Accommodation Conversations
Learn how New Jersey's best and national award winning disability-inclusion employers, along with their differently-abled talent, connect for business and career success!
Mark Your Calendar!
Oct 22, 2019, 7:45 AM – 1:00 PM
The Venue
Middlesex County College, West Hall,
2600 Woodbridge Ave, Edison, NJ 08837, USA


Interviews with:

New Jersey's DisabilityIn's Best Places to Work 2019

Disability-Inclusion in Employment Award Honoree and

Leading Inclusion Employers with their Talent:

Quest Diagnostics | Bettaway Logistics and Transportation

Ravitz Family Markets (Shop Rite) | Dawn Center for Independent Living   

and "how to" inclusion specialists

Samantha Evans, Certification Program Manager

International Association of Accessibility Professionals

Charles-Edouard Catherine, Special Assistant to the President

National Organization On Disability

Wayne Roorda, Hard of Hearing Specialist

Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

SHRM & HRCI Credentialed Professionals

Earn 4.5 Recertification Credits



Creating A Path For Inclusion

Joseph Zesski,

NJ Affiliate Program Manager,

Cornell University's

Northeast ADA Center

Joseph Zesski will present highlights and insights from Cornell University's 2019 New Jersey small employer business survey on ADA challenges and successes. In addition to sharing comparative insights, Joe will provide employer pathway options to develop a diversity-inclusion strategy that shifts organizational cultures, and produces business results.

Learn From the Best

Jeff Harmon


Brilliance Within Coaching

Jeff Harmon conducts compelling case study interviews with: DisabilityIN’s Best Places to Work 2019 disability-inclusion in employment award honoree (Linda Behmke, Employee Relations Project Specialist with Quest Diagnostics; New Jersey’s leading diversity employers - Steve Aslan, Director of Human Resources with Bettaway Logistics and Transportation, and Kenneth Brahl, Senior Director of Labor Relations with Ravitz Family Markets (Shop-Rite); along with insights from their differently-abled talent.  Carmela Slivinski, Executive Director with The Dawn Center for Independent Living, will share employer-client case studies along with internship program development tips from their 2019 student internship program.

The Conversations - You've Got This!

Joseph Zesski &

Melissa Keyes DiGioia

Co-Founder & Education Director, Finding Your Individuality

This is a unique opportunity to immediately apply the learning from successful employers and talent. Melissa and Joe will demonstrate, then guide you through improvisational role playing conversations for all sides of the interview desk. As training professionals, this engaging duo offers a fresh approach to candidly practice disclosing and exploring accommodation options. Join in the round table exercises to further enhance your skills and confidence to be well prepared for your next accommodation conversation.

Tools, Tech Talk and Resources

Elaine Katz

Senior Vice President, Grants and Communications

The Kessler Foundation

Elaine interviews special guests about how to prepare your teams, programs, practices, and environment to proactively foster an inclusive culture.

Charles-Edouard Catherine, Special Assistant to the President of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) shares how to’s from NOD's “Look Closer" national campaign. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs.
 Be inspired by the simplicity of inclusion innovations that may be the right fit for your organization.

Samantha Evans, Certification Manager with the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) discusses creating easeful accommodations using cutting edge assistive technology. Learn how accessibility professionals are reshaping business practices that drive employee and customer retention.


Wayne Roorda, Hard of Hearing Specialist with the State of New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, reveals a disability-inclusion checklist approach to developing and delivering inclusive workspaces and training programs. Discover the imperative to preview all training content averting awkward delivery moments, along with best practices for meetings that support team member inclusion. Wayne will demonstrate technology that eases communications with co-workers, clients, and customers.



Bring your business cards or resume and get ready to network over a cup of coffee, tea, juice or water.

The beverage bar offers 

no-caffeine and no refined sugar options.

Continental breakfast includes

tasty muffins, as well as the dairy and gluten-free option of cut fresh fruit. 

SPECIAL THANKS TO  The Employers Association of New Jersey (EANJ), and the NJ State Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services for their generous event sponsorship support, 

and mainstreaming

talent of all abilities.


7:45A  |  Check-In & Networking Breakfast


8:30A  |  Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance

8:35A  |  The Employment Imperative

8:40A  |  Creating A Path for Inclusion

8:50A   | Learn From The Best


10:15A | Break

10:30A | The Conversations - You've Got This!

11:30A | Tools, Tech Talk & Resources

12:45P  | A Call to Action

1:00P    | Event Concludes



The college's Edison campus is conveniently located in central New Jersey, just 2.6 miles off of Exit 10 from the NJ Turnpike.

The beautiful Leed Certified conference center, West Hall, is quickly reachable from the campus entrance at the traffic light intersection of Mill Road and Campus Drive East.


Fully accessible, this venue offers ample free parking in Lots 1 and 2 directly across from West Hall, with streamlined building access.

Our event is in the Parkview Room, located immediately to the left of the Ward Hall main entrance. 

For more details, visit the college's website:


With Appreciation for Our Event
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Meet The Production Team

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Sherrill Curtis

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Principal & Creative Director

Curtis Consulting Group, LLC

My Talent Pipeline

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John Sarno

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The Employers Association of New Jersey 

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Peri Nearon

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Executive Director

New Jersey Department of

Human Services

Division of Disability Services

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Alison Draikiwicz

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Research Assistant

The Employers Association of New Jersey

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