A free webinar celebrating Disability Awareness Month, featuring Nancy Sidell, Equal Access Services, Cuyahoga County Department of Workforce Development; Julius Boatwright, Founder & CEO, Smiling Steel; and Michelle Walker, Founder, Lend An Ear Consulting.
Call-in number: 415-655-0003
Access code: 230 578 04320
Meeting password: PNyZMkJm333
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About Nancy Sidell
Nancy Sidell was hired by Cuyahoga County Department of Workforce Development in January 2005 of under the grant-funded Disability Program Navigator (DPN) Initiative as part the Equal Access Services team to enhance systems and services at the Cuyahoga County One-Stop locations (11) for people with disabilities. At the conclusion of the initial grant, Cuyahoga County Department of Workforce Development made the Equal Access Services program a permanent service, keeping two Equal Access Services team members on as permanent employees. Since 2008, all Equal Access Services functions are overseen and/or delivered by Ms. Sidell.
Prior to being employed by Cuyahoga County Department of Workforce Development, Nancy Sidell was employed by VocWorks and then HR Resources as a Vocational Specialist, where she provided individualized vocational testing, counseling and placement assistance to aid consumers (from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and the Veteran’s Administration, respectively) in their employment services. Prior to that she was employed by Edwin Shaw Hospital for Rehabilitation in Akron, Ohio, as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist where she coordinated work experience and job coaching assignments. Ms. Sidell began her career in Vocational Rehabilitation as a Job Coach in 1999.
Nancy Sidell graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Business. She attended high school in Akron, Ohio, and graduated from Harvey S. Firestone High School.
About Julius Boatwright
Julius serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer with Steel Smiling, an organization that bridges the gap between Black people and mental health support through education, advocacy and awareness. Julius is a Licensed Master Social Worker who completed a Trauma-Informed Community Practice Workshop with Duquesne University through their Department of Psychology and Rita McGinley Clinic. He obtained his Master of Social Work degree with a Certificate in Human Services Management from the University of Pittsburgh.
On behalf of their organization, he's accepted the following acknowledgements: Mental Health America Social Work Award, Black Enterprise Modern Man of Distinction, NAACP [Pittsburgh Branch] Young Person of the Year, Pittsburgh Magazine/PUMP 40 Under 40, University of Pittsburgh COVID-19 Hero, and Pittsburgh City and Allegheny County Council proclamations. Additionally, Julius and his team have been featured on the Today Show, NPR, The Huffington Post and many local news mediums.
About Michelle Walker
Michelle Walker, is a sought-after speaker, consultant, trainer and founder of Lend An Ear Consulting, a consulting agency based in the Greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is an avid advocate of people with disabilities, who dismantles barriers of communication and awareness through Disability Inclusion and Accessibility speaking, interactive training and comprehensive workshops. She educates as an analyst who coaches clients, whether corporate, collegiate or private, with the critical stages of development and implementation, and offers short and long-term solutions for best practices. She is Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and is a proud supporter of Deaf Awareness, Autism Awareness, Special Education and Black Entrepreneurship. She volunteers her time and is honored to serve as an executive board member of these organizations throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region; Autism Connection of PA, and Autism Urban Connections Inc. and The Greenwood Plan.
She has been selected, and appointed by the Mayor of Pittsburgh and his team as a member of the City-County Task Force on Disabilities, to represent and advocate for people with disabilities in the city.
Michelle is a proud alum of the 2020-21 cohort of Coro Pittsburgh’s Women in Leadership program.