[Nfbnet-members-list] NFB Job Seekers Seminar

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Thu Jun 28 00:15:51 UTC 2012

NFB Job Seekers Seminar
Saturday June 30, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Rosetta Room, Atrium Mezzanine

8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  Welcome, Introduction, 
Agenda Review, and Announcements – Employment 
Committee Chair Dick Davis and others.  (This 
includes job vacancy announcements - let the 
Chair know if you have one to make.)

8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  Where The Blind Work.  A 
great database and mentoring resource for blind 
career explorers and job seekers.  Learn how to 
use it and contribute to it.  Presenter: Robert 
Leslie Newman, President, NFB Writer’s Division 
and Employment Committee Member.

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Is a federal job in your 
future? Find out!  Are federal jobs going 
away?  Not in your lifetime!  An executive order 
from President Obama sets ambitious federal 
hiring goals for people with disabilities, and 
one of them could be you.  Moderator: Brenda 
Mosby, MA, CRC, Vocational Specialist, Colorado 
Center for the Blind.  Participants: Dwight 
Lewis, Supervisory Administrative Judge, U.S. 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); 
Melissa L. Speer, Regional Director for the 
Southwest and Rocky Mountain Region, Office of 
Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), 
Department of Labor; Gary Van Dorn, Installment 
Agreement Examiner, Internal Revenue Service; and 
Ronza Othmann, Equal Employment Opportunity 
Specialist, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS.

11:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.  NFB Center Training Equals Jobs!
Learn how NFB Center training can give you the 
skills, attitudes, and self-confidence to get the 
job of your dreams.  Presenters: Executive 
Directors Shawn Mayo of BLIND, Inc., Julie Deden 
of the Colorado Center for the Blind, and Pam 
Allen of the Louisiana Center for the Blind.

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Good Jobs for Everyone 
– Including Blind People!  Who says blind people 
can't work in the mainstream?  Not the Texas 
Workforce Commission!  Learn how many of the 
state's jobs in demand are filled by blind 
people.  Find out how they do it, and how to use 
your state’s workforce investment services to do 
the same.  Everyone stars in this 
presentation!  Presenters: Sal Adamski, Workforce 
Improvement Director for Workforce Solutions for 
Tarrant County, Tarrant County Workforce 
Development Board; Tiffany Love, Program 
Coordinator, Texas Workforce Commission; and Mick 
Farmington, Business Specialist, Texas Workforce 
Commission, Labor Market and Career Information department.

12:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Questions and Answers, 
Announcements. Individual help and information 
from committee members and presenters, job 
vacancies, people looking for jobs.

Special Note:

1) Bethel Murphy and Susan Clark of the Louisiana 
Center for the Blind Career Center will be 
available throughout the seminar to provide 
individual assistance to jobseekers, including 
working on resumes, answering questions, and providing ideas and advice.

2) Job Exchange.  Individuals who know of job 
vacancies may announce them at the beginning and 
end of the seminar, and between agenda 
items.  Jobseekers are welcome to bring resumes 
and distribute them at the seminar.  Please let 
Dick, Bethel, or Susan know if you have something 
to announce or distribute, and we will work you in.

3) We encourage networking between participants 
and presenters.  If you want to network with 
someone at the seminar, including one of the 
presenters, why not invite them to lunch?  If 
that won't work out, maybe they'll be willing to 
stay after and talk with you.  Most of the 
presenters will have handouts.  We'll tell you where they are.

4) We are recording the seminar, and the file 
will be available for download from the NFB 
website after the convention, thanks to Pete 
Donahue, who volunteered his skills and 
equipment.  Check the NFB website, 
<http://www.nfb.org/>www.nfb.org, for more information.

5) To contact Dick Davis, Committee Chair, during 
the convention, please call 612-719-0753.  The 
rest of the time, e-mail him at 
<mailto:ddavis at blindinc.org>ddavis at blindinc.org, 
<mailto:dickblind at gmail.com>dickblind at gmail.com, 
or call him at 612-872-0100, Ext. 229.
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