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Monthly Newsletter: October 2016

             USBLN Highlights Disability Inclusion at         

Annual Conference

A Record Breaking #USBLN16!

Message from USBLN:
Thank you to all who took time to attend, participate, present, sponsor and engage with #USBLN16. Here's our historic conference, at a glance:

  • We experienced record breaking attendance with 950 people!
  • We had 69 Rising Leaders (college students/recent graduates with disabilities)  participate in our inaugural Rising Leadership Academy. 
  • Eight job offers were extended by the Northrop Grumman Corporation to Rising Leaders at the conference. We expect more to come from other companies in the days to come.
  • We had four disability-owned business enterprises (DOBEs) participate in our live, inaugural DOBE Pitch Tank hosted by Rodney Sampson.
  • There were more than 21 affiliates represented

    2016 Leadership Awards Announced

Contact: Shawna Berger

Phone: (800) 706-2710

The US Business Leadership Network presented top awards on Sept. 21 during the annual conference Leadership Awards in Orlando, Fla. Recognition was given to four companies, two individuals and an affiliate network for their outstanding commitment to and work in the disability inclusion community.

The seven 2016 USBLN Leadership Award categories and winners are:

  • The John D. Kemp Leadership Award – Mary Sipes, Retired Vice President-Global Portfolio Planning, GM
  • Affiliate of the Year – Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network
  • Advocate of the Year-Supply Chain Inclusion – CaSondra Devine, Wells Fargo & Company
  • Supplier of the Year – Joyce Bender, President, Bender Consulting Services, Inc., DOBE®
  • Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses – PNC Financial Services Group
  • Marketplace Innovator of the Year, Disability Inclusive Advertisement – AT&T
  • Employer of the Year - EY

One of the pillars of the USBLN is supply chain. Part of the success of the Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP) and the promotion of disability suppliers in corporate supply chains is the recognition of the USBLN as the leading national third-party certifier of disability-owned firms, including service-disabled veteran disability-owned business enterprises (SDV-DOBEs™).

Paul Louden, autism advocate,was the event keynote speaker. Paul’s goal is to bridge the gap between those on the spectrum and those who are not. He was a witty, insightful and engaging presenter.

“We are thrilled to honor these amazing companies and individuals for the work they are doing in the disability inclusion space,” said Jill Houghton, President andCEO, USBLN. “We are grateful for their partnership and it’s a fantastic way to lead in to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

SAVE THE DATE: USBLN 20th Annual Conference Orlando, August 21-24




The DC Metro BLN Board of Directors Welcomes

Brooke A. Thomas 

EEO & Diversity Rep Sr, EBS, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Rockville, Maryland

Brooke Thomas serves as an EEO Compliance and Diversity Specialist for Lockheed’s Equal Opportunity Programs. Prior to Lockheed, she was employed with Berkshire Associates as a HR Consultant. Brooke specialized in helping federal contractors and subcontractors throughout the country meet their unique affirmative action goals. With an in-depth understanding of Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) regulations and requirements, Brooke provided expert support and insight to her clients—working to keep them up-to-date and compliant.

With a passion for effective HR processes and procedures, Brooke’s interests and experiences also include diversity and inclusion best practices, talent and performance management, and employment law regulations.

Brooke has worked as a HR Generalist for a leading healthcare provider where she specialized in recruitment practices. She also Co-Chaired the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School during her employment with the institution.  

Her educational accomplishments include a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from McDaniel College and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Notre Dame of Maryland, University. 

2017 DC BLN Programs

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!!


              2016 GALA  - OCTOBER 18

           BUY YOUR TICKETS 

"Keeping the Promise of the ADA"

October 18, 2016

6:45- 9:00pm

Keynote: President Roberta Cordano, J.D.

Roberta Cordano

Gallaudet University

For more than 150 years, Gallaudet University has led advances in education of deaf and hard of hearing students and deaf rights worldwide. Today, students from across the United States and more than 25 countries—diverse in perspective, backgrounds, interests and communication styles—form an exciting learning community as they prepare for dynamic careers and a lifetime of growth. 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."


Ms. Jamie Watts

Music by



1445 New York Avenue

Washington, DC 20005

Buy Tickets 

Contact us to Become a Sponsor!

