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FEED Meeting June 10, 2021

Presentation: CVS Abilities in Abundance Program Overview
Panel Discussion: Resources for Recruiting Candidates with Disabilities

Thursday, June 10, 2021 
2:00-4:00 p.m. ET


The discussion featured recruiting resources available to federal employers. As part of this, Rick Laferriere, CVS Health's Director of Workforce Initiatives, shared information on how, through the company's Abilities in Abundance Program, his company capitalizes on community partnerships to create a pipeline of talented employees with disabilities.


Welcoming Remarks (2:00-2:10 p.m.)

  • Lou Orslene, Director, Employer and Workplace Policy, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Department of Labor

Presentation: CVS Abilities in Abundance Program Overview (2:10-2:40 p.m.)

  • Rick Laferriere, Director, Workforce Initiatives, CVS Health

Panel Discussion: Resources for Recruiting Candidates with Disabilities (2:40-3:40 p.m.)

  • Moderator: Alison Levy, Manager, Disability Resource Center, Department of Transportation
  • Presenters:
    • Kathleen West-Evans, Director of Business Relations, National Employment Team, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR)
    • Billy Wright, National Employment Coordinator,  Veterans Readiness and Employment Services, Department of Veterans Affairs (veterans focused resources)
    • Lauren A. Foreman, Engagement Specialist, USAJOBS (Agency Talent Portal)
    • Lauren Karas, Business Development Specialist/Co-Director of the Workforce Recruitment Program, ODEP, Department of Labor (WRP)
    • Elizabeth Starek, Disability Program Specialist, Applied Development, LLC and Sam Drummond, Associate Director, Diversity Management Operations Center Disability Programs Directorate, Defense Human Resources Activity (DoD Shared List)
    • Kendra Shock, Disability Program Manager, Air Force Equal Opportunity, U.S. Air Force (Schedule A repository and memo)
  • (Not presenting, but available for questions about DoD’s Shared List: Biffrey Braxton, Applied Development; Krista Flores, DMOC DPD; Dr. John Fuller, DMOC DPD; Derek Price, Applied Development)

Question & Answer Session (3:40-3:55 p.m.)

Closing Remarks (3:55-4:00 p.m.)

  • Jennifer Sheehy, Acting Assistant Secretary, ODEP, Department of Labor

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