DC Metro Business Leadership Network 

Monthly Newsletter: August 2018

2018 Gala "No Limits!"


Tom Savard

Tom Savard

Tom Savard Skiing

World Class Skier, Gold Medal Winner

Disabled National Championship

A Passion for Youth!  

Tom Savard had been a high school athlete and was very active in sports until his 1978 crash. “I was 22, and I remember thinking, ‘Well, this is my life now,’” he said. “I thought I better start making the best of it because they weren’t growing back.” Savard took up skeet and trap shooting from his wheelchair and soon earned the National Rifle Association’s “Expert” ranking. Then, more than a decade after his accident, his sister told him about a group of skiers who used a single pole-mounted ski in place of legs. “The first time I tried it, it was wicked,” Savard said. “I spent the day picking myself up.” But he didn’t let the falls discourage him, he said. “Some people are content to just get down the hill,” he said. “But I always thought that even an expert should fall at least once a day. If you aren’t falling, you aren’t pushing yourself to your potential.” A year later he was competing in national level events and just a few years later, he was attempting to qualify for the Nagano Winter Olympics when a particularly bad fall put him in the hospital with a broken back. Still, he was soon back on skis. “The lesson is that everybody faces challenges, and whatever your potential is, you want to strive for it,” he said. “I always tell them I’m not a disabled person, I’m Tom Savard. I just happen to have a disability.”

Tom has been speaking to elementary students about Diversity for the past 15 years and how, although "we are all different, we are all very similar." At last count he has talked to over 6,000 fourth and fifth graders! Tom says, “The interaction and questions I receive from the students are very inquisitive, insightful and show they truly “get it”.  

Come hear his passionate story as we gather together for our 4th Annual Gala to enjoy great food, wine, music and live auction to launch our 2019 Internship Program.

Tom's Day Job- 30+ years with Northrop Grumman Corporation, Program Manager, Chairperson for Northrop Grumman's  VOICE (Victory Over Impairment & Challenges Enterprise) at the Norwalk CT campus.  

Tom holds a M.B.A. Degree from University of Connecticut. Graduate School of Business, Storrs, CT.  and a B.A. in Economics from Saint Anselms College, Manchester, NH.   

2018 GALA

October 25, 2018

Help support our 2019 Internships!



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  • Gold Sponsor $2.500
  • Silver Sponsor $1,000
  • Crystal Sponsor $500
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Thank you

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audioeye  Concepts - Passion, Creativity, Results


eSSENTIAL Accessibility EY Building a better working world

Gallaudet University General Dynamics

JBG Smith

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Table of Contents

DC Metro BLN Events


"Strategies for Increased Retention and Productivity:

Supporting Caregiver Employees at Work"

August  15, 2018                                        8:30am -12:00pm

Hosted By

1800 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102


Attend in person or virtually!

John A. Schall, M.P.P.


Join us as PwC hosts us for the very first time and shares their efforts to support their employee caregivers in the workforce. Our keynote, John Schall, Chief Executive Officer of Caregiver Action Network, and its program ACE, Assisting Caregiver Employees, returns to our programming to share updates from the Caregiver Action Network, as well as new trends in employer practices that encourage retention and employee satisfaction.  Over 22 million Americans are working family caregivers – that is one out of five workers. The costs of caregiving to business and industry exceed over $50 billion annually. That is why Caregiver Action Network, in collaboration with Partners on the Path, developed ACE - Assisting Caregiving Employees - to help employers support employees to better manage their caregiving responsibilities. 


8:30-9:00 Registration, Breakfast and Networking

9:00 Welcome and Introductions

9:15 PwC 

Lety Juan, Market Diversity Leader and Carrie Schroeder, Office of Diversity & Inclusion: Overall D&I Journey and Strategy, Disability Strategy) Connect Ability, Neurodiversity Pilot

10:15 Keynote

John Schall Caregiver Action Network, Assisting Caregivers as Employees

11:15  Share Forum

Invited: Jessica Tuman, Voya Financial, People with Special Needs Center of Excellence

12:00  Close

Disability Entrepreneurship Network Convention 

NEXGEN: Transforming Disability Inclusion for Entrepreneur Success 

Powered by DC Metro BLN and Deaf Entrepreneurship Network

DEN - Deaf Entrepreneur Network             

Gallaudet University

September 20 - 22, 2018

Attention Aspiring Entrepreneurs! Diversity Procurement Professionals!