Thank You to 2016 Sponsors to Date:

 Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, JBG Companies, eSSENTIAL Accessibility, TCS Interpreting,  

SunTrust Bank, Concepts Communication 

As a sponsor, your organization’s logo (and link to your website) will be prominently displayed on our website as a Gala 2016 sponsor until the 2017 Gala - An entire year of branding!

Our Platinum Sponsors will also be recognized every month in the newsletter.


2016 Sponsorship Levels            Benefits

PLATINUM $10,000                        Four 2016 Gala tickets

                                                        Ten Guest Passes to 2017 Programs

DIAMOND $5,000                           Three 2016 Gala tickets

                                                        Five Guest Passes to 2017 Programs

GOLD $2,500                                  Two 2016 Gala tickets

                                                        Two Guest Passes to 2017 Programs

SMALL BUSINESS $1,000             One 2016 Gala ticket 

                                                        One Guest Pass to 2017 Programs


Additional Sponsorships Available!

Live Auction Items include: 

Wizard Tickets, TPC Avenel Round of Golf, Military Bowl Tickets

Donate an Item!

2016 Programs

                                                                          "History in the Making:                                                                                                                                       Celebrating the Past and Advancing the Future of Inclusion"

                      October 20, 2016                  8:30 - 11:00 am

Hosted By:

Northrop Grumman

7575 Colshire Ave., McLean, VA 22102


We will hear from Millennials, Higher Education, Internship and Mentoring Programs and Employers on how to support Millennials transition to ensure Successful Careers!

Keynote: Olivia Liccione 

Olivia, a student at Davidson College, will share her experiences and perspectives as a 

Millennial living with a disability.  

Read her latest blog here


Booz Allen Hamilton, Millennial Project 

Emerging Leaders, Viscardi Center


USBLN Career Mentoring Link

Gallaudet University 

Following the program, attendees may participate in the 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Disability Rights Museum on Wheels (DRMW) at Northrop Grumman 

and tour the Museum

To attend the DRMV, please register here; https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BRQYZQV

For more information on the DRMV visit



The Viscardi CenterBroadFutures

USBLN Career Link Mentoring Program

Gallaudet University Connect Discover Influence

America's Disability Rights Museum on Wheels



4th  Annual Disability Supplier Diversity Symposium
"Accelerating Access for Disability-owned Businesses"

The DC Metro BLN

in partnership with the

November 9, 2016 

8:30am - 12:00pm

2121 Crystal Drive, #100 Crystal City, VA 22202


The Ideal Annual Session for Supplier Diversity Professionals, USBLN Certified DOBEs and SVDOBEs and Disability owned and Service disabled owned businesses!

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Fred McKinney, Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth 

Dr. Fred McKinney, Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth

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.  



THE WIIFM-O (What's In It For My Organization)

THE Network 

Employers join BLNs because they want an opportunity to engage with like-minded businesses to learn how to progress in the journey toward inclusion of diverse talent who happen to have disabilities (including returning Veterans).


Employers gain several branding advantages with logo and links to their websites from the DC Metro BLN site: attract retain a workforce that includes individuals with disabilities, disabled veterans and wounded warriors and their friends and family; attract the same population as customers; be recognized in the community in which they do business.


Each month, the DC Metro BLN delivers high quality education with key subject matter experts, with topics ranging from Best Practice Employee Resource Groups, Wounded Warrior Symposium, Building Successful Community Partnerships and Pipelines, Recruiting and Retaining Millennials, AT and Accessibility Showcase to Culture Change! Our Share Forum platform engages all attendees in thoughtful dialog.  Not to mention our National Disability@Work Webinar Series!! 

                No Other Organization Offers The Business Perspective of Disability Inclusion! 

Join before December 15 to take advantage of 2016 Membership Rates

Join Today!



Premier Recognition as a Platinum Member on our Website, in all 12 Newsletters and at All Programs. Your business  will be prominently displayed in all our social media. As a Platinum Member, your employees attend all programs at no additional cost and your designee may join the DC Metro BLN Corporate Advisory Board.


Recognition as a Lead Employer on our Website, in all 12 Newsletters and at All Programs. Your business  will be prominently displayed in all our social media. Five free passes per year to a monthly program!. As a Diamond Member, your designee may join the DC Metro BLN Corporate Advisory Board.


