Aurélien Levy – CEO of Temesis

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Aurélien is CEO of Temesis, a French company working on digital accessibility and quality. He works as a consultant and he is one of the main authors of the French government’s accessibility guidelines RGAA version 1 and 2. He is also and international speaker (CSUN, Funka accessibility days, A11y Québec, Confoo Montreal, etc) and actively involved in various events and projects promoting accessibility such as Openweb and the Parisweb conference.

If you want to read the RGAA in English it’s been translated.

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Shanthi Flynn – Group Chief Human Resources Officer

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Member of the Group Executive Committee since March 2016

Shanthi Flynn joined the Adecco Group as Chief Human Resources Officer in March 2016. She completed a Bachelor of Science with joint honours in Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Manchester in 1986. Upon graduating, she began her professional career at Ford Motor Company in the UK and joined the Boots Company in 1995, where she held positions of increasing responsibility becoming Director of HR for all of Boots International in 2000. In 2003, she joined AS Watson Group in Hong Kong and in 2005 she was promoted to Group International HR Director. After founding her own consulting firm, S Flynn Consulting, in 2006, she became Senior Vice President Human Resources of Walmart Asia, based in Hong Kong. In this role, she led the HR team for Walmart’s Asia retail businesses, which employed close to 150,000 people in more than 800 stores in the region.

Shanthi Flynn is currently a member of the WEF Global Future Councils and is former Chair HR Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

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Kathy Bernhardt – Managing Director, Tangram Business Resourcing

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Kathy Bernhardt is the Managing Director of Tangram Business Resourcing. She has over 15 years of successfully establishing corporate and community relationships. Kathy’s entrepreneurial passion, drive and vision helped Tangram develop and implement Tangram Business Resourcing, a consultative service that helps businesses establish diversity-inclusive workplaces.

As the leader of this service, Kathy provides consultation in a variety of areas to help strengthen businesses and their employment structures. Her work is focused on disability and inclusion and the development of disability out reach initiatives for companies. Most recently, Kathy has been the project leader for a disability inclusion initiative at a national retail chain, providing over 50 presentations and trainings for retail stores, distribution centers and call centers across five states. Kathy specializes in building partner relationships on both a state and national level and strengthening connections between a variety of businesses and their communities. Through her strategic communications and marketing initiatives, Kathy enhances the goals of the businesses with whom she works and creates community-based cultures that recognize the importance and the value of inclusive workplaces.

She has been an avid volunteer and active member of the communities in which she lives. Recently, Kathy received the Kiwanian of the Year Award from the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis, of which she is a member and past board member of the Kiwanis Foundation . Additionally, Kathy is co-chair of the IndyBLN, a member of IndySHRM and the diversity committee, Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE), Diversity Round Table of Central Indiana, and Indiana Industry Liaison Group (ILG).

Kathy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech University.

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Kate Nash OBE – CEO of Purple Space

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Kate Nash OBE is the world’s leading authority in ‘Networkology’ – the science behind the growth of workplace networks/resource groups.

Known for her work with disability networks, she set up a hub of best practice in running disabled employee networks publishing the first best practice guide in 2009, with a UK Ministerial launch. She now works with 300 UK and global employers running the most successful disability networks.

In October 2015 she founded PurpleSpace (www.purplespace.org) – the world’s first professional development hub for disabled employee networks bringing together the 850,000 disabled employees from across employee networks. It delivers best practice and leadership know-how to network leaders as well as resilience and confidence training for disabled employees.

In April 2014 her book ‘Secrets & Big News’ was published. 2,511 disabled employees from 55 employers took part. It unpacks the truth behind ‘disclosure’ of disability and what employers can do to help people be themselves.

In 2007 she was awarded an OBE for services to disabled people.

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Here are the links to the publications that Kate mentions in her interview:

Secrets & Big News research summary – https://www.purplespace.org/home?myhub&selected=1923

Purple Stories – https://www.purplespace.org/purple-stories

Virtually Purple – https://www.purplespace.org/virtually-purple

Aidan Parr – Founder UKAT News

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Aidan Parr has been involved in assistive technology for over 18 years, working in communication aids, telecare, as a teacher and most notably as the co-author of half a dozen parliamentary report on AT research and innovation for the UK government. He founded UKATNews.com in 2015 to fill the news and information gap in UK assistive technology but has a wide interest in accessibility and any means to enable independence and opportunities for older and disabled individuals.

