the business environment, including reports on competitive activities, strategies, and directions to Board and staff. The CAB also provides a forum for its members to discuss and define their collective company needs in the areas of disability employment, disability marketing and disability supplier diversity, along with identification of emerging trends in these fields.

CAB appointments are for two years. In addition to periodic telephonic meetings, the members meet in person at the USBLN® Annual Meeting.

For additional information, please contact Maggie Roffee, Senior Corporate Relations Manager, at maggie@usbln.org.

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John Wagner, MHAJOHN WAGNER, MHA
Senior Director, Accountable Care Services Business Development and Innovations, Walgreens
Corporate Advisory Board Chair, US Business Leadership Network

John Wagner, MHA is the Senior Director of Business Development and Innovations for the Accountable Care Services team at Walgreens. In this role, John is accountable for developing this new business segment, ongoing product improvement, pricing initiatives, growth management metrics and the go-to-market strategies and plans.

Prior to this role, John was Senior Director of Medicare with Florida Blue (previously Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Inc.), with accountability for Segment Strategy, Product Development and Management, Marketing and go-to-market activities. John had been with Florida Blue since 1992 in progressive management roles in product development and management, delivery systems/provider network management, provider reimbursement and negotiations, strategy development, sales support, and traditional Medicare, and capability development.

John's professional and community involvements were highlighted earlier this year as he received 2 prestigious awards; the first was the National Disability Matters Awards as the 2013 Disability Champion and then the Florida Diversity Council's 2013 Multicultural Leadership Award. Not only is John the Immediate Past President of the First Coast Business Leadership Network and currently continues on their Board of Directors, but he also volunteers with many community organizations.

John is a graduate of the University of North Florida, where he obtained a Master of Health Administration and a Bachelor of Business Management. John also served as an adjunct professor for the University with classes focused in Health Care Administration, Marketing and Planning, and Managed Health Care/Insurance. John was recognized by the University as a "Fab Grad" for his work in the community.

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Cecilia Isaacs-BlundinCECILIA ISAACS-BLUNDIN, ESQ.
Director, Diversity Communications, Comcast Corporation

Cecilia Isaacs-Blundin joined Comcast in 2012 as Director of Diversity Communications, responsible for communications regarding the company's diversity and inclusion initiatives spanning governance, workforce, procurement, programming, and community investment. She works extensively with Comcast-NBCUniversal's external Joint Diversity Advisory Council. Cecilia also serves as Co-Lead of OUT@Comcast, an LGBT-focused Employee Resource Group (ERG), and was previously Co-Lead of Comcast's Abilities Network, an ERG focused on disability inclusion.

From 2006-2012, Cecilia practiced law as an associate with Ballard Spahr LLP. She represented clients in a range of industries, focusing on commercial litigation, regulatory compliance, export control, and data security.

Cecilia is a graduate of Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College, where she earned a B.S. in Spanish (Business emphasis), B.A. in English, and International Studies minor. She earned a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, and was Articles Editor of the George Washington University International Law Review.

Cecilia serves on the Board of Directors of Philadelphia's SeniorLAW Center. She has completed three marathons, is a published poet, and holds an FCC amateur radio license.

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L. Jay Burks, PhDL. JAY BURKS, PhD
Manager of Supplier Diversity, Comcast Corporation

L. Jay Burks, PhD, is the Manager of Supplier Diversity at the Comcast Corporation where he is responsible for implementing policies and procedures to increase opportunities for diverse owned businesses in procurement. Prior to joining Comcast, he served as Executive Director of the State of Delaware's Office of Supplier Diversity.

Dr. Burks has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses for nearly ten years as an adjunct professor at Lincoln University. He especially enjoys sharing with his students his professional work experience that also includes responsibility for sales and marketing at some of the nation's most recognizable corporate brands. Dr. Burks has held board positions, authored grant proposals, and presented at several conferences on multiple entrepreneurial topics, but his passion remains in higher education.

Dr. Burks received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College, a Master of Business Administration from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and a PhD from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.

The title of his PhD dissertation was Examining the Relationships Between Entrepreneurial Orientation, Procedural Justice, and Entrepreneurial Leadership with the Reward and Performance Expectancies of Minority and Women-Owned Businesses in Government Contracting.

