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Debra Ruh

  Employability & Technology


USBLN® 2010 Annual Conference & Expo Success in Chicago

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For Immediate Release
September 27, 2010

Anita Howard
Phone: 202-872-6739

WASHINGTON, DC (September 27, 2010) - The 13th Annual US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) Annual Conference & Expo held in Chicago last week, one of the most exciting and accessible venues in the country, was a resounding success. Attendance grew by over 10 percent from last year with nearly 500 corporate, government, disability-owned businesses and BLN affiliates attending the conference, held Sunday, September 19th through Wednesday, September 22nd at the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel.

"This conference continues to grow and expand each year and we're very proud of its continued success," said John D. Kemp, Executive Director and General Counsel of the USBLN®, host of the event. "This annual meeting presents our attendees with the resources, information and networking that they are seeking. Our event provides valuable information to corporate, government, and other employers on how to successfully prepare, hire, promote, retain, and develop employees who have disabilities, in addition to attracting customers with disabilities and increasing the number of disability-owned businesses in their supply chains."

The 2010 USBLN® Annual Conference & Expo, "Aligning Disability with the Bottom Line: Talent, Market Share, and Supplier Diversity" is the preeminent national employer-to-employer event that taps into the vast economic potential of people with disabilities. This conference focuses on bringing attendees together to create workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are fully included as professionals, customers and entrepreneurs.

The 2010 USBLN® Annual Conference & Expo highlights included:

  • Over 40 educational sessions by leading speakers and community luminaries;
  • Three tracks including Talent, Market Share and Supplier Diversity to best accommodate the varied professional experience levels and educational needs of the attendees with JAN's Accommodation Solutions for Business sessions were included within the Talent track;
  • The Expo featured 20 companies whose services were of great interest to attendees, and federal agencies committed to hiring people with disabilities;
  • Sunday evening Welcome Reception Featuring Vocalist Eddie Davenport and "MONICA & DAVID" Film Screening - Winner of Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival;
  • Monday evening Expo Opening Reception Featuring US Paralympic Excellence including an autograph session with Paralympic Ambassadors and Warrior Games Highlights; and
  • The 2010 USBLN® Annual Leadership Awards Dinner, a Black Tie Optional Event, held Tuesday evening to celebrate the Leadership Award recipients that embody the highest ethical standards and values in the disability community.

About the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®)

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) is the national disability organization that serves as the collective voice of over 60 Business Leadership Network affiliates across North America, representing over 5,000 employers. The USBLN® promotes the business imperative of the preparation and inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace, marketplace, and supply chain while supporting the development and expansion of its BLN affiliates. The USBLN® recognizes and supports best practices in hiring and advancing employees with disabilities, marketing to consumers with disabilities, and encourages contracting with vendors with disabilities through the development and certification of disability-owned businesses.