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2016 Gala: "Keeping the Promise of the ADA"

  • October 18, 2016
  • 6:45 PM - 9:00 PM
  • SunTrust - 9TH Floor 1445 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005


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Join us for an evening of  networking and a live auction to benefit the mission of the DC Metro Business Leadership Network.


President Roberta (Bobbi) Cordano

Gallaudet University

About Our Keynote

Roberta J. Cordano became the 11th president of Gallaudet University on January 1, 2016. During the announcement of her selection as president, Cordano was recognized as a "transformational leader who is the right person at the right time for Gallaudet."
Cordano brings to the Office of the President experience and skills built in both traditional and non-traditional settings.  Prior to Gallaudet, Cordano was the vice president of programs for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Cordano has held several leadership roles in different sectors, including health care, higher education, and government. She is a founding member of Metro Deaf School, a pre-k through eighth grade school, a bilingual-bicultural charter school for deaf and hard of hearing children in St. Paul, and a founding board member of Minnesota North Star Academy, a bilingual-bicultural charter high school for deaf and hard of hearing students. 


  • J.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.
  • B.A., Beloit College, Beloit, WI.


Ms. Jamie Watts

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Wine and Beer Cash Bar

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 Career Link Mentoring Program and its Student Advisory Council. 

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

Funds raised at this year's Gala will help to support a 12 month focus group that will develop the micro learning series which will be offered to all area colleges and universities. We plan also to develop an Employer Series to educate the business community on successful employment and retention of Millennials with disabilities. Our long range goal is to share these out across the US and develop a partner series for high school students transitioning form school to work.

Some of our recent efforts include showcasing the Work Early Work Often Campaign (http://www.thenytc.org/workearly) produced by the NYTC; the NYTC Employer Survey Report, research on what employers want from their provider partners; and contributing material to  “Your Pathway to Success” Transition Toolkit “ in collaboration with PolicyWorks(http://toolkit.disabilitypolicyworks.org/) for the HSC Foundation/ Youth Transition Collaborative.

In August, we will debut a national webinar to educate employers to better understand youth with disabilities “The Promise of the ADA: What Business Needs to Know about Millennials with Disabilities,” presented by Tad Asbury, VP & Executive Director, Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities and Rich Luecking, Ed.D., President Emeritus at TransCen, Inc., followed in 4th quarter with,  “The Millennial Viewpoint: What Business Needs to Know about Us”. 

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