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Monthly Newsletter: November 2016

             VETERANS' DAY NOVEMBER 11

The DC Metro BLN is proud to support the employment of veterans and wishes to thank 

DC Metro BLN Wounded Warrior Committee, Chaired by Ron Drach 

2016 Host, Leidos and CEO and Chairman Roger Krone 


Keynote Speaker, The Honorable Mike Michaud , Assistant Secretary, VETS  

for the excellent Annual Symposium that was held in July.

Hire a Veteran

Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) is committed to helping America's veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.

Find qualified Veterans

VETS provides employers with assistance in finding qualified transitioning service members and veterans in your area.

Policy & Compliance

VETS provides information regarding the Veterans' Preference, veterans' employment rights and policies concerning veterans and transitioning service members.

Employer Toolkit

The Employer Toolkit is designed to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include transitioning Service Members, Veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives.

Strengthening Military Families

Learn about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and how VETS provides programs and services for separating service members and their spouses.


Learn more about the process to register and ensure that eligible Veterans in your Registered Apprenticeship program can receive GI Bill benefits.



"2016 Keeping the Promise of the ADA" GALA






Call for Hosts

Member Hosting is a great way to offer valuable internal training to your employees!

We are planning the 2017 calendar of programs, event and webinars. If your organization would like to host one of the monthly programs, please contact Katherine McCary. We are especially looking for Hosts for our annual events including:  Wounded Warrior Symposium,  Supplier Diversity Symposium, Community Partner Engagement, Accessibility, Assistive Technology and Accommodations Symposium and Fair and 2017 Millennials Dialog. Our programs feature the Host's Disability Leadership, a keynote speaker and a Share Forum. 

If you have suggestions for Webinar Speakers, 2017 Gala Speakers or want to participate in our Virtual Career Fairs, let us know!!



As we kick off our ME Collaborative in January, we will add a spotlight article each month written by a Millennial that focuses on Millennials with disabilities in school and at work.We will be drawing from the tremendous talent joining us in the ME Collaborative- some of whom will be seeking the next step in their professional careers.  If you have an article to submit, please send to Katherine McCary no later than the 15th of each month for the next month's news.


4th  Annual Disability Supplier Diversity Symposium

"The Path Forward:  Greater Inclusion of Disability Owned Enterprises and Lessons from the Past"

In partnership with

November 9, 2016 

8:30am - 12:00pm

2121 Crystal Drive, #100 Crystal City, VA 22202


THE Ideal Annual Session 


 Supplier Diversity Professionals,

 USBLN Certified DOBEs and SVDOBEs 

Disability owned and Service disabled owned businesses  

HR Practitioners!

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Fred McKinney, Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth

Dr. Fred McKinney, Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth 

Want to engage with fellow supplier diversity professionals and disability owned businesses to discuss innovative ideas to better address the barriers to entry for disability-owned businesses?  Supplier diversity has grown from a focus on minority and women owned businesses to include the LGBTQ, veteran, and disabled owned business community.  This inclusion of new groups of businesses for supplier diversity professionals has made their jobs even more complex as they try to increase opportunities for all diverse businesses while operating in a hyper-competitive business environment that is still in the mode of shrinking the total number of  firms in corporate supply chains.  In this dynamic environment, there are some lessons learned from the successes and challenges supplier diversity has experienced over the past 40 years that can help supplier diversity professionals and disabled owned entrepreneurs develop their enterprises.  In this talk, Dr, McKinney will cover some of these learnings and provide specific recommendations to supplier diversity professionals and disabled entrepreneurs.

As Managing Director for MBE Programs, Fred McKinney is responsible for the development of legacy MBE programs and the establishment of new programs for MBEs and supplier diversity professionals. Prior to joining Tuck, Fred was the President and CEO of the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council (2001-2015).  Fred also served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business (1987-2000) and Brandeis University’s Heller School for Advanced Studies of Social Policy (1983-87).  Fred earned his B.A. in economics from UCLA in 1976 and his Ph.D. in economics from Yale (1983).  Fred has served on numerous boards of directors including, AAA Connecticut, Yale New Haven Health System’s Bridgeport Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Advisory Board, Gateway Community College Foundation, The Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Community’s Bank.  Fred spent a year at the White House as a Junior Economist from 1978-79 and as Junior Economist at the Rand Corporation in the summers of 1977 and 1978.  

