USBLN, Biz-2-Biz Report

A Monthly Publication of the USBLN®
Volume 5, Issue 2, February 29, 2012

A Message from Jill Houghton USBLN® Executive Director

In the spirit of continuing to strengthen the USBLN® operations, we have welcomed two new Consultants to the USBLN® organization. The USBLN® is growing an incredible team that is focused on improving services to our corporate members, affiliates, certified disability-owned businesses and all stakeholders.

The new team members include Mylene Padolina, Youth Initiatives Program Manager and Cami Turcotte, Administrative Consultant. To learn more, visit our web page: “Our Team.”

Mylene Padolina, Youth Initiatives Program Manager: Mylene has a passion for supporting underrepresented youth in their journey from school to work and champions the importance of career exploration and mentoring activities. In her previous role as Sr. Diversity Outreach Manager at the Microsoft Corporation, Mylene directed successful pipeline development programs such the global DigiGirlz High Tech Camps and the high school internship program. Mylene brings over 20 years of experience in human resources, community relations, program management, leadership development and coaching. She partners with private employers and non-profit organizations to successfully create diverse and inclusive workplaces, programs and leaders. Mylene earned a B.S. in Marketing from DePaul University. She has also attended leadership development programs through organizations such as WOMEN Unlimited and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). Mylene enjoys traveling across the world to experience diverse cultures.

Cami Turcotte, Administrative Consultant: Cami is focused on organizing and implementing on-going business operations. Born Camala "Cami" Marrero in Palm Beach County, FL, she spent the first 29 years of her life in the "Sunshine State." Cami attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated with a B.S. in Criminology. She has worked primarily with law firms the majority of her career and also brings her extensive accounting experience to the team. Cami's husband is Active Duty Military, in the aviation community which brought them to the D.C. area in late 2006. They have two boys, ages 2½ and 4½.

We are highly honored to have Mylene and Cami join our team. Both of these individuals are incredibly talented and driven by the mission of our organization and we are very pleased that they have chosen to work with us.

Juntos Podemos (Together We Can)!
Jill Houghton

USBLN® Response to Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding the 503 Regulation

WASHINGTON, DC (February 6, 2012) - On December 9, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to strengthen the current affirmative action employment requirements for people with disabilities. The USBLN® supports the U.S. Department of Labor’s intent to improve the utilization of people with disabilities in the workforce, and recognizes that the current Section 503 affirmative action regulatory framework needs to be modernized, strengthened, and clarified.

In response to the NPRM, the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) convened a committee comprised of Board and Corporate Advisory Board member companies to collectively develop comments inclusive of the strong expertise, experience and ideas of their stakeholders. The USBLN® member companies are committed to including disability in all their diversity efforts and each one has developed successful employment policies and practices. It is critical to the USBLN® members’ continued success that the final regulations advance recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement efforts.

Additionally, the USBLN® hosted an in-depth webinar entitled, "What Federal Contractors Need to Know about OFCCP's Proposed Section 503 Regulation" in partnership with SSB BART Group and the ADA National Network on January 24, 2012. Participants had the exclusive opportunity to learn how to prepare and ask questions of the nation's leading disability law expert, Bobby Silverstein, Principal in the law firm of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC.

Webinar participants were also provided with important information about how to partner with the National Employment Team (NET), Sponsored by VR leadership: Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) and EARN to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified individuals with disabilities. EARN is part of the National Employer Technical Assistance, Policy, and Research Center at Cornell University funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. For more information on the NET contact, the Director of Business Relations: Kathy West-Evans, (206) 999-9455, For more information on EARN contact or 855-Ask-EARN (275-3276).

The USBLN® has submitted their response to the OFCCP with comments now available below, on their website and social media networks.

USBLN® Response to NPRM Regarding the 503 Regulation

Source: US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) (

USBLN® Participates in the National Business Inclusion Consortium Diversity Executive Roundtable and 2012 NGLCC Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards at the New York Stock Exchange

Photos left to right: Michael Ruiz, Director, Supplier Diversity, Fannie Mae and USBLN® Disability Supplier Diversity Program® Founding Partner with John Kirkwood, President, CityMouse, Inc. and USBLN® Certified Disability-Owned Business (DOBE®). John Kirkwood with Deb Russell, Corporate Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Walgreens and USBLN® Board Chair, at the New York Stock Exchange.