Recognition as a Lead Employer on our Website and for Six Newsletter Issues and six programs.

Each Executive Membership Level includes TWO full years of business membership (unlimited # of employees per organization). 

(Executive Membership is open to private sector corporate members only)


  • Corporate/Organizational
  • Small Business
  • Non-Profit
  • Government
  • Individual

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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General Dynamics

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Articles of Interest

                                                                VETERANS CORNER: RON DRACH                                                   "NATIONAL ORGANIZATION ON DISABILITY"                   

The following article is provided by Ron Drach, Chair of our Wounded Warrior committee and serves as Senior Advisor to the National Organization on Disability (NOD). Any questions should be directed to Ron at consultrwd@yahoo.com. You can also reach him at 240-413-3183 or on his Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/drachconsulting



The Disability Employment Tracker gives your company the winning edge in the race for talent. Using the NationalOrganization on Disability’s proprietary approach, this free and confidential online assessment tool provides essential analysis of your approach to hiring and retaining talent with disabilities and veterans.

New in 2017! Completion of the Tracker is required to be eligible for the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity.

After submission, you will receive a complimentaryScorecard benchmarking where you rank in relation to other all participating companies in each of the key employment aspects examined,including Climate and Culture, Talent Sourcing, People Practices,Workplace & Technology, Strategy & Metrics, and a Veterans component, plus insights into leading practices.

Pre-register for the 2017 Tracker now!

 visit www.NOD.org/Tracker.                                                                                    .


National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2016 is here!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month poster 

Getting Social During NDEAM

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) starts tomorrow, and this year's theme, #InclusionWorks, is intended to spur conversation on social media about the many benefits of inclusive workplaces, to both individuals and employers. To help contribute to the conversation, the ODEP-funded Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) will be running a Twitter "quote-a-day" series featuring diverse voices from disability leaders, both past and present, as well as a "31 Days, 31 Ways #InclusionWorks" series on both Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to subscribe to both to get your daily dose of NDEAM spirit!

• Subscribe to the CDE on Twitter
• Subscribe to the CDE on Facebook
• Learn more about the CDE
• Learn more about NDEAM

Order the NDEAM poster or learn more ways employers can support NDEAM


USBLN Technology HUB to Connect Certified Disability-owned Businesses to Corporate Buyers!

Tool will help promote job creation and competitive contracts

The USBLN has  launched its new Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP) technology tool, which will provide certified disability-owned and service-disabled veteran disability-owned businesses the opportunity to promote their cost-competitive businesses to corporate buyers and decision makers.

The USBLN’s certification process is a critical tool to assist disability-owned business enterprises (DOBEs) and service-disabled veteran disability-owned business enterprises (SDV-DOBEs) access to supply chain contracting opportunities. The new USBLN Certification and Sourcing HUB will allow the organization to certify more DOBEs and SDV-DOBEs by improving the efficiency of the overall certification and administrative processes. This expanded pool of disability suppliers will bring increased innovation and competitiveness to the marketplace, promote job creation and provide people with disabilities greater self-employment and economic opportunities.

“As we enhance our outreach and provide a sourcing technology solution that our corporate partners expect, we believe a major outcome will be an increase in business for our certified disability-owned businesses,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO, USBLN. “We are thankful for our founding partners Mitsubishi Electric America FoundationNorthrop Grumman CorporationWells Fargo and our technology partner,AudioEye, for their commitment to expanding economic opportunities for disability suppliers.”

For More Information: Cami Turcotte, Disability Supplier Diversity Program® Coordinator, USBLN


Note: CAN was a DC Metro BLN Webinar presenter this year and we are excited to share this announcement with our network.

The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) has developed a new program – Assisting Caregiving Employees (ACE) to help businesses and organizations support working family caregivers.

CAN has been working to help shine the light on why it just makes good business sense to support those employees who are also caring for loved ones at home. This is why CAN, as the nation’s leading non-profit family caregiver organization, developed a turn-key, web-based program to provide working family caregivers with the tools and resources they need.The ACE Program helps employers ensure that their employees remain productive and healthy, and reduce employer costs. More information on ACE can be found at:  WorkingFamilyCaregivers.org.

