Accelerate Inclusive Excellence Symposium

Accelerate Inclusive Excellence Symposium

Postponed to Spring 2023 – New Date Coming Soon
Gallaudet University | 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, D.C.

Join us for an immersive