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The ADA 25 Chicago Opportunity Summit will convene national and local leaders to explore robust strategies to increase access and inclusion of people with disabilities in the areas of greatest need — education and employment.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Headquarters, 300 East Randolph Street, Chicago

To register and for more information:

PROGRAM OUTLINE: Monday, November 16

Maximizing Access to Education, Employment and Technology

9 AM — 5 PM

Featuring Remarks By:

U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth

Delaware Governor Jack Markell

Former Congressman and Original Author of the ADA Tony Coelho

Journalist and Author John Hockenberry

Experts and innovators from AT&T, the FCC, Harvard University, Microsoft, Rush University Medical Center, Walgreens Boots Alliance and more.


Panel Topics Include:

CULTIVATING THE PIPELINE: From Classroom to Career to Economic Impact
Pioneering practices improving opportunities for students with disabilities and expanding the pipeline from college to careers

WORKFORCE REVOLUTION: Increasing Inclusion Yields Results
Cross-sector insights on the competitive advantages of  accessing this new talent pool

CATALYZING CHANGE: Technology Driving Innovation through Inclusion
Technologies benefitting all consumers and audiences

Successful policy changes to improve the bottom line

Executive leadership of business, civic, education, philanthropic and governmental organizations

PROGRAM OUTLINE: Tuesday, November 17

Best Practices and Strategies for Recruiting, Employing and Retaining People with Disabilities

8 AM — 4 PM

Presented by the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network (an initiative driven by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the U.S. Business Leadership Network) this first annual CBLN conference will focus on best practices and strategies for employment of people with disabilities.

Through three plenary sessions and multiple breakouts, attendees will learn about:

• Diversifying your Workforce: Looking for Talent in the Right Places
• Teaming with Colleges and Universities as a Talent Resource
• Creating a Culture of Success for Talent Retention
• The Job Seeker Perspective
• The Power of People with Disabilities in the Marketplace: a Case Study

Employers and human resources, talent acquisition, diversity and inclusion professionals

CART Services will be provided for all speakers and breakout sessions. For questions on accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact ADA 25 Chicago by calling 1-866-405-2223 or e-mailing ada25chicago@cct.org.

For media inquiries and registration, please contact Bess Featherstone at bess_featherstone@jtpr.com.

Thank you to our Sponsors.

Signature Summit Sponsor and Host: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

ADA 25 Chicago Sponsors: The Chicago Community Trust, Exelon, Walgreens and Motorola Mobility

CBLN Charter Partners: AT&T, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Comcast, McDonalds and University of Phoenix

CBLN Sustaining Partners: Baxalta, Baxter, BMO Harris, Deloitte, Discover Financial Services, Ernst & Young, Grainger, Hyatt, KPMG, ManpowerGroup, Northern Trust and Walgreens

Summit Convening Partners: The Chicago Network, Chicago United, The Chicago Urban League, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, The Civic Federation, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, Leadership Greater Chicago, Metropolitan Planning Council, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and World Business Chicago