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Trailblazing 2017 Conference

On September 30, GDI President Meg O’Connell was an expert panelist at Trailblazing 2017, a one-day only, business-to-business, global conference event on meaningful employment for the neurodiversity community.  Other expert panelists included Dr. Temple Grandin, pictured here with Meg O’Connell.  It was a tremendous honor to meet her!

Trailblazing 2017 is designed to connect the business community to the disabilities community to create opportunities to learn, understand, and appreciate neurodiversity as an asset to the workforce.
GDI on Capitol Hill
On July 31, Meg O’Connell appeared on C-SPAN as a panelist at RespectAbility USA's "Equality for People with Disabilities Forum-Part 2" on Capitol Hill, discussing the importance of disability inclusion in the workplace. 
Meg is featured at the 01:00:28 mark in this video.
Keeping Up With GDI Brand Ambassador Shaholly Ayers
GDI Brand Ambassador Shaholly Ayers has been everywhere!  She was recently featured in Nordstrom’s 2017 Anniversary Sale catalog. This was the third time Shaholly has appeared in Nordstrom catalogs.

Kudos to Nordstrom for reflecting the diverse communities they serve!
Shaholly was also featured in articles in Shape and People.  On August 18, she appeared on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family.
Keeping the momentum going, Shaholly once again rocked the runway in multiple shows at New York Fashion Week!
Shaholly will be appearing on Megyn Kelly’s new show, 
Megyn Kelly Today, later this fall.  Be on the lookout!
The 2017 Invictus Games
The Invictus Games were held in Toronto, Canada on September 23-30, 2017, where 550 wounded, ill, and injured servicemen and women from 17 allied nations competed in 12 adaptive sports. 
Founded in 2014 by the United Kingdom’s Prince Harry, The Invictus Games are "based on the United States’ concept of the Warrior Games and are designed to use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding of, and respect for, those who serve their country and their loved ones.”  (*Department of Defense, Release No: NR-148-17, April 27, 2017)
Go Team USA!
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!
Below is a series of helpful resources found on the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) website to assist companies in planning and implementing National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) activities. 
2017 Hiring Abilities Employment Symposium & Job Fair
Global Disability Inclusion has been invited by the Mayor’s office in the City of Jacksonville to present at the 2017 Hiring Abilities Employment Symposium & Job Fair, hosted by the City of Jacksonville and Florida Blue on November 2, 2017, at the Florida Blue Conference Center in Jacksonville, Florida. 
This session has been pre-approved  for 1.25 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™, SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®).

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

Harkin International Disability Summit
Global Disability Inclusion will once again participate in the Harkin International Disability Summit, November 2 & 3 in Washington D.C.
In 2016, GDI was a sponsor of this first-ever global event championed by Senator Tom Harkin.  The Summit convened 180 attendees from 30 countries over 1.5 days in Washington D.C. The Summit was an invitation-only event of select stakeholders who had been successful at employing people with disabilities, or adapting policies and practices that encourage others to do so. 
The Ruderman Inclusion Summit Event November 20 and 21
GDI will participate in The Ruderman Inclusion Summit, November 20 & 21 in Boston, MA.  The summit will bring together 1,000 people from various public sectors including tech, policy, human services, fashion, education, social justice, business, housing, and advocacy to network and share best practices in disability inclusion in every aspect of life.

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