2022 NACE's Disability Signature Series: In Recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness

  • Career Level: Basic-, intermediate-, and advanced-level career services, university relations and recruiting, and business affiliate professionals
  • Competency: Working with diverse populations
  • Fee: FREE (member); $149 (nonmember);
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  • Summary

    Thank you to our sponsors, Chevron, Symplicity, and Travelers! This event registration is free to all NACE members.

    October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This is an ideal time to honor people with disabilities, their contributions to the economy, and our commitment to equity for all people with all ability levels. The 2022 theme is timely and relevant to our membership: “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.”

    NACE’s Disability Signature Series will unpack concepts and provide tools to assist career services, talent acquisition, partner organizations, and other attendees in better understanding the diversity within the disability community as it relates to equity in employment. The series is designed to inform employers' recruitment strategies for a diverse workforce and help career services identify opportunities to support students with disabilities.

    Following this program, you will be able to:

    • Learn how leaders and those who recruit individuals with disabilities approach this work;
    • Learn from students with disabilities about the challenges and hurdles they face in navigating the job search—and how those can be overcome;
    • Expand your network to include others invested in equity in employment; and
    • Acquire tools to implement that support your inclusion efforts.


    Day 1 - October 13, 2022 | 1 pm - 2 pm | Kickoff/Keynote Event: Inclusive Workplace Culture and Benefits

    NACE’s Disability Signature Series will kick off with an insightful talk from our featured author/speaker Michele Sullivan. It’s understood that inclusion has many layers. To accomplish true belonging and diversity, we must have a greater understanding of inclusion. Standing just 4 feet tall, Michele says height allows her to “see the big picture.” Consideration of little people in the workplace is a dimension of inclusion, and only the tip of the iceberg we will uncover during NACE’s Disability Signature Series in 2022.

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    Day 2 - October 20, 2022 | 1pm - 2 pm EDT | A Conversation With Experts/Practitioners

    Leaders recognized for their success in supporting and connecting with people with disabilities with employment opportunities will provide a brief overview of their efforts. Then, they will answer questions from attendees about employment strategies, practices, and resources to support and engage people with disabilities. Our presenters want attendees to leave equipped with tools to better recruit and serve people with disabilities.

    This session’s presenters are: Susanne Bruyere, Director, K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University; Taryn Williams, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability in Employment Policy; and Shawn VanDerziel, NACE Executive Director (moderator).

    Day 3 - October 27, 2022 | 1 pm - 2 pm EDT | Student Voices: Perspective from People We Work With

    A panel of college students will share their lived experiences preparing for and navigating the career space as individuals with disabilities. They will provide feedback on their college experience, preparation for the workplace, and wants and needs of employers and career services teams.

    The event’s panelists include: Sifat Baig a student at Ball State University; Jace Lichtefeld a student at Hanover College; Vincent Lin, a 2020 graduate of Iowa State University, and Imelda Salgado, a student at the University of Evansville. Erin McGregor, Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Chevron, will moderate the conversation.

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    Organizations committed to workforce diversity, the employment of people with disabilities, and raising awareness about an inclusive workforce are encouraged to contact Ashley Kuback, Business Development and Outreach Manager, at businessdevelopment@naceweb.org, 610.625.1020, for more information.



    Thank you to our event sponsors!