2020 Grantee Symposium

2020 Virtual Grantee Symposium

held on Friday, November 13, 2020


Learn how employers use artificial intelligence (AI) in the employment process for streamlining resume screening, interviewing candidates, and onboarding new hires. Increasingly, this machine learning process is reshaping the world of work. It is important for disability professionals working in job search, placement, and support to understand how disability is defined and understood in the context of AI, and the perils of bias in these systems.


Guest Presenters​​​​​​

  • Elaine Katz - Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications at Kessler Foundation Elaine E. Katz Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications at Kessler Foundation. Elaine Katz oversees Kessler Foundation’s comprehensive grantmaking program and its communications department. During her tenure, the Foundation has awarded more than $49 million in grant support for national and community-based employment programs. For more than 25 years, Katz has worked with non-profit organizations in the areas of board development, fundraising, marketing, and business development. Katz often speaks about innovative practices for employing people with disabilities, and is the author/co-author of articles and papers on related topics. She currently serves on the board of directors of JESPY House, New Jersey Association of People Supporting Employment First (NJAPSE), Essex/Newark Disabilities Issues Committee, and on the program committee of the Council of NJ Grantmakers.
  • Betsy Beaumon - CEO of Benetech Betsy Beaumon is the CEO of Benetech, a nonprofit that empowers communities with software for social good in education, poverty alleviation, and human rights. Betsy has been advocating for ethical and inclusive technology for over a decade and is focused on innovating around the immense potential of technology to drive inclusion, equity, and justice to positively impact marginalized communities across the globe. She defined the concept of “Born Accessible,” a vision where all digital content is made accessible to everyone when created. Betsy is a social entrepreneur and engineer and has co-founded two software companies, including the first web-based information and referral service for human services. She has developed products across software, semiconductor, and information sectors and held senior positions with BEA Systems and Cisco Systems. Betsy holds a degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University.
  • Jonathan Kaufman - business educator and strategist Jonathan Kaufman is an innovative thought leader, business educator and strategist who recognizes the impact of personal development on organizational growth. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Kaufman’s disability has been a profound part of his personal, academic and professional life. Building on his past experience as a former policy advisor to the White House on diversity and disability, Professor Kaufman has grown his work even further. Currently, he is a Forbes contributor, writing a regular column "Mindset Matters” that focuses on the intersection of disability, business and leadership strategy. In addition, he is an executive coach, licensed psychotherapist, and strategist working with C-Level Executives, Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, and nonprofits through his company J Kaufman Consulting. He develops new strategies and initiatives by combining ideas from management theories and applications to entrepreneurial thinking with the knowledge of human capital through increasing motivation and skills to achieve greater success both personally and professionally.