Tuesday, December 1
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-340
Independence Avenue between First Street SW
and South Capitol Street
Featuring Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President, RespectAbility
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is President of RespectAbilty, a non-profit organization working to empower people with disabilities to achieve the American Dream. She works regularly with national, state, and local policy leaders, workforce development professionals, media and employers, as well as with disability and faith-based organizations in order to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. She has already met with teams from all 50 states, including 40 governors, on WIOA implementation. She has published dozens of op-eds on disability issues, including in USA Today, Huffington Post, The Hill and other publications. Dyslexic herself, she also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities.
Featuring Marty Linsky, author, The Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership, Leadership on the Line, and others.
Linsky has taught at the Harvard Kennedy School since 1982, except for 1992-95 when he served as Chief Secretary to Massachusetts Governor William Weld. A graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School, Linsky has been a journalist, a lawyer, and politician, having served as Assistant Minority Leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, a reporter for the Boston Globe, and Editor of The Real Paper.
Featuring J. Erin Riehle, founder and Director, Project SEARCH
In 2013, 1,156,000 individuals from ages 13 to 25 received $8.7 billion in Supplemental Security Income benefits. These young people face distinct challenges in transitioning from school to work and economic self-sufficiency. To help them overcome these challenges, the Social Security Administration sponsored the Youth Transition Demonstration, which did not show as much promise as hoped.
Meanwhile, Project SEARCH continues to get outstanding results for employers, people with disabilities, and taxpayers around the country. It is a one-year, school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. This innovative, business-led model features total workplace immersion, which facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and worksite-based training and support. The goal for each program participant is competitive employment. With programs in 45 states, and over 2,700 young adults served each year, their employment outcomes are phenomenal. It can be covered by WIOA funding too!
Speaker: Erin Riehle, MSN, RN is a national leader in promoting employment opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. She is a founder and Director of Project SEARCH, an employment and transition program that has received national recognition for innovative practices. She is regularly invited to present at national and regional conferences, and has co-authored numerous publications and book chapters. She has been a board member for the United States Business Leadership (USBLN) and APSE.
Erin Riehle began her career at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a staff nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit and advanced to clinical director of the emergency department. Her interest in employment for people with disabilities grew from her frustration with high turnover rates among workers performing critical tasks such as re-stocking emergency room supply shelves. Riehle found that placing individuals with developmental disabilities in these positions was both an effective solution to her staffing problems and an improvement in quality of life for the workers she employed. This positive experience ultimately led to a systematic, hospital-wide effort, led by Ms. Riehle, to explore job possibilities for people with disabilities.
Dana Marlowe is an architect of inclusion and accessibility. She is the Principal Partner and co-founder of the company, Accessibility Partners LLC, a disability and accessibility advocacy IT consulting firm. Headquartered in the Washington, DC area, Dana works alongside skilled accessibility engineers (often with disabilities) to remove extraneous barriers in technology, and to make opportunities available for every individual. Dana partners with Federal Agencies and Fortune 500 businesses to help them test, consult, and train on accessible IT products for people with disabilities.
Sharon Rosenblatt is an accessibility leader working to improve the overall experience by users with disabilities. She has been a part of the Accessibility Partners team for the past five years, and specializes in document remediation and compliance testing.
Featuring Donna Meltzer, CEO, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President and CEO, RespectAbility
Donna Meltzer is CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), a national nonprofit organization that supports the nation’s 56 governor-appointed Developmental Disabilities Councils that work within state government to promote independence, productivity, and integration of people with disabilities through systems change activities. Previously she was the senior director of government relations for the Epilepsy Foundation, where she worked from 1987-1993. She previously served a three-year term as chairwoman of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and is also a past chairwoman of the National Health Council’s Government Relations Affinity Group. She is a member of the board of advisors of RespectAbility.Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi is President and CEO of RespectAbilty, a non-profit organization working to empower people with disabilities to achieve the American dream. She works regularly with national, state and local policy leaders, workforce development professionals, media and employers, as well as with disability and faith-based organizations in order to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. She has already met with teams from all 50 states, including 40 governors, on WIOA implementation. She has published dozens of op-eds on disability issues, including in USA Today, Huffington Post, The Hill and other publications. Dyslexic herself, she also knows what it means to parent a child with multiple disabilities.
RespectAbility shares results from focus groups in the DC area and Houston and a poll of 2000 American Jews on the state of inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community. Hear insights and findings that will enable you and your organizations to communicate in more impactful ways with those in the Jewish community who are NOT personally connected to disability.
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi
President and Founder of RespectAbilityUSA
VP of RespectAbility and CEO of Buren Research and Communications
Houston Jewish Family Services, Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Services Houston
View the transcript here. Listen to the audio here Read the article in Business Wire here. Watch the webinar (with captions) here or below.
View the transcript here.
Listen to the audio here
Read the article in Business Wire here.
Watch the webinar (with captions) here or below.
David Scott is Director of Sales at the award winning Embassy Suites and the Courtyard by Marriott Hotels in Omaha-La Vista, Nebraska. The hotels are model inclusive employers which have garnered recognition by the White House, the Nebraska Governor and in numerous media outlets. Moreover, inclusion was not done for charity – it was done for, and remains, great for business. Originally from Sydney, Australia, David has worked in tourism and hospitality for over 30 years.
Valentini Kalargyrou, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Her outstanding and scientifically done work on best practices in the hospitality industry has been widely published in top-tier reviewed journals. Her research primary focuses on disability issues in the workplace and service operations.
LeAndra Collins has been a Director of Human Resources in the hospitality industry for over eight years. She has overseen three Project SEARCH host sites based at hotels averaging 85% employment in the first year following their graduation. LeAndra is a member of the Human Resources Association of the Midlands and holds her PHR Certification. In addition to her work, she is also kept busy by her two daughters who are six and three years old.
Featuring Rita Landgraf, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services
Note: Better Bottom Line was created with the leadership of Governor Jack Markell of Delaware (in whose cabinet she serves) when he served as Chair of the National Governors Association. Many credit that work, which Sec. Landgraf leads in Delaware, as inspiring bipartisan national movement on employment for people with disabilities. Her work is on the cutting edge of best practices, offering proven models that other states can follow in their own implementation in order to achieve win-win-win solutions for people with disabilities, employers and taxpayers alike.
As Secretary, Landgraf leads the principal agency charged with keeping Delawareans healthy, ensuring they get the health care they need, and providing children, families, and seniors with the essential human services they depend on. She also oversees one of the largest departments in the Delaware government, with an annual budget of more than $1 billion. Under her leadership, DHSS has provided a wide range of services from health care to child care, to benefits assistance to help families weather the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, all while helping to coordinate the State response to health care reform efforts and responding to the fast-changing aging demographics of Delaware. She is co-chair of the Governor’s Commission on Building Access to Community-Based Services, Chair of the Delaware Health Fund Advisory Council, and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Delaware’s College of Health Sciences’ Health Science Alliance, a member of the Delaware Hispanic Commission’s Health and Social Services Subcommittee, and a member of the Delaware Health Care Commission.