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    A New Perspective on Disability Inclusion

    Date: October 13, 2015, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    Note the change of monthly meeting locations!
    1031 New Hampshire St.
    Lawrence, Kansas

    **Parking is available across the street and in the parking garage one block north.
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    Start Times:

    11:15 am Registration Begins

    11:15 am Buffet Lunch Available

    11:45 am Opening Business, Chapter Announcements

    12:00 pm Presentation

    1:00 pm Meeting Adjourned

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    • Member - In Advance - $15
    • Guest - In Advance - $20
    • Member - Late Registration (after 10/8/15) - $20
    • Guest - Late Registration (after 10/8/15) - $20


    Presenters: Rob Hoffman and Brenda Perkins

    Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network

    Date: October 13, 2015

    Presentation to: Jayhawk Chapter of SHRM

    Businesses have realized incorporating disability in all diversity and inclusion practices can drive business success. Higher retention rates, improved productivity and increased customer loyalty are just a few of the benefits that positively affect the bottom-line. Although implementing disability inclusion strategies may seem challenging, there are numerous resources and creative practices that are giving businesses a completive advantage.


    • Understand the term “disability” in a broader context
    • Understand the benefits of including disability as part of an overall diversity and inclusion strategy
    • Learn about creative strategies for disability inclusion including; outreach, recruitment and candidate pipelines
    • Learn about local and national resources to support disability inclusion efforts


    Rob Hoffman

    Executive Director, Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network

    Rob is the Executive Director of the Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network where he oversees the organization’s efforts to support businesses to drive success through effective disability inclusion practices. Rob is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant on disability employment strategies. His work focuses on building capacities within businesses and organizations to promote and benefit from a diverse workforce, including people who have disabilities.

    Brenda Perkins, CEBS

    Solutions Whisperer, Perk3 Consulting

    Brenda is Past President of the Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network. Her volunteer leadership role continues by initiating partnerships with businesses who are ready to step up their disability inclusion efforts. As Solutions Whisperer with Perk3 Consulting, Brenda guides HR/benefits professionals to improve the effectiveness of their company’s benefits communication to employees – so there’s increased understanding that ultimately impacts retention and recruiting. Previously, Brenda was co-founder of Joshua Communications where she focused on benefits communication consulting for the past two decades. Throughout her career, Brenda has given thousands of hours in volunteer leadership with a number of HR and benefits-related organizations. She has led the CEBS Chapter of Kansas City, SHRM of Greater Kansas City, Missouri SHRM, and served on the University of Missouri-Kansas City HR Advisory Council and SHRM Membership Advisory Council.