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Christopher CarlsonCHRISTOPHER CARLSON
Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Based in Florida, Christopher is a member of Booz Allen Hamilton's People Services Team. He leads the firm's university, transitioning military and social recruiting efforts. He is responsible for building strategies and relationships for leveraging these channels to ensure Booz Allen Hamilton's position as an employer of choice and to deliver the next generation of talent to the organization.

Christopher has been with Booz Allen Hamilton for more than 10 years during which he has held a number of progressing positions. He currently serves as co-chair for the firm's DiverseABILITIES Forum and is the firm representative to ODEP's Circle of Champions. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Christopher worked in recruiting and consulting roles within the consulting, entertainment, and non-for-profit industries.

He is active with the National Association of Colleges and Employers serving on the 2012-2014 NACE Board of Directors, co-chairing committees and has presented at a variety of conference workshops on both university and diversity topics. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Dan EllermanDAN ELLERMAN, MBA, SPHR
Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Northrop Grumman Corporation

As the Director for Diversity and Inclusion with Northrop Grumman Corporation, Dan's focus is developing and executing programs that support the company's D&I strategy. Northrop Grumman's strategy is focused on attracting diverse talent, as well as, increasing workplace inclusion and employee engagement. This includes aligning D&I with the business; supporting the company's 14 ERG's; designing the company's D&I education strategy; and providing guidance to HR and business organizations on issues related to diversity and Inclusion

Dan is a certified Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR) by the HRCI and holds a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University of Maryland University College. Dan has more than 12 years of HR experience and has held various roles in HR, including Learning and Development, Employee and Labor Relations, EEO/AA Compliance, Talent Acquisition, and Diversity and Inclusion.

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Merrill FriedmanMERRILL FRIEDMAN
Director, Disability Policy Engagement

Merrill Friedman leads the Disability Policy Engagement and advocacy efforts for WellPoint. She works closely with consumers, advocates and stakeholders to ensure the diverse needs and preferences of people with disabilities and aging adults are addressed in Medicaid and Medicaid/Medicare managed care programs.

Ms. Friedman oversees the integration of the independent living philosophy, principles of self-determination and the National Advisory Board's six foundational principles throughout the programs, interactions and practices.

Currently, Ms. Friedman serves on the board of directors for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), TASH, Family Voices, the Long-Term Quality Alliance and also serves on the Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary's Blueprint for Livable Communities Citizen Advisory Group.

Ms. Friedman has held a number of leadership positions in the child and adolescent services field, including foster care, behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities and juvenile justice, and has extensive experience in program development, new business growth, and operations management of home and community-based services and facilities.

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James (Jim) HammondJIM HAMMOND, CPA
Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Jim Hammond, a Director for Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Hammond has over 30 years of experience that includes providing professional services in the federal government financial services industry. This includes successful delivery of audit, financial advisory, consulting, and risk management services. As a seasoned CPA, he brings a well-rounded background in accounting advisory projects. . He has skilled knowledge of GAAP, GAAS and Federal regulations and guidelines He currently serves as the Lead Client Delivery Director for the Office of Historical Trust Accounting (OHTA). He has overall day to day responsibility for Deloitte's support to OHTA and has been part of the ongoing delivery team providing professional reconciliation and analyses services for more than nine years.

Hammond has a BS in Accounting from American University, is a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Board Member, D C Appleseed Center, Washington, DC. Hammond is also Chair of the DC Metro Area BLN.

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Adrian HawkinsADRIAN HAWKINS
Senior Oncology Sales Specialist, Novartis

Adrian Hawkins began his twenty four year career at Novartis as a Marketing Systems intern. Today he is a Senior Oncology Sales Specialist after transitioning through several Novartis sales divisions. He has demonstrated ongoing leadership in driving Diversity and Inclusion initiatives at Novartis and in the community earning multiple CEO Diversity & Inclusion awards. Mr. Hawkins is Co-Chair of the Novartis' disability ERG, CapABLE, and Chair of Novartis' Oncology Field Diversity Council. He also is a Board Member of the NJ Metro Chapter MS Society and the LIONS Club of Summit, New Jersey, as well as President of the NJ/NY Chapter of the National Sales Network.

