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Bio – Speakers Bureau Women and Nonbinary Persons

Nelly Nieblas

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Nelly Nieblas

Nelly Nieblas is the Manager of Policy, Advocacy and Engagement at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community.

Nieblas is a first-generation Latina with a physical disability. She has a deep drive to make “the outsider the insider” when it comes to social change. Nelly was appointed Legislation and Public Information Manager at the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities by Governor Jerry Brown; and was a United Nations Observer for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As a David Rockefeller Center fellow at Harvard, Nelly worked with the Mexican Government to understand the needs of their disability community. She spent four years as Director of Public Policy and External Affairs at Public Allies and was an Assistant Legislative Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Nelly holds an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. [continue reading…]

Emily Borses

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

  • Disability Status: Anxiety Disorder
  • Marginalized Identity: Lesbian
  • Occupation: full time student, aspiring filmmaker
  • Topics:
    • Mental Health (how trauma impacted my life, the physical/emotional symptoms I experience during an anxiety/panic attack, how I keep myself grounded)
    • Sexuality (my coming out experience, how that has impacted my mental health, and how that experience shaped me into the person I am today)
    • Religion (my struggles with identifying as being a Jewish woman; how that has contributed to my anxiety disorder)
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Emily Borses

Emily Borses is 21 years old and lives in Los Angeles, California. For as long as she can remember, she has lived with anxiety, but wasn’t officially diagnosed until her junior year of high school. As a child she often felt like she had no voice and no way to express herself. She floated from person to person and group to group never really feeling like she fit in anywhere. [continue reading…]

Leah Romond

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Leah Romond

Leah Romond is an attorney, producer and advocate for full disability inclusion in film and television production. Romond’s recent project, Best Summer Ever, is a feature-length original musical created entirely by an integrated cast and crew of talent with and without disabilities. It was an Official Selection for SXSW 2020, won the SXSW 2020 Final Draft Screen Writers Award, and premiered at SXSW 2021. In addition to her lived experience as someone who experienced a brain injury as an adult, Ms. Romond is also a RespectAbility Senior Production Advisor. Ms. Romond has provided training to studios on full disability inclusion throughout the production process and is available to conduct trainings and consult on scripts. [continue reading…]

Vanni Le

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Vanni Le

Vanni Le is the first-ever Entertainment Outreach Program Manager at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. She focuses on fighting stigmas by ensuring authentic representations of people with disabilities in film and television. Le brings brand strategy and program management experience from both the entertainment and nonprofit fields, having previously worked at the Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, March of Dimes, and most recently A+E Networks. [continue reading…]

Lesley Hennen

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Lesley Hennen

Lesley Hennen is the Entertainment News Media Associate at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight stigmas and advance opportunities so people with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community. Hennen brings a professional background in Communications and PR, as well as expertise in script consulting and independent film production to the team at RespectAbility, where she works with key players in the Entertainment and News Media industries to promote more authentic representations of people with disabilities on-screen, as well as more inclusive working environments for people with disabilities behind the camera. [continue reading…]

Tatiana Lee

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Tatiana Lee

Tatiana Lee is an actress, international model, and activist. Growing up in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Lee felt unseen in popular media. In 2010 Lee moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. She learned to harness social media’s power to speak boldly about accessibility and inclusion in mass media due to the lack of access and opportunities for herself and others with disabilities. [continue reading…]

Norma Stanley

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Norma Stanley

Norma F. Stanley is the Founder/CEO of E.E.E. Marketing Group, Inc., where she serves as a speaker and trainer on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for people with disabilities, as well as a public relations consultant. The mother of an adult dependent daughter born with cerebral-palsy, Norma has also been diagnosed with adult onset epilepsy. [continue reading…]

Catarina Rivera

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Catarina Rivera

Catarina Rivera has earned a BA in Psychology from Duke University with a scholarship from the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program; a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree from the Bank Street College of Education with a focus on Dual Language/Bilingual Education; as well as a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Hunter College. [continue reading…]

Millie Gonzalez, M.A.

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Millie Gonzalez, M.A.

Millie Gonzalez, M.A., is co-founder of the New Jersey Disability Collective; board president for The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies; board chair, retreat organizer and program developer for the Spina Bifida Resource Network (SBRN); and vice board chair for the Alliance Center for Independence (ACI). Gonzalez is also a communication strategist, writer, editor and event planner with nearly 20 years of experience. She was on the steering committee that established ACI’s annual NJ Disability Pride Parade & Celebration in 2011 and has served as the co-emcee of the event nearly every year since its inception. A longtime disability advocate, Gonzalez established, organizes and facilitates SBRN’s annual Empowerment Retreat for adults with disabilities, as well as their new Virtual Empowerment Series and online support group. [continue reading…]

Laka Mitiku Negassa

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

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Laka Mitiku Negassa

Laka Mitiku Negassa recently completed her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in Health Policy from the George Washington University: Milken Institute School of Public Health. She was a Policy Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for two summers, and is acutely interested in the evaluation of current health policies to be able to amend areas that need reformation so it can work for all. Her focus is on how current health policies ensure access to equitable quality healthcare, and addressing solutions to the gaps in reaching this outcome. [continue reading…]

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