DC Metro Business Leadership Network - Driving Success Through Disability Inclusion

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Upcoming DC Metro BLN Programs

    • October 25, 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • EY 1775 Tysons Boulevard 18th floor, Kuykenhall Room, Tysons VA 22102



    Visit dcmetrobln.org/Programs for details

    "2017 USBLN Affiliate of the Year"

     Celebrates Our

    4th Annual Gala

     "No Limits!"

    Tom Savard

    Keynote Speaker

    World Class Skier, Gold Medal Winner

    Disabled National Championship

    A Passion for Youth!  

                    Achieve Brand Recognition at the Gala and All Year Long on our Website! 

    PLATINUM $10,000 Ten 2018 Gala tickets Ten Guest Passes to 2019 Programs 

    DIAMOND $5,000 Six 2018 Gala tickets Five Guest Passes to 2019 Programs 

    GOLD $2,500 Four 2018 Gala tickets Two Guest Passes to 2019 Programs 

    SILVER $1,000 Two 2018 Gala tickets One Guest Pass to 2019 Programs 

    CRYSTAL $500 Two 2018 Gala Tickets 


    Tom Savard had been a high school athlete and was very active in sports until his 1978 crash. “I was 22, and I remember thinking, ‘Well, this is my life now,’” he said. “I thought I better start making the best of it because they weren’t growing back.” Savard took up skeet and trap shooting from his wheelchair and soon earned the National Rifle Association’s “Expert” ranking. Then, more than a decade after his accident, his sister told him about a group of skiers who used a single pole-mounted ski in place of legs. “The first time I tried it, it was wicked,” Savard said. “I spent the day picking myself up.” But he didn’t let the falls discourage him, he said. “Some people are content to just get down the hill,” he said. “But I always thought that even an expert should fall at least once a day. If you aren’t falling, you aren’t pushing yourself to your potential.” A year later he was competing in national level events and just a few years later, he was attempting to qualify for the Nagano Winter Olympics when a particularly bad fall put him in the hospital with a broken back. Still, he was soon back on skis. “The lesson is that everybody faces challenges, and whatever your potential is, you want to strive for it,” he said. “I always tell them I’m not a disabled person, I’m Tom Savard. I just happen to have a disability.”

    Tom has been speaking to elementary students about Diversity for the past 15 years and how, although "we are all different, we are all very similar." At last count he has talked to over 6,000 fourth and fifth graders! Tom says, “The interaction and questions I receive from the students are very inquisitive, insightful and show they truly “get it”.  

    Come hear his passionate story as we gather together for our 4th Annual Gala to enjoy great food, wine, music and live auction to launch our 2019 Internship Program.

    Tom's Day Job- 30+ years with Northrop Grumman Corporation, Program Manager, Chairperson for Northrop Grumman's  VOICE (Victory Over Impairment & Challenges Enterprise) at the Norwalk CT campus.  

    Tom holds a M.B.A. Degree from University of Connecticut. Graduate School of Business, Storrs, CT.  and a B.A. in Economics from Saint Anselms College, Manchester, NH.   

    Best regards,

    DC Metro BLN
    • October 29, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Georgetown University 37th and O Streets, NW Rafik B. Hariri Building Washington DC 2005

    Are you a business trying to create or improve disability inclusion within your organization? Co-hosted by the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) within Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and DC Metro Business Leadership Network, the disability employment forum will raise attention to businesses’ ROI in the employment of people with disabilities. Speakers with first-hand knowledge on creating diverse cultures will share best practices.

    Organizations will have the opportunity to network with others who have been on the journey of disability inclusion and come away with knowledge, connections and resources to improve their own recruitment, hiring, retention and promotion of people with disabilities.

    Seating is limited, reserve your spot today!

    We believe business can be a powerful force for good. In service of that belief, we are pleased to bring these experts to Georgetown University to help them work together to solve the complex societal challenge of creating more diverse and inclusive organizations.

    The DC Metro Business Leadership Network is an employer led non-profit organization that brings the business community together to learn and share information about the value of including people with disabilities in the workforce.


    Confirmed Presenters:

    • Randy Lewis, NOWWOG
    • John Kemp, The Viscardi Center
    • Lori Golden, EY
    • Mary Lynn MacKenzie, Bank of America
    • Aaron Thompson, Jeffrey Danley, Starbucks Retail Inclusion Program


    If you taxi or Uber to GU, have them drop you off at the GU Hotel entrance and you can follow the signs once inside to get to the Fisher Colloquium on the 4th floor in the Business School.

    If you drive, The Southwest Garage is the most cost-efficient place to park within Georgetown University. 

    Here are the details:

    Visitor Parking Information

    Parking for all university visitors is available in the Southwest Garage, accessible via Canal Road NW. This garage is cash only.

    University Address

    Visitors should use 3611 Canal Road NW as the address when mapping directions using GPS. Click here for detailed driving directions to campus.

    Visitor Parking Rates

    New rates as of July 1, 2017

    • Hourly Parking Rate  $5.00
    • Daily Parking Rate $22.00
    • Daily Parking (after 3:00pm) $14.00
    • Daily Parking (after 7:00pm) $8.00
    • All students after 5:00pm with GU ID $4.00
    • All daily passes expire at 6:00am the following day except University holidays and weekends

Past events

August 15, 2018 Strategies for Increased Retention and Productivity: Supporting Caregiver Employees at Work
May 09, 2018 Corporate and Community Leaders Employment Summit: Expanding the Talent Pipeline for People with Disabilities
February 21, 2018 Reimagining Inclusion: Employee Resource Groups and Millennials
September 12, 2017 Mental Health Issues: Stay@Work, Return2 Work; Building an Emotionally Healthy Workplace
July 24, 2017 RECORDED SESSION with Deck and Transcript from July 13th Autism at Work: Recruiting, Interviewing and Retaining Talent
July 13, 2017 Autism at Work: Recruiting, Interviewing and Retaining Talent
May 16, 2017 Making Connections: Corporate and Community Leaders Strategic Roundtable
April 26, 2017 5th Annual Accessibility, Accommodations and Assistive Technology (AAA) Share Forum and Expo
March 08, 2017 Investing in the Future: Empowering Millennials with Disabilities Share Forum
November 09, 2016 4th Annual USBLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program
October 20, 2016 "History in the Making:Celebrating the Past and Advancing the Future of Inclusion"
August 17, 2016 Creating a Culture of Disability Inclusion- Practical Solutions for Workforce Engagement
June 15, 2016 Third Annual Accessibility and AT Event
May 11, 2016 Talent Acquisition: Building Successful Community Partner Pipelines
January 28, 2016 Culture Assessment and Compliance for Disability Inclusion
November 19, 2015 Talent Acquisition & Employee Retention: Leveraging All Employee Resource Groups for Disability Inclusion
October 21, 2015 Back to the Future: The Why, What and How for Disability Inclusion
July 17, 2015 Making a Difference in Inclusion: Leveraging the Campaign for Disability Employment for Disability Inclusion
March 18, 2015 4th Annual Wounded Warrior Symposium “A Robust Dialog of Inclusion Strategies”
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