Welcome to #USBLN16
Guest blog: Apoorva Gandhi, Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International and USBLN 2016 Conference Chair
Welcome to the 2016 USBLN 19th Annual National Conference & Biz2Biz Expo!!! We are so happy that you are coming from near and far to the beautiful JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. I am very proud to be the conference chair this year and I promise you we are going to have some great sessions for you to learn, get inspired and have fun!
And yes, we are SOLD OUT….and you are on the A-List! We all share a passion for disability inclusion. That’s for sure or you wouldn’t be here. It may be a desire to ensure all feel included and engaged as part of your workforce. Perhaps you work for a great company and want to know how to develop yourself and accelerate your growth and opportunities. Or perhaps you want to bring the great innovations created by disability-owned businesses into your company. We all know the spending power of people with disabilities but perhaps you want to understand it in depth and meet NextGen millennials with disabilities and learn how to design inclusively so your products can be enjoyed by all!
Well whatever the reason is…you have come to the right place. All of our sessions are full of industry leaders that get it and they get you! We are here to ensure that you leave with actionable items that you can start implementing when you get to your office the next day. I decided to step up and accept the conference chair role because there is so much value to what we bring to the table. It’s time to spread the word, share ideas and move with swagger……and I needed to be a part of it.
What does moving with swagger mean to me? It means knowing the power of our spend, the innovative ideas we inherently create daily, the value of our workplace loyalty and growth. And this year…. the need for candidates to EARN our vote. We have something powerful within us and we need to act like it.
My friends, this year I ask you to redefine your future and by doing that we are going to redefine our world.
Please come find me and say hello and I can’t wait to meet you all. Thank you!
The experience of a lifetime – Nirath’s Rising Leadership story
Guest blog: Nirath Sanjana Seri, currently pursuing a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Texas, Arlington. Nirath will begin her career as a Data Analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton upon her graduation in December. It was my first Rising Leadership and USBLN Conference. Flying to Orlando, FL staying in a hotel at […]
Lessons learned from the Rising Leadership Academy
Guest blog: Joe Brown, recent Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina graduate and active job seeker The central focus of the USBLN Conference in Orlando, Florida spanning the days of Sept. 19-22 was disability inclusiveness in the workplace. It was truly an amazing experience. First, I want to talk about the breakout sessions. Although they were […]
Rising Leadership Academy: An amazing experience
Guest blog: Valerie Baker, a recent graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and a 2016 Rising Leadership Academy participant. With a few days post-conference, to digest and process the events of the past five days. It really hit me what an amazing experience attending the USBLN’s 19th Annual Conference […]
Impact of the Rising Leadership Academy: Robin’s experience
Guest blog: Robin Jenks Vanderlip, BA, MCBIET, MG, Rising Leadership Academy participant and George Washington University Fellow, Rehabilitation Counseling and Brain Injury Education The most impactful thing that I heard at the 2016 USBLN conference was the following: Have fun! Make a difference! Don’t work for jerks! Provide practical help for others. As I thought about this, […]
Embracing my disability: Chidera’s story
Guest blog: Chidera Oku, a graduate student, majoring in public health with a concentration in health promotion and disease prevention, and a 2016 Rising Leadership Academy participant. The first time I got information on the USBLN Rising Leaders mentoring program I was on the verge of breaking down emotionally. I felt like there was nothing out […]