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The Right Talent, Right Now

Event Start Date: 10/13/2022 9:00 AM

Event End Date: 10/13/2022 11:00 AM

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The Right Talent, Right Now 

October 13th, 2022

9:00am - 11:00am



This program has been pre-approved for 2 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) by the Society for Human Resource Management and 2 HR General credits by the HR Certification Institute. 


The theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2022, "Disability: Part of the Equity Equation" recognizes the vital role people with disabilities play in making the nation's workforce diverse and inclusive.


People with disabilities are a significant source of untapped talent who bring qualifications and skills to the workplace. For the seventh year, the employment rate for individuals with disabilities remains at a national high. While the pandemic has presented opportunities for us to be creative with or workforce, we need to remain focused on advancing equitable and inclusive practices and opportunities across industries in order to remain viable. As we work to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities, we recognize that there are intersecting identities who also face barriers for obtaining and retaining employment opportunities.


By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Learn how businesses can develop intentional, impactful, strategies, policies and practices for recruitment, worker retention, and advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other diverse populations
  • Learn about creating an inclusive culture in the workplace that supports the needs of multi-generational, gender identity, culture, and socioeconomical backgrounds
  • Understand disability diversity as an important way to tap into a growing market by developing strategies for creating an inclusive work culture across industries
  • Learn about workplace support and community partnerships that address issues such as transportation, childcare and mental health wellness


Featured speaker bios:

Rodric Cox-Cooper has over 20 years of community and workforce development experience, and currently serves as the Rochester & Genesee Valley Regional Director for the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), an organization committed to strengthening New York’s workforce.Prior to joining WDI, Rodric served for 12 years as an executive in Rochester city government, and for 7 years as the CEO of human service organizations focused on economic self-sufficiency, employment and education for low-income and challenged populations. He represented the City of Rochester on the Monroe County/Rochester Workforce Investment Board and Private Industry Council, and led impactful workforce development initiatives including the Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST) Program, and the youth-focused Good Grades Pay Program.He has been recognized as one of the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award honorees, and was the recipient of the Dr. Samuel McCree Jr. award for his efforts to improve the quality of life in Rochester.  He was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus award from both his high school and undergraduate alma maters: McQuaid Jesuit High School (Rochester, NY) and the University of Dayton (Dayton, OH), respectively.  He has served on numerous not-for-profit boards and committees, and is a graduate of the United Way African-American Leadership Development Program and Leadership Rochester.Rodric holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton, and a Master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University. 


Brianna Salazar-Olaiya has worked in banking for 19 years. She currently works for M&T Bank in Upstate New York as an Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager. She participates in several Employee Resource groups at the bank one of them being the Disability Advocacy Network in which she has presented on how she is succeeding as a first generation multi-racial Cuban American with disabilities and how they have become her superpowers. Brianna serves on the board of the Southern Community Door Land Trust, an organization that is committed to working on the housing crisis through a social justice lens. Brianna was the Vice President of the Board of the Binghamton Philharmonic and the chair of their first ever DEI committee until 2021. She received her DEI in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Business from SUNY Oneonta and has an associate’s degree in accounting from SUNY Broome Community College. Brianna has been a local activist for the past 25 years and enjoys giving discounted music lessons to underrepresented students through the music school she runs with her spouse called Olaiya Music School.


Jennifer Geiger, M.S., C.R.C is the Business Relations Representative at the Rochester ACCES-VR District Office focusing on hiring opportunities for people with disabilities. We can provide businesses with a talent pool of qualified candidates and information about hiring incentives and tax credits. Jennifer is a certified ADA training offering free training on Disability Awareness and Etiquette, Reasonable Accommodations, Disability and Disclosure.