What Employers Are Saying About Amplify!

By: Cindy Bahl, Business Development Manager & Amplify! Event Coordinator, Dirkse Counseling & Consulting, Inc.

Last week I wrote about why I think employers should attend Amplify! on Thursday, October 19th.  But why take my advice?  Why not read about what other employers have to say?

I recently had the opportunity to interview three employers who were willing to go on camera and share their “why” and what they hoped to achieve by attending Amplify!  Here are some excerpts from the outstanding video now in production thanks to our friend Elie Bulka at One Click Studio (I just couldn’t wait to share!)

Meet Chris Venneman, Owner of Dryer Vent Wizard; a relatively new company, looking forward to growth and hiring more people for his service-based team who of course, cleans, installs and repairs dryer vents.  Chris shared “I’m interested in attending the Amplify Success! Event in October so that I can find out more about Oregon Employment First and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in our community.”  Perfect reason Chris!

Mark Spiegelberg, Business Development Manager for The Barbers and 10 of the Washington County franchise locations said, “There’s such a great base of people who want to work in the community and I just want to help get the word out because I’ve seen what it does in our business and I really want to encourage other businesses to do the same.”  Mark and his team have done just that by hiring Sign Holders to help bring attention and awareness to their business.  The Barbers really are cutting edge!

Leupold and Stevens is a local employer that you may not have heard about but they are right in the heart of Beaverton; manufacturing military and outdoor recreational equipment.  Sr. Consultant in Employee Relations, Jennifer Hunstman shared “I want to learn more about these work place assessments where we can figure out what jobs we have that match individuals with disabilities skill sets.  This helps us find qualified team members that are part of a largely untapped labor pool out there.”

There you have it . . . Employers giving you their reasons why you need to attend Amplify!  Register Today!

Empower Your Workforce, Affirm Abilities, Amplify Success!

Why Amplify!?

By: Cindy Bahl, Business Development Manager & Amplify! Event Coordinator, Dirkse Counseling & Consulting, Inc.

Why Amplify!?  

You may be asking yourself: Why is Amplify! important to me and my business?  Why should I attend the October 19th event?  How will this event make a difference in my company, in my diversity hiring and overall goals and success?  All good questions that deserve answers. Here are my top 3 reasons why you should attend:

  1. You will be inspired; I can almost guarantee it!  Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Richard Pimentel (a PSU graduate and Portland native) has an amazing story he tells with his gift of speech, humor and poignant, real-life examples.  He will motivate and encourage you to find your own “Music Within” as well as help others find their music.   Get a preview by watching the movie trailer.
  2. You will be encouraged to look at the abilities of people in a new and diverse way.
  3. You will be challenged to consider how your personal unconscious bias may be affecting your ability to see the many benefits of hiring individuals who experience disabilities, specifically Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).

The previous blog post defined Amplify! as a tool to help employers learn how they can access an untapped workforce by including individuals with I/DD in their workplace. Amplify! Is a cultural movement designed to encourage and equip Oregon businesses to build their workforce and community through disability inclusiveness for people of ALL abilities.

Amplify! Will help you make some noise by:

Amping up your workforce and company culture

Amping up your diversity goals

Amping up our community

This is Amplify Success!  And you won’t want to miss it; October 19th, 2017 – 8:00-11:00am (Plus free breakfast and networking!)  Register Today!

What Is Amplify!?

By: Cindy Bahl, Business Development Manager & Amplify! Event Coordinator, Dirkse Counseling & Consulting, Inc.

What Is Amplify!?

When you hear the word “Amplify” what do you think of? I think of music; sounds that resonate harmoniously and increase in volume and intensity. My friends who play the electric guitar or bass wouldn’t think of performing without their own amplifier to project their unique sounds. They practice and work hard to share the music but it must be amplified to be completely effective.

Amplify! Is an event designed to help the business community hear how they can access an untapped workforce and find skilled, reliable individuals with unique talents and abilities who can contribute to their company growth and success.

Amplify! Will shatter barriers and myths by educating employers on how to attain a more diverse workforce, by bringing motivated individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) into their workplace.

Amplify! Will help employers capture an understanding of their needs and goals, and collaborate with them to find the right fit and path. Results from Amplify! will focus on the individual first, whether a candidate or a hiring manager, to gain a clear picture of what each can bring to the table for a mutually beneficial working relationship.

Amplify! Is a cultural movement designed to:

Empower Your Workforce with training tools and assessments customized to meet specific business needs.

Affirm Abilities by helping businesses identify reliable, motivated candidates while promoting diversity and inclusiveness for people of ALL abilities.

Amplify Success! Speakers and follow up content will help businesses:

  • Improve bottom line through streamlined talent acquisition and retention
  • Encourage a stronger, diverse workforce to include individuals with I/DD
  • Develop an inclusive business culture
  • Help create a more vibrant community

Harmonious sound does not usually occur on its own; it happens when people and their instruments come together, collaborate, practice and perform. The result is accomplished with the help of an amplifier projecting the sounds created. Amplify! Will bring employers together and provide the instruments and tools to help create a more diverse culture with the end result being a productive, inclusive, collaborative workplace and community… this is Amplify Success!

Amplify! Launches Web Site

We’re ready to Amplify! the Beaverton business community… ahead of schedule! Originally targeted for a September roll out, we’re very excited about launching our website almost a month ahead of schedule! Check out all of the Amplify! event information, including details about the event date and venue, our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Richard Pimentel, and register for the October 19 Amplify! event!

Empower Your Workforce
Affirm Abilities
Amplify Success!