Attention CorporateSupplier Diversity Professionals!  Joinus this fall for the opportunity to meet businesses owned by people with alldisabilities. This two and one-half day conference at Gallaudet University isgeared to supporting NEXT GEN opportunities and provide networking for aspiringand existing entrepreneurs with disabilities as well as supporting corporatebuyers for peer to peer engagement. Sponsorships and Exhibit Booths Now Available!

You are invited to attend the 2018 Disability Entrepreneurship Network Convention. All entrepreneurs, including Deaf and hard of hearing entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs with other disabilities, as well as corporate representatives involved in supplier diversity are encouraged to attend! 

We are excited to announce the first ever 2018 Disability Entrepreneurship Network Convention hosted jointly by Deaf Entrepreneurship Network (DEN) and DC Metro Business Leadership Network (DC Metro BLN). 

These groups came together recognizing the enormous need from both deaf entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs with disabilities for mentoring and guidance, sharing success stories and making connections with businesses who are eager to engage with this diverse business community and procure their goods and services. 

The convention will provide a series of workshops and opportunities to network and learn from each other. In addition, the convention includes:

  • Keynote speakers

  • Exhibit opportunities for vendors, entrepreneurs and sponsors

  • Roundtables

  • Networking Reception

  • Dinner Reception

Who should attend?

If you ARE aspiring or established entrepreneurs or representative from corporate procurement, diversity and inclusion professionals, or the disability community at large. Then this is a great opportunity for YOU to connect with a diverse community of entrepreneurs from the DMV area and nationwide. 

More information on www.GoDEN.org.

For Sponsorship details or more information, contact michael@GoDEN.org         

If you work in supplier diversity or are a company owned by a person with a disability, you won't want to miss this event!  

Interested in presenting? Contact us!

Committee Co-Chairs

                   Fannie MaeThe Resource Network


DC Metro BLN Board News

Become a Member


Meghan Cadigan

Meghan Cadigan, KPMG, Manager, Federal Audit Practice

Why I joined the Board 

I am  passionate about the mission and the work of BLN and about the importance of including people with disabilities in the workplace. I am the co-champion of the KPMG Washington DC chapter of Abilities in Motion (AIM). AIM’s mission is to foster an environment of support for KPMG employees who have a disability or who serve as a caregiver for a child or another dependent with special needs as they build their career at KPMG. AIM is committed to providing guidance on and raising awareness of, disabilities in the workplace. I am also involved inKPMG’s Inclusion and Diversity (ID) network.

About Meghan: Meghan is a manager in KPMG’s Federal audit practice. Ms. Cadigan graduated with an accounting degreefrom the University of Maryland, and she has six years of experience in the Federalaudit practice. Ms. Cadigan is currently serving as the manager for the GovernmentPublishing Office, the U.S. Mint, and the U.S. Courts. She supervises seniorand staff auditors and specialists; reviews work plans and programs; helps tooversee assignments within the budgeted time and delivery commitments; reviewswork papers, financial statements, and related reports; discusses the results ofwork performed with clients; follows audit progress; and helps resolveaccounting, auditing, and reporting problems.

Award Winners from Las Vegas

The following DC Metro BLN members were recognized!

Employer of the Year: Inspire Award
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Marketplace Innovator of the Year: Campaign/Advertisement Award
Marriott International
Employer of the Year: Ignite Award
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation

In the News - Articles of Interest

DC Metro BLN Members DEI

Capital OneEY Building a better working worldDeloitte Northrop GrummanBooz Allen Hamilton strategy and technology consultantsAccenture. High performance. DeliveredFreddie Mac Lockheed MartinPwCKPMG

The 4th Annual (2018) DEI results are now available. Interested in learning more? You can now view the top-scoring companies deemed "2018 DEI Best Places to Work."  You can also download the 2018 DEI Annual Report and the 2018 Disability Equality Index Best Practices below.


Download the 2018 DEI Report

Download the 2018 Disability Equality Index Best Practices


For more general information about the DEI, view the DEI FAQs.

Register to Participate in the 2019 DEI

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2019 DEI. To participate, you must register by no later than 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time on Friday, January 11, 2019. The registration fee to participate is $600.00 and is payable via credit card.

All registered companies will receive access to the 2019 DEI January 23, 2019 to begin submission of responses. Final company DEI responses are due back on April 12, 2019.  DEI scores will be finalized by late June 2019.

