DRS Virtual Business Summit 2020: Breaking Barriers for an Inclusive Workforce

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Thu, October 15, 2020
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT

DRS Virtual Business Summit 2020: Breaking Barriers for an Inclusive Workforce

DRS is excited to bring an event designed for our business partners across the State of Oklahoma! This experience will spark a connection to a deeper purpose in your business community. You will see interesting and practical presentations that will benefit your business’ bottom line and provide opportunities for collaboration. These educational sessions will expand your knowledge and awareness on disability topics and much more.
Let our presenters help you discover ways that will positively impact and create change-makers.
This summit is great for any professional who is interested in learning how to contribute to an inclusive workforce working with people with disabilities. Professionals can include, but not limited to: managers, small and large business owners, human resource representatives, training and education developers, CEO’s, administrative staff and more.
Consider joining this event to learn more about the following topics:

  • Employer Experiences
  • ADA and Employers
  • Recruitment & Retention of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Disability Law and Safety
  • Workplace Accessibility
  • Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Substance Abuse
  • Assistive Technology

In October, we will be celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and October 15 is the White Cane Safety Day.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national campaign held to raise awareness about employment issues for people with disabilities. It celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
White Cane Safety Day, October 15th calls the public’s attention to how the white cane is an important tool in helping the blind and the visually impaired live with greater independence. On this day we also celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired.

Special Guest Speaker Randy Lewis

Book cover of Randy Lewis' No Greatness with Goodness.
Randy Lewis, author of “No Greatness without Goodness: How a Father’s Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement”. He was a senior vice president of Walgreens, Peace Corps volunteer, Fortune 50 executive and accidental advocate, led Walgreens’ logistics division for sixteen years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores.
Lewis introduced an inclusive model in Walgreens distribution centers that resulted in 10% of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities who are held to the same standards as those without disabilities. Its success has changed the lives of thousands with and without disabilities and is serving as a model for other employers in the U.S. and abroad.

Guest Speaker Sean Kouplen

Sean Kouplen outside of a business.Sean Kouplen is Oklahoma’s 10th Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development and the chairman and chief executive officer of Regent Bank. In his role as Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development, Kouplen oversees the economic development, community development and workforce development efforts for the state of Oklahoma.

His goal is to add 10,000 direct new jobs for Oklahoma this year and over $1 billion in new investment.

On April 1, 2008, Kouplen led an investor group that purchased 110-year old Regent Bank in Nowata, OK. Since that time, the bank has expanded to Tulsa, Oklahoma City and now Springfield, growing from $70 million in assets to almost $600 million. Regent Bank has won many national and statewide awards including Journal Record and Inc Magazine’s Best Places to Work, as well as AIB’s Extraordinary Bank Award, given to the top one percent of community banks in the country.
Kouplen holds numerous local and statewide leadership positions, including Immediate Past Chairman of the Oklahoma State University National Alumni Association, OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees and Hospitality House Board of Directors; current board member for Tulsa Community College Foundation and Hillcrest South Hospital, Elder of Southpoint Church in Bixby, and a member of the OK Bankers Association and Young President’s Organizations.

Kouplen’s awards include Independent Community Bankers of America Central U.S. Community Banker of the Year, Journal Record’s Most Admired CEO, his fraternity’s top national alumni award, Citizen of the Year in Bixby, OK and, most recently, earning a black belt in Taekwondo. Kouplen has led five Influencers men’s discipleship groups, has written three best-selling books and also leads a daily call-in devotional for thousands of people throughout the country every morning at 8:17am and you are invited! (30,000 people call in each day from 40 states!).

You may also visit the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services Business Services Program website at www.okdrs.org/bsp.

The Summit is free to all business professionals in Oklahoma but registration is required.

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Possible CRC, LPC and HR CEU’s available upon approval of the certifying board. We will let you know as soon as we receive this information. For more information call 1- 833-OKDRS-4U (653-7748) or e-mail businessservices@okdrs.gov.