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Global Disability Employment Summit: Leading Corporate Practices on Disability Inclusion

July 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Co-Hosted By: USBLN and U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, July 27
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC
8:00am – 12:00pm EST

This event will bring together businesses to discuss the importance of disability inclusion in their workforce, marketplace and supply chain. Companies will share best practices on accessibility, supplier diversity and government regulations related to hiring people with disabilities outside the U.S. 

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Registration: $50

8:00am – 8:30am               Breakfast and Networking

8:30am – 8:45am               Welcome

Tom Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Jill Houghton, President and CEO, US Business Leadership Network

8:45am – 9:00am               Congressional Keynotes

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)

9:00am – 9:45am                 Accessibility Panel

Accessibility best practices of physical space, as well as websites and technology, are constantly evolving. Companies are sharing best practices from the U.S. and abroad to make everything they do fully accessible to people with disabilities.


Mike Ellis, Global Vice President of Accessibility, Sprint

Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President of Accessibility, Comcast NBCUniversal

Paula Kelley, Managing Director, U. S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Bob O’Hara, Vice President Employment Law and Global HR Compliance United Technologies Corporation

9:45am – 10:30am                  Supply Chain Panel

Increasingly, companies are working to diversify their supply chains and include disability-owned businesses. This panel will address the concerns associated with finding and tracking disability-owned businesses outside of the U.S. and what companies can do to further diversify their supply chains.


Joyce Bender, President and CEO, Bender Consulting Services

Regina Heyward, Senior Vice President, Head of Supplier Diversity, Wells Fargo

Theresa Harrison, Diversity and Inclusiveness Leader, EY

Needra Dickson, Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Lead, Accenture

10:30am – 10:45am             Networking Break

10:45am – 11:00am          Congressional Keynote

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-05

11:00am – 11:45am          Regulations for Hiring Panel

Every country has different regulations around hiring people with disabilities. These regulations are diverse and can have unintended impacts on hiring people with disabilities. Learn what is happening in countries such as Brazil, Japan, the UK and India and how companies are working to make their workforces more inclusive of people with disabilities.


Randy Johnson, Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration, & Employee Benefits, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Rosalia Thomas, Director, Global & Americas Diversity & Inclusion, IBM

Ann M. Anaya, Assistant Chief Diversity Officer, Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Lead, 3M

Bryan McHugh, Director, International Workplace Planning, UPS

11:45am – 12:00pm          Closing Remarks

Judy Heumann, former Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, U.S. Department of State

Sponsored by: Workplace Transitions for People Touched by Cancer
A Collaboration of Anthem, Inc., Cancer and Careers, Pfizer and U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN).


July 27, 2017
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC United States