Disability @ Work WEBINAR  

"From Camo to Corporate"

November 18. 2016                                                                                                  12:00 - 1:30PM

Presented by 
Chris Davidson Veterans Program Manager
BAE Systems



New Membership Opportunities in 2017!

The DC Metro BLN will be announcing its 2017 Membership Levels in December. Watch for the exciting news next month!

                No Other Organization Offers The Business Perspective of Disability Inclusion! 

Need to Renew? 

Want to “Up” Your Membership Level or need an Invoice? Email us.

Thank you to Our Executive Members 

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Articles of Interest

                                          OFCCP CONVENES FIRST                                           DISABILITY BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE                                                                



On October 6, 2016, OFCCP convened its first disability business roundtable, entitled “Best Practices and Strategies for Success” at the U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The focus of the roundtable was the business-to-business sharing of practices, experiences and lessons learned regarding the two Section 503 concerns that contractors have raised with OFCCP most often: the ability to recruit individuals with disabilities; and the ability to obtain the voluntary self-identification data necessary to measure progress toward the aspirational seven percent utilization goal.

The half-day event featured two panels comprised of select corporate leaders, from various sectors of the economy, who shared their companies’ demonstrated successes and promising approaches for fostering voluntary self-identification of disability, and for increasing the hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities.  Panelists included representatives from Fortune 500 companies, and from the financial, retail and manufacturing sectors.  Also featured was a keynote address by a vice president of a Fortune 500 company, and welcoming remarks from Deputy Secretary of Labor, Christopher P. Lu and OFCCP Director, Patricia A. Shiu.

Approximately 65 people, from an array of types and sizes of companies, colleges and universities, and disability service organizations attended the event, shared ideas and experiences, and asked questions of the presenters.  Visit the disability business roundtable web page to view the event program guide and see photos from the event.

BLOG from Pat Shui About the Roundtable

Inclusive, diverse workplaces are good for business. But how can businesses find qualified workers of diverse backgrounds and abilities? How does creating a culture of inclusion affect this and other diversity issues in the modern workplace?  How can government and business work together to achieve common goals of equal employment opportunity, increased productivity and success?

These were some of the issues the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs raised when it hosted a disability business roundtable this October, “Best Practices and Strategies for Success.” The first of its kind for OFCCP, the event attracted 60 individuals from the federal contractor community, such as Northrup Grumman, 3M, CVS, Sprint, Raytheon and Sodexo, as well as representatives from colleges, universities and disability organizations. As contractors heard and learned from others in the business community, the discussions were open and frank.

OFCCP strengthened its regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in September 2013, by, among other things, creating a 7 percent aspirational goal for contractors, and focusing on data collection and data-based decision making. Since that time OFCCP has engaged in a continuing dialogue with contractors. We have listened and learned about the challenges they face in meeting that aspirational goal.

First, contractors state that they experience difficulty finding individuals with disabilities who have the skills and training necessary to fill existing job vacancies. Second, contractors have reported that they find that individuals with disabilities seldom self-identify unless reasonable accommodation is needed. Despite this, many contractors and other employers shared innovative and time-tested approaches that they have used to address these important issues.

The roundtable provided a forum for businesses to share best practices, effective strategies, experiences and lessons learned. It tapped into the knowledge and experience of corporate leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to opening the doors of opportunity and fostering a welcoming workplace.

The half-day event featured two panels of corporate leaders from different sectors, who shared their companies’ successes and promising approaches for fostering voluntary self-identification, and for increasing the hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities.

  • Prudential, PNC and Merck increased self-identification rates by developing comprehensive self-identification strategies, and creating an inclusive culture in every line of business.
  • First Bank of Omaha increased its employee response rate for its self-identification campaign to nearly 70 percent through high employee engagement strategies.
  • Boston Scientific and General Motors focused on creating strategic partnerships with colleges and universities to identify students with disabilities in STEM programs.
  • Giant Eagle and Toys R Us used job coaches and other means to recruit, hire, train, promote and retain more workers with disabilities.

