What Does Inclusion Sound Like?

by: Cindy Bahl, Director of Business Development and Amplify! Events, Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. & Marissa Lelogeais, The Merry Rockers

Inclusion is word we hear often today. Most of us strive to be inclusive of our differences and yet, if we just read or listen to the news, it seems we have a long way to go for full inclusion and acceptance of those who are different than ourselves.

Music is a medium that can help break some of the barriers we face in society, especially music that resonates in both message and melody.

So, what does inclusion sound like? Come to Amplify! Success October 16th, and listen to our Keynote Speaker, Singer and Songwriter, Marissa Lelogeais of The Merry Rockers. You will hear her story through song as her music resonates and amplifies the message of disability inclusion using her positive, upbeat & fun reggae style. I bet you’ll even want to dance, or at least tap your foot!

Marissa Lelogeais is a fun-loving thirty-four-year-old woman who loves swimming, dancing to reggae music, traveling and making new friends. However, life has not always been smooth sailing for her. She was born with cerebral palsy and is legally blind. Weighing in at one and a half pounds, the doctors told her that she would never be able to live a full and fruitful life.

Flash forward to 2007 when Marissa got accepted to her dream school, Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where after studying the music and life of Bob Marley, she formed the inclusive reggae band The Merry Rockers. The band is made up of Berklee College of Music alumni and occasional sit-ins from national acts such as Cas Haley and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad.

Marissa and The Merry Rockers are looking forward with eager anticipation to playing and supporting the mission of Amplify! in October. They are excited to share their messages of friendship, inclusion and the healing power of music. The band hopes to bring the community positive vibrations, make them dance and to embrace people of all abilities.

Amplify! Success 2019 : The Benefits of Disability Inclusion in the Workforce

Join us October 16th, 1:00-5:00PM at Nike WHQ to hear the sounds of inclusion and learn about the many benefits of disability inclusion in the workplace.

For more information or to partner with us and become a sponsor of Amplify! Success 2019, contact Cindy Bahl @ 503-258-7715 or cindy@dirksecc.com

Amplify! Is an initiative of Dirkse Counseling & Consulting, Inc. That includes two annual events, Amplify! Success in October and Amplify! Rock Stars in May.  Events are designed to inspire, empower and equip employers to create a more inclusive workplace for people with diverse abilities.

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