Strictly Business: Strategies for Disability-Inclusive Workplaces


Featuring Debra Ruh | Global Disability-Inclusion Strategist

Thank you for attending Strictly Business 2016: Strategies for Disability-inclusive Workplaces.

Keynote speaker Debra Ruh’s presentation can be accessed here

Outstanding Business Partners of the Year

Comfort Keepers, Emma’s Bagel Café and Uniqlo


Debra Ruh
CEO, Ruh Global Communications
Debra Ruh, a Global Disability-Inclusion Strategist, has provided leadership to governments and disability organizations around the world supporting research, outreach, policy and standards initiatives in the public and private sectors. Her expertise includes United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The author of Uncovering Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Corporations Leverage Multiple Abilities in Their Workforce, she is a seasoned entrepreneur and founder of Ruh Global Communications, TecAccess and Strategic Performance Solutions.


Rolena Richardson
Store Manager, Uniqlo Chicago
Rolena Richardson’s commitment to hiring people with disabilities began while she trained at Uniqlo in Tokyo, Japan, where she experienced first-hand Uniqlo’s corporate mission of “changing conventional wisdom and changing the world” by working with, and hiring, a diverse and inclusive workforce. Most recently Rolena was instrumental in the opening of the Uniqlo Chicago Flagship store and in growing the Uniqlo presence from three Flagship stores to over 45 stores across the United States.

David Rowland
Office Managing Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
David Rowland is a member, and former chair of the Seyfarth Chicago Diversity Action Team which strives to foster diversity in all areas including the hiring of attorneys and support staff with disabilities. With more than 25 years of experience litigating labor and employment disputes in federal and state courts and administrative agencies across the country, David is a trusted advisor to many public and privately-held companies.


Melissa Harris
VP of Marketing, Origin Capital Partners
Melissa Harris is a Vice President of Marketing for Origin Capital Partners, a real estate investment firm and a former Chicago Tribune Pulitzer Prize-nominated business columnist.

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Daniel J. Wander-President
Karen Levine-Secretary
Alan Alport-Treasurer
Toby Bernstein
John Daniels
Susan Duman
Andrew M. Glick

Howard Sitron-Executive Director
Margaret Vimont-Chief Operating Officer
Janice Kaufman-Director of JVS Institutional Advancement

Susan Duman
Meredith Bluhm-Wolf


Business Executives
Bluhm Family Foundation
The Family of Susan Duman, Leslie & Frank Jaffe and Sharon vanZwieten
Meredith Bluhm-Wolf and William Wolf
The Malkin Families
Medline Industries, Inc.

Business Leader
John Daniels

Business Partners
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Andy Glick and Tracey Kite
SPR Consulting

For sponsorship opportunities, call Jan Kaufman at 312.673.3436.

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