Caroline Casey

Caroline Casey
Caroline Casey
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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 in a block t-shirt and jeans riding a brown Horse

Caroline is an activist, campaigning for inclusivity across the globe.

You can watch Caroline’s TED Talk – Looking Past Limits.

Stephen J Wampler

Stephen J. Wampler

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.

Camp Wamp

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.

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Rebecca Palpant Shimkets – Associate Director, The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism

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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

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Elaine E. Katz – Senior Vice President for Grants and Communications at Kessler Foundation

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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.



Mark Bullock – Sports Development on Inclusion, Sports Advisor, Public Speaker, Parallel London Ambassador

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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 M. Flores – Co-Founder and Accessibility Consultant of Comparlante

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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 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.

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Dr. Danielle Sheypuk – Sexual Health Expert, Media commentator, Disability-rights advocate and Fashion model

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Danielle Sheypuk

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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.

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Malcom Glenn – Strategic Partnerships Manager at Uber

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Malcom Glenn is a strategic partnerships manager at Uber Technologies in Washington, DC, where he focuses on policy and community engagement with national organizations. He spearheads Uber’s outreach around increasing opportunities for drivers facing barriers to work, expanding Uber to areas with limited transportation options, and increasing the accessibility of the platform for people with disabilities.

Prior to joining Uber, Malcom was an executive communications manager at Google in Mountain View, CA, where he developed strategic communications for Google’s chief financial officer and his leadership team. Before joining Google, he was the national director of communications at the American Federation for Children, an advocacy organization focused on expanding educational options for children from low-income families, and previously worked on issue campaigns at the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Malcom received a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard College, where he was the president of The Harvard Crimson.

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Stephen Fry

English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and all-round national treasure

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Whilst at university, Fry became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator and friend Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie, and took the role of Jeeves (with Laurie playing Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster.

Fry’s acting roles include the lead in the film Wilde, Melchett in the BBC television series Blackadder, the titular character in the television series Kingdom, a recurring guest role as Dr. Gordon Wyatt on the crime series Bones, and as Gordon Deitrich in the dystopian thriller V for Vendetta, Mycroft Holmes in Warner’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Master of Laketown in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. He has also written and presented several documentary series, including the Emmy Award-winning Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, and is also the long-time host of the BBC television quiz show QI. He played Prime Minister Alistair Davies in the 9th season of Fox TV’s 24: Live Another Day.

As a proudly out gay man, the award-winning Out There, documenting the lives of lesbian, bisexual gay and transgender people around the world is part of his thirty year advocacy of the rights of the LGBT community.

As well as his work in television, Fry has contributed columns and articles for newspapers and magazines appears frequently on radio, reads for voice-overs and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography, Moab Is My WashpotThe Fry Chronicles and his latest, More Fool Me.

A new sitcom for CBS, The Great Indoors, aired in both the US and UK in the spring of 2017.

Stephen’s new book, Mythos, his unique retelling of the Greek myths will be published in November.

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Vikki Ross – Copy Chief at Vikki Ross Writes Ltd., Founder of Copy Cabana

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Vikki Ross

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Vikki has been bringing copy to life for 20 years.

She began her career agency-side before falling for the beauty industry and working in The Body Shop creative studio for eight years. She then moved into entertainment, writing for Virgin Media and Sky before her passion for travel took her far and wide with Expedia and Now Vikki helps major brands find their personality and tone of voice. Her clients include Sky, NOW TV and ITV, and she works with agencies Portas, Fitch, AKQA, Venture Three, Table 19, Sapient Razorfish, and Kitcatt Nohr.

She also runs branding and copywriting workshops around the world, pushes future creatives to write award-winning copy at London’s School of Communication Arts 2.0 and is a regular judge on D&AD, D&AD New Blood and DMA awards panels.

On Twitter? Vikki created #thingsyouhearinagencies – join in at @AgencyQuotes or get the books, and follow her #copywritersunite hashtag to meet other copywriters online and in real life at quarterly meet-ups across the UK.

Vikki also co-created Copy Cabana ( / @Copy_Cabana) – an annual event in Bournemouth designed to celebrate copywriting.

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