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September Dinner Event 2016
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When: Thursday, September 15
From 4:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Where: Embassy Suites West Palm Beach
1601 Belvedere Rd
West Palm Beach, Florida  33406
United States
Contact: Chapter Administrator

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September Dinner Meeting & Pre-Meeting Workshop

Speaker: ​Panel Discussion with Senior HR Practioners and Business Leaders 
Title: A Compelling Case for Inclusion: Embracing Disability Employment

Panel Members:

  • Moderator-Pamela Toussaint, MBA, President, Ultimate Image Coach
  • Julie Kreafle, CEO of SFBLN
  • Joseph R. Fields, Jr., Esq.
  • Melanie Magill, Senior Quality Assurance Analyst, CareerSource Broward
  • Tanya Vaughn-Patterson, Senior Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, NextEra Energy 

Business Panel Discussion Covering:

  • Legally Speaking – A quick Overview and History
  • Ensuring Accessibility in the Workplace
  • Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities, Hidden Disabilities and those Persons with Limited English Proficiency
  • Dispelling Myths About People with Disabilities
  • Communication with People with Disabilities
  • Etiquette For Interviewing and Working with People with Disabilities
  • Local Companies Share Success Stories

* Business Panel Members to be Announced Soon

Compelling Business Case:

  • There is Business Value in attracting and retaining diverse employees and customers.
  • Individuals who have a disability offer valuable skills and diverse perspective that can help companies compete.
  • It is imperative that the business community come together to not only examine the issue of disability unemployment, but take action and lead in hiring, developing, retaining and promoting our disabled colleagues. 



  • 1 in 5 Americans lives with a disability, and among the fewer than 20% who participate in the labor force, the unemployment rate is more than the rate of people without disabilities.
  • WHY?
  • Employers need to better understand the issue of disabled employment, and need to do a much better job of attracting and retaining.
  • Experts – tens of thousands of individuals with disabilities who have dropped out of the labor forces are capable of working, but misunderstanding, stereotype and lack of access to opportunity have made it difficult or impossible for many to find employment.
  • Baby boomers continue to retire, it will become more critical to find skilled workers


  • 2.7 million of friends, co-workers face a physical or mental challenge – some not apparent.
  • More than 110,000 are working age adults, yet fewer than 30% participate in the workforce and for those who do, unemployment rate is more than double the rate for people without disabilities.  This has far-reaching implications for our region.
  • Of the 30%, 50% have hearing disability, 40% have visual impairment, 24% have ambulatory disability and 24% have cognitive disabilities.

Southern Florida

  • Unemployment for persons with disabilities is nearly 3 times the overall jobless rate

Florida Chamber Foundation

  • An additional 2 million jobs will be needed in the state by 2030 to accommodate the expanding population and help close the gap left by retiring baby boomers.

 This program has been applied for SHRM and HRCI Recertification credits.   


Pre-Meeting Workshop

Speakers: Vergie Bain, US Dept of Labor, OSHA
Title: What’s Happening at OSHA

OSHA’s mission has not changed. We are committed to protecting America’s workers.

As time goes on processes and chemicals being used in the workplace change. So how is OSHA looking at protecting workers from these new hazards? This presentation will cover OSHA and address those burning questions that many employers have. An update on OSHA’s regulatory agenda will also be discussed.

Participants will learn:

  • ​All about OSHA including how establishments are targeted and how inspections are conducted.
  • How safety impacts a company’s bottom line and how to make it profitable for businesses.
  • Several new compliance assistance tools are available to help employers train workers.

This program has been applied for SHRM and HRCI Recertification credits.    

Open to members and guests.
Location: Embassy Suites-West Palm Beach

Event Schedule: September 15, 2016
Pre-Meeting Workshop: 04:30 pm - 05:30 pm
Networking and Registration: 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Dinner meeting and Presentation: 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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