Aidan is dyslexic, but didn’t get a diagnosis until he was 42 after obtaining a degree in Electronics and a Master’s in Assistive Technology.  He knows what it’s like to be told “No you can’t”. But he (like many others) can!

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Antonio Santos – AXSChat Co-Founder

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This week Debra & Neil put AXSChat Co-founder Antonio in the interview hot seat.

Antonio Santos is a Community Manager at Atos focussing on Digital Inclusion, Social Media Engagement and Social Business. He provides digital consultancy across the different sectors of the organisation specialising in Business Intelligence, Social Business and Social Media Analytics. Antonio was proud to serve in the military and is a veteran. He studied Sociology at University in Lisbon, and specialised in HR, Media, Telecom, and ICT Industry. He is a social entrepreneur having co-founded 3 start-ups one of which helped children learn and develop their IT and social skills. Antonio is a member of the Rotary Club and he recently helped organise the Coder Dojo in Belfast. Over the last three years Antonio has been one of the organisers of Cork Social Media Day.

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Dr. Yevgen Borodin – CEO of Charmtech Labs LLC

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Dr. Borodin is the CEO of Charmtech Labs LLC, a company he co-founded to remove barriers between people and information by empowering children, adults, and seniors to process information more effectively, overcome print disabilities, and keep up with reading. Charmtech’s flagship product is Capti Voice (www.captivoice.com) – a productivity tool enabling people to listen to everything they want to read. Educators use Capti to provide support to students with diverse needs and abilities within a single classroom, track student engagement, and assess their progress over time.

Dr. Yevgen Borodin is internationally known for his research on making computers more accessible to people with disabilities. He has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed research publications and received numerous awards, including the MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35, FCC Chairman’s Award for Advancing Accessibility, and others. Dr. Borodin has earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Stony Brook University, where he is a Research Professor.

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Jim Fruchterman – Founder and CEO of Benetech

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Jim Fruchterman is the founder and CEO of Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit that empowers communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions. Benetech’s work has transformed how over 400,000 people with disabilities read; made it safer for human rights defenders in over 50 countries to document human rights violations; and equipped environmental conservationists to protect ecosystems and species all over the world. Jim is a MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and a Distinguished Alumnus of Caltech.

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Read articles that Jim has written on Using Data for Action & for Impact and a piece on Medium about IOT & surveillance called “Little Sister”

 

Sharon Spencer and Rob Sinclair – IAAP, a division of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict)

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Sharon Spencer is Managing Director of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), a division of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict).  She has held various sales, marketing and executive management positions at IBM and other organizations ranging from the Fortune 500 to start-ups.  She has eighteen years experience in the disability services industry including as Executive Vice President of Sales for Freedom Scientific.  She also served for four years on the Board of Directors and as President of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA).  Working as a management consultant, she worked with the founding members of IAAP to build and launch the association in 2014.

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Rob has spent the past twenty years at Microsoft working to make technology more accessible for people of all ages and abilities. This involved a decade working as an engineer to lay the foundation in Windows and Office by creating technologies like UI Automation, the Magnification API and the Ease of Access Center. Another decade was spent developing the business case and cultural transformation to support company-wide investments in Inclusive Design and Accessibility. During this time, he also worked with colleagues across industries and around the world to launch the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).  Rob was the industry’s first Chief Accessibility Officer and is currently Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Architect for Global UX Services.  He continues to serve as President of the IAAP – working to grow a global network of experts trained and certified in the art (and science) of Accessibility.  His other passions include conservation wildlife photography, the preservation of critical wildlife habitat, and the design of net-zero homes that generate more energy than they consume.

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Emily Plummer – Front End Engineer at Buffer, Co-Organizer at Donut.js

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Emily Plummer is a Front End Engineer at Buffer as well as the co-organizer of Donut.js, a tech community event in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about making Buffer and the rest of the web inclusive for all users.

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