Inclusion Works: For Business, Opportunity, Innovation, and Health

Inclusion Works: For Business, Opportunity, Innovation, and Health


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Webinar Description:

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (#NDEAM). This panel presentation will focus on competitive, integrated employment and the link between employment for people with disabilities and health. Offering perspectives from people with disabilities, employers, and health care experts, the session will focus on employment data for people with disabilities, recognition of the skills and talents workers with disabilities bring to our workplaces and how innovations in business and health can enhance these contributions. The theme of the event is "Inclusion Works" (#Inclusionworks).


In collaboration with:
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and Office of Equal Employment Opportunities (OEEO) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).


Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, FAAP is the Division Director for the Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD) at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). Dedicated to the health and development of children and adults across the lifespan, she applies her personal passion and knowledge to a critical leadership position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In her role at DHDD, Dr. Peacock directs CDC's public health approach, which helps children and adults with disabilities get the most out of life by supporting programs, surveillance, research and policies that facilitate better healthcare, increases in accessibility, and inclusion. DHDD also works to optimize child development for those at risk for high-impact conditions so children can reach their full potential in life. Dr. Peacock oversees a division staff focused on the best health outcomes for the following populations:

  • Infants and children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, fragile X syndrome, hearing loss, mental disorders, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and Tourette Syndrome
  • Infants and children at risk for developmental delays, disabilities, and mental disorders
  • Adults living with disabilities, including those with functional mobility and cognitive limitations

In addition to her DHDD responsibilities, Dr. Peacock continues to see patients in developmental clinics - the Good Samaritan Health Center and the DeKalb County Refugee Clinic - while also serving as an adjunct professor with the Georgia State Center for Leadership in Disability and Georgia Leadership & Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program. She also represents CDC on a number of federal and national committees including the HHS Pediatric/Obstetric Integrated Program Team, the HHS CHILD Working Group, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Children with Disabilities, and AAP's Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council. As an expert member of CDC's Children's Preparedness Team, working with CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), Dr. Peacock holds a substantial role in public health disaster preparedness and response for children.

Terry Blum is the founding director of Georgia Tech's Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ILE), an interdisciplinary unit that develops individual and organizational leadership capabilities for economic growth, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability. ILE's curriculum and activities increase students' attentiveness to the critical cultural, economic, environmental and social issues they will face as they advance in their chosen professions, preparing them to be more effective leaders in an increasingly complex world. ILE programs include the IMPACT speaker series, Ideas to Serve (I2S: Socially and Environmentally Responsible Values Enhancements) and the East Coast partner for the Global Social Ventures Competition.

She earned a PhD from Columbia University in 1982 and has researched and published extensively on topics related to innovation and technology transfer in health services related to behavioral health care. She has served on many NIH study sections, and has been a co-investigator for research grants related to the study of organizational and entrepreneurial factors that mediate the transfer, adoption and diffusion of innovation to for-profit and not-for-profit health treatment organizations. She is the co-founder of Georgia Tech's Inclusive Postsecondary Academy (IPA), which provides a 4 year certificate in Social Growth, Academic Enrichment, and Vocational Exploration for students with Intellectual Disabilities. She co-develop and a curriculum in entrepreneurship and innovation for graduate students in biomedical technology and life sciences reflecting her interests in technology transfer and value creation. This curriculum has since been expanded to include students from all of the engineering, science and computing disciplines.

Blum has served as an advisor or director for several entrepreneurial endeavors including: Stanford's Roundtable on Engineering Entrepreneurship Education; a non-profit accelerator for women's entrepreneurship, Project Tsunami's Global Brain Trust (partially funded by the Kauffman Foundation); the non-profit board of the Georgia Tech Technology Ventures (GATV), which facilitates the transfer of technology from Georgia Tech and other research universities; and Georgia Tech's Economic Development Institute (EDI). She participated as an organizer and director of a de novo community bank, Midtown Bank and Trust. She currently serves on the boards of MedShare International, a not-for-profit venture that creates value and improves health through the collection of surplus medical supplies and equipment for distribution to health facilities in developing countries and Camp Twin Lakes, which provides camps for those with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges.

Jeremy Norden-Paul is the Tennessee State Director of Employment and Day Services for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Jeremy began his career as an elementary special education teacher in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ. Jeremy then moved to Washington State, where he became an employment consultant with a provider agency. He provided personalized job coaching to employed individuals, and also partnered with the business community to create customized job opportunities for students and adults with disabilities. He played a role in creating and expanding two large-scale partnerships, with the Microsoft Corp. and the City of Seattle. In 2014, Jeremy moved to Nashville. He has spent the past two years working at Teach For America, where he partnered with the education community to match new teachers, including a cohort of special education teachers, with high-need Nashville schools. Jeremy says he believes that access to gainful employment opportunities is a matter of civil rights and that employment should be the expectation and not the exception for all people. "I am passionate about helping people with disabilities live life to its fullest potential," he said, "and I'm looking forward to partnering with communities across Tennessee to increase opportunities for people with disabilities."


Randy Lewis - Peace Corps volunteer, Arthur Murray dance instructor, Ernst and Young partner, Fortune 50 senior executive and best-selling author. Before retiring in 2013 as Senior Vice President, he led Walgreens' logistics division for sixteen years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores with the most advanced logistics network in its industry. Randy remains active in business and serves as a director of The Wendy's Company, a publicly-owned national restaurant chain. He maintains an active speaking schedule about the advantages of hiring those with disabilities. After retiring from Walgreens, Randy founded the NOGWOG Disability Initiative. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the expansion of hiring the disabled by Fortune 500 companies based upon the Walgreens experience. The Initiative is funded wholly by speaker fees and royalties from Randy's best-selling book, No Greatness Without Goodness.


Liz Weintraub has a long history of leadership in self advocacy, and has held many board and advisory positions at state and national organizations. In addition to her part-time position with AUCD, Liz also works for the Council on Quality & Leadership (CQL) and consults for National Children's Center in Washington, DC. Her work with both of these organizations focuses on improving quality of life for people with disabilities.

Liz is the immediate past chair of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council. Liz a faculty member of The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware and is the President of the Board of Directors for Shared Support Maryland, a progressive provider organization.