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The Right Talent, Right Now SESSION 2 - America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion

Event Start Date: 10/14/2021 9:00 AM

Event End Date: 10/14/2021 11:30 AM

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The Right Talent, Right Now


"America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion"

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Thursday, October 14th

9:00am - 11:30am

This program has been pre-approved for 2.0 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) by the Society for Human Resource Management and 2.0 HR General credits by the HR Certification Institute


The theme for NDEAM 2021, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  NDEAM is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. As we work to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, we also recognize the barriers for other individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic circumstances and gender.


Session 2, October 14th — The Business Value of Inclusion

How do Disability and DEI Recruitment relate to the bottom line? Organizations have embarked upon an array of strategies to implement models of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Some strategies have been successful while others have struggled.  This session will feature models and speakers who will offer insights and strategies that directly address this “double bottom line”. These organizations have embraced the Power of Inclusion to recruit and retain individuals with disabilities and other employment related barriers.  Our keynote is a widely recognized leader in DEI Talent Recruitment at M&T Bank who brings his unique corporate perspective.


By the end of the program, attendees will gain:

Learn how to prioritize Disability and Inclusive hiring practices

Understand foundational strategies for getting buy-in for DEI initiatives throughout your organization

Learn how to measure this "double bottom line" business approach


About the Speakers:

Glenn Jackson is the chief diversity officer at M&T Bank. He is responsible for advancing M&T’s efforts in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion for all. Jackson joined M&T Bank in 1999 as a participant in the management development program. He worked in M&T’s finance, treasury and retail divisions before joining Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, a comprehensive school-based initiative led by M&T, as the chief operating officer and senior director of programs. He is a member of the boards of the John R. Oishei Foundation, Project Play WNY, Teach for America Buffalo and the Western New York Impact Investment Fund. In addition, Jackson is immediate past chair of National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York. He is also vice president of the Lancaster Central School District Board of Education and hosts a bi-weekly program on WUFO highlighting the key partnership between M&T Bank and western New York. Jackson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University.


Deborah Campbell is director of workforce development for the Catholic Family Center in Rochester, New York, has worked in not-for-profit organizations for over 20 years. She worked for The Community Place of Greater Rochester for three years as the director of the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. employment program, where she developed the program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

She previously worked for the Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester-Syracuse-Binghamton as a program manager for two Department of Health waiver programs and served as the chair for the Special Review Committee. She has sat on the foundation Board of a local neighborhood outpatient clinic and currently serves as a Board member of Home Start Hope.  Ms. Campbell received both her bachelor’s degree in organizational management and master’s degree in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester. 


Mike Barry, M.S. Ed., is a training and organizational development specialist for Eleversity. Mike served for the last five years as a business outreach coordinator and job developer for Challenge Workforce Solutions in Ithaca, NY. Mike is experienced in counseling and creating new programs for clients in a wide range of supported employment programs. Mike has also developed and delivered curricula for clients in substance abuse recovery, career assessment, and higher education environments. Mike received his master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Cornell University, where he was employed as a program director for seven years. Mike left Cornell to run a successful restaurant for five years and as a result is passionate about finding new and innovative solutions for job seekers and businesses.


Adrian Hale A native of Rochester, NY, Adrian Hale is the Senior Manager of Workforce / Economic Development & Education Initiatives at the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his responsibilities at the Chamber, Adrian serves on several boards in the Greater Rochester community, most notably as a community board member on the Democrat and Chronicle’s Editorial Board. As a United States Marine, he made two combat deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan and served with the United States Air Force reserves. Adrian graduated from Monroe Community College with distinction in 2014 and was a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Upon graduating from MCC, Adrian transferred to Yale University, where he received his B.A. in Political Science and became a Director’s Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies with a focus on education reform, and police accountability.

              As a Senior Manager at the Chamber of Commerce, Adrian has been working to improve educational outcomes for the Greater Rochester’s youth and enhance the quality of our workforce. Examples of his work include career readiness efforts such as, Mentor to Employment-- an internship program designed to introduce East High School students to available careers throughout the Rochester area, while also creating a pipeline into jobs that do not require further credentialing. He has also partnered with the non-profit organization Pencils and Paper to organize a school supply drive for economically disadvantaged students. By leveraging the generosity of chamber members, Adrian has helped place school supplies into the hands of over twenty thousand students in need. He also catalyzed the chamber’s adoption of School #57 where he organized a winter apparel drive that led to three full shipments of winter wear for School #57 students. As a thought leader on the Democrat and Chronicle’s Editorial Board, Adrian was a driving force in making education coverage a priority. This materialized into the D&C’s Time to Educate Project (TTE), a public education campaign designed to inform the public about challenges facing the Rochester City School District and raise awareness about potential solutions to address them. For Adrian’s work and service for young people in our community, he was awarded the 2019 Teen Empowerment, Champion for Youth Leadership Award, making him the youngest recipient in the award’s history. He is also helping lead the regional conversation on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace with the creation of Creating Opportunities in Rochester for Equity in Employment (COREE), an initiative to remove barriers to advancement for historically marginalized stratums in the labor market. In fall of 2020 Adrian unveiled, Colors of Success, a diversity, equity, and inclusion that focuses on improving the workplace through providing unconscious bias, inclusive culture, and business case training. Adrian has developed a partnership with, EverydayInclusion, app that helps equip employees to better develop their own working knowledge of people different themselves. The is a tool that helps organizations develop their social-emotional infrastructure. To date Adrian has trained over 500+ people throughout greater Rochester and works with organizations to meet their inclusion goals.