Register Now

Upcoming Events in the Area and Beyond 



nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar Series

Register for the nTIDE Lunch & Learn Webinar  

Friday, August 3, 2018 at 12 Noon EST.

12:00 pm: Overview of National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report Release – Andrew Houtenville, UNH-IOD & John O'Neill, Kessler Foundation

12:15 pm: News from the field of Disability Employment – Denise Rozell, AUCD

12:30 pm: Guest Panelist - Katie Morrison, Mathematica Policy Research

12:45 pm: Open Question & Answer period for attendees

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center

25th Annual Mid-Atlantic ADA Update 

September 4 - 6, 2018 

Sheraton Tysons Hotel - Tysons, Virginia


Vendor and Sponsor Opportunities Available!

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Update offers a unique opportunity to promote your organization to our audience of architects, designers, code officials, ADA Coordinators, state and local government officials, business owners, human resource professionals, educators, service providers, and individuals with disabilities and their family members.  
  • Speakers from federal agencies including, U.S. Department of Justice, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Access Board
  • Presentations by experts from state and local government, business, non-profit organizations and universities
  • Topical tracks on ADA issues in business, state and local government, healthcare, and corrections and law enforcement
  • Sessions on ADA and employment and general ADA issues
  • Multiple networking sessions 
  • Professional development hours available
More information: ADAupdate.org

Contact the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center at 301 217 0124 or ADAtraining@transcen.org for more information. 

Join us September 20, 2018, 4pm-7pm to celebrate  

TransCen's 30+2 Anniversary!

TransCen, Inc. 

12300 Twinbrook Parkway
Rockville, MD 20852


We are excited to announce that TransCen, Inc. will be hosting an anniversary event on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. We hope you can join us! Food and drinks will be provided!  TransCen's efforts to place individuals with disabilities in gainful/meaningful employment relies on donations and grant funding. In our mission to match individuals with disabilities from ALL walks of life with a job where they can thrive, we need your support. Every dollar raised will fund the work of our Employment and Supports Services team as they work to promote independence and connect individuals with jobs, ultimately reducing reliance on government benefits.

Career Fair

Attendees to NTID Career Fair

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)

18th Annual NTID Career Fair

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rochester, New York

Come and meet excellent deaf and hard-of-hearing candidates for full-time and co-op/intern positions in: Business, Computing, Engineering & Science,Graphic Arts, and Liberal Arts.  For more information, call 585-475-6219 or check out our website:


About Us

The DC Metro Business Leadership Network is an employer led non-profit that uses a business-to business model offering education, training programs and resources to change attitudes and address concerns of businesses so that they learn how to proactively include people with disabilities in the workforce, marketplace and supplier diversity.

Andrea Hall, Chair

DXC Technology

Dan Ellerman, Vice Chair


Brooke Thomas, Secretary

Lockheed Martin

Ellen de Bremond, Treasurer


  • Jenn Bassett, JBG SMITH 
  • Karen Cook, Gallaudet University
  • Michelle Crabtree, Hyatt 
  • Sophie Howard, General Dynamics IT
  • Misty Koper, EY
  • Charlesiah McLean, Leidos
  • EduardoMeza-Etienne,eSSENTIALAccessibility(Chair,Accessibility Committee)
  • Bob Vetere, Northrop Grumman 
  • Myra Wilder, Marriott International
  • Emily Yee, Deloitte

Advisory Board

  • Meghan Cadigan, KPMG
  • Tom Downs, Capital One  
  • Ron Drach, Drach Consulting, LLC (Chair, Wounded Warrior Committee)
  • Donnielle DeMesme, Golden Key Group
  • Rikki Epstein, The Arc of Northern Virginia
  • Denyse Gordon, CACI
  • Tisha Herne, AudioEye
  • Karen Herson, Concepts, Inc.
  • Bryan Moseley, TCS Associates
  • Chrissone Palmer, EY
  • Rick Rogers, The Resource Network (Co-Chair DSDP Committee)
  • Carrie Schroeder, PwC
  • Jenn Sharp, KPMG
  • Kia Silver Hodge, SME-C5 Consulting, LLC
  • Sue Werber, SME -C5 Consulting, LLC (Chair, ME Committee)

CEO, Executive Director: The Honorable Katherine O. McCary, C5 Consulting, LLC


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