National Disability Employment Awareness Celebration

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October 21, 2010

Presentation: Disability, Diversity and Inclusion

Presenter: Steve Hanamura, M.A., president, Hanamura Consulting, Inc.

Description: Participants will explore the distinction between disability, diversity, inclusion and the connection to the bottom line. Topics to be discussed include:

  • How we can move beyond compliance to create breakthroughs in working with people with disabilities
  • The role of management and leadership in insuring that people with disabilities can be successful on the job
  • The role of the employee with a disability in working collaboratively with colleagues
  • How to merge disability, diversity and inclusion into a successful model for increased productivity

Presenter Biography: Steve Hanamura brings over 30 years of experience to the consulting, training and speaking profession. Hanamura Consulting serves businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies and academic institutions throughout the country. A partial listing includes Nike, American Airlines, ESPN, Safeway, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, March of Dimes, NASA, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Pace University, the Omaha School District and the Beaverton School District. Hanamura has authored two books, In Search of Vision (2000) and I Can See Clearly (2005); written many journal articles and has been recognized as one of forty diversity pioneers in Profiles in Diversity Journal (2007). Hanamura received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon and his bachelor’s degree from Linfield College.



October 21, 2010

Event: A Night for Networking: Connecting Business & Talent

OHSU hosted the first-time event aimed at supporting the disability community, A Night for Networking, on October 21, 2010, in the Center for Health and Healing (CHH) atrium at the South Waterfront Campus. Joe Smith of KGW News Channel 8 emceed the event that featured music, food and beverages. The event is part of OHSU's continuing efforts to build bridges and better connect the community and the diverse populations it serves.

The evening event aimed at connecting individuals with disabilities with local employers, government representatives, and supporting affiliates. This event was well attended by over 150 attendees. The goal for OHSU and partners was to facilitate employment connections while highlighting disability as an asset to good business.