Adrian Hawkins has the execution expertise and passion to be involved within the greater community and strives to "make a difference." He is originally a native of Newark, NJ, currently resides in Berkeley Heights, NJ, and holds a B.S. degree in Information Technology from Kean University.

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Janice LittleJANICE LITTLE
Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion, McKesson

Janice Little joined McKesson in April of 2010. She is the Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion. In this position, Janice designs the enterprise Diversity and Inclusion strategy and with her team, executes initiatives to build diversity into McKesson's business strategies; attract and develop diverse talent; and promote an inclusive culture. McKesson continues to lead the healthcare industry and was identified by Tower Watson as a Global High Performing company in the area of diversity and inclusion.

Previously, as part of the human resources team at Dell, Janice led diversity business strategy, recruiting, and analysis. In addition, her operations team executed the global employee volunteerism and giving programs and corporate responsibility report. Prior to transitioning into the human resource field, Janice enjoyed a successful career in finance and accounting at Dell, IBM and Ernst & Young.

Janice holds both a Masters of Business Administration in Finance/Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. Janice is married and the proud mother of 15 year old twin boys.

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Katy Jo MeyerKATY JO MEYER
Senior Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Microsoft

Katy Jo Meyer is a Senior Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Microsoft. As a part of the Global Diversity & Inclusion team, she partners with Business and HR Leaders across the company to attract, retain, and develop diverse talent for Microsoft.

Meyer has been with Microsoft for fourteen years. Prior to working in Global Diversity & Inclusion, she spent seven years building and launching Microsoft's integrated worldwide platform for managing and developing people. Katy Jo spent her first five years at Microsoft within the Staffing organization, where she developed a Disability Toolkit designed to provide recruiters with guidance around recruiting candidates with disabilities.

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Michael RonanMICHAEL RONAN
Regional Director of Channel Business Development, Latin America/Global Export
Starbucks Coffee Company

Michael Ronan is the regional director, Channel Development for Latin American and Global Export, where he is responsible for the Starbucks' packaged goods business in grocery, mass, club, drug, convenience and specialty retail channels in the Latin American region. He is also responsible for managing the global export of products that are sold in these channels around the world. Alongside and in collaboration with the Starbucks retail team, his team brings the Starbucks blueprint for growth to life in this exciting part of the world.

Prior to this role, Michael served as vice president, Business Integration, where he led a corporate team focused on the integration of acquired companies and assets into Starbucks or integrated operations with strategic partners. The acquisitions and strategic projects that Michael and his team worked on since he has been with the company include the Brazil retail equity buy-back, integration of the CPG business from Kraft, the launch of Starbucks K-Cups, the acquisition of Evolution Fresh and the acquisition of La Boulange.

Prior to joining Starbucks in March of 2010, Michael held leadership positions at Microsoft, Dell, AonHewitt and Mercer Consulting.

Michael is originally from Chicago, IL., but has lived overseas in Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, the UK and Brazil. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Management from Penn State University. He is married with two children has been an active member of the executive board of directors for Special Olympics Washington since January 2012.

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Betsy SilvaBETSY SILVA
Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement, Boehringer Ingelheim

Betsy Silva serves as the Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement for Boehringer Ingelheim. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the overall vision and execution of the company's US diversity and inclusion strategy, for managing external relationships and partnerships and for strategically aligning business resource groups with associated business units to ensure value and support from the business.

Betsy has more than 20 years of senior-level operations, human resources and global diversity leadership experience. Most recently, Betsy served as Senior Director of Diversity for Sodexo with responsibility for learning, employee business resource groups, client consulting in North America and for the Diversity and Inclusion strategy in Central, South and Latin America. She led the development and implementation of a multi-year strategy that contributed to Sodexo being ranked as the #1 and #2 Best Company for Diversity by Diversity, Inc. for the past four consecutive years.

Betsy has also served as the Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. As the company's first Chief Diversity Officer, Betsy successfully led a business growth study focused on multicultural marketing and implemented a process to operationalize a company-wide cultural competence strategy.

Her prior experience includes leadership roles with American Express, Freddie Mac and Sara Lee Hanes Branded Apparel Group. Betsy is a former Board Member of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Urban League and a commissioner for the Winston-Salem, North Carolina Human Relations Commission. She has served as Chair of the Hispanic League of the Piedmont Triad and is a co-founder of the Hispanic League.

