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Upcoming DC Metro BLN Programs

    • May 09, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Lockheed Martin 2121 Crystal Drive Arlington VA 22202



    Corporate and Community Leaders Employment Summit:

    Expanding the Talent Pipeline for People with Disabilities

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

    Lockheed Martin

    2121 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 

    9:30 am           Registration / Check-In / Networking

    10:00 am         Welcome:       Katherine McCary, Executive Director, DC Metro BLN

                                               Rikki Epstein, Executive Director, The Arc of Northern Virginia

    10:15 am         Keynote:        Rainia Washington, Vice President,                                       Global Diversity and Inclusion, Lockheed Martin Corporation


    10:30 am         TravelMate / EmployMate Presentation & Demonstration

                            Kymberly DeLoatch, Project Manager, The Arc of Northern Virginia

                            Camille Franco, Project Coordinator, The Arc of Northern Virginia


    11:00 am        Break

    11:30 am         Roundtable DIscussions


    12:15 pm        Roundtable Discussions Report Out


    12:30 pm        Lunch


    1:00 pm          Closing Remarks: Kia Silver Hodge, Senior Director, C5 Consulting, LLC

    Roundtable Topics:

    • 1.     What can employers do to educate employment providers about their businesses, culture, and environment?
    • 2.     What can employment providers do to help employers understand the value of people with disabilities in the workforce?
    • 3.     What can employers and employment providers do to remove language barriers and perceptions about their respective roles?
    • 4.     What can employers do to increase successful employment outcomes?
    • 5.     How can employers and employment providers work together to identify customized employment opportunities?
    • 6.     What can employers do to make their company attractive as an employer of choice for people with disabilities?
    • June 27, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • LEIDOS LEIDOS CONFERENCE CENTER Freedom Square One Plaza Level Solutions Hall 11951 Freedom Drive Reston, VA 20190



    • August 15, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • PwC 1800 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102
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     John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network

    (ACE) Assisting Caregiver Employees

    • October 25, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • EY 1775 Tysons Boulevard 18th floor, Kuykenhall Room, Tysons VA 22102

    "207 USBLN Affiliate of the Year"

     Celebrates Our

    4th Annual Gala

    "Engaging Tomorrow’s Leaders TODAY"

    October 25, 2018

    6:30-9:00 p.m.

    EY, 1775 Tysons Boulevard, Tysons, VA 22102

    18th Floor (Kuykenhall Room)

    Tickets: $150 

    Funds raised at the 2018 Gala will address three critical areas for both employer and Millennial Talent! 


    Preparing the Pipeline of college students and graduates for successful career transition by supporting our on-going ME Collaborative e-Learning for area universities. 

    Connecting the Pipeline through a series on industry-specific virtual career fairs that will more effectively and successfully connect talent with careers.

    Building the Pipeline will include two 2018 roundtable discussions among employers, universities and students on branding, building trust and professional careers.

    Why Attend/Sponsor the Gala

    The DC Metro BLN takes seriously the commitment to this nation’s Millennials made by the ADA, the ADAAA and the IDEA that promise education and employment.  

    We work with great partners, such as the National Youth Transition Collaborative, BroadFutures, Greater Washington Internship Coalition, Marriott Foundation’s Bridges from School to Work and TransCen, Inc. to bring our employer members together to focus on the gap between school and work. As a USBLN® Affiliate, we support the Rising Leaders program. 

    Our ME Collaborative (Millennial  & Employer) is developing an e-learning pilot series of modules to provide education and resources for college youth transitioning from school to work. We are proud to be working with The George Washington University and Gallaudet University in this effort. 

    The DC Metro BLN has held numerous virtual career fairs over the past few years. In 2018, we plan to step it up a notch to ensure successful employment outcomes by qualifying and matching employers with talent through industry specific career fairs. 


    • Platinum $10,000
    • Diamond $5,000
    • Gold  $2,500
    • Silver $1,000
    • Crystal $500

    Sponsors receive Gala tickets and 2019 Program Passes. Contact Katherine McCary to become a Gala Sponsor!

    We are also looking for items for our Live Auction

    Help us to make this year's Gala the best ever!!

    Best regards,

    DC Metro BLN

Past events

February 21, 2018 Reimagining Inclusion: Employee Resource Groups and Millennials
September 12, 2017 Mental Health Issues: Stay@Work, Return2 Work; Building an Emotionally Healthy Workplace
July 24, 2017 RECORDED SESSION with Deck and Transcript from July 13th Autism at Work: Recruiting, Interviewing and Retaining Talent
July 13, 2017 Autism at Work: Recruiting, Interviewing and Retaining Talent
May 16, 2017 Making Connections: Corporate and Community Leaders Strategic Roundtable
April 26, 2017 5th Annual Accessibility, Accommodations and Assistive Technology (AAA) Share Forum and Expo
March 08, 2017 Investing in the Future: Empowering Millennials with Disabilities Share Forum
November 09, 2016 4th Annual USBLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program
October 20, 2016 "History in the Making:Celebrating the Past and Advancing the Future of Inclusion"
August 17, 2016 Creating a Culture of Disability Inclusion- Practical Solutions for Workforce Engagement
June 15, 2016 Third Annual Accessibility and AT Event
May 11, 2016 Talent Acquisition: Building Successful Community Partner Pipelines
January 28, 2016 Culture Assessment and Compliance for Disability Inclusion
November 19, 2015 Talent Acquisition & Employee Retention: Leveraging All Employee Resource Groups for Disability Inclusion
October 21, 2015 Back to the Future: The Why, What and How for Disability Inclusion
July 17, 2015 Making a Difference in Inclusion: Leveraging the Campaign for Disability Employment for Disability Inclusion
March 18, 2015 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Symposium “A Robust Dialog of Inclusion Strategies”
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