On February 15, 2012 the USBLN® along with representatives of our Certified Disability-Owned Business (DOBE®) companies were invited by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and collaborating partners in the National Business Inclusion Consortium to attend their 2012 Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards at the New York Stock Exchange. In a competitive year for diversity professionals, representatives from four companies, including Wells Fargo, State Street Corporation, Allstate Insurance, and Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, went home with the night's top awards. Wells Fargo is also a valued Disability Supplier Diversity Program® Founding Partner of the USBLN®.

Prior to the awards dinner, Deb Russell, Corporate Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Walgreens and USBLN® Board Chair, Jill Houghton, USBLN® Executive Director, along with leaders from the financial services industry and global diversity business organizations gathered for the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) Diversity Executive Roundtable.

Hosted by the NGLCC for the past five years, the 2012 Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards brought together a premier forum of top financial services companies and government officials. In addition to the USBLN® and NGLCC, collaborating partners in the NBIC include the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, the National Black Justice Coalition, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Disability at Work, and the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce.

For a list of the Financial Services Diversity Leadership Award winners and to read the full article:

Source: National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) ( and the
US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) (

2012 USBLN 15th Annual Conference & Expo: We are saving YOU a seat!

The USBLN® is thrilled to host our 15th Annual Conference & Expo entitled, "Disability Inclusion Driving Success in a Competitive Business Environment." It is the preeminent national business to business event that taps into the vast economic potential of the full inclusion of people with disabilities across the workplace, marketplace and supply chain. Our discounted early-bird REGISTER TODAY!



Visit for 2012 event details!

You know what they say about the Early-bird...

Source: US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) (

Campaign for Disability Employment Announces Nationwide Video Contest

Can YOU promote positive change and challenge misconceptions about disability employment? Show us! The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) has launched a nationwide “What can YOU do?” Video Contest to promote the talent and skills that people with disabilities bring to America’s workforce and economy. This is your opportunity to produce a video that illustrates that at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters.

The CDE is looking for creative, fun, compelling videos of all genres that reflect the diversity of skills that people with disabilities offer, challenge misconceptions about disability and employment, and/or highlight employers’ inclusive employment programs and practices. The CDE will recognize winners in up to three specific categories (General Public, Youth and Employer), and the public will be encouraged to select a People’s Choice winner.

The deadline for entry is March 30, 2012. Videos should be one to three minutes in length (depending on the category entered) and reflect one or more of the campaign’s key themes, which are outlined on the contest website, Several selected videos may be showcased on the CDE’s website and at future campaign events. More information and the official contest rules are outlined on the competition website.

The CDE is a national effort to increase the employment of people with disabilities. Built around a coordinated campaign titled “What can YOU do?,” it aims to promote the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities through public service announcements, educational materials and other grass-roots outreach activities. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and managed in collaboration with seven leading disability and business organization. Learn more about the CDE by visiting, or by following the Campaign on Facebook and LinkedIn.

The CDE will recognize winners in up to three specific categories (General Public, Youth, and Employer), and the public will be encouraged to select a People’s Choice winner. One winner in each of the three categories will be recognized and awarded an Apple iPad 3, and cash prizes will also be awarded to winners in the General Public and Youth categories. The competition is sponsored in part by the USBLN®, a founding partner of the CDE. The USBLN® donated the cash prizes, and will feature the winning Employer video at its upcoming 15th Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando, FL, October 1-4, 2012.

Source: Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) (

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JAN Adds Second Installment to a New Series of Just-in-Time Training Modules

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) announces the second in a series of fully-accessible training modules. The second just-in-time module is titled "Understanding and Applying the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act and Its Regulations." The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 significantly broadened the definition of disability, leaving many employers unsure of how to determine whether an employee has a disability.

