The Bottom Line of Disabilities Economic Symposium: Candid Conversations and Collaborations that Redefine Diversity

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Salt Lake City, UT

Register now for this event held annually in Salt Lake City in partnership with the Columbus Community Center.

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The Bottom Line of Disabilities Economic Symposium: Candid Conversations and Collaborations that Redefine Diversity

This symposium convenes expert panelists, corporate and civic leaders, advocates, and industry professionals to discuss the impact disabilities have in our communities. It is an opportunity to have candid conversations about the innovative ways we can tackle the pressing social, financial, and economic issues related to disabilities.

About This Year’s Topic: Recently, the impact of disabilities was elevated to a global discussion when the first-ever panel on disability inclusion was convened at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 19% of the world population has a disability, and these individuals experience the highest poverty, unemployment, and social isolation of any demographic group. However, as was pointed out at the World Economic Forum, we seldom recognize disabilities as systemic to other social and economic issues. Multi-national corporations can lead change with disability-inclusive business strategies that promise a proven return on investment, and developers can lead out with innovative, affordable housing solutions. However, as families demonstrated six decades ago, significant change only occurs when we collaborate to create innovative, meaningful, and sustainable solutions for some of the most marginalized among us.

The Bottom Line of Disabilities symposium will be held in conjunction with the Utah Film Society for the Peek Award for Disability in Media. The award is named after Kim Peek, who was the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman’s character in the Oscar-winning move Rain Man. Kim Peek was a Salt Lake resident, and his father Fran Peek was a founding parent of Columbus. The annual award honors a subject, director, or actor in a film that has helped to improve the public’s understanding of disability in society.

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Please email [email protected] for more information on how attendees can receive credit from the following CE organizations:

  • CFP Board (3 CE credit hours)
  • AFCPE Post Certification (3 credit hours)

 

Agenda

Monday, April 1, 2019, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Peek Award for Disability and screening of Intelligent Lives from award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 Broadway (300 South), Salt Lake City, UT
Click here for more information about the Peek Award.
There is no cost to attend the screening.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bottom Line of Disabilities Symposium
Zions Bank Tower
Founders Board Room, 18th Floor
One South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 a.m. | Welcome

  • Kristy Chambers, CEO,Columbus Community Center
  • Event Emcee: Lance Allred, International Keynote Speaker and First Deaf Player in NBA History

8:10 – 8:20 a.m. | Opening Remarks

  • Stephanie Mackay, Chief Innovation Officer, Columbus Community Center

8:20 – 8:45 a.m. | Keynote Address

  • Bryan Miller, Writer, Coach, and Philanthropist, “Make the World Work for Every One”

8:45 – 9:45 a.m. | Session I: An Economic Outlook from Top Economic and Financial Experts
Tax reform, a trade war, the global economy, the Fed balance sheet, and a government shutdown are all headline news. A distinguished panel of economists will have timely updates on current economic and financial news.

  • Moderator: Spencer P. Eccles, Managing Director, The Cynosure Group
  • Philippa Dunne, co-editor, TLR Analytics High Resolution Economic Research, “A Look at Unemployment and the Labor Participation Rate”
  • David Altig, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, “A Decade After the Great Recession: Lessons Learned about Workforce Development”
  • Patricia Healy, Senior Vice President of Research, Cumberland Advisors (confirmed), “An Investors Perspective on Opportunity Zone”

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. | Session II: Models of Corporate Social Responsibility that Make a Difference
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a self-regulating business model that guides organizations to be socially accountable. CSR is becoming institutionalized in many companies, but how can we assess actual impact in our community? Only 4% of corporations have diversity policies that specifically acknowledge individuals with disabilities. Representatives from a cross-section of companies, ranging from small to large, will discuss their CSR models and how they are demonstrating impact locally, nationally, and globally. They will be invited to bring to the discussion their ideas on how, as business leaders, they can provide guidance in addressing ways to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

  • Moderator: Jay Francis, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Miller Family Philanthropy
  • Jeff Miller, General Manager, Mark Miller Subaru, “Integrating Social Corporate Responsibility in a way that Creates Positive Change in the Workplace and the Community”
  • Jennifer Hwu, Ph.D., CEO, InnoSys, “Tapping into Neurodiversity in the Workplace”
  • Safia Keller, Chief Employment Development Officer, Columbus, “Collaborations that are Redefining Neurodiversity in the Workplace
  • Elizabeth Whisamore, EVP, Director of Human Resources, Zions Bancorporation,
  • Jamee Rawlings Beus, Trust Specialist, Zions Bank, “Diversity and Disabilities: A Success Story”

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. | Break

11:00 a.m. – noon | Session III: A Roundtable Discussion with Emerging Leaders about the Future of Housing and Workplace Environments
With a booming economy and low unemployment, we still see “at-risk” low-income families struggling with stagnate wages, lack of affordable housing, and obstacles to community services. Many of these families are disproportionately impacted by disabilities. This panel of emerging leaders will discuss some of the innovative efforts that are paving the way to make our communities more accessible and affordable for current and future generations. They will be invited to bring to the discussion their ideas on how, as community leaders, they can facilitate discussions about access and affordability for individuals with disabilities and their families. 

