Fleur is the Director of Diversity and Inclusive Leadership (D&I) for the EMEIA Region at EY which is made up of Europe, Middle East, India and Africa with ninety nine countries and 105,000 people. Her role entails developing, driving and embedding an integrated diversity strategy across this large multi-disciplined matrix organization.
A key focus for this role is stakeholder engagement, specialist consultancy, change management and brand development in the market.. Fleur is a regular conference speaker and contributor to articles and research in this field, publishing a series of thought leadership, most recently on how to take the LGBT agenda global. She has co-authored a book on Inclusive Leadership which was published in October 2016 – www.diversityandinclusiveleadership.com
Nicola is the founder of Lexxic Ltd, a UK wide consultancy she established in 2007. She is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and has also completed her postgraduate qualification in neuropsychology. Nicola was diagnosed with dyslexia at university and with the help she received she was able to achieve her dream of becoming a psychologist. She set up Lexxic to help other adults with dyslexia, AD(h)D, ASD and other neurodiverse conditions, to ensure they could learn skills to minimise their difficulties and help them achieve success. Lexxic helps employers to support neurodiversity in all sectors, including banking, accounting and government agencies.
Colin leads the social business team at MassMutual where he oversees the influencer, advocacy, paid social, and customer service programming. Prior to MassMutual, Colin led the social team at IDG’s Strategic Marketing Services where he was responsible for the development, management, and optimization of award-winning global social media and community-centric programs for the world’s leading technology brands including HP, IBM, Cisco, Citrix and many others.
Prior to IDG, he was Vice President of Client Strategy at New Marketing Labs and was responsible for driving the strategy, direction and execution of social media programs for clients that included Comcast, Cisco, IDC and others. Previously, Colin was the Director of Business Development at Mzinga where he has worked with a wide variety of organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500, and helped them to architect and build successful social media programs. He helped to grow the organization (originally Prospero Technologies) from 13 people to now over 10.7 followers. As a part of the team that worked to sell Prospero to Mzinga, Colin led the world’s first Twitter chat in 2007 to answer press an analyst questions on the acquisition.
Colin is trained in GE’s Six Sigma Green Belt program management and graduated Cum Laude from Babson’s F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business and Bates College.
Edmund Asiedu was born and raised in Ghana. He contracted the Poliovirus at the age of two, resulting in his disability. Edmund relocated to the U.S. in 2010. He currently works with Berkeley College as a career counselor. His background in disability movement both in Ghana and the U.S. has made him a strong advocate for persons with disabilities around the world. Edmund was the National Public Relations Officer for the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled Youth Wing from 2005 to 2009. He played a major role in the effort that led to the passage of the Ghana National Disability Act in 2006. Edmund founded the club for students with disabilities at Lehman College in the Bronx, NY in 2011. He represented Lehman College students with disabilities at CUNY Coalition of Students with Disabilities from 2011 to 2014. In 2013, he worked as a public policy intern at the National Disability Rights Network in Washington, DC as part of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Internship Program. He graduated from Lehman College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and he is currently a Master of Public Administration Candidate at Baruch College in New York, NY. Edmund is a marathoner who successfully finished his 4th NYC Marathon this year. Recently, Edmund received community service award from Hamilton Madison House, Inc. a non-profit organization in Lower Manhattan. He aspires to become a strong international disability activist influencing policies that affect the lives of persons with disabilities.
Edmund was connected to local supporters during the NYC marathon through the MassMutual Adopt A Runner program.
Caroline Casey is an award-winning social entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She was diagnosed with ocular albinism as a child, which makes her registered blind.
Caroline was not aware of the severity of her condition until her 17th birthday and she hid her disability from the world until 2001. At that point she quit her job at Accenture and trekked across India on elephant back for 1,000km, raising money for The National Council for the Blind of Ireland and Sightsavers.
Since taking this life-changing decision at 28 to leave her career in management consulting, Caroline has worked relentlessly to bring out a global shift in business inclusion, and ensure that everyone can live their life without limit or labels.