An executive from United Technologies Corp. also shared why recruiting individuals with disabilities is good for business, and described the company’s challenges and successes in its efforts to recruit and retain individuals with disabilities.

The roundtable is part of our larger strategy to expand direct engagement with federal contractors to help them successfully implement Section 503 and other agency regulations. It confirmed that many employers are interested in doing more to increase the employment of individuals with disabilities, and that business and government can work together to make this happen.

It also affirmed a recent statement by Gov. Tom Ridge, chair of the National Organization for Disability, when describing the impact of the Section 503 regulations: “[W]e are already beginning to see the signs of progress. Slow and incremental for sure, but progress nonetheless.”

We look forward to building on that progress in the future. For more information about the agency and its outreach efforts, visit dol.gov/ofccp.

Patricia A. Shiu is the director of the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.


 Register now for the 2017 Disability Equality Index

USBLN/AAPD Disability Equality Index

You don't want to miss the opportunity to be #morethanascore

The Disability Equality Index (DEI), a joint initiative of the USBLN and AAPD, is a national, transparent, annual benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices. It is an aspirational, educational, recognition tool that is intended to help companies identify opportunities for continued improvement and help build a company’s reputation as an employer of choice. 

Registration for the 2017 DEI closes on Jan. 13, 2017. Don’t wait! Register now!  To register, view the 2017 DEI questions, timeline, and FAQs, including benefits of participation, click here(NOTE: The participation fee is waived for USBLN partners that meet eligibility criteria.) 

New this year, the USBLN and AAPD expanded the criteria for participation.  Specifically, in addition to Fortune 1000 companies, American Lawyer 200 firms can now participate. Certain other organizations are welcome to participate in the DEI as well. View the eligibility criteria here.

The 2016 DEI had more than 80 Fortune 1000-size companies participate. View the 2016 DEI top-scoring companies deemed “2016 DEI Best Places to Work.” Also view some of the results from the 2016 DEI.

Participating companies frequently report that what they love about the DEI is that it is comprehensive and relates to all areas of the business. They also report that they like that it is a carrot, not a stick. The DEI provides ideas for next steps to advance disability inclusion regardless of where a company is in their journey.

Please contact us with any additional questions. 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in this unique learning tool and earn #morethanascore!

The Arc of Northern VA Annual Gala 

The Arc Northern Virginia

Recognized Two DC Metro BLN Employers: 

Booz Allen Hamilton and Evolver

Falls Church, VA-- The Arc of Northern Virginia recognized Booz Allen Hamilton and Evolver for demonstrating exceptional dedication to providing employment opportunities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at its “A Motown Experience” Gala held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

Steve Escaravage, Vice President of Innovation, accepted the award on behalf of Booz Allen Hamilton for employing people with disabilities in their workforce. Booz Allen Hamilton’s Chairman Dr. Ralph Shrader previously stated, “Work provides more than a paycheck. It brings dignity and community. When businesses open job opportunities to men and women with disabilities, everyone benefits – the individual, the company, and society at large.”

Anne Aakre, Vice President, accepted on behalf of Evolver for their diversity and inclusion initiatives that build an understanding and awareness about the ways that differences add value to their workforce and the work they do.

Peggy Fox of WUSA Channel 9 News was the Celebrity Master of Ceremonies for the Gala.

At the Gala, The Arc of Northern Virginia introduced a new component of its comprehensive outreach campaign to help increase awareness about the resources that are available through the organization to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout the entire life span. The Arc of Northern Virginia will soon launch an online digital marketing campaign and a brand new Public Service Announcement (PSA).

The Arc of Northern Virginia is the leading advocacy organization for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, serving and representing over 34,000 families in Arlington County, Fairfax County and the Cities of Alexandria, Falls Church and Fairfax. More information on The Arc of Northern Virginia can be found at http://www.thearcofnova.org.

pcoming Events in the DC Metro Area & Beyond

kindergarten — home to energetic, wide-eyed 5-year-olds with open minds, vivid imaginations and a zest for life — is a true think tank for the ideals needed to transform any organization’s workplace into an inclusive one. It is a classic symbiotic community made up of children working together to help one another, behavior that benefits the whole group. Have you ever met a kindergartner who didn’t want to be class helper or share a box of crayons?

