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Work Without Limits October conference to feature exhibits, break-out sessions, keynote speakers

September 23, 2013
Work Without Limits to hold October conference

More than 30 exhibitors will attend the Work Without Limits first annual conference, Raise the Bar Hire!, on Oct. 8 in Norwood. The all-day conference at the Four Points by Sheraton will highlight ways of advancing employment of people with disabilities. 

A statewide network of employers and partners, Work Without Limits is part of the Disability, Health and Employment Policy unit within the Commonwealth Medicine division of UMass Medical School.

The conference, which features keynote speakers, break-out sessions, and networking opportunities, will be co-hosted by Margaret Gordon, National Grid’s manager of US Inclusion & Diversity, and Laura Stout, director of Contract Operations for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Among the exhibitors to expect at the conference are: 

  • BenePLAN
  • The Central Mass Employment Collaborative
  • Disability Evaluation Services
  • Disability Visibility
  • Partners for Youth with Disabilities
  • Transitions to Work
  • Value of a Veteran
  • John Hancock
  • The TJX Companies, Inc.
  • Clarks Companies, N.A
  • Eastern Bank
  • Blu2Green
  • Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
  • MA Commission for the Blind
  • Asperger's Association of New England
  • State Street Corporation
  • Boston University Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • National Braille Press
  • Institute for Community Inclusion
  • One Care: MassHealth plus Medicare
  • Easter Seals Massachusetts
  • Vinfen
  • Seven Hills Foundation
  • Commonwealth Corporation
  • MA Department of Mental Health
  • NE Index
  • MA Clubhouse Coalition

Two keynote addresses will be presented by Kathleen Martinez, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, and Keith P. Wiedenkeller, AMC Entertainment’s senior vice president and chief people officer.

The conference welcomes employers, service providers, state agencies and, of course, both people with disabilities and their families. Employment service providers and state agencies can find out how to build and maintain relationships with employers. People with disabilities, or their family members, can learn what employers look for in candidates and the best ways for job seekers to position themselves in today’s workplace.

Conference sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Clarks, Fidelity Investments, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Seven Hills Foundation and Affiliates, TD Bank and TJX Companies Inc.

For more information, including the full schedule, visit the conference website,