Disability Workplace Inclusion: What is Your Vision?

by Cindy Bahl
Director of Business Development and Amplify! Events
Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.

Disability Workplace Inclusion: What is Your Vision? 

This was the theme of the second annual Amplify! Success event held on October 23, 2018 at Nike World Headquarters. The goal of Amplify! is to improve access to competitive integrated employment for job seekers with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities by engaging employers and the community in creating a culture of workplace inclusion. Over 150 people gathered for a high energy morning where they heard stories of challenge, tenacity, success and visions of inclusion from people who have been in the trenches and others who are leading new efforts in the cause. Attendees collaborated to explore and formulate their own personal vision and action plan to promote change, no matter what position they hold within a company or the community.

As one Amplify! attendee John Paul Devires, Nike Senior Application Engineer, stated, “Amplify! is the bridge between where companies are and where they need to be.”

If you missed Amplify! Success you can still join the initiative to change culture right where you are and we can help!  Click below and complete the “Oregon Disability Diversity Challenge” and let’s talk about your diversity and inclusion goals.

The Amplify! initiative was created by Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. with the support of Oregon Employment First and is sustained by collaboration with numerous employer and community partners.  For more information or to be involved in the Amplify! Initiative, please contact Cindy Bahl, Director of Business Development and Amplify! Events at 503-258-7715 or cindy@dirksecc.com.

Thank You to our Sponsors and Collaborating Partners

Delivering the Amplify! event takes a community of engaged sponsors and partners. We couldn’t provide such a robust program without their help. Follow the links below to view our Fall 2018 Sponsors and Partners!

Upcoming Events

Opportunities To Build An Inclusive Workforce

Do you want to learn more about the Project Search Internship Program?  Join us for the Project Search Power Hour – Education and Cultivation – A New Networking Event

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Kaiser Westside Medical Center

Oregon Conference Room (Lower Level)
2875 NW Stucki Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97124


Amplify! Rock Stars


May 23, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Washington Square, Portland, Tigard
9000 SW Washington Square Rd.
Tigard, OR 97223

Disability Diversity Workshop – Normalizing Disability: Creating a Culture of Inclusion

December 5th, 2018 – 12-3pm
The Beaverton Round Executive Suites

This interactive workshop is designed to take participants into a deeper dive regarding the world of disability as it relates to the employment experience. Participants will explore their personal experiences, perceptions and beliefs about disability, gain knowledge about common conditions and learn the building blocks of what it takes to create an inclusive workplace. Workshop registration fee includes lunch.

People Are Talking!

By Cindy Bahl

How often do you rate, review or give a testimony about a business when you’ve used their services? Maybe you’ve had some work done on your car from a trusted local mechanic who not only took care of the services you paid for but also discovered a potential problem and made recommendations, saving you time and money while also providing great customer service. Did you take the time to give your mechanic a positive review?

Testimonials, reviews and ratings are especially important today in business. Most of us are using websites such as Google, Yelp, and Facebook to check out ratings and what people are saying about a business before purchasing a product or trying out a service. We want to know what others think and what their experience was like before we decide to try something new. Companies are working hard to get consumers to rate and write reviews, some even offer incentives like coupons or discounts on future transactions, all to help boost sales, create awareness and engagement with their audience.

So, if you missed the Amplify! Success event last October and are unsure about registering for our 2nd annual event coming up October 23rd at Nike WHQ in Beaverton, don’t take my word for it that you should to attend! Here are just a few testimonials from past attendees:

  • “What an inspiring event. I learned so much and am looking forward to learning much more.” Maria Isabel Chandra, MBA – HR Administrator, Latino Network
  • “Such a wonderful presentation and stories.” Stacy Ruthrauff – HR Director, City of Tualatin
  • “Amazing Event!” Jennifer Edeline – Supervisor, Talent Acquistion, Providence Health & Services

People are talking about Amplify! Success and you won’t want to miss this year’s event with the theme: Disability Workplace Inclusion: What is Your Vision? It promises to be a morning with inspiration and information to help you create a vision for inclusion for yourself and in your workplace. We can’t wait to share your testimonies!

Amplify! Success is a program of Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.

For more information or to become a Sponsor of Amplify! Success 2018, contact Amplify! Event Coordinator, Cindy Bahl at: 503-258-7715 or cindy@dirksecc.com.

What Is Your Vision?

By Cindy Bahl

According to SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management) “a vision statement looks forward and creates a mental image of the ideal state that the organization wishes to achieve.”  By developing a vision for the future, businesses can create a guide for the growth they want to see in their company, whether that’s creating an environment for creativity, a focus on improving their community, or advocating for the inclusion of all people in the workforce.

The 2nd annual Amplify! Success event theme is: “Disability Workplace Inclusion: What is Your Vision?” Amplify! Success will assist you in creating your own vision statement and inspire you to create a vision of inclusion, wherever you are.  Inclusion starts with YOU as an individual and with YOU as a member of a larger community and organization.  Regardless of your position or role, YOU can make a difference in disability diversity and inclusion by creating your own vision for inclusiveness.

Plan now to join us on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 from 9:00am-1:00pm at Nike WHQ in Beaverton, Tiger Woods Conference Center for a fast-paced, high energy morning full of inspiration and information.  Registration is now open and includes:

  • Breakfast, Networking & Lunch
  • Inspirational Keynote Speaker, Karen Gaffney
  • Guest Speakers from Inclusion Leaders at Nike & OHSU
  • 2 Professional Development Breakout Sessions & More!

Amplify! Success is a program of Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.

For more information or to become a Sponsor of Amplify! Success 2018, contact Amplify! Event Coordinator, Cindy Bahl at: 503-258-7715 or cindy@dirksecc.com.

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