Speakers/Mentors/Executive Roundtable Leadership


Global Accessibility Symposium & Career Exploration Summit
May 17th 2019
Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043
9:00am-6:00 pm

Alex Schneider, Software Engineer, Facebook

Alex was born with a severe-profound hearing loss and was lucky enough to be one of the youngest people fitted with hearing aids at only a couple weeks after birth.
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Alice Sheppard: Artist, Activist and Academic

As an emerging, award-winning choreographer, Alice creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies.
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Alice Wong, Founder and Director, Disability Visibility Project®

Alice Wong is a disability activist, media maker, and consultant.
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Angela Piazza, Ms. Wheelchair California, 2019

Angela Piazza is a proud advocate who was born with Cerebral Palsy and was crowned Ms.Wheelchair California on March 16th, 2019.
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Anirudh Koul, Head of AI & Research, Aira (Visual Interpreter for the Blind)

Anirudh is a noted AI expert, and a former scientist at Microsoft AI & Research, where he founded Seeing AI.
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Anna Pakman, Vice President Digital Marketing, Empire State Development

Anna Pakman serves as head of digital marketing for New York State’s I LOVE NY tourism campaign and business development initiatives.
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Anne Hinton, Co-Chair of The San Francisco Technology Council

Anne Hinton is a co-chair of the San Francisco Technology Council, a multi-stakeholder effort that advances digital inclusion for older adults and people with disabilities.
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Anthony Tusler, AboutDisability

Anthony Tusler is wheelchair-using writer, photographer, and community organizer.
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Aubrie Lee, Disability Rights Activist & Lead on Google’s Disability Employee Resource Group

Aubrie is a disability activist, interdisciplinary artist, and professional namer.
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Bonita Wahl, Analyst with DOR

Bonita Wahl is an Analyst with DOR where she coordinates statewide projects such as Student Work Experience, Apprenticeships, and LinkedIn Recruitment for DOR employment.
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Brenden Gilbert, Production Operations Engineer, Facebook

Born deaf back when there were very few technical innovations, Brenden continues to reach for the sky in everything.
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Caroline Evans, Board Member, Bay Area Emerging Museum Professionals (BAEMP)

Caroline credits her parents for her love of museums because when she was little, for a period of time, they visited the same museum every weekend. Years later that museum would serve as her first official job.
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CJ Jones is a CEO, of Sign World Media

CJ was born in St. Louis, MO, one of seven hearing children born to Deaf parents who communicate in American Sign Language.
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Darcy Grinolds, Hardware Design Validation and Reliability Lead (Robotics at X)

Darcy Grinolds loves her job working with robots! As part of a robotics team at X (formerly Google[x]), her job is to figure out how well a prototype robot works, and how it might break.
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Deborah Kaplan, Founder of Enterprise Accessibility

Deborah Kaplan is the founder of Enterprise Accessibility, a consulting company that brings accessibility expertise to enterprise businesses in a way that respects the mission, culture and strengths of each client.
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Dr. Harry Murphy, Founder and Director, Center on Disabilities

Harry Murphy has had professional experiences as a teacher of middle school students at The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, researcher at John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, Principal of the Southwest School for the Deaf in Lawndale, CA, and Assistant Director, National Center on Deafness at CSUN.
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Eve Andersson, Director in Google AI, Leading Efforts in Accessibility and ML Fairness

Eve Andersson is a Director in Google AI, leading efforts in Accessibility and ML Fairness. Prior to joining Google, Eve was Senior Vice President of Academics at Neumont University.
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Frances West, Founder of Frances West Company

Frances West is an internationally recognized thought leader, author, speaker, strategy advisor, and a woman-in-technology trailblazer known for her work in innovation, technology, and business transformation.
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James LeBrecht, Filmmaker, Founder of Berkeley Sound Artists

James LeBrecht has over 40 years experience as a film and theater sound designer and mixer, author, disability rights activist and filmmaker. He is founder of Berkeley Sound Artists.
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Jason E. Squire, Professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Editor, The Movie Business Book

Jason E. Squire is Professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts where he teaches movie business and screenwriting.
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Jd Michaels, Creator / Partner at Michaels.Adams

