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DC Metro BLN News - October 2018
National Organization on Disability
NOD Launches the Look Closer Campaign
The NOD Look Closer Campaign will:
  • Raise awareness of people with disabilities as an innovative and largely untapped talent pool amidst a national talent shortage
  • Promote our corporate partners as employers of choice for people with disabilities and others who want to work for inclusive, forward-thinking companies
  • Create opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities, America’s largest diversity segment
2018 Gala: No Limits!
Tom Savard Skiing.
Tom Savard. World Class Skier, Gold Medal Winner
Disabled National Championship
Tom Savard.
October 25, 2018
Tom has been speaking to elementary students about Diversity for the past 15 years and how, although "we are all different, we are all very similar." At last count he has talked to over 6,000 fourth and fifth graders! Tom says, “The interaction and questions I receive from the students are very inquisitive, insightful and show they truly “get it”.

Location: EY - 1775 Tysons Boulevard, Tysons Corner, VA

eSSENTIAL Accessibility
The Sierra Group. Disability & Employment Leaders.
TCS Associates
TCS Interpreting
Become a 2018 Gala Sponsor
Help support our 2019 Internships!


  • Platinum Sponsor $10,000
  • Diamond Sponsor $5,000
  • Gold Sponsor $2.500
  • Silver Sponsor $1,000
  • Crystal Sponsor $500
  • Tickets $150 

Brand New Live and Silent Auction with sport events tickets, memorabilia with lots of fun.

Jamie Watts is returning as our MC!

Uniting New and Emerging Business Leaders
Randy Lewis
John D. Kemp
Global Social Enterprise Initiative. Georgetown University McDonough. School of Business.
Best Practices on Employing People with Disabilities

October 29, 2018 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm EST
Georgetown University
37th and O Streets, NW Rafik B. Hariri Building Washington DC 2005

Are you a business trying to create or improve disability inclusion within your organization? Co-hosted by the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) within Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and DC Metro Business Leadership Network, the disability employment forum will raise attention to businesses’ ROI in the employment of people with disabilities.

Speakers with first-hand knowledge on creating diverse cultures will share best practices.

Confirmed speakers include:
  • Randy Lewis
  • John Kemp, The Viscardi Center
  • Lori Golden, EY
  • Mary Lynn MacKenzie, Bank of America
  • Aaron Thompson, Jeffrey Danley, Starbucks Retail Inclusion Program

Organizations will have the opportunity to network with others who have been on the journey of disability inclusion and come away with knowledge, connections and resources to improve their own recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion of people with disabilities.
Seating is limited,  reserve your spot today!
IN THE NEWS - Articles of Interest
WRP Success Story
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion has added a new Workforce Recruitment Program success story to its website. Daniel Tanchez, a May 2018 graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor's degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering, turned a WRP internship into a full-time job at Northrop Grumman. Participation in a mentoring program that he learned about through the WRP played an important role in helping him secure the position as well.
Teach Access
Teach Access Study Away Program
The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology and the Teach Access initiative recently published a video highlighting how the Teach Access Study Away program equips students to be advocates of accessibility, build their professional networks, and learn about accessibility career paths. As PEAT's research has identified, programs like this are an essential part of closing the accessible technology skills gap and making technology accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.
Apprenticeship Works for Inclusion
Inclusive Apprenticeship Programs

In a guest blog written for the Campaign for Disability Employment, Josh Christianson of the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology discussed the potential of disability-inclusive apprenticeships in the tech industry to help close the technology skills gap. Tech companies have difficulty finding people with the right skills to fill jobs in high-demand fields such as Information Technology, including those with experience in accessible technology. Inclusive apprenticeship programs could fill this need. “In the quest for talent, an investment in inclusive apprenticeships can pay great dividends in skilled workers and innovation,” said Christianson.
Gallaudet University.
Internship and Job Fair Information for Employers


Friday, October 5, 2018
11 AM - 3 PM 
Field House Gymnasium

The Career Center is excited to announce our Fall 2018 Internship and Job Fair! Participating in this event will provide employers with opportunities to recruit from hundreds of eager and qualified candidates, add to diversity recruitment strategies, and increase or maintain visibility at the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.

We provide our guests with convenient free on-site parking and access to comfortable accommodations at the  Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center and Hotel . Registration includes a booth, free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast and hot lunch for two representatives.
Careers in Cybersecurity
Gallaudet University.

Employers! - Are You looking for Future Cybersecurity Talent?
Join us on October 6, 2018

Sponsored by BayFirst, Ernst & Young, Fidelity Investments, OpenText
 Procter and Gamble, and Gallaudet University Career Center
$50 pp (limit 2 per employer)
18 th  Annual NTID Career Fair
NTID Career Fair.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Rochester, New York
Come and meet excellent deaf and hard-of-hearing candidates for full-time and co-op/intern positions in: Business, Computing, Engineering & Science,Graphic Arts, and Liberal Arts.  For more information, call 585-475-6219 or check out our website:
Randy Lewis
Randy Lewis
No Greatness Without Goodness
Virginia BLN
The Untapped Workforce: Increasing Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Tuesday October 23, 2018 10:00 – 11:30 am (Registration and Networking 9:30 – 10:00 am)
Dominion Energy Innsbrook Facility 5000 Dominion Blvd, Glen Allen, VA 23060

In this interactive session for operations, human resources, community services, and diversity and inclusion professionals, you will learn from Randy Lewis, disability advocate, about how to talk with employers about the return on investment when disability becomes part of a corporation’s diversity and inclusion strategy, recruitment and hiring strategies, and more.

About Us
The DC Metro Business Leadership Network is an employer led non-profit that uses a business-to business model offering education, training programs and resources to change attitudes and address concerns of businesses so that they learn how to proactively include people with disabilities in the workforce, marketplace and supplier diversity.