[NFBWATLK] You're Invited: Microsoft disAbility Employment Symposium

Nightingale, Noel Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
Wed Sep 13 15:24:37 UTC 2017

From: Olson, Toby (ESD) [mailto:TOlson2 at ESD.WA.GOV]
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 10:50 AM
Subject: Fwd: You're Invited: Microsoft disAbility Employment Symposium

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From: "Jessica Rafuse (CELA)" <jrafuse at microsoft.com<mailto:jrafuse at microsoft.com>>
Date: September 12, 2017 at 9:49:56 AM PDT
To: "Olson, Toby (ESD)" <TOlson2 at ESD.WA.GOV<mailto:TOlson2 at ESD.WA.GOV>>
Subject: FW: You're Invited:  Microsoft disAbility Employment Symposium
Hi Toby,
Do you mind distributing this to your network? We hope to increase attendance over the next few weeks.  Thank you!

From: Accessibility Events (CELA)
Sent: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 3:08 PM
To: Accessibility Events (CELA) <accevent at microsoft.com<mailto:accevent at microsoft.com>>
Subject: You're Invited: Microsoft disAbility Employment Symposium

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Microsoft would like to invite you to an employment symposium focused on challenging the status quo and reinventing the future of disability employment.

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is twice that of the US national average. That number has not materially changed in the last 30 years and we have the power to change it. The Microsoft disAbility Employment Symposium will bring together a distinguished group of Puget Sound-area businesses, organizations, and leaders for transparent conversations on the benefits, challenges, and potential solutions regarding disability employment.


  *   Explore local and national disability inclusion practices that drive success across the entire company
  *   Cultivate thought leadership and innovative solutions on topics such as candidate pipeline, recruitment, interviewing, accommodations, onboarding, benefits, retention, and career development of people with disabilities
  *   Stimulate discussion and interaction among local employers, agencies, and NGOs focused on positively impacting the unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities

The agenda features keynote speakers, a moderated panel discussion, and breakout workshops where participants have an opportunity to dive into deep discussions on particular issues.

The Symposium will precede a Microsoft-sponsored Inclusive Hiring Virtual Career Fair for People with Disabilities.

To register, email accevent at microsoft.com<mailto:accevent at microsoft.com?subject=RSVP%20for%20Disability%20Employment%20Symposium>. Please include your Name & Company as you would like it to appear on your badge.  If you require any accommodations, please provide us with that information.

We welcome you to forward this invitation on to other thought leaders within your company and your network. All participants must register by Friday, October 5th.

Thank you in advance for your collaboration!

Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft

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