Betsy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Inter-American University in Puerto Rico. She earned a Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University, is a 2005 National Hispana Leadership Fellow and completed a leadership program at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Emily SyllingEMILY SYLLING
Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton

Emily Sylling is a Lead Associate on Booz Allen's Diversity & Inclusion Team where she manages the LGBT and disability work streams. In this position, Emily collaborates with LGBT and disability diversity leadership teams and ERGs to recruit, develop, engage and enable LGBT+ staff and individuals with disabilities. Emily manages and leverages Booz Allen's LGBT and disability external partnerships, and collaborates with colleagues across the firm to design and implement high-visibility events and programs. Her secondary roles include advising seven additional ERGs, 35+ local employee engagement programs, and market teams on their D&I activities.

Prior to joining the D&I team, Emily was a member of Booz Allen's internal talent management team for 2.5 years, working to fill open positions and identifying new opportunities for available staff. Emily previously spent 10 years supporting Booz Allen's clients. Emily's background includes project management, talent management, business process reengineering, change management, strategic communications and strategic planning.

Emily holds a BA from the University of Richmond and lives in the Seattle area with her spouse, daughter and two Golden Retrievers.

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Kim VanderlandKIM VANDERLAND
Founder, Space Matters Consulting

Kim Vanderland is the founder of Space Matters Consulting. She provides consulting services to organizations wanting to develop innovative and flexible workplace strategies to achieve optimal efficiency, profitability and workforce satisfaction. Kim also advises on how to incorporate universal design elements, IT tools, and organizational change within the workplace to enable universal experience and optimal productivity by everyone in the workplace. She recently presented on Workplace Accessibility at the Universal Design Summit in May, 2013.

Kim is a recent appointee to the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. She is focused on ways to create sustainable self-employment options for young adults transitioning from school to life. She also is the founder of Art for the H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Enable Artists with Rare Talents), which provides opportunities for young artists with disabilities to create and sell art in their communities.

Kim previously held the position of Director of Workplace Innovation and Director of Workplace Strategy for Capital One for over 10 years. While there, she developed the next evolution of an industry recognized and highly innovative workplace. Her corporate experience in workplace design and strategic planning is a great asset to the USBLN® Corporate Advisory Board.

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Robert (Bob) J. VetereROBERT (BOB) J. VETERE
Senior Workplace Accommodation Specialist, Global Corporate Responsibility, Northrop Grumman

Bob Vetere previously served as an EEO/Diversity specialist at Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems Sector. He is currently Senior Workplace Accommodation Specialist for Northrop Grumman's Global Corporate Responsibility organization. In this role, Vetere assists in providing a harmonized approach to the reasonable accommodation process across the Enterprise.

Vetere recently celebrated his 35th anniversary with Northrop Grumman. During his career he has held a variety of roles. He created the Victory Over Impairment & Challenge Enterprise Employee Resource Group at Northrop and has a passion for serving both his community and corporation. He has served on the USBLN®'s Corporate Advisory Board since 2011 and was an invited speaker at the Maryland & Virginia Governor's forums on employing people with disabilities. Vetere attended York College of Pennsylvania where he pursued an accounting degree.

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Michael WagnerMICHAEL WAGNER
Principal, DiversityPM Consulting Services

Michael Wagner is the Principal with DiversityPM Consulting Services. Wagner is a well-respected HR professional with extensive diversity, program management and inclusion expertise and perspective.

As a diversity advocate with over 15 years in corporate human resources, he has dedicated himself to promote change resulting in successful inclusion strategies for business success.

Wagner possesses a proven ability to develop solid relationships with community and international diversity organizations which have benefited both corporations and communities through recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse talent.

Wagner serves as the vice chair of the DC Metro Business Leadership Network, a USBLN® affiliate.

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Alicia M. WallaceALICIA M. WALLACE
Corporate Director of Equal Employment Opportunity, WellPoint

Alicia Wallace serves as WellPoint's Corporate Director of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), HR Field Team where she is responsible for managing the corporate-wide EEO Program. Her team is responsible for corporate oversight of EEO and Affirmative Action regulations and initiatives. In addition, she supports WellPoint's Diversity outreach for associates with disabilities and Veterans. She is the also the Co-Chair of WellPoint's Veterans associate resource group called VOW.