  • Moderator: Wayne Niederhauser, Principal and Co-Founder, CW Management Corporation
  • Abby Ivory, Manager, Impact Investing, Sorenson Impact Center, “The Ivory Innovation Prize in Affordable Housing”
  • Cameron Gunter, president, PEG Development, “Balancing the Social Mission and Business Proposition of Affordable Housing”
  • Brian Dawson, CFO, MADi Homes, “International Efforts to Create Affordable Housing”
  • Taylor Woodbury, COO, Woodbury Corporation, “Building on a Family Legacy: Thoughts on Issues Faced by the Next Generation of Real Estate Development Leaders”

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch and a conversation with Barry Morrow

  • Barry Morrow, Oscar-award winning screenwriter of the Rain Main. How the Rain Man Changed the Discussion of Disabilities.
  • V.R. Ferose, author, autism advocate, and Senior Vice President at Globalization Services, SAP, SE.
    These two inspiring individuals will share their stories about how disabilities shaped their lives and careers in ways that have transformed how we look at disabilities. Barry Morrow is best recognized for his Oscar-winning screenplay of The Rain Man and his friendship with Kim Peek, a Salt Lake native, who inspired the Raymond Babbitt character in the movie. V.R. Ferose founded SAP’s “Autism at Work” program in India, and it has since become a model of inclusion at SAP and other major corporations. He is a widely acclaimed author and speaker who shares inspiring stories about individuals with disabilities to audiences around the world.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Session IV: The Role of Media and Disabilities: Telling the Story
The movie Rain Man had a profound impact in popular culture because it gave an authentic and humane portrayal of a man with a significant disability. Panelists will share how storytelling raises awareness and facilitates change that is positive and meaningful for families and communities.

  • Moderator: Jasen Lee, Journalist, Deseret News/KSL
  • Dallas Graham, Founder, The Red Fred Project, “The Legacy of a Child’s Story”
  • Dallas Graham, Founder, The Red Fred Project, “The Legacy of a Child’s Story”
  • Kasandra VerBrugghen, Executive Director, Spy Hop, “Unlocking Potential through the Creative Process”
  • Suzi Montgomery, Media Arts Education Director, Utah Film Center, “The Power of Filmmaking in the Classroom”
  • Vanessa Williamsen, Filmmaker and Founder, Rootworthy Films, “Integrating Filmmaking into the Classroom to Help Children Tell Their Stories About Disabilities”

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout Session 1. Meet the Filmmaker. Join Barry Morrow, Oscar-award winning screenwriter as he discusses his film career and his friendship with Kim Peek, the inspiration for Rain Main.
  • Breakout Session 2. Corporate Social Responsibility. An opportunity to discuss with corporate leaders best practices and ideas for implementing and measuring the impact of corporate social responsibility.
  • Breakout Session 3. Supporting Neurodiversity through Technology and Best Practices. An opportunity to discuss some of the practices and technologies that can support neuro-diverse individuals, their families, clinical and medical providers, and employers as they pursue employment and independent living.

 

Event Contacts

Event Location

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Time: 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Monday, April 1, 2019, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Peek Award for Disability and screening of Intelligent Lives from award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 Broadway (300 South)
Salt Lake City, UT

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bottom Line of Disabilities Symposium
Zions Bank Tower
Founders Board Room, 18th Floor
One South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT

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Speakers

Lance Allred

Lance Allred

NBA player and Motivational Speaker

Lance Allred is the first legally deaf player in NBA history.  Known as “The Lion,” he is a best-selling author of Basketball Gods and Longshot and is an expert on Leadership, Perseverance and Grit.

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David E. Altig, Ph.D.

David E. Altig, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dr. David E. Altig is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to advising the Bank president on monetary policy and related matters, Dr. Altig oversees the Bank's regional executives and the Bank's research department.

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Brian Dawson

Brian Dawson

CFO, MADi Home

Brian Dawson is an entrepreneur with significant start-up, strategy, operational and capital markets experience spanning twenty plus years across Europe, Asia and the Americas. He is CFO of MADi Homes, an innovative affordable modular housing option that is manufactured and distrusted globally.

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Philippa Dunne

Philippa Dunne

Co-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.

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Spencer P. Eccles

Spencer P. Eccles

Managing Director, The Cynosure Group

Prior to co-founding The Cynosure Group, Spencer served as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) for the State of Utah which was responsible for statewide business, tourism and film development, international trade, rural economic development, and the Utah Health Exchange.