In 2001, as founding CEO of Kanchi, in Dublin, Caroline developed a set of best practices for businesses, to help them see people with disabilities – workers, customers, suppliers and members of the community – as a corporate asset, not a liability. Hundreds of companies have adopted these standards, changing their policies and attitudes. In 2004, Caroline established the Ability Awards, sponsored by 02, to recognize Irish businesses for their inclusion of people with disabilities. The initiative received great international praise and, in 2010, a parallel program was launched in Spain, backed by Telefónica.
In 2015 Casey founded business inclusion company Binc which, in August 2017, launched #valuable – a worldwide ‘call to action’ for business to recognise the value and potential of the 1 billion people living with a disability and position disability equally on the global business agenda. To start the conversation and build momentum, Casey, who is registered blind, embarked on a 1,000km horse adventure through Colombia, ending with a keynote address at ‘One Young World Summit 2017’ in Bogota, Colombia.
Caroline is an activist, campaigning for inclusivity across the globe.
Steve was born on August 22nd 1968 in Evanston, Illinois. Steve has cerebral palsy resulting from an accident during birth and today uses an electric wheelchair for mobility. The oldest of five children, Steve was mainstreamed into public schools at Spring Hill Elementary in Lafayette, California at the age of five and graduated from Acalanes High School. He then went on to graduate from University California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering in 1992.
Starting at age of 9, he attended the program operated by the Easter Seals organization out of Walnut Creek. At that time, Hawley Lake was owned by California State Senator, John Nejedly, and in 1992 he gave it to the Boy Scouts of Contra Costa County. Steve moved to Coronado after graduating and took a job with Raychem Corporation for 3 years as the Health and Safety Engineer for the San Diego Location. On July 3rd of 1995 Steve married Elizabeth L. Daniel. Steve and Elizabeth founded The Convention Company Inc. soon after they were married and continued to operate the company until September 11th 2001.
The Hawley Lake property was later returned in 2002 to the Nejedly family at which point, Steve, pursuing a life-long dream, approached the Senator's son Jim Nejedly to start programs again for physically challenged kids. WAMP (Wheelchair Adventure Mountain Programs Inc.) began operating programs in August 2004 after two years pf raising funds. The property is now owned and operated by the Contra Costa Youth Council under the direction of Jim Nejedly. Hawley Lake is now the operating model for the other programs. WAMP now funds programs in collaboration with the Yosemite National Institute and Environmental Travel Companions. All programs and activities are focused on learning the keys to successful interaction, responsibility and personal growth through leadership and initiative activities in the outdoors through field study activities, challenges, group building, environmental studies, living and learning together in a community.
Steve is now 39 and currently living with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Charlotte (8) and Joseph (7) in Coronado, California.
Rebecca Palpant Shimkets is associate director for the Carter Center’s Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Palpant develops and oversees a journalism fellowship program that each year awards stipends to 10 professional journalists in the United States and other countries to produce a significant work on mental health or mental illnesses. Palpant is an active participant on advisory boards and within national work groups related to stigma and accurate portrayals of mental illnesses in the media. She received a master’s degree in community counseling form Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Asbury College
Elaine E. Katz, MS, CCC-SP, is Senior Vice President for Grants and Communications at Kessler Foundation. She is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring a comprehensive grantmaking program for the Foundation. In addition, she oversees the Foundation’s communication department.
Elaine has over 25 years of consulting and experience working with non-profit organizations in areas of board development, fundraising, marketing, and business development. Elaine has authored articles on social enterprise and presented extensively on innovative practices for employment people with disabilities. She currently serves on the board of directors of JESPY House, South Orange, NJ, New Jersey Association of People Supporting Employment First (NJAPSE), Essex/Newark Disabilities Issues Committee, and on the program committee of the Council of NJ Grantmakers. Elaine is also an appointed member of the NJ Veterans and Community Collaborative Network (VCCN). She is the 2016 recipient of the first Jackson Drysdale Civilian of the Year Award from the GI Go Fund and the 2015 Betty Pendler Award for improving the lives of persons with disabilities from Community Options, Inc.
