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Leadership in Business Workshop

Building diverse and inclusive workplaces



The Leadership in Business Workshop is a program at the No Barriers Summit that is designed to explore challenges and solutions related to Diversity & Inclusion in the workplace.

Both organizational leaders and teams can expand their capabilities, grow professional networks, collect best practices, and learn how to directly engage diverse employees.

Join D&I experts who will lead panel discussions, rapid innovation labs, networking opportunities, and small-group workshops to design new paths to achieving meaningful change.

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It’s an event like no other!


You may have attended a few diversity and inclusion conferences before, but never one like the Leadership in Business Workshop. By attending, you’ll also get to experience all the interaction, excitement, and impact of a No Barriers Summit.

Your registration includes 3 incredible days:

•  Hop aboard the USS Intrepid
•  Cool off with Keynote Speaker Ice-T
•  Rope up with Erik Weihenmayer
•  Conquer the No Barriers Questival
•  Rock out with Judah & the Lion
•  and so much more!

Get the full Top Ten List of all the must-see excitement!


What will you walk away with?

» Promising new ideas to elevate industry communication, partnerships and careers for people of all abilities

» Unconventional strategies and techniques for dealing with common or persistent challenges in the D&I space

» Increased capacity and capability to achieve and sustain meaningful change

» Inspiration, energy and resiliency in the face of distinctively challenging work

» New networks and broader connections

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed to accommodate both individuals as well as colleagues who wish to join as a group for team building value (E/BRG leaders, D&I council members, D&I champions and sponsors, HR partners, leaders or middle managers, etc.).


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Leadership in Business Workshop Schedule

Location: Pera, 303 Madison Avenue, Manhattan

5 – 7 PM

Reception: No Barriers to Employment

Gather with fellow workshop participants to discuss how to catalyze careers for employees and potential employees with disabilities. A panel discussion featuring leaders at the cutting edge of hiring people with disabilities will set the tone for the discussions to come.


Moderator: Susan Scheer, CEO, Institute for Career Development

Kristan Seaford, LPC, PLCC, No Barriers Alumna, Therapist

Jamie Moldafsky, EVP & Chief Marketing Officer, Wells Fargo

Kathy Martinez, SVP, Disability & Accessibility Strategy, Wells Fargo

David O’Brien, Partner & Americas MarComm Leader, Ernst & Young

Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader, Ernst & Young

Geralyn Ritter, SVP & Corporate Secretary, Merck

Nora Vele, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Merck


Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

9 – 10:30 AM

Opening Ceremony

Inspirational speakers and performers bring the No Barriers themes of purpose and harnessing adversity to life for all Summit attendees.

11 AM – 12:30 PM

Elective Activity

Choose from one of 20+ activities that will challenge you to push your comfort zone and try something new. From improv to bouldering, you’ll join other Summit attendees of diverse abilities in these fully accessible activities.

1 – 2:30 PM

Experiential D&I Exploring

We’ll host three concurrent D&I sessions focusing on Changing the D&I Conversation, Building Creative Partnerships, and Employment for People with Disabilities. These will be focused on unique experiences as a catalyst to spark conversation.

3 – 4:30 PM

Barrier Busting Ideation

Groups proceed through a rapid idea generating process to create meaningful solutions to defining the future of what it means to be a diverse and inclusive leader.

5 – 6:30 PM

Celebration & Questival Kick-off

Celebrate the day with us with great entertainment and gear up for our city-wide Questival.





No Barriers Questival throughout Manhattan

Rack up points and explore the city with your team as we participate in a No Barriers-themed scavenger adventure, culminating at No Barriers LIVE in Central Park. This unique activity will enable you to interact with your D&I peers and/or teams in unexpected ways that will engender creative new thinking on the future of D&I.

6 – 10 PM

No Barriers LIVE at Rumsey Playfield (SummerStage), Central Park

Venture to Rumsey Playfield for No Barriers LIVE, an inspirational and exciting special event featuring celebrity speakers and performers who bring the essence of No Barriers to life through music, performance, storytelling, innovation and more.



Registration: $1100  NO COST!

Due to the generosity of Wells Fargo, official sponsor of the Leadership in Business Workshop, we are pleased to be able to offer this workshop at no cost! We hope that this removes any barriers to attend and engage in this important discussion and work. Thank you Wells Fargo!

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Note: Participants that have already registered at the full rate will be contacted shortly and offered refunds. To request additional information, or for any questions, please email summit@nobarriersusa.org.


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Thank you to Wells Fargo, official sponsor of the Leadership in Business Workshop

We are thrilled that long-time No Barriers volunteer and Wells Fargo Head of Disability and Accessibility Strategy Kathy Martinez will be sharing her years of experience and expertise as part of this workshop.

Kathy was recently featured in an excellent article on FORBES —

  This Latina Is Using Her Own Lived Experience With Blindness To Bring About Change In The Workforce.

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