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Our next meeting is Thursday, March 19 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at Frito-Lay in Plano, Texas. RSVP by replying to this email.

Workshops

Workshops for this meeting include:

“The Power of Diversity Inclusion”

People with disabilities make valuable contributions to the US economy. A recent report found that companies with strong disability inclusion programs see increased shareholder returns and outperform their peers.

To create a disability inclusive environment, we must examine the subtle messages we send one another in the workplace. These messages can cause us to feel connected or disconnected, engaged or disengaged, included or excluded. During the first part of this workshop, we will addresses unconscious bias from the perspective of disability inclusion. Participants will:

    • Develop a greater understanding of the power of disability inclusion;
    • Examine micro-inequities and unconscious bias that limit the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace; and,
    • Learn to harness the power of micro-behaviors to become model employers of people with disabilities.

Additionally, we must examine organizational structures for avoidable subjectivity and change them to be more objective. During the second part of the workshop, we will discuss best practices that are revolutionizing the workforce around the world utilizing the Inclusion@Work Framework. Developed with input from a range of employers with exemplary track records in disability employment, the Inclusion@Work Framework is an internationally award winning multimedia policy tool that outlines seven core components of a disability-inclusive workplace, along with a menu of strategies for achieving them.

Lastly, we will discuss self-identification of disability. The primary method for measuring success and identifying opportunities for improvement is to invite applicants and employees to self-identify as having a disability. A strong self-identification program can encourage employees to bring their ‘whole selves’ to work and thus is an essential component of a workplace that is truly inclusive. Participants will:

Presenter Bio

Michael is the Director of the Employer Policy Team at the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). In this role, Michael is responsible for ensuring that ODEP’s policies and practices address the needs of employers, and building coalitions with the business sector to promote disability employment. Michael’s drive for inclusion is fueled by his experience as a person with a learning disability, ADHD and an anxiety disorder.

Previously, Michael was a Deputy Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), driving highly successful government-wide workforce initiatives with various diverse communities. At OPM, Michael was also responsible for steering and designing the government-wide policies and programs of 56 Federal agencies throughout the country to increase Federal employment of individuals with disabilities. By fostering teamwork and collaboration, Michael led the Federal government to successfully exceed historic records for the employment of people with disabilities. Before joining OPM, Michael was the Chief Operating Officer for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), supporting private sector employers in creating innovative and high preforming teams. Michael is fluent in American Sign Language and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education.

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Location: Frito-Lay, 7701 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX 75024

Member Cost: Free with Paid Membership

Non-Member Cost: $25 per attendee

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Questions?

Please forward questions to NTILG Secretary, Christine Avila.