Amplify! Rock Stars 2019
Thursday, May 23, 2019
9:00am – 11:30am
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Washington Square, Portland, Tigard
Registration now open!
Expand your workforce and create a vision for disability diversity and inclusion in your workplace.
- Continental Breakfast & Networking
- Inspirational Keynote Speaker: Heather Weldon, Strategic Advisor, City of Seattle
- Success Stories from Individuals & Workforce Programs
- Employer Awards & Recognition
- Professional Development Breakout & More!
If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact event Coordinator Cindy Bahl @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-258-7715.
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Keynote Address: Heather Weldon – The Magic of Inclusion: Creating Opportunity in the Workplace AND Meeting Business Needs
- The business case for hiring people with developmental disabilities.
- The tangible and intangible benefits of inclusion.
- What kind of jobs work best and customizing them around your business needs.
- Learn how to think DIFFERENTLY about the “obstacles” that prevent you from hiring.
- Lessons from the “trenches” – wisdom gained from actually doing this work.
- A new approach to change employment outcomes.
Special Guest Speaker: Heather Weldon
Heather Weldon is a nationally recognized leader in customized employment for people with developmental disabilities (supported employees). She launched the City of Seattle’s Supported Employment program from scratch in 1998. As a result of her work as an “embedded” job developer, the City of Seattle now employs over 100 supported employees in 17 different city departments.
Heather’s innovative practices have become a model that both private and public employers across the nation are working to duplicate. She has a knack for identifying unmet business needs and matching those needs with the skill sets of people with significant disabilities. Heather has created win-win business solutions and inclusive workplaces for over 20 years. She is also the recipient of numerous “best practice” awards, and under her leadership, the City of Seattle has been a four-time recipient of the Washington state Governor’s award for “Employer of the Year”. Heather inspires new ways of thinking about obstacles to employment, resulting in the inclusion of people traditionally excluded from workplaces.