The Bottom Line of Disabilities
Candid Conversations and
Collaborations that Redefine Diversity
This economic symposium convenes expert panelists, corporate and civic leaders, advocates, and industry professionals to discuss the impact disabilities have in our communities.
About This Year’s Topic: 19% of the world population has a disability, and these individuals experience the highest poverty, unemployment, and social isolation of any demographic group. Recently, the impact of disabilities was elevated to a global discussion when the first-ever panel on disability inclusion was convened at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
However, as was pointed out at the World Economic Forum, we seldom recognize disabilities as systemic to other social and economic issues. Multi-national corporations can lead change with disability-inclusive business strategies that promise a proven return on investment, and developers can lead out with innovative, affordable housing solutions. However, as families demonstrated six decades ago, significant change only occurs when we collaborate to create innovative, meaningful, and sustainable solutions for some of the most marginalized among us.
Symposium participants are invited on Monday evening, April 1st where filmmaker, Dan Habib will be honored with the Peek Award for Disability in Media at the Rose Wagner Theatre. The award is named after Kim Peek, who was the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman’s character in the Oscar-winning move Rain Man. Kim Peek was a Salt Lake resident, and his father Fran Peek was a founding parent of Columbus. (See link at the bottom of this page for more information.)
This years sessions include:
An Economic Outlook from Top Economic and Financial Experts Moderator: Spencer Eccles, Jr., Managing Director, The Cynosure Group
Philippa Dunne, co-editor, TLR Analytics High-Resolution Economic Research
David Altig, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Patricia Healy, Senior Vice President of Research, Cumberland Advisors Models of Corporate Social Responsibility that Make a Difference Moderator: Jay Francis, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Miller Family Philanthropy
Jennifer Hwu, Ph.D., CEO, InnoSys
Jeff Miller, General Manager, Mark Miller Subaru
A Roundtable Discussion with Emerging Leaders about the Future of Housing and Workplace Environments Moderator: Wayne Niederhauser, Principal and Co-Founder, CW Management Corporation
Abby Ivory, Manager, Impact Investing, Sorenson Impact Center
Cameron Gunter, president, PEG Development
Brian Dawson, CFO, MADi Home
Taylor Woodbury, COO, Woodbury Corporation
The Role of Media and Disabilities: Telling the Story Moderator: TBA
Dallas Graham, Executive Director, The Red Fred Project
Lance Allred, Motivational Speaker and First Deaf Player in NBA History
Suzi Montgomery, Education Director, Utah Film Center
Vanessa Williamsen, Executive Director, RootWorthy Films
Breakout Sessions include:
Corporate Social Responsibility. An opportunity to discuss with corporate leaders best practices and ideas for implementing and measuring the impact of corporate social responsibility.
Supporting Employers As They Integrate Neurodiversity into the Workplace. Employers are showing interest in hiring those who are considered “neuro-diverse” but don’t fully understand what it means to train and accommodate those with “invisible disabilities.” This session will bring together the team that has been instrumental in designing programs and supports that address the “nuts and bolts” of hiring individuals with disabilities.