Prior to joining WellPoint Wallace served 21 years in various federal positions including, Senior Compliance Officer with the Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program and Contracting Officer with the Department of Defense. Wallace is a veteran of the United States Army where she served on active duty as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Staff Sergeant and athlete/coach on the United States All-Army Track & Field Team. Her husband is a retired Infantry Officer (Ranger) who served in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).

Wallace holds a MBA from Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Resource Management from Troy State University, Alabama.

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Richard Weitzman, MDRICHARD BRIAN WEITZMAN, M.D.
Medical Director, Drug Safety & Epidemiology, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Dr. Richard Weitzman is a Medical Director in Novartis' Drug Safety and Epidemiology group working primarily on products in the neuroscience therapeutic area. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and practiced both as a community and hospital based physician prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry in 2001.

Dr. Weitzman offers the unique perspectives of being a physician with a disability, and is committed to education, opportunity, and equality in the workplace. He has served as the co-chair of the Novartis ERG for people with disabilities.

Dr. Weitzman obtained a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and MD from the New York University School of Medicine. He completed residency training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He is an author on published research in hypertension and kidney disease.

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Marina WilliamsMARINA WILLIAMS
Director, Equal Opportunity Programs, Lockheed Martin

Marina Williams, Director, Lockheed Martin Equal Opportunity Programs, is responsible for the Corporation's EOP and Affirmative Action Programs mission and strategy, as well as interpreting, developing and implementing EOP and affirmative action initiatives. Marina joined Lockheed Martin as Director, Diversity Programs and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) leading the diversity and inclusion program as well EEO efforts across the Lockheed Martin IS&GS business area. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Marina served as the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Lear Corporation. In this role, Marina was responsible for implementing and executing the company's diversity strategy.

She spent three years as an instructor with Cornell University Diversity Management Studies Program where she developed and delivered courses on diversity management. Marina has a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampton University. In addition, she is a Six Sigma Black Belt and has held certification as an advanced practitioner in diversity management through Cornell University.

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Yves VeullietYVES VEULLIET
Program Manager & Workforce Diversity Leader - Europe Major Markets, IBM

Yves Veulliet started his career in IBM in 1992 and in his current position as Program Manager & Workforce Diversity Leader - Europe Major Markets, his responsibilities include global disability and inclusion, identifying existing inhibitors to a successful work experience, and leading diversity for BeNeLux (Belgium / The Netherlands /Luxembourg).

One of the key programs he manages is the "Academic Partnership" which facilitates the professional integration of university students with disabilities in scientific and IT curricula. Yves is also a published author whose book, "Les Roues de l'Infortune," explains, through his own experience, what it means to become disabled after an accident, the psychological consequences and the impact on the social and professional life. He also explains how to make other people, including employers, disability confident.

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Adrian C. Bing-ZarembaADRIAN C. BING-ZAREMBA
Director of Consumer Insights and Market Intelligence
Boehringer Ingelheim Consumer Health Care (BI CHC)

Adrian C. Bing-Zaremba is the Director of Consumer Insights and Market Intelligence for Boehringer Ingelheim Consumer Health Care (BI CHC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Ridgefield, Connecticut. BI CHC focuses on the sale and marketing of over-the-counter remedies such as the stomach remedies, Zantac and Dulcolax.

Adrian has over twenty years of experience with major corporations such as Boehringer Ingelheim, Johnson & Johnson, and Campbell Soup Company where the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility is a focus as vital as sales and profit. Adrian is the BI Chairperson for CABS (Combining Abilities for Business Success) a Business Resource Group focused on individuals, family, and friends of those with disabilities. The shared goal of CABS is to make BI a top employer for persons with disabilities.

Adrian earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the George Washington University, and has a Master in Marketing Research from the University of Georgia. Adrian lives in New Fairfield, Connecticut, with his wife Debbie and two daughters. Throughout his career, Adrian has been an active sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and the National Alzheimer's Association. His inspiration is to help shape a Corporate America where his children will never feel the need to hide a disability for fear of impacting their employability.

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