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2015 Conference Keynote Speakers
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John Formica, Ex-Disney Guy


"If Disney Ran Your Organization What Would It Look Like. -Secrets to Create a Disney-like Culture in Your Organization Today!"

Have you ever wondered how the Walt Disney World Resort® continues to produce a dynamic model on Business Excellence, Leadership, Working Environment and Customer Experience? Imagine if you could create a customer focused culture like Disney what would your organization look like?

John, an “Ex-Disney Guy” and leading authority in the service industry and Business Growth, is America’s Customer Experience Coach.”  As a former successful Disney Leader for many years, John will share his incredible experiences, real best practices and proven Disney success strategies to help you create a “Magical” Disney-like Customer Experience and 

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Maysoon Zayid

Actress, professional standup comedian, and writer. Maysoon received a BA in Acting from Arizona State University and is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival. Maysoon was a full-time On-Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and has recently appeared on The Queen Latifah Show and Huffington Post Live. Maysoon is a recurring columnist at The Daily Beast and was a speaker at TEDWomen 2013.
Maysoon has appeared on Comedy Central, PBS, CNN, HBO, MTV, ABC, BBC, and had a feature role in Adam Sandler's You Don't Mess With the Zohan. As a professional comedian, Maysoon has performed in top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour.
Maysoon's screenplay, LAW, was chosen for the Sundance Middle Eastern Screenwriters Lab. She was a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and named one of 21 leaders of the 21st century by Women's Enews. She is the founder of Maysoon's Kids, an education and wellness program for disabled and wounded refugee children. Maysoon was delighted to be a 2013 honoree of United Cerebral Palsy of NYC's Women Who Care Awards and currently sits on the planning committee.


Katherine McCary & Martha Artiles

WORKSHOP: Strategic Partnerships for Disability Inclusion-Ensuring Successful Career Outcomes

The “disconnect” between employers, colleges, universities and students/graduates with disabilities is well documented. Employers report that they have difficulty in recruiting this population, students report that they don't see employers as interested in hiring them and career services and disability series are often not as well connected for many reasons.

Both Higher Education and business are committed to working together to increase successful career outcomes but are often unsure as to effective strategies.  Read more about this session and find speaker bios.


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