Former Senator Bob Dole to Receive Award at Conference

October 27, 2011

Georgetown University Event to be Emceed by News Anchor Judy Woodruff

The Honorable Bob Dole will receive the Georgetown University Human Spirit Award at the second annual Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. The former Senate majority leader, statesman, and major Senate sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is being honored for his lifetime commitment and contributions to the independence and employment of people with disabilities.

“Senator Dole is the heart and soul of the disability community. He has personally defined the essence of the disabilities movement from the beginning of his career, which is about gaining access to mainstream American life and realizing the potential of every individual,” said conference organizer and Georgetown alumnus John D. Kemp. “There is no doubt that his lifetime of commitment and service has improved the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities, and many millions more globally.”

The conference, which will be emceed by PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Rafik B. Hariri Building’s Fisher Colloquium at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

As part of the conference, two expert panels about the employment of people with disabilities will be convened – one discussing public policy choices and the other about the regulatory environment surrounding the issue. A keynote address will be given by Carmen Jones, founder of Solutions Marketing Group, which partners with clients to develop, execute, and implement disability marketing programs.

The Georgetown Conference was founded with the understanding that the disabilities movement in America has been an effort to gain full participation of citizens. The movement is an attempt to achieve basic liberties – rather than special rights – so that every individual, regardless of ability, has access to mainstream American life. The conference will examine the practical aspect of achieving the full promise of freedom and the ADA by exploring the enhancement of independence through greater employment.

“Finding employment opportunities for people with disabilities is a win-win situation,” said Georgetown alumnus and organizer Taylor Price. “Employers benefit from the talents and unique perspective that we bring to the table, while people with disabilities are able to remain productive citizens in society. I honestly believe that companies who overlook these contributions are preventing themselves from realizing their true bottom line.”

In addition to Kemp and Price, other Georgetown alumni serving as conference organizers are Michael Marshall and Cameron Lynch. The inaugural conference in 2010 coincided with the 20th anniversary of the passage of the ADA, and October has been designated by Congress as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“We are grateful to Senator Dole for all he has done throughout his lifetime, for all Americans but today especially for people with disabilities,” said Marshall, who has worked with the 1996 Republican presidential nominee for nearly 15 years. “Senator Dole has changed the entire perception of people with disabilities. He has been a leader, out in front, and an inspiration to every one of us, and to this conference. He taught us that wanting to use your talents in life is not an aspiration unique to people without a disability. In fact, it’s the desire of every human being, regardless of ability.”

The conference is being sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, and private donors. Food is being provided by Chef Geoff’s, owned by Georgetown alumnus Geoff Tracy.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is a premier business school located at the center of world politics and business in Washington, D.C. Some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive education programs study business with an intensive focus on leadership and a global perspective. Founded in 1957, the business school today resides in the new Rafik B. Hariri Building, a state-of-the-art facility that blends the tradition of Georgetown University with forward-thinking functionality. For more information about Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, visit http://msb.georgetown.edu.