We’re very excited about this program as we think that it is a low-cost (CAN is a non-profit) and efficient way to support working family caregivers.  We are available to meet with you and/or other representatives of your organization to discuss how this program could help your employees. 

Contact  Karen Roberts at 202-454-3967kroberts@caregiveraction.org 

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 ACE Program as part of its mission to serve the nation’s family caregivers.


National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center

The Marketing Anthropology Project (MAP), a program of the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, is conducting a self-selected sample survey on disability, and consumer attitudes and preferences. The survey seeks to better understand consumers whose buying decisions are mostly likely to be influenced by a business’ practices toward individuals with disabilities.

Consumers with disabilities – as well as their non-disabled counterparts – are invited to complete the self-selective sampling survey. To complete the survey, go tohttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5F6RS8B.

The MAP self-selective survey will assist NBDC because it allows consumers to choose to participate in the research. According to Lund Research, “There may be a wide range of reasons why people volunteer for such studies, including having particularly strong feelings or opinions about the research, a specific interest in the study or its findings, or simply wanting to help out a researcher.”¹

The survey’s findings will be used in a larger research context, supporting MAP’s efforts to better understand the attitudes, preferences and culture of consumers with disabilities.

Please feel free to share the self-selective sampling survey with friends, colleagues and networks (disabled, or non-disabled). To learn more about NBDC’s Marketing Anthropology Project, please email me atbmacsata@viscardicenter.org.


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BenchmarkABILITY (www.benchmarkability.org) is an online benchmarking tool targeting HR professionals.  This tool focuses on leading practices to promote disability inclusive workplaces. Six short surveys can be taken at the user's own pace on the following topics:  Recruitment & Hiring, Career Development & Retention, Accessibility & Accommodation, Diversity & Inclusion, Compensation & Benefits, and Metrics & Analytics. Log on to BenchmarkABILITY to create an account currently at no cost, take the surveys and get your reports. 

View our promotional video for additional information.

For questions about disability employment practices and policies or to learn more about customized training and consultation contact us:

Email: yti-eprrtc@cornell.edu

BenchmarkABILITY distills the results of our Employer Practices Rehabilitation Research and Training Center’s work into a user-friendly site that focuses on leading practices to promote disability inclusion in the workplace. Six short surveys can be taken at your own pace on the following topics: Recruitment & Hiring, Career Development & Retention, Accessibility & Accommodation, Diversity & Inclusion, Compensation & Benefits, and Metrics & Analytics. http://benchmarkability.org/

Be sure to follow us on Twitter to get the latest information on research and technical assistance efforts at YTI, as well as up to date information on disability employment policies and practices.


EARN Deploys New Website and Disability Inclusion Primer

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is pleased to announce the re-launch of its website, AskEARN.org. Featuring updated content, an enhanced look and feel, and a streamlined navigational structure, the new site is a centralized gateway to employer-focused tools, resources and training on disability inclusion. It also features a new Primer on Disability Inclusion for those who may need general guidance and background.

“Our goal in revamping the EARN website was user-friendliness,” said Brett Sheats, the EARN’s national project director. “So whether you’re an employer who regularly hires workers with disabilities, or brand new to the world of disability diversity and inclusion, you’ll be able to quickly find the guidance you need on the what, why and how.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center, EARN is a free resource that helps all employers—including small businesses, federal contractors, and state and federal government agencies—tap the bottom line benefits of disability diversity and an inclusive workplace culture. In addition to its website, EARN regularly hosts webinars and delivers customized trainings on a range of topics. For more information, visit AskEARN.org.


Are you looking for ways to increase your customer experience for those with disabilities? 

Contributed by Sue WerberSenior Director, C5Consulting, LLC

As many of you may know, I retired from Marriott International after 35 years having held a wide variety of positions throughout the organization from  positions in operations such as restaurant server, hostess and restaurant manager, to corporate positions at Marriott HQ most recently as Director, HR Compliance and I am well aware of how proper training is critical to customer satisfaction.

Today, there is a free resource available to help you train your employees efficiently as well as insure the message is delivered accurately. I want to introduce you to one of our C5 clients, the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for the ADA National Network (ADANN) which has created an "at your service" 20-minute customer service film. ADANN is composed of 10 regional ADA centers that provide great information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including free resources, Webinars, and services.

