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Christopher Patnoe is the Head of Accessibility Programs and Disability Inclusion for Google. He leads Google’s efforts around the accessibility of product, people (both Googler and end users) and partnerships. He has more than 20 years experience in Tech working at companies like Apple, Sony Ericsson and Disney where he’s built hardware, software, and services. His current passion is Accessibility at the intersection of immersive technologies (AR/VR) and consumer hardware. He is the chair for the Immersive Captions Community Group with the W3C, is a co-Chair of the XR Association Accessibility Working Group, and sits on the Board of Trustees for the American Foundation for the Blind. Christopher has a degree in Music from U.C. Berkeley.
Jennison started his full-time digital accessibility career in 2006 on the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) IT Accessibility Team, consulting across the organization on how to make web, Windows Desktop, and mobile/tablet experiences accessible and usable to persons with different disabilities. He joined LinkedIn in 2013, where today, he is Head, Accessibility Engineering Evangelism.
After successfully establishing a robust accessibility program as the Head of Accessibility at VMware, Byrne-Haber transitioned into a strategy/architect role to continue leading accessibility initiatives. Sheri is a prominent global subject matter expert in the fields of disability and accessibility in business and educational settings. She is best known for launching digital accessibility programs at multiple Fortune 200 companies including McDonald’s, Albertsons, and VMware, as well as consulting on government accessibility. Her programs have positively impacted millions of more than 1 billion global people with disabilities.
Christin is a Disability Integration Advisor at FEMA. She is also the CEO of Inclusive Community Home Care, and Founder of I Am Equal and Founder of the Inclusive CEO coaching program.
She is a huge advocate for the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of the community. Christin has extensive knowledge regarding equal access principles and strategies needed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities in various environments that include Education, Employment, & Disaster Planning at the state, local & federal level and throughout the community.
Christin has worked in emergency management for over 5 years, and have served as a Regional Disability Integration Advisor supporting 6 states that include; Texas, Lousiana, New Mexico, Arkansas & Oklahoma. She is responsible for providing advice and technical assistance to Federal, State, Local & Tribal partners on how to effectively meet the needs of individuals in disaster planning efforts. She has provided numerous training and workshops on disability awareness, people-first language & Accessible communication to business leaders and organizations.
Christin also has over 5 years of experience teaching special education and have served as a Special Education Director helping to improve processes and policies that effectively meet the needs of students with disabilities.
Natalie Patrice Tucker has nearly two decades of experience building the accessible web. Committed to a web that works for everyone, she spends her days (and far too many nights and weekends) serving as a subject matter expert in the area of web accessibility and training an army of developers and stakeholders to carry the charge.
Lori Samuels is the Accessibility Director at NBCUniversal Media.
Matt May is the Head of Inclusive Design at Adobe.
Becky Kekula is an international motivational speaker and advocate for inclusion! She also serves as the Disability Equality Index Director at Disability:IN, the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. After receiving a college degree, Becky worked for a decade in the entertainment and news media industries. Currently, she’s working with corporations to help advance disability inclusion and equality. Becky also happens to be a little person. She proudly identifies as part of the disability community. She has spoken at over 300 venues such as companies, government agencies, and schools. Becky is excited to be joining us.
As the Director of Marketing, I lead the marketing team and help strategize ways to grow our brand, presence, and thought leadership in the field of video accessibility. I have written dozens of papers and over a hundred blog articles on the subjects of captioning, video SEO, and IT accessibility, and often present on these topics.
You might see me at tech and accessibility conferences – come say hi!
I’m Emily, an Accessibility Consultant and Journalist, living in Glasgow.
After volunteering at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, I was invited to Rio de Janeiro by the British Consulate to speak on the importance of access and inclusion ahead of the 2016 Games. Whilst there, I was offered a role as Accessibility Consultant for MetroRio, the underground transport system for the city. Over the next two years, I advised on modernisations of existing stations, conducted risk assessments, trained staff and worked with architects to create plans for an accessible transport line to the Olympic Park.
Now an accessibility consultant in the UK, I am the inclusive design associate at CCD Design and Ergonomics and have most recently worked with Heathrow Airport to update their Access and Inclusion Standards for passengers and staff.
I frequently present and write on disability issues, having fronted several documentaries for BBC Three and written for the Guardian, the Independent and Telegraph Travel. I authored the Lonely Planet Guide to Accessible Rio de Janeiro, endorsed by the International Paralympic Committee and available to download by athletes, tourists, and locals alike ahead of the 2016 Games.
A wheelchair user myself, I am also a disability awareness trainer for Enhance the UK and manage their Undressing Disability campaign, championing the right for disabled people to have access to sexual expression. I recently delivered a TEDx talk on this issue and am currently studying for a PhD in Women’s Studies at the University of York.
Diana Codispoti serves as Director of Corporate Stakeholder Engagement at Disability:IN, the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Prior, Diana worked in the advertising, marketing, and design industry for 15 years.
She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Houston System and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Tulsa. Currently, she is responsible for managing various relationships with key stakeholders across the portfolio of programs at Disability:IN. In her spare time, Diana enjoys volunteering, public speaking, participating in OCR events, and traveling to new places.
Stacey A. Gordon is a diversity, inclusion, and career strategist and the CEO of Rework Work.
At Rework Work, Stacey works to reduce bias in recruiting and barriers to hiring. Leading at the intersection of recruiting, career development, diversity, and workplace culture, Stacey has delivered keynote speeches globally and developed educational content that has engaged professionals both in person and in a virtual environment. She focuses on reworking how companies work by creating inclusive workplace cultures. That includes how they recruit, hire, and engage women and professionals of color. Stacey is also a highly rated coach practitioner who has facilitated coaching of chief diversity officers and other diversity and inclusion (D&I) practitioners at several D&I forums.