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“How to Get Winning OpEds and Press Attention on Job for People with Disabilities”



Jennifer Packer is a seasoned public relations consultant who will give you great tips on how to get positive media. She is an expert in press releases, media events, news interviews and ghost writing opeds. Results of her work has been aired on every major network and printed in the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME and other leading publications. She spent more than 10 years as a newspaper reporter, including seven years as a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. Packer holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish from U.C. Berkeley and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President, RespectAbilityUSA, has decades in winning media experience and has published two dozen opeds on disability issues.

“How to Raise Money for Great Causes!”



David Belkin has raised tens of millions for causes – and trained others to raise even more. He practiced law and accounting for 25 years before moving over to the non-profit world in 1981. He is a planned giving expert and was the first full time director of the Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation in Washington, DC. When he left the endowment fund in 2003, the endowment fund had assets in hand and promised of over $120 million. Belkin formerly was Chairman of the Board of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, an association of all the major public, private and corporate foundations in the DC metropolitan area. Since leaving the Federation, Belkin, through his consulting firm, had helped many non-profits develop financial resources in all areas of their annual, capital or endowment needs. In this short free training he will give disability and other leaders ideas and tools that can help them build resources to achieve their missions.
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President, RespectAbilityUSA, has raised tens of millions for non-profits through a laser-like focus on performance metrics and honest relationships.

“Nuts & Bolts of Winning Media & Political Strategies to Help People with Disabilities Achieve  the American Dream”


Lanny Davis – Author of CRISIS TALES: Five Rules for Coping with Crises in Business, Politics and Life, Davis is a veteran political strategist and former White House special counsel to Pres. Clinton. He has an extensive background working on high-profile cases, including those of President Clinton, Trent Lott, the late NFL Hall-of-Famer Gene Upshaw and Martha Stewart. Davis will speak on “An insider’s look at how an evolving crisis can be solved.”
Rick Dunham –Past president of the National Press Club and Washington political journalist, Dunham will speak on “How to Build Your Brand and Your Online Community via Social Media.”

The Pollsters!
Dr. Whit Ayres – The 2012 Republican “pollster of the year” by the American Association of Political Consultants, Ayres’ clients include U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker, Lindsey Graham, and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. He will speak on “Winning Hearts and Minds of Conservative Voters.”
Erica Seifert – Senior Associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.  Expert in political polling, communication, and analysis, as well as a respected author on presidential campaigns will speak on “Top issues for voters and Americans with disabilities.”
Jonathan Salant – Past President of the National Press Club and reporter on special interest groups for Bloomberg News. Salant will speak on “The media really is the message: How to make sure your message gets out into the media.”

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, President of RespectAbility who has worked on winning media and political projects around the world.
Doc Sweitzer – Expert in media, messaging, and winning organizations, he has helped elect more than 30 Congressional and statewide politicians as well as prime ministers around the world. Sweitzer will speak on “Building a Winning Organization, Strategy and Media.”
Jim Pinkerton – Co-chairman of the RATE Coalition, a contributing editor to The American Conservative magazine, and a Fox News contributor since 1996.  Prior to that, worked in the 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 presidential campaigns, as well as on the domestic policy teams during the Reagan and H.W. Bush terms.  While working for President Bush, was a part of the team that worked on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Jim is deaf in one ear. He will speak on “How to Reach the Right.”
Congressman Pete Sessions – US Congressman (R-TX) and chairman of the House Rules Committee.  One of the strongest leaders and advocates in Congress for people with disabilities, his son has Down Syndrome. He will speak on “Empowering Americans with disabilities to achieve the American Dream.”

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