This 43 minute training module and accompanying transcript and handout provides an overview of the changes made to the definition of disability, a summary of the guidance provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's regulations, and practical ideas for applying the new definition in the workplace. This module can be used to train hiring managers, HR, and supervisors and managers. Individuals can view the module at their computer or employers can use the module as part of a larger training.

Watch for the next just-in-time "Using JAN" Module coming soon! The Module and supporting documents can be found in JAN's Multimedia Training Library at:

Source: Job Accommodation Network (JAN) (

At work, it’s what people CAN do that matters.

That's why the USBLN® is a founding partner and proud supporter of the Campaign for Disability Employment, a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Show your support for the initiative and learn more at

Source: Campaign for Disability Employment

Disability Community News Corner - Upcoming Events

Source: Submissions provided to the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) (

Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN)

The USBLN® is a partner in a cooperative agreement awarded to Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute, School of Industrial and Labor Relations to establish a National Technical Assistance Center for employers on employment of people with disabilities. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the purpose of the Center is to conduct innovative research, assist ODEP in developing demand-side policy, and share best practices with employers on the recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities. To link with the National Technical Assistance Center, go to

Monthly EARNWorks Employer Newsletters:

Source: Employer Assistance & Resource Network (EARN)

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Fact Sheet on President Obama's Proposed 2013 Budget Priorities on "Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities" Released by the Office of Management and Budget

This information outlines President Obama's proposed plans for funding programs and initiatives that will have a positive impact on people with disabilities. The President’s 2013 Budget is built around the idea that our country does best when everyone gets a fair shot, does their fair share, and plays by the same rules. We must transform our economy from one focused on speculating, spending, and borrowing to one constructed on the solid foundation of educating, innovating, and building. That begins with putting the Nation on a path to living within our means – by cutting wasteful spending, asking all Americans to shoulder their fair share, and making tough choices on some things we cannot afford, while keeping the investments we need to grow the economy and create jobs. The Budget targets scarce federal resources to the areas critical to growing the economy and restoring middle-class security: education and skills for American workers, innovation and manufacturing, clean energy, and infrastructure. The Budget is a blueprint for how we can rebuild an economy where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded. To expand opportunities for people with disabilities, the 2013 Budget will:

The above opportunities continue, read the full article:

Source: The White House Office of Management and Budget (

Call for Disability-Owned Businesses

The USBLN® is pleased to announce the launch of the Disability Supplier Diversity ProgramSM®! This program offers businesses that are owned by an individual(s) with a disability, including service disabled veterans, an exciting opportunity to increase their access to potential contracting opportunities with major corporations, government agencies, and one another. If you or someone you know is a business owner with a disability, and would like to learn more about how to get Disability- Owned Business Enterprise Certification through this program, please contact Patricia J. Richards, DSDP Director at or (713) 304-8950.

Source: US Business Leadership Network

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USBLN® Annual Conference Partners

The USBLN® is pleased to recognize its partners and their generous support.

Emerald Partners:

Sapphire Partners:

Ruby Partners:

Topaz Partners:

USBLN® Annual Conference Partnership Opportunities

The USBLN® Annual Conference is the preeminent national event that taps into the vast economic potential of fully including people with disabilities. In addition to participating in educational and networking opportunities that advance the inclusion of individuals with disabilities, our conference partners receive recognition and benefits which further solidify their standing as leaders.

Several levels of Partnership opportunities are available and include Corporate Membership. Customized partnership opportunities are also available for government agencies, non-profit organizations, and small businesses. (DOC | PDF)

To learn more about our upcoming 2012 Annual Conference Partnership Opportunities, please contact Jill Houghton, USBLN® Executive Director at or 954.461.4726.

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Become a BLN Affiliate

The BLN is an educational organization. Members engage in networking discussions to increase their knowledge of community outreach, recruiting and interviewing, the accommodation process and barriers to employment. By participating in a business to business dialog, employers learn how to leverage their organizations for success. Being a part of the BLN sends a message to the community that the business is committed to including people with disabilities in the workforce. For more information on becoming a BLN Affiliate, please contact Lynn Kirkbride, Director of Affiliate Relations at (307) 631-0894 or

Source: US Business Leadership Network

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