Here is a link to the two-minute "at your service" customer service film trailer: http://www.adahospitality.org/at-your-service

The 20-minute video and two-minute trailer are available in English, Spanish, with open captioned and audio described, and feature a variety of disability leaders who offer great tips on customer service to enhance your best practices.

If you have questions about this product and/or if you would like to know how other companies/organizations are using the materials, please connect with Marian Vessels, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center at mvessels@transcen.org

Take advantage of this resource today – your customers will recognize your efforts and become brand loyal!    

C5 is proud to serve as business consultants to the Mid-Atlantic ADACenter, along with EIN SOF Communications, Inc. C5 is a USBLN® Certified Disability-owned business enterprise.


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

November 2016 Newsletter no later than October 25, 2016

Upcoming Events in the DC Metro Area & Beyond


Mid-Atlantic ADA - Disability Employment Webinars           

Hot Topics in Reasonable Accommodation

Thursday, October 27,  2016                                                                   2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

This webinar, presented by Jeanne Goldberg, Senior Attorney Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will review court decisions issued in 2015-16 raising new reasonable accommodation issues, highlighting examples of employer pitfalls and best practices for ADA compliance. 

For more information and to register for Hot Topics in Reasonable Accommodation

 Additional Information

  • These sessions require pre-registration.  
  • There is no charge for these sessions. 
  • These webinars will be archived for later listening.
  • Applications for continuing education hours for both sessions have been submitted to:
  • HR Certification Institute (HRCI)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)

You can participate in these webinars by using the following services:

  • Teleconferencing
  • Streaming Audio or Real-Time Captioning (via Blackboard Collaborate Version 12.5 Webinar platform)
  • Mobile Users (iPhone, iPad, or Android device (including Kindle Fire HD)) may listen to the session using the Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App (Available Free from the Apple Store, Google Play or Amazon

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Making It Happen: Increasing Awareness of Accessible Workplace Technology

October 11 – October 18, 2016

PEAT - Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology Logo

For today’s workers and job seekers, information and communication technologies are essential to getting a job and performing in the workplace. But numerous systemic barriers still prevent the development and adoption of technology that is accessible to many job applicants and employees with disabilities. As the next step in a series of stakeholder dialogues and listening sessions, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) are partnering to host an important online dialogue that you’re invited to join in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM): “Making It Happen: Increasing Awareness of Accessible Workplace Technology.” Through this virtual discussion, you are encouraged to vote on and expand upon ideas PEAT has already collected, and to share new ideas about 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.

The “Making It Happen: Increasing Awareness of Accessible Workplace Technology” national online dialogue will take place from October 11 – October 18, 2016. Please join this important conversation and spread the word to other participants who may be interested. Register for the dialogue today!



Ask EARN Employer Assistance and Resource Network


October 13, 2016                                                             1:00 - 2:00 P.M. ET

Hosted by EARN in collaboration with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), this webinar will address how to incorporate disability into college and university workforce diversity plans as a way to foster a more inclusive academic environment and campus community. Eight important dimensions to disability inclusion in the higher education environment will be discussed, as well as best practices being utilized by HERC member institutions.

Register for the webinar

RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf 16th Annual Job Fair

Are You Looking forTalent? 

Check out this Upcoming Career Fair

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Meet potential future co-ops, interns or permanent employees—part of a vast talent pool of well-trained and tech-savvy students, recent graduates and alumni from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT, the world’s premier technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Here’s the Job Fair Schedule of Events:

  • 09:00 - 10:00 AM     Employer Check-in and Refreshments
  • 10:00 - 11:00 AM     Workshop for Employers
  • 11:00 - 11:30 AM     Employer Job Fair Set-up
  • 11:30 - 12:30 PM     Employer/Faculty Lunch Buffet
  • 12:30 - 04:00 PM     Job Fair

To register, go to:


Additional Information

  • Click here for more information regarding hotels, material shipping, and Job Fair registration payment
  • If you wish to interview students on Thursday, October 20, 2016 please contact Mary Ellen Tait at mary.ellen.tait@rit.edu



Mary Ellen Tait, Job Fair Coordinator: email mary.ellen.tait@rit.edu 


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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

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

R.S.V.P. by Oct.25 to LaPearl Smith.



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.


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
  • Anna Irani, EY
  • 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, Former NCD
  • 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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