SC Workforce: Empowering All, An Employer Summit on Hiring People with Disabilities

October 09, 2018 - October 09, 2018
11:30 AM EDT to 2:00 PM EDT
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Stone River
121 Alexander Road
West Columbia, SC 29169

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the SC Disability Employment Coalition is inviting businesses in South Carolina to build on their awareness of issues surrounding hiring people with disabilities.

If you are looking for candidates who will bring value to your company, the 2018 Employer Summit will show you how to reach an untapped workforce. The SC Disability Coalition is inviting businesses in South Carolina to register for this event today!

HR Certification Credit: This program is pending for PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. It is also pending for HRCI general recertification credit.

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Agenda Includes:
•Strategies to Improve Recruitment
•Practical Tips for Establishing an Effective Inclusive Employment Strategy
•Networking Opportunities with Disability Resource Providers

Join us for an event packed with information about hiring inclusively.

Lunch will be provided and registration is $35 made payable at

National Speakers and Advocates to Keynote the Summit!

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Pattrick Cokley

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Rebecca Cokley

Rebecca and Patrick Cokley both have extensive experience working for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce and daily life.

Patrick is the Disability Policy Engagement Manager at Anthem Inc., where he supports Anthem’s continued engagement and communication with stakeholders on issues related to disability and provides guidance on how changes in legislation and policy may affect care for individuals with disabilities. He has worked at the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as Director of the Workforce Recruitment Program and served as an Employer Policy Advisor for ODEP. Patrick’s expertise includes emergency preparedness for individuals with disabilities, as well as the relationship between diversity issues and disability in the workplace. As a graduate of the historically black Howard University, Patrick believes that it is imperative that the disability and traditional diversity communities learn to work together as they both share the core values of inclusion.

Rebecca is the founding Director of the Center for American Progress’ Disability Justice Initiative. She has also served as the Executive Director of the National Council on Disability, an independent agency charged with advising Congress and the White House on issues of national disability public policy and oversaw key reports on topics such as disability employment. Rebecca got her feet wet in advocacy while working at the Institute for Educational Leadership for five years, where she was responsible for overseeing the development of tools and resources to improve employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. She has spent the last 15 years making stronger and deeper connections across civil rights communities.

The South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition is an interagency collaborative working to address barriers to employment for people with disabilities in South Carolina. In SC, the unemployment rate is 70% for people with disabilities, despite the fact that they make up 14% of the state's population. Part of the solution to this problem is ensuring employers receive support to help them navigate the issues surrounding this topic. For that reason, the SC Disability Employment Coalition is offering this event to raise awareness and connect employers to the resources and agencies available to help them navigate this aspect of hiring a diverse workforce. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and HR Certification Institute (HRCI) credit is pending.

South Carolina Businesses: We Need Your Help!
In addition to supporting this event by sending one or more of your staff involved with hiring and/or company policy, we're looking for sponsors to show their support in hiring inclusively. We hope you can join us!