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V.R. Ferose

V.R. Ferose

Author, autism advocate, and Senior Vice President at Globalization Services, SAP, SEA

Ferose is a Senior Vice President and Head of Globalization Services at SAP SE, based out of Palo Alto. He is responsible for the global reach of SAP Products. He is passionate about making a difference in the world in a meaningful way.

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Jay Francis

Jay Francis

Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Miller Family Philanthropy

Jay Francis has been with the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies (LHM Group) for 29 years, and is currently the executive vice president for Corporate Affairs and Miller Family Philanthropy.

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Cameron Gunter

Cameron Gunter

CEO, PEG Development, Inc.

Cameron Gunter graduated from Idaho State University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration with an accounting emphasis. Prior to the founding of PEG Development, Cameron worked in private and public accounting, city management, and construction and development services.

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Dallas Graham

Dallas Graham

Executive Director, The Red Fred Project (invited), “The Lasting Legacy of Storytelling”

Dallas Graham is a fortysomething, Salt Lake City creative interested in books, birds, stories, children, kindness, photography, letters, yoga, punctuation marks, giant eggs, compassion, making hummus, collaborations and hiking with others.

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Patricia Healy

Patricia Healy

Senior Vice President of Research and Portfolio Manager, Cumberland Advisors

Patricia M. Healy joined the firm in the summer of 2016 as a Senior Vice President of Research and Portfolio Manager.

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Jennifer Hwu

Jennifer Hwu

CEO, InnoSys, Inc.

Almost 30 years ago, Jennifer Hwu quit her job as a high school physics teacher in Taiwan and moved to California to study electrical engineering at UCLA. After earning a master's and Ph.D., Hwu accepted a job as a professor at the University of Utah.

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Abby Ivory

Abby Ivory

Manager, Impact Investing at Sorenson Impact Center

Abby Ivory is a Manager at the Sorenson Impact Center. She currently works with Senior Director Paul Brown to develop a student-run fixed impact fund that will be housed at the University of Utah.

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Safia Keller

Safia Keller

Chief Employment Development Officer, Columbus Community Center

Safia comes to Columbus with 10 years of experience in fundraising and 11 years of experience in sales and program creation. She worked at Westminster College as director of corporate relations for 10 years and prior to that was the group and corporate sales director for 14 cities for Broadway Across America for 11 years.

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Jasen Lee

Jasen Lee

Journalist, Deseret News/KSL

Jasen is a veteran journalist and broadcaster who began his career in radio. He’s worked in Milwaukee, Springfield, IL and Salt Lake City covering news, politics and sports.

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Stephanie Mackay

Stephanie Mackay

Chief Innovation Officer, Columbus Community Center

Stephanie is the chief innovation officer for Columbus Community Center, a Salt Lake County-based nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for 420 individuals who have developmental and physical disabilities. Stephanie joined Columbus in 2004, and in her role, she is involved in fundraising, donor relations, board development, strategic planning, community events, marketing, and public relations.

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Bryan Miller

Bryan Miller

Motivational Speaker, Writer, and Philanthropist and Executive Director of Culture at Larry H. Miller Group of Companies

Bryan is a writer, coach, and philanthropist. Within the family enterprise, the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, he serves on the board of directors and as Executive Director of Culture.

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Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

General Manager and part owner of both the Mark Miller Subaru Dealerships and JCO Financial

Jeff has been with the Mark Miller Organization since 2003. He received his MBA from the University of Utah in 2010 and his Bachelors in Business from University of Southern California in 2002.

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Suzi Montgomery

Suzi Montgomery

Education Director, Utah Film Center  

Suzi Montgomery helped establish and now directs the Utah Film Center Education Department

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Barry Morrow

Barry Morrow

Oscar-winning screenwriter of the movie Rain Man

Barry is an Emmy and Academy Award winning writer/producer best known for his original story and screenplay for the 1988 Best Picture Rain Main. Early film projects related to disabilities, child and elder abuse led Barry to become an advocate for marginalized groups, and he received a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Social Workers.

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Wayne Niederhauser

Wayne Niederhauser

Owner, CW Management Corporation, and past president, Utah State Senate

Wayne is a co-owner of CW Management Corporation, a real estate development company located in West Jordan.

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Kasandra VerBrugghen

Kasandra VerBrugghen

Executive Director of Spy Hop Productions

Spy Hop is a youth media organization in Salt Lake City dedicated to empowering young people through the digital media arts. Kasandra has a BA in Political Science from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

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Elizabeth Whisamore, SPHR

EVP and Director of Human Relations, Zions Bancorpation

Elizabeth is passionate about human resources and has fifteen years of experience working with executive leadership, management teams and managing employee relations and employee engagement strategies.

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Taylor Woodbury

Taylor Woodbury

COO, Woodbury Corporation

E. Taylor Woodbury serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Woodbury Corporation. He is also a principal in Woodbury Strategic Partners Management which manages Woodbury’s private equity fund.

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Partners

Rootworthy Films
Utah Film Center
Columbus Community Center

Sponsors

Sorenson Legacy Foundation