Feb 10, 2018

Accessibility, Inclusion & Universal Design

Toronto

MBA Conference & Case Competition

The Conference

The first-ever conference on accessibility and universal design for MBA students

Access to Success invites you to discover how accessibility and universal design can change the life of not just people with disabilities, but also every one of us. Join us for a day-long conference where we explore the benefits of accessibility and universal design through the lens of students, employees, managers, entrepreneurs, and customers. The conference venue is fully accessible, and real-time captioning will be provided.

The Case Competition

Create a product or a service that solves an accessibility barrier and is also universally usable

Very often, innovations that simply make life easier for most of us turn out to be game-changers for many others. These innovations typically have a common unifying theme of universal design. This case competition challenges you to design solutions for existing accessibility barriers, which also benefit the community as a whole.

What to Expect

Keynotes

Two empowering speakers on the personal and economic case for accessibility

Presentations

Top 3 teams from the first ever MBA case competition on universal design

Panel

Four-member panel of entrepreneurs and experts in universal design

Workshop

Interactive exercise on universal design hosted by leaders in design and accessibility

Mixer

Submit your resume; meet recruiters and accessibility champions from North America

Keynote Speakers

Michael Nesmith

Michael Allen Nesmith, a Chicago native, was born into a deaf-culture family using ASL as the primary language. He attended Gallaudet University (an all-deaf college) in Washington DC and then moved back to Chicago for his MFA in Visual Communication Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He moved to Portland, Oregon to begin his advertising career in W+K12; an experimental advertising school housed inside Wieden+Kennedy's Portland office. He is now a lead designer at Amazon HQ in Seattle, WA. Learn more about him at michaelallennesmith.com.

Unstoppable Tracy

Unstoppable Tracy

Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt is an internationally renowned speaker, athlete, and a former management consultant who was born a 4-way amputee. She has delivered her Lim[b]itless Secret in dozens of speaking engagements around the world, climbed Himalayan mountains, captained 110-foot-tall ship, won a paraskiing bronze, and shared the stage with luminaries such as Jane Fonda and Al Pacino. She is the winner of the 2017 Robert W. Jackson Award, 2017 Ontario Premier Awards Nominee and 2018 Women of Essence Global Award Nominee. She will shortly add “published author” to her long list of achievements with her upcoming book, ‘Unstoppable YOU; Exceed Uncertainty, Embrace Possibilities, Earn Independence’. Learn more about her at unstoppabletracy.com.

Our Partners

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Manulife

KPMG logo

Special Thanks

Breakfast & Registration

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Welcome & Introduction

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Top 3 Case Presentations

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Keynote Speech

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Lunch

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Universal Design Workshop

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Speaker Panel

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Capstone Speech

Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt

#UnstoppableTracy motivational speaker Toronto

Unstoppable TracyUnstoppable Tracy has shared the stage with Jane Fonda, Al Pacino, Mel Gibson, Mark Whalberg and more! She is the winner of the 2017 Robert W. Jackson Award [Founder of the Canadian Paralympics], 2017 Ontario Premier Awards Nominee and 2018 Women of Essence Global Award Nominee and as seen on CBC, NBC, and FOX! Oprah Magazine shared her story as Quest for the Gold World Cup Sailor, who climbed Himalayan mountains, captained 110-foot-tall ship, won paraskiing bronze and funny too. Oh, did I mention she was born a 4-way amputee? As a Leader, Humanitarian, Advocate, Decorated Athlete, International Speaker she delivers the Lim[b]itless Secret in her book ‘Unstoppable YOU. Tracy doesn't just talk high performance in business...she lives it as Corporate Consultant providing numerous award-winning training programs for businesses outperforming the stock market! Book her! Her mantra, If I Can Do It You Can Do It! What's Your Excuse? Know more about her Lim[b]itless Secret at www.unstoppabletracy.com.

 

Awards Ceremony

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Networking & Mixer

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Join Us!

Rotman School of Management 
105 St. George Street
Toronto, ON
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