Session 1, October 7th 

Diversity Talent Recruitment and Retention: Current Issues You Need to Know

Has your organization passed through crisis mode into some “new abnormal”? As organizations navigate through the pandemic have diversity and disability inclusion been pushed aside?  This session will feature innovative public and private partnerships where organizations have increased opportunities for engaging diverse candidates, addressed the staffing shortage and impacted their bottom line. Our keynote will relate her own lived experience as a person with a disability and kick of a morning of relevant and impactful storytelling.

This session will include topics including:

  • The intersectionality of diversity and disability
  • Pandemic-related staffing challenges and solutions
  • The “open hiring” and other work incentive models
  • The impact on disability hiring of robotics and AI
  • Innovative ways to find diverse candidates

9:00am -9:15am opening remarks

9:15am-9:45am – Ketrina (“Trina”) Hazell

9:45am-10:15am – Plenary Expert Session: Diversity Talent Recruitment and Retention: Success, Challenges and Opportunities

  • Dr. Gregor Wolbring, Len Statham, and Sara Taylor

10:15am-11:15am – Workshop Breakouts

A. Opening Hiring and Work Incentive Models – Jennifer Geiger and Mubarak Bashir

   “Learn how to maximize your recruitment and hiring strategies by removing barriers which can help tap into additional pools of candidates”

B. Retention Supports – Marianne Durrant and Nathan (Nate) Morgante

“Retention supports through ERN and job coaching”

Closing 11:15am-11:30am

Session 2, October 14th 

The Business Value of Inclusion

How does Disability and DEI Recruitment relate to the bottom line? Organizations have embarked upon an array of strategies to implement models of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Some strategies have been successful while others have struggled.  This session will feature models and speakers who will offer insights and strategies that directly address this “double bottom line”. These organizations have embraced the Power of Inclusion to recruit and retain individuals with disabilities and other employment related barriers.  Our keynote is a widely recognized leader in DEI Talent Recruitment at M&T Bank and will bring his unique corporate perspective.

This session will include topics related to:

  • Prioritizing Disability and DEI hiring practices
  • Maximizing the “Return on Disability”
  • Getting buy-in throughout your organization
  • How do you measure this “double bottom line”
  • What is the NYS data tell us about the organizations that are hiring PWD

9:00am -9:15am opening remarks

9:15am-9:45am – Glenn Jackson (M&T Bank)

9:45am-10:15am – Plenary Expert Session: The Value of Workforce Inclusion

  • Rob Statham, Sady Fischer, Christina Eisenberg and Adrian Hale

10:15am-11:15am – Workshop Breakouts

A. Value Add – Hiring people with disabilities and facing other barriers –
Mike Barry and Deborah Campbell

“Success and Value Stories Hiring People with Disabilities and Other Barriers”

B. Power of Inclusion – Kevin Beckford

“Inclusion Centered In Equity Is The New Super Power To Help Organizations Thrive In An Ever Changing Business Climate”

Closing 11:15am- 11:30am


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