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Intentional Inclusion: Increasing Access & Opportunity

Date: Tuesday October 13, 2020 (This event is in the past.)

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern

Training Type: Remote Monthly Series Training

Increasing access and opportunity for all workers with disabilities is an intentional act. Being intentional creates an inclusive workplace by evaluating and addressing any challenges to access and inclusion throughout the employee life cycle. Assessing what tools and resources employees need to be productive and then making sure those tools can be comfortably used is essential. It is vitally important to include people with disabilities in understanding and addressing any challenges when it comes to disability inclusion and access. Today’s webcast features the latest tools, resources, and collaborations available through the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and Disability:IN Inclusion Works to support your organization in its disability inclusion journey.


  • Anne E. Hirsh , Associate Director
  • Deborah Dagit
  • Louis Orslene
  • Leslie L. Wilson, M.S.


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Bio for Deborah Dagit

Deb Dagit is a sought-after consultant and speaker on the topics of diversity and inclusion. She started Deb Dagit Diversity LLC in 2013 to deliver the practical, just-in-time services and products she wished were available when she was a VP & Chief Diversity Officer for more than 22 years.

During her 11+ years at Merck Deb was responsible for global equal opportunity, employee relations, recruiting, and diversity and inclusion. Under her leadership, the company was recognized for its exemplary work in diversity and inclusion by a wide range of business publications, government agencies, and professional organizations.  Prior to joining Merck, Deb was the leader of Diversity at Silicon Graphics and Sun Microsystems.  Deb has been a corporate consultant for Disability:IN Inclusion Works since its inception in 2014.

Bio for Louis Orslene

Louis Orslene, MPIA, MSW, serves the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, as the Director for the Employer and Workplace Policy Team. The Employer Team examines the policy issues and barriers facing employers as they seek to recruit, hire, retain, and advance individuals with disabilities in the workplace. The Team fulfills its mission by encouraging adoption and implementation of disability employment policies and practices that meet the needs of private and public employers and individuals with disabilities.

Prior to joining ODEP, Lou served as a Disability Policy Advisor supporting the Department of Defense Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Lou has also served as the Co-Director of the Department of Labor’s Job Accommodation Network (JAN). He has extensive knowledge of workplace accommodations, Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended in 2008 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Lou has more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing disability-related public sector initiatives and 15 years of experience providing customized training to private industry, public agencies and nonprofit organizations.  

Lou graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with Master's degrees in Public and International Affairs and Social Work. Lou also holds a certification in Disability Management as well as a certificate in Managing Public and Non-profit Organizations. He holds an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management.

Lou’s presentations are informed by 25 years in the field of disability employment and through collaborations with groups such as the Disability:IN, Disability Management Employers Coalition, Society of Human Resource Management, National Business and Disability Council, Assistive Technology Industry Association, and the American Association of People with Disabilities, among others.

Lou is committed to increasing the employability of individuals with disabilities. This commitment is continuously deepened through the exploration of the nexus between the needs of employers and abilities of individuals with disabilities.

Bio forr Leslie L. Wilson, M.S.

As the Disability:IN Senior Vice President, Workplace Initiatives, Leslie leads the Inclusion Works Program. The first program of its type in the world, Inclusion Works is an unlimited disability inclusion consulting service with facilitated sharing of best and evolving practices among 52 participating companies.

Leslie leads a team of 8 experts who assist the participating Inclusion Works companies to spread disability inclusion across their enterprises and around the world.  Participating companies have hired 62,000 new individuals with disabilities from 2014 thru June 2020, representing an over 18,000% increase in the employment of people with disabilities. The program has grown from 6 companies in 2014 to 52 companies in 2020 with a 100% retention rate.

Leslie is currently facilitating the development of Disability:IN’s global strategy with corporate representatives serving on Disability:IN’s Global Roundtable and 3 Regional Subcommittees representing North America, EMEA, LATAM & APAC.

Leslie is an ATD certified trainer, was certified as a Mental Health First Aid instructor, expert on Section 503 regulations impacting federal contractors, and a Tampa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Tampa alumna. In 2014, she was awarded the George Thompson, Jr. award by East Stroudsburg University (ESU) for exceptional accomplishment in the areas of community & human relations & multicultural & diverse values. She recently joined the ESU Foundation Board of Directors.

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