There are more than 22 million working-age people with disabilities in America, and today fewer than 1 in 3 has a job. Learn from top experts who are enabling employers to thrive by bringing in the talents of people with disabilities.
PART 1: Public Policies to Support the Future of Work
KEYNOTE: Congressman Brad Sherman is the Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets where he oversees opportunities for people with disabilities and others. Long active on disability issues, he has hosted events and projects to enable young people with disabilities to get the education and jobs they need to succeed.
MODERATOR: Philip Kahn-Pauli is the Policy and Practices Director of RespectAbility. He educates leaders at the federal and state level about best practices to expand opportunities for people with disabilities. Kahn-Pauli coordinated the development and distribution of both the Disability Employment First Planning Toolkit and Disability and Criminal Justice Reform: Keys to Success report. He frequently organizes accessible webinars on best practices, which are attended by workforce boards, agencies, VR, disability organizations, public officials, artists and more – reaching a national audience of more than 2,000. Kahn-Pauli also speaks at national and regional conferences for workforce boards, agencies and professionals.
Shane Kanady is the Vice President, Workforce Development at Source America. In this position, Kanady focuses on the economic and social inclusion of persons with disabilities. Kanady joined the SourceAmerica team in 2001, and is a researcher on the future of work – advising social enterprises, government agencies and Congress on inclusive programmatic and legislative frameworks. He has published reports and articles based on his research and has spoken at the United Nations Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the International Labor Organization Global Business and Disability Network Summit.
Craig Leen serves as the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at the U.S. Department of Labor. He leads a staff of professionals around the country who are dedicated to protecting workers, promoting diversity, and enforcing the law. OFCCP administers and enforces three equal employment opportunity laws: Executive Order 11246, as amended; Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 793; and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, 38 U.S.C. 4212. Collectively, these laws make it illegal for contractors and subcontractors doing business with the federal government to discriminate in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.
Mark Allan Schultz, who has spent much of his career working in vocational rehabilitation, was nominated March 19, 2018, to lead the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education. The agency works to improve the lives of children and adults afflicted by disabilities. Its main efforts revolve around establishing and maintaining research and development programs through government grants at the state and regional levels. Schultz spent 20 years as director of the Assistive Technology Partnership, a Nebraska agency that helps the disabled use technology to improve their lives. Schultz also was a barrier-free design specialist for the League of Human Dignity.
Tina Williams is the Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), National Office. As the Deputy Director, Williams is responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight for the agency, which includes providing programmatic guidance and technical assistance to six regions throughout the United States. Williams began her federal career with the U.S. Department of Justice and later moved to the U.S. Department of Labor. Williams brings a wealth of knowledge in employment law, diversity and inclusion practices, federal contract compliance and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). She has received myriad awards and recognition over the years related to her educational, professional, and civic endeavors.
PART 2: The Private Sector and the Future of Work for People with Disabilities
KEYNOTE: Mark Feinour serves as the Executive Director of the Support Services group at Bank of America. Housed in Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Support Services employs over 300 associates with intellectual challenges, providing data entry, digital printing, wide format printing, and kitting/assembly functions to support bank businesses with cost-effective and quality service.
MODERATOR: Randall Duchesneau is a consultant that provides clients with real estate investment and transactional advisory services. He also is a founding member of the United Spinal Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter, and is a C5-C6 quadriplegic from a spinal cord injury during gymnastics. Duchesneau has an undergraduate degree from Cornell, a Masters of Public Health from Yale, and has advocated for legislation on behalf of disability organizations. He has worked at General Electric and the Department of Health and Human Services, and is also the former Director of the National Leadership Program at RespectAbility. He has interviewed United States presidential candidates, governors and senators on disability employment policy.
Vincenzo Piscopo works as the Community and Stakeholder relations director for The Coca-Cola Company. In this capacity, he manages the relationships with disability, veterans and Hispanic organizations as well as United Way and Hands-On Atlanta. Piscopo has worked for The Coca-Cola Company for the last 22 years in different areas of the organization: Finance, IT, Marketing and Innovation. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s degree in creativity, and currently is working on a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. Born in Venezuela, he is the president and founding member of the This-ABILITY BRG for The Coca-Cola Company and the president and founder of the “Wheels of Happiness Foundation” where he uses his lived experience and expertise to help people with motor disabilities in disadvantaged areas of the world. He also chairs RespectAbility’s strategic planning committee.
Jim Sinocchi is the Head of Disability Inclusion at JP Morgan Chase. In this role, Sinocchi works closely with senior leaders across JPMorgan Chase to establish consistent standards and processes to better support employees with disabilities. The office also supports employees who care for disabled family members. A self-advocate, he is keenly aware of the issues and challenges facing people with disabilities as he sustained a spinal cord injury early in his business career. Sinocchi has served on the board of Jawonio, an organization focused on the well-being and equality of people with disabilities and is a member of the Viscardi Center Board of Directors — a special education school in NY for severely disabled students. He also serves on RespectAbility’s Board of Directors.
CLOSING KEYNOTE: Former Governor Tom Ridge was born in Pittsburgh’s Steel Valley and raised in Erie, PA. He is well known as one of our nation’s most respected public servants. From his decorated service in Vietnam to Congress, from the Governor’s Office to serving as our nation’s first Homeland Security Secretary, he is well respected across the nation and overseas. A strong and visionary leader, he has gained a deserved reputation as an innovator, not an ideologue and is esteemed by individuals on both sides of the aisle.