Elaine holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Pathology from the American-Speech-Hearing Association. She received her master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Adelphi University and bachelor’s degree from Boston University in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
Delivering workshops, seminars and guidance to wide range of stakeholders in inclusive sport & physical activity utilising more than 25 years of experience in Paralympic/disability sport, sports development & the broader social impact of sport. Passionate about inclusion, wellbeing, healthy lifestyles & nutrition. Travelled to more than 80 countries developing wheelchair tennis. Attended four Paralympic Games & two Olympic Games. Extensive experience of delivering sports programmes in developing countries. Experienced public speaker. Advisor to Choice International. Member of IPC Paralympic Games Committee. Ambassador for Parallel London, the world’s first fully inclusive mass participation event. Event Manager for Raw Fest 2017.
Sebastian Flores, Bachelor in Diplomacy and International Relations is the Co-Founder and Accessibility Consultant of Comparlante.
Sebastian is a young leader and social entrepreneur with visual impairment/low vision (though in Sebastian’s words that term only refers to his sight condition but never to his vision) born in Quito Ecuador on October 19, 1989 who has developed his professional training with a focus on international affairs, with special emphasis on Diplomacy, International Politics, Law, Democracy and Citizen Participation, the ICTs in the context of Electronic Government and Digital Diplomacy, the role of youth in the global process of sustainable development, humanitarian issues and the consultancy on accessibility and equity for persons with disabilities, both locally and internationally.
Sebastian’s global activity as a lecturer, TEDx Speaker and young diplomat comprises a variety of scenarios: from the academic and community level, the accompanying and development of social, business and humanitarian enterprises, to his participation at decision-making spaces in parliaments, summits and Multilateral forums, international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS) and youth advocacy networks.
Comparlante is a technological and social entrepreneurship formed by young entrepreneurs and change agents teamed up to create innovative tools and solutions under the goal of achieving a more accessible and non-disabled world for everyone.
Comparlante was founded in 2015 in Argentina with the aim of providing a virtual platform for the access of the blind and partially sighted to reading on an accessible and collaborative format. Nowadays, Comparlante operates in 7 Latin American countries through its webpage www.comparlante.com and social media offering a wide range of services to individuals, organizations, companies, governments (among others) focused not only on the accessibility of persons with all kind of disabilities but the equal development of all sectors of our society.
Unfortunately Danielle was unwell for our recording so here is an earlier talk she did for TED.
Psychologist and “21 Leaders of the 21st Century” awardee
Expert, media commentator, disability-rights advocate and fashion model, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the problems of dating, relationships and sexuality among the disabled. Wheelchair-dependent since childhood, Dr. Sheypuk has acquired special insights into the challenges facing the community, both in the everyday physical world as well as in the areas of mental, emotional and interpersonal well-being.
After an explosion of media attention when Dr. Sheypuk became the first model in a wheelchair to “walk” the runway at New York Fashion Week, her impact on the disabled community and its image within society has been tremendous and universal. Holding a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York City, Dr. Sheypuk is widely regarded as a “sexpert” and leading commentator on issues confronting the disabled population. She has established a successful and innovative private therapy practice that employs Skype-based treatment, which she engineered specifically to make it easier for people with disabilities to attend sessions.
Using her personal story as a central supporting example, including winning the title of Ms. Wheelchair New York 2012, Dr. Sheypuk has received positive responses from social media followers and media outlets around the world. As Yahoo! News stated, “Danielle Sheypuk, a psychologist, can rock a pair of Louboutins, regardless of her wheelchair, and is fighting the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding people with disabilities.” Her approach to life and love as an urban-dwelling professional has been favorably compared to an episode of “Sex and the City.” Media appearances have included features The New York Daily News, Upworthy, Huffington Post, The Daily Mail (U.K.), WCBS Radio, SiriusXM Doctor Radio, WNBC’s Weekend Today in NY, WNBC’s New York Nightly News, ABC News, Yahoo!, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Elle Magazine, among many others.