Agenda

Day 1

8:15 – 8:30 a.m.

Welcome

Ernie & Liezl Els, Co-Founders, Els for Autism Foundation

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Keynote: Learning Work Skills in High School is Really Important

Temple Grandin, Professor, Department of Animal Science, Colorado State University

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs: Section 503 and Accommodations

Craig Leen, Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1

Erin Brooker Lozott, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Clinical Services and Global Support, Els for Autism Foundation

Trudi Zayac, MSW/MA
Director of Adult Services, Els for Autism Foundation

Sheila Hills, Senior Human Resource Manager, PGA National Resort & Spa

Breakout Session 2

Lileana de Moya, Founder and CEO/President, The de Moya Foundation

Jill Brookner, Director, DMF Employment, Inc.

Breakout Session 3

Tom D’Eri, COO/Co-Founder, Rising Tide Car Wash

12:15 – 1 p.m.

“The Inside Scoop” Lunch-time questions 12:15-1 p.m. with the experts

1-2 p.m.

Keynote: Autism Business Advantage – The Rising Tide Story

Tom D’Eri, COO/Co-Founder, Rising Tide Car Wash

2 – 3 p.m.

Keynote: Building a Neurodiverse Workforce: Employers Helping to Unlock the Work Potential of Youth with Autism

Paul Wehman, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education and Counseling, Director, Rehabilitation Research and

Training Center, Virginia Commonwealth University

3:15-4:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1

Erin Brooker Lozott, M.S., CCC-SLP, Director of Clinical Services and Global Support, Els for Autism Foundation

Trudi Zayac, MSW/MA, Director of Adult Services, Els for Autism Foundation

Sheila Hills, Senior Human Resource Manager, PGA National Resort & Spa

Breakout Session 2

Lileana (Lily) de Moya, Founder and CEO/President, The de Moya Foundation

Jill Brookner, Director, DMF Employment, Inc.

Breakout Session 1

Presenters: Tom D’Eri, COO/Co-Founder, Rising Tide Car Wash

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Panel Moderators: Co-Chairs – Dr. Michael Alessandri and Dr. Marlene Soleto

Panel Participants: Jill Brookner, Lileana de Moya, Tom D’Eri, Sheila Hills, Craig Leen, Paul Wehman, and Trudi Zayac

Day 2

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Keynote: SAP’s Autism at Work Program

Jose Velasco, Chief Program Manager, Product Engineering & Autism at Work Ambassador, SAP

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Keynote: Expect More – An Autism Adventure

Honorable Mike Lake, Edmonton-Wetaskiwin

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Haley Moss, Attorney, Author, Artist, and Autism Advocate

11:45-12:45 p.m.

Panel Moderator: Jim Hogan, 2020 Els for Autism Foundation Autism Spectrum Award Winner

Panel Participants: Els for Autism Foundation Advisory Board Members – Merrick Egber, Hunter Huff, John Miller, and Ron Sandison

12:45-1 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Marvin Shanken, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Els for Autism Foundation