Kindergartners possess the basic characteristics needed in today’s workforce to create diverse, inclusive settings — workplaces that wholeheartedly welcome all people for what they bring to the table.

Kindergartners don’t focus on differences. They see people as just that — people — not their age, gender, ethnicity or disability. Employers should similarly focus first and foremost on the talent people with disabilities bring to the team and appreciate their diversity of thought, discussion and perspective.

Kindergartners have keen insight into human behavior. They sense emotion and fearlessly act accordingly. As people with disabilities, we may appear to be different, due to the use of prostheses, adaptive technology and mobility devices, to name a few. But our emotional intelligence allows us to quickly access and understand others in a variety of situations, manage frustrations and put things in perspective. These are attributes smart employers recognize and value.

Kindergartners are aware of the changing world around them and adapt. If something doesn’t “fit in the box,” they are quick to adjust, learn new ways to approach it, or simply change the rules. Employers can and should do this, too. Creating accessible workplaces and providing productivity tools and job accommodations is often easier and less expensive than one thinks. Research regarding accommodations indicates that fifty-nine percent cost nothing, and those that do typically cost less than $500.

Kindergartners are naturally inquisitive and resourceful. This is easily seen through their endless “but why?” questions and their sharp negotiating skills. People with disabilities are inherent problem solvers. We have to be. We’re naturals at finding a way to work around and through issues, challenges and the unexpected. What workplace today couldn’t benefit from that form of thinking?

Most of all, kindergartners teach by example. Just watch them. They find a way to include everyone.

I grew up and attended kindergarten in Bismarck, North Dakota, where winters were typified by single-digit temperature readings, 50 inches of snow, blustery wind and seemingly endless frigid dark days. I saw daily how these winters bred a community culture built on helping one another and inclusivity. My use of four prostheses may not have made me the best player on the baseball team, but I was happily and naturally included. In fact, there wasn’t a time during my childhood in the Peace Garden State that I wasn’t included.

Inclusion works in communities, and inclusion works in the workplace. As Fulghum wrote, “It doesn’t matter what you say you believe − it only matters what you do.”

So, this National Disability Employment Awareness Month, act on the wisdom of youngsters. Build an inclusive workforce, one where we can all achieve our corporate and human goals.

#InclusionWorks. Need proof? Break out the crayons and spend a day with kindergartners. The picture they create will be one of inclusion.

John D. Kemp is the president and CEO of The Viscardi Center, a network of nonprofit organizations that provides a lifespan of services that educate, employ and empower children and adults with disabilities.


Rising Leaders Mentoring Program 

 Mentoring is a vital component in ensuring the success of young professionals and rising leaders.

The US Business Leadership Network has an established program that works with college students and recent graduates across the country to connect them with mentors in business settings in preparation for their transition from school to employment. The USBLN is currently recruiting mentors for the 2017 Rising Leaders Mentoring Program (RLMP), and we encourage you to sign up! We are seeking business professionals that are willing to participate in a six-month mentoring program for college students and recent graduates with disabilities, including veterans. Mentoring is a great way to not only give back but allows mentors to learn and recruit talent. 

The upcoming RLMP will run from March – August of 2017. If you are interested in being a mentor, please fill out your information through this form.



National Council on Disability Calls for a Technology Bill of Rights

A blog by Beatrice Schmidt, Corporate Services Specialist at the National Business & Disability 

The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency, released a report advocating for the creation of a “Technology Bill of Rights” that would improve access to accessible information and communication technology (ICT) for millions of Americans with disabilities. The report represents yet the latest in a series of recommendations promoting the full inclusion and participation of the 56 million people living with disabilities in the United States.

NCD Chairman Clyde Terry indicates accessible technology must be built-in and is an important social justice issue when so many people depend on technology to take part in our society.1 Clyde Terry states, “To be truly accessible, technological inclusion must be built in, from the ground up, with every user in mind. Anything else is a step backwards. Anything less creates second class citizens.”2 While there have been major improvements in creating accessible technology through the efforts of government, industry, advocacy groups, and people with disabilities themselves, many people with disabilities continue to face barriers accessing the Internet, media platforms, and engaging in other forms of technology. A number of factors contribute to these barriers, such as the complexity and lack of training to enable use, limited resources committed to innovation, and cost.3

In its October 2016 report, NCD stipulates that by providing access to accessible ICT to people with disabilities, they will have better access to educational opportunities. Those that have pursued higher education, have indicated they would not be able achieve such a goal without the use of assistive technologies. In addition, the report states that job seekers with disabilities who have access to accessible technology can actively engage in the workforce including participating in entrepreneurship opportunities.

