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2020 Kessler Foundation Grantee Symposium

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Falling through the Cracks: Implications of AI

for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities


Friday, November 13, 2020

12:00 pm - 1:00pm EST 

Registration info:

Free and open to the public, pre-registration required

Join us at our virtual grantee symposium to 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.

Meet the Speakers 

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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. 













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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.












About Kessler Foundation Grantee Symposium

Celebrating 15 years, our symposium series creates opportunities for Kessler Foundation grantees, thought leaders, and other professionals working in the disability employment field to learn, meet and exchange ideas on current disability employment innovations and issues. Beginning this fall, we are pleased to bring our program online and expand the series in Spring 2021.


For more information contact: [email protected]