The 20th Employment Supports Symposium

April 15th & 16th, 2020

Connecting Talent to Opportunity!


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Symposium - Day 1

April 15th, 2020

Speaker Bios
& Information

Symposium Day-One At-A-Glance
April 15, 2020

Convene Cire Center
2929 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

Inspiring Mindful Creativity

Jim Donovan

~ Jim Donovan, Sun King Warriors ~

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
"Moving Forward: Full Accessibility & Inclusion in the Workplace"

A J Nannaykarra

~ A.J. Nanayakkara, Johns Hopkins Medicine ~

Morning Breakouts: 10:30  – 11:45 a.m.

ADA Legal Rights & Responsibilities for Everyone West Forum
Jean Goldberg, EEOC

  • This session will focus on the most common legal pitfalls and key best practices to avoid them. Whether you are a employer, employee, applicant job coach, or representative, this presentation will give you practical advice to navigate workplace rights and responsibilities under the ADA, as well as insights into current and trending issues.

Brainstorming Complex Supports  Center Forum
Allison Smale, KenCrest Services

Using Music as a Self-Care Strategy for Mindfulness During Challenging Times East Forum
Jim Donovan, Sun King Warriors

  • This is an interactive presentation filled with practical strategies your audience can use everyday to elicit calm, focus, and mindfulness - especially during the most challenging of times. The active use of music is scientifically proven to improve your mood, relive stress, increase mental focus and to support social connections. Musical experience is not required. Beginners are warmly welcomed and instruments are provided.

Integrating Employees with Disabilities Into Diverse Workforce Teams South Hub
A.J. Nanayakkara, Johns Hopkins Medicine

  • Advancing Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a core value of many organizations. Inclusion is incomplete without individuals with disabilities, but disability inclusion is often understated and sometimes ignored in D&I initiatives Through Guidance specific to individuals with disabilities and broad cultural sensitivity best practices, this interactive discussion will show how disability concerns can be integrated into a broad diversity training. Attendees will receive practical guidance for how organizations can foster conhesion of diverse individuals within teams, including supporting colleagues with disabilities.

Staffing for Success! Effectively Utilizing Unique Staff Talents North Hub
Susan Schonfeld and Wendy Cowan, Community Integrated Services

  • Artists, cooks, architects, farmers, salespeople, accountants, small business owners... what do all these have in common? They all are excellent Employment Support Professionals! Community Integrated Services has enjoyed tremendous success and earned recognition for locative practices, due largely to the contributions of its diverse 200-person staff. By looking beyond Human Services and utilizing a wide range of talents, we tap into the knowledge and social capital of a wide variety of fields, leading to incredible results for the people we serve. Jin us for a discussion on recruiting, training, retaining, and utilizing talented professionals for supported employment.

Box Lunch / Roundtable Discussion 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
"Digging Deeper" Roundtable Discussions
Facilitated Discussions

  • Join us over lunch for roundtable discussions to "dig deeper" into the various topics of the day..

Early Afternoon Breakouts: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Incorporating Assistive Technology & Accommodations in the Workplace West Forum
Tracy Lapreziosa, Networks for Training and Development, Inc.

Getting Your Message Out to Everyone - Web Accessibility Center Forum
Janet Fiore, Sierra Group

Intersectionality, Disability, & Employment East Forum
Michael O'Bryan, Village Arts and Humanities

Diversity in Business in Philly - More Than a Checkbox South Hub
Panel Discussion Moderated by Theresia Kody, Networks for Training and Development, Inc.:
Ed Rogers, OFCCP; Kaela Blanks, Aramark, and more...

Confident Communicating North Hub
Sean O'Grady, Universum

  • Learn how to get noticed. Confident Communicating is an interactive public speaking seminar designed to give you an edge during job interviews, internships, networking events, ad professional interactions. The ultimate result is enhanced interpersonal connections, and public speaking confidence.

Mid-Afternoon Breakouts: 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Developing a Culture That Works for Everyone West Forum
Jackie Linton, J.L. HR Solutions, LLC / Philly SHRM

Traumatic Brain Injury & Employment Center Forum
Moss Rehabilitation Center

Being Trauma-Informed in Employment East Forum
Michael O'Bryan, Village Arts and Humanities

Invisible Vs. Visible Disabilities On the Job South Hub
Self Advocacy Panel: Liz Humphrey, Andrew Vizuete, Suzanne Erb

Comcast's "Inclusive Design" Strategy North Hub
Tom Wlodowski, Comcast

Late Afternoon Breakouts: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Interviewing for Success! West Forum
PA CareerLink® Philadelphia

My Person Centered Planning Journey Center Forum
Liz Humphrey

  • This session explores one person's journey into Person Centered Planning and how it helped them achieve a better life. Liz will share how Person Centered Planning worked for her, and provided personal experiences and achievements through meetings with her circle of support.

PA CareerLink® - What Can We Do for You? North Hub
Panel Discussion moderated by Joe Cipolla, PA CareerLink Philadelphia®

  • This panel discussion, moderated by Joe Cipolla, will include an overview of PA CareerLink® services, customer flow and engagement, employer engagement, connecting to WIOA services,and the role of the Disability Navigator.

Networking Receptions: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

20 in 2020 Networking Reception! The Gallery
Host: Theresia Kody, Networks for Training and Development, Inc.

Networking Reception - Networking BINGO! The Yards
Host: Nikita Arnett, Networks for Training and Development, Inc.


An "Early Bird Rate" is in effect for the
FULL Symposium until March 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
-- don't miss out on the savings!