Accessible ICT and assistive technology enable people with disabilities to execute their job tasks and promotes equitable access to employment opportunities as required by the ADA. It also enables people with disabilities to work from home due to difficulties with travel. NCD’s report states that technology can broaden access to the educational and learning opportunities that can prepare people with disabilities for a range of employment opportunities such as those in the STEM fields, while also enabling them to take on job roles that may have previously been inaccessible to them.4

Health Information Technology (HIT) is another important focus of the report outlining that for people with disabilities access to quality medical care including, health monitoring, managed care coordination and patient-doctor communications has the potential to improve quality of life outcomes and reduce costs. The ability to be mobile and independent is critical to ongoing well-being. Engineering and technology advances have allowed for improvements in robotics and other mobility devices with customizable controls and supports. These can greatly improve the experience of people with disabilities especially as it relates to completing tasks and improving social interaction. NCD outlines a number of other accessible technologies that are improving the ability of people to live independently with the evolution of mobile apps, mobile homes and driverless cars.5

NCD’s call for a “Technology Bill of Rights” gives rise to the importance of ensuring that leaders in the technology industry create accessible technologies from the outset and that policymakers are encouraged to create accessible technology provisions as the industry continues to evolve. The purpose of this report not only outlines the importance of establishing a minimum framework, but establishes that the role the public and private sectors play as well as developers play in ensuring opportunities of civic engagement by providing access to accessible technology to more than 56 million Americans in the U.S.6

Disclaimer: The content of the ICT Blog does not serve as an endorsement of any commercial product or service, but rather an outlet to share information and opinions about accessible information and communication technologies.

                          NBDC Commissions Second                          National Public Opinion Survey on Disability

Poll examined the current state of public opinion among consumers in the United States around the issues of awareness and treatment of individuals with disabilities by businesses

The Marketing Anthropology Project (MAP), a program of the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, today announced that it commissioned Cygnal to conduct a national survey in mid-September about consumer attitudes on disability. The survey, which was conducted to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, interviewed consumers whose buying decisions were mostly likely to be influenced by a business' practices toward individuals with disabilities.

"When consumers with disabilities view television programs, movies, online content, or even observe the onslaught of product promotions, there is one thing that is often missing: people like them," summarized Brandon M. Macsata, NBDC General Consultant. "Increasingly though, there is more attention paid to the lack of disability diversity in advertising, marketing, and employment -- especially since it represents the fastest growing consumer market in the world."

MAP is the first-of-its-kind in the disability market, offering a platform for businesses to understand better the pockets of the global disability culture that influence consumer attitudes. The results of the survey will be presented on Monday, December 5th in New York City during a MAP/NBDC Business Roundtable.


  • 73% of consumers will purchase goods and/or services from a business if they knew the business employs individuals with disabilities.
  • 66% of consumers will purchase goods and/or services from a business that features individuals with disabilities in their advertising.
  • 78% of consumers will purchase goods and/or services from a business that takes steps to ensure easy access for individuals with disabilities at their physical locations.
  • 70% of consumers will purchase goods and/or services from a business that takes steps to ensure easy access for individuals with disabilities on their website, kiosk, or mobile app.
  • 65% of consumers are less likely to purchase goods and/or services from a business that has been fined by the federal or state government because they discriminated against individuals with disabilities.
  • About 47% of consumers believe that organizations should accommodate individuals with special needs by request, with respect to a business' approach to consumers with disabilities.
  • Most consumers (62%) believe that businesses didn't do enough to market to consumers with disabilities.

Said Cory Brown, Cygnal's Vice-President for Data & Strategy: "What the findings show is that US consumers are highly sensitive to the way businesses treat individuals with disabilities. When deciding how to shop, Americans overwhelmingly take into account how businesses treat their disabled employees; how they feature them in advertising; and how they provide access to their stores or online experiences. Interestingly enough, this seems to stems from a majority of people reporting that they experience some sort of impairment or disability themselves."

