The Bottom Line of Disabilities: The Social, Financial and Economic Impact in our Communities
Date: Monday, July 14, 2014
Columbus Community Center, 3495 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT, 84115
Explore disability and employment at this unique GIC conference!
The Bottom Line of Disabilities: The Social, Financial, and Economic Impact in our Communities
This event will examine the social, financial, and economic issues that impact how individuals with significant disabilities can be gainfully employed in the competitive labor market and safely integrated into the communities where they live. Panelists will include a cross section of business and community leaders and the role that governmental entities, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, researchers, businesses, and the nonprofit sector play in facilitating and advancing opportunities for these individuals.
Please contact GIC at +1.215.238.0990 for hotel block information.
8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. | Opening Remarks
- Stephanie Mackay, Foundation Director, Columbus Foundation
- David Kotok, CIO of Cumberland Advisors and GIC Vice Chair of the Central Banking Series
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. | The Economics of Disabilities
- “Disabled Workers in Our Workforce: An Overview of Trends, Levels, and Barriers to Employment,” Philippa Dunne, Co-Editor of The Liscio Report and Sightlines Bulletin
- “The Economic Impact of Disabilities in our Communities,” Natalie Gochnour, Associate Dean, University of Utah David Eccles School of Business and Salt Lake Chamber Chief Economist
- “Best Practices for Improving Employment Outcomes,” Kyle J. Walker, Division Director, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation
- Moderator William Shiebler, Independent Director, Calamos
9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. | Where the Bottom Line Can Make a Difference
- “A Community-Based Model for Transitioning Students with Autism into the Workplace,” Troy D’Ambrosio, Executive Director, Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah
- “Social Responsibility vs. Corporate Values,” Steve Sexauer, Chief Investment Officer, US Multi Asset, Allianz Global Investors and GIC Board Member
- “The Balance of Doing Good while Doing Business,” Brent Johnson, Vice President, Supply Chain, Intermountain Healthcare
- “Creating Culture by Living It,” Laurie Harmon, Vice President for the People, Harmons Neighborhood Grocer
- Moderator Michael McNiven, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Cumberland Advisors
10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. | Community Partnerships and the Creation of Meaningful Employment
- “Wounded Warriors: Overcoming Obstacles in the Workplace,” Major Gen. Jefferson Burton, Utah National Guard
- “Invisible Disabilities: Raising Awareness among Law Enforcement,” Lt.Fred Ross, Salt Lake City Police Department
- “Building Partnerships between Government and Business Customers,” Robert Chamberlin, SourceAmerica President and CEO
- Moderator Betsy Burton, Co-Owner, The King’s English Bookshop
11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Keynote
- Thorkil Sonne, Founder, Specialisterne
12 to 12:05 p.m. | Concluding Remarks
- Michael Drury, Chief Economist of McVean and GIC Vice Chair of Programs
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. | Demonstration: Neuroversity/Columbus Pilot Project: “Tapping into Technical Talent for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
Betsy BurtonCo-Owner and Co-Founder, The King's English Bookshop
Betsy Burton is the co-owner and co-founder of The King's English Bookshop, founded in 1977 in Salt Lake City. In addition to her life as a bookseller, she is also an activist for all things local. Her book, The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller, continues to be a bestseller at her book shop.
Jefferson BurtonAdjutant General, Utah National Guard
Major Gen. Jefferson Burton was appointed adjutant general of the Utah National Guard in October 2012. He is responsible for the readiness and training of 7,300 soldiers and airmen. Burton has served as a company commander, battalion executive officer and assistant professor of military science at both Brigham Young and Utah Valley Universities.
Robert ChamberlinPresident and CEO, SourceAmerica
Robert Chamberlain is president and CEO of SourceAmerica and served as vice president of operation prior to that. He was the deputy director of the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va., where he managed the 41,000-person organization responsible for worldwide logistics support of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Troy D’AmbrosioExecutive Director, Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah
Troy D’Ambrosio is currently the executive director of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah. The Institute has guided over numerous student and faculty startup companies from idea to launch – involving students along every stage of the process.
Michael DruryChief Economist, McVean Trading & Investments
Michael Drury is the chief economist for McVean Trading & Investments, LLC. He joined the firm in 1992, after serving for five years as senior economist with Allen Sinai at Shearson Lehman Brothers and its successor firms. Michael began his career in New York in 1982 as senior economist at A. Gary Shilling and Company. He received his B.S. in economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and did his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Philippa DunneCo-Editor, The Liscio Report and Sightlines Bulletin
Philippa Dunne is co-editor of two independent macro-economic newsletters: The Liscio Report, with a trading focus, and Sightlines Bulletin, which takes a longer perspective.
Laurie HarmonVice President of People, Harmons
Laurie Harmon began her career with Harmons is 1974, working in the bakery department. In 1996 she accepted the position of vice president for the people. Her first task was to envision what the “people department” could be and then create and develop it.
Brent JohnsonVP of Supply Chain and Imaging Services and Chief Purchasing Officer, Intermountain Healthcare
Brent Johnson is vice president of supply chain and imaging services and chief purchasing officer for Intermountain Healthcare. He is responsible for $1.5 billion non-labor purchasing for the company, which supports 24 hospitals and 130 clinics.
David KotokChief Investment Officer of Cumberland Advisors
David Kotok co-founded Cumberland Advisors in 1973 and has been its Chief Investment Officer since inception. David’s articles and financial market commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio, Yahoo Finance TV, and other media.
Michael McNiven, Ph.D.Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Investments, Cumberland Advisors
Michael McNiven serves as Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Investments. In addition to working with clients as an investment advisor representative, Michael is responsible for Cumberland Advisors’ retirement services and is the regional representative for partner firms and financial advisors in the Midwest region of the United States.
Stephen SexauerChief Investment Officer, The San Diego County Employees Retirement Association
Stephen Sexauer is SDCERA’s Chief Investment Officer and oversees SDCERA’s $14 billion Trust Fund, investment team, and investment consultants. In addition to the day-to-day operation of SDCERA’s Investment Division, he also assists SDCERA’s Board with determining the Fund’s investment policies, strategy and asset allocation.
Bill ShieblerIndependent Director, Calamos
Bill Shiebler was CEO of the Americas for Deutsche Asset Management until his retirement in 2007. Prior to that, he served as senior managing director of Putnam Investments and president and CEO of Putnam Mutual Funds. He also spent twelve years at Dean Witter Reynolds, departing as president and chief operating officer of the Intercapital Division and the firm's mutual fund business.
Allison SmootSenior Vice President, Sage Partners at UBS Financial Services
Allison Smoot joined UBS Private Wealth Management with Sage Partners in 2012. UBS is one of world's largest managers of private wealth assets. Allison began her career in the financial industry in 1996. Over that time she has been able to help many clients through the difficult and complex maze that wealth management encompasses.
Thorkil SonneFounder, Specialisterne and the Specialist People Foundation
Thorkil Sonne is internationally recognized for his work founding Specialisterne (Danish for “The Specialists”) and the Specialist People Foundation. In partnership, these two organizations are working towards the goal of creating job opportunities through social entrepreneurship, corporate partnerships and innovative employment models for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Kyle WalkerDivision Director, Division of Rehabilitation Services, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation
In 2013, Kyle Walker was appointed division director, Division of Rehabilitation Services, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR). He works with policy makers at a state and Federal level advocating for programs that lead to employment and independence of people with disabilities. He joined the agency in 2000 as a rehabilitation counselor and has also served as administrative services director and client services director during his career there.