Jd Michaels is a native of Kansas City, a graduate of Yale University, and, by trade, a bit of a mad scientist.
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Judy Brewer, Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative, at the World Wide Web Consortium

Judy Brewer directs the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
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Kamini Dandapani, Sr Director, Engineering

Kamini is a Senior Director of Engineering at LinkedIn. She leads the Infrastructure and Productivity Engineering Team for the core flagship app for LinkedIn.
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Karen Crowe, DOR VR Team Manager

Karen Crowe, has extensive experience in Business Engagement and Employment Development, first a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with DOR, and now as a DOR VR Team Manager in San Jose.
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Kelly Hargreaves, Department of Rehabilitation Chief Deputy Director

Kelly Hargreaves, DOR’s Chief Deputy Director has been in public service for over thirty years, with over twenty years in a leadership role.
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Lawrence Carter-Long, Director of Communications, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Lawrence Carter-Long is a difficult man to peg or to pin down and that’s just the way he likes it. LCL–as friends call him–has been on the frontlines of popular culture and social change since the age of five when he was drafted to be a poster child for a disability-related charity campaign.
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Leroy F. Moore Jr., Founder, Krip-Hop Nation

Leroy F. Moore, Jr. is an activist, author, poet, rapper, feminist, and radio programmer, and the founder of the Krip-Hop Nation, an international movement that addresses discrimination against disabled artists marginalized because of the intersection of racism and ableism.
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Mark Major, Senior Computer Aided Drafter and Inventor, Nasa Ames Research Center, National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC)

Mark Major has had a passion for innovative design that improves the lives of people with disabilities.
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Mike Burn, Deaf Reliability Testing Engineer

Mike is a Deaf Reliability Testing Engineer and has over 30 years of technical and engineering specialization in Consumer Electronics.
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Mrinalini Loew, Group Product Manager, Play Commerce Product Management Team, Google

Mrinalini Loew is currently a Group Product Manager at Google, leading the Play Commerce product management team.
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Nick Lum, Founder, BeeLine Reader

Nick Lum is a startup founder working in digital accessibility and media. He is the founder of BeeLine Reader.
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Paulette Penzvalto, Program Manager, Corp Eng Strategy & Operations Effectiveness Team at Google

Paulette Penzvalto is a Program Manager in Corp Eng Strategy & Operations Effectiveness team at Google. She is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion, leads Autism Employee Resource Groups at Google and is active in the Google Disability Alliance.
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Ryan Easterly, Executive Director, WITH Foundation

Ryan Easterly is an experienced philanthropist, strategist, and advocate who has worked in philanthropy for more than 10 years.
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Sarah Tuberty, Occupational Therapy Student and Co-host of Disarming Disability Podcast

Sarah Tuberty can't be kept out of the sky! From flight attending to aerial arts, this soon to be Occupational Therapist is pushing the limits and advocating to end the social stigmas on disability as a c0-host for a new podcast Disarming Disability.
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Sarah, Director, Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives, Apple

Sarah leads Accessibility for Apple — including Apple’s award winning VoiceOver screenreader software for people who are blind, Made for iPhone Hearing Aids, and other initiatives we create that support Apple’s culture of inclusion.
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Srin Madipalli, Product Manager, Airbnb

Srin Madipalli is a Product Manager at Airbnb with a focus on making travel easier for people with disabilities.
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Susan Mazrui, Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.

Susan Mazrui began work in Communications in 1994 at Pacific Bell. In 1998, she moved to the wireless field, where she developed corporate strategies for state and federal legal and regulatory compliance.
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Suzanne Levine, Founder, National Center on Disability and Journalism

Suzanne Levine finds joy in the nexus of media, technology and disability and is continuously learning and stretching into new areas.
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The Honorable Tony Coelho, Author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Tony Coelho is a former United States congressman from California and primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act widely recognized as the most important piece of civil rights legislation in the last 30 years.
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Trenire Pensy, Regional Business Specialist for the Greater East Bay District

Trenire Pensy, Regional Business Specialist for the Greater East Bay District.
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Zuby Onwuta, Founder/CEO of Think and Zoom

Zuby Onwuta, is a Harvard trained innovator.
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