The telephone survey was conducted September 12-17, 2016 among 866 U.S. consumers, with a margin of error of +/- 3.33%. Cygnal, using live operator phone technology, conducted all interviews. Landline interviews constituted 77% of the calls, while 23% were conducted by cell phone. 

To learn more about NBDC, visit www.nbdc.com. To learn more about Cygnal, please visit www.cygn.al

For more information about the national survey or NBDC corporate partnership opportunities, contact Brandon M. Macsata by phone at 516.465.1596 or email at bmacsata@viscardicenter.org.


ABILITY Magazine Features Deputy Assistant Secretary Sheehy

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy was the subject of a recent interview in ABILITY Magazine. Sheehy recounted her personal history and discussed the challenges faced by people with disabilities in the workplace. She also talked about ODEP's mission, goals, and resources, and promoted National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

 Read the ABILITY Magazine article


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Josh Christianson 
Project Director
Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology

As our national online dialogue "Making it Happen: Increasing Awareness of Accessible Workplace Technology," continues to go strong, Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu is joining the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) in our mission to gather your ideas and opinions on advancing accessible workplace technology. 

Wondering why you should participate? Leaders at the Department of Labor are paying attention, and they want to hear from YOU! Be sure to check out Deputy Secretary Lu's video message, which explains more about how the national online dialogue works and why he personally believes your insights on accessible workplace technology are crucial to developing solutions to overcome barriers and foster inclusion. 

So, don't miss your chance to inform policy decisions by taking part in this important online event, which Deputy Secretary Lu calls a "virtual town hall." Join the national online dialogue now to share your input on the kinds of policies, programs, and structures that need to be in place to advance accessible workplace technology, along with ways that PEAT and the U.S. Department of Labor can support them. If you need assistance you can click here for a 
step-by-step guide to joining online dialogue

Deputy Secretary Lu and all of us from the PEAT team look forward to reading your valuable contributions to the conversation. Remember, by working together on advancing accessible workplace technology, we can make it happen!


We are happy to publish newsworthy articles that address the business perspective of 

disability issues.

Share your news via email kmccary@dcmetrobln.org for the

December 2016 Newsletter no later than November 17, 2016

Upcoming Events in the DC Metro Area & Beyond


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"Champions of Disability Employment"

                                Thursday, November 3, 2016                                

Registration and Networking: 10:30 a.m. Program:11:00 a.m.

Join the Northern Virginia offices of DARS in partnership with the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired to celebrate!

George Mason University, Prince William Campus, Beacon Hall, 10900 University Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110.

R.S.V.P.  to LaPearl Smith



November 5, 2016: 6:30-10:00 p.m

Building Bridges to the Future

2016 Fall Gala

Proudly Honoring

FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler

The French Embassy

4000 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC

Buy tickets at: www.broadfutures.org 


LEAP Awards

The HSC Foundation’s Life Enrichment Awards Program

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Washington, DC

Reception: 7:00 pm

Dinner and Awards: 7:30 pm


Attire: Business

The life enrichment awards program, or LEAP, enriches the lives of youth and young adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the expanded Washington, DC metropolitan area by providing goods and services that are directly linked to youth transitions through a network of community partners. LEAP is a program of The HSC Health Care System and is administered by The HSC Foundation. LEAP is part of the Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Initiative. Join us on Wednesday, November 9, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at 7:00 p.m.  

Please email Jessica Queener to purchase tickets or receive information regarding sponsorship opportunities at jqueener@cscn.org

Celebrate Veterans' Day

2016 Veterans' Day Events

America's Parade --Veterans are invited to march in this New York City parade on November 11.This year’s Parade will commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11, with special recognition of our Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Post-9/11 veterans, as well as our First Responders. It will also mark the 25th Anniversary of Desert Storm.The United States Coast Guard is this year’s featured military branch. The Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy are also represented.The parade is preceded by the traditional opening ceremony at the Eternal Light Monument(5th Avenue at 24th Street, next to Madison Square Park). The ceremony begins at 10:00 AM and concludes with a wreath-laying at 11:00 AM.

