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

April 1, 2019

TWEET: GIC returns to Salt Lake City for the Annual Bottom Line of Disabilities symposium on Tuesday, April 2. Registration with is still open:

Salt Lake City, UT 

The Bottom Line of Disabilities Economic Symposium: Candid Conversations and Collaborations that Redefine Diversity: The Global Interdependence Center (GIC) returns to Salt Lake City for a symposium of 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. 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, significant change only occurs when we collaborate to create innovative, meaningful, and sustainable solutions for some of the most marginalized among us.


  • Lance Allred, International Keynote Speaker and First Deaf Player in NBA
  • David Altig, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Kristy Chambers, CEO, Columbus Community Center
  • Brian Dawson, CFO, MADi Home
  • Philippa Dunne, co-editor, TLR Analytics High Resolution Economic Research
  • Spencer P. Eccles, Managing Director, The Cynosure Group
  • V.R. Ferose, author, autism advocate, and Senior Vice President at Globalization Services, SAP, SE.
  • Jay Francis, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Miller Family Philanthropy
  • Dallas Graham, Founder, The Red Fred Project
  • Cameron Gunter, CEO, PEG Development, Inc.
  • Patricia Healy, Senior Vice President of Research, Cumberland Advisors
  • Jennifer Hwu, CEO, InnoSys, Inc.
  • Abby Ivory, Manager, Impact Investing at Sorenson Impact Center
  •  Safia Keller, Chief Employment Development Officer, Columbus Community Center
  • Jasen Lee, Journalist, Deseret News/KSL
  • Stephanie Mackay, Chief Innovation Officer, Columbus Community Center
  • Bryan Miller, Writer, Coach, and Philanthropist, “Make the World Work for Every One”
  • Jeff Miller, General Manager, Mark Miller Subaru, “Integrating Social Corporate Responsibility in a way that Creates Positive Change in the Workplace and the Community”
  • Suzi Montgomery, Utah Film Center, and Vanessa Williamsen, Rootworthy Films, “Integrating Filmmaking into the Classroom to Help Children Tell Their Stories About Disabilities”
  • Barry Morrow, Oscar-award winning screenwriter of the Rain Main. How the Rain Man Changed the Discussion of Disabilities.
  • Wayne Niederhauser, Principal and Co-Founder, CW Management Corporation
  • Jamee Rawlings Beus, Trust Specialist, Zions Ban
  • Robert Spendlove, Economic and Public Policy Officer at Zions Bank
  • Kasandra VerBrugghen, Executive Director of Spy Hop Productions
  • Elizabeth Whisamore, SPHR, Executive Vice President of Human Relations Zions Bancorpation
  • Vanessa Williamsen, Executive Director, RootWorthy Films
  • Taylor Woodbury, COO, Woodbury Corporation

WHEN: Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Zions Bank Tower
Founders Board Room, 18th Floor
One South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT


To register for this event or for more information please contact Colleen Murphy, Manager of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] or 215-238-0990.

About the Global Interdependence Center: The Global Interdependence Center (GIC) is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that seeks to stimulate thoughtful, global dialogue on a wide range of issues that affect the international community, including economics, health care and government. GIC convenes conferences and roundtable discussions, both domestically and internationally, to identify and address emerging global issues. For more information, visit GIC’s website at