Additionally, this year Los Angeles will host its first America's Parade, which will start at 11:00 AM PST and start at the West L.A. Veterans Affairs Campus.

National Veterans Day Ceremony -- The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the MemorialAmphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. 

There are many national and state cemeteries throughout the country that may also be holding Veterans Day ceremonies. Click here for a cemetery listing.

The Manassas Veterans Day Parade -- On November 12, 2016 you can attend the parade that kicks off at 11:00 am from the intersection of Quarry Rd. and Prescott Ave. in Historic Manassas. The parade is the largest Veterans Day Parade in Northern Virginia and in the Washington,D.C. area, and will include military units and vehicles, local veteran organizations, military and high school bands, and pipe and drum corps teams.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Veterans Day Celebration -- Visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for live music, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display, and honor guard, and remarks by Vice Admiral Fred Midgette. The event is free, but reservations are recommended.


Featuring Emmy Award Winning Talk Show Host 

Montel Williams


Join Caregiver Action Network (CAN) at its 5th annual event

Creating the Voice: A Celebration of Family Caregiving

as we honor Montel Williams

for his role as a family caregiver with the 

2016 Hands On Help Award

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Cosmos Club

2121 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. in Washington, DC.


Montel Williams is a 

Dynamic and Powerful Voice for Family Caregivers!

Montel was suddenly thrust into the role of family caregiver when his daughter was diagnosed with cancer. While Montel had grown accustomed to dealing with his own disease, no parent is ever prepared to contemplate the mortality of his or her own child.

The evening promises to be inspirational!

There are a limited number of individual tickets available at $200/person. 

If you’re unable to attend, you are welcome to make a tax deductible donation to support

 CAN’s important work to benefit family caregivers.

You can purchase your ticket or make a tax deductible donation here.

Caregiver Action Network is the nation's leading non-profit family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. 

Caregiver Action Network developed the Assisting Caregiver Employee Program as part of its mission to serve the nation’s family caregivers. To Learn More: Karen.Roberts@can.org



Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)


National Organization on Disability (NOD) Corporate Leadership Council

Thursday, November 17, 2016                                
         10:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET

Hyatt Regency, Cambridge, MA

The premier educational and networking forum to learn about leading practices in preparation, recruitment, and hiring of college students and recent graduates with disabilities.


  • Leading practices from prominent employers like J.P. Morgan ChaseLockheed Martin, and Walmart
  • Insights from students with disabilities and college representatives on what you can do to tap into talent on campus



  • Frank Kineavy, Villanova grad and DiversityInc writer

Join leaders and practitioners on campus recruiting, diversity & inclusion, human resources and compliance at this exclusive forum.

Register Now to save your place today, space is limited.


USBLN 20th Annual Conference Orlando, August 21-24


The DC Metro Business Leadership Network is an employer led non-profit that uses a business-to business model offering education, training programs and resources to change attitudes and address concerns of businesses so that they learn how to proactively include people with disabilities in the workforce, marketplace and supplier diversity.

Myra Wilder, Chair

Marriott International

Andrea Hall, Vice Chair


Ellen de Bremond, Treasurer

The Choice, Inc.


  • Michelle Crabtree, Hyatt 
  • Donnielle DeMesme, Golden Key Group
  • Dan Ellerman, Northrop Grumman
  • Denyse Gordon, CACI
  • Patricia Jackson, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Eduardo Meza-Etienne, eSSENTIAL Accessibility
  • Brooke Thomas, Lockheed Martin
  • Jacqui Winters, Deloitte & Touche

Advisory Board

  • Ron Drach, Drach Consulting, LLC (Chair, Wounded Warrior Committee)
  • Charlesiah McLean, Leidos
  • Dan Sullivan, KPMG
  • Jenn Sharp, KPMG
  • Sue Werber, C5 Consulting, LLC (Chair, ME Committee)
  • Ann Rader, Healthcare Transformation, Strategy Execution & Management Consultant Leading Innovative Solutions
  • Kia Silver Hodge, Lockheed Martin
  • Dinah Cohen, Dinah Cohen Consulting, LLC (CAP Director, retired)
  • Rich Luecking, President Emeritus, TransCen, Inc.

CEO, Executive Director: The Honorable Katherine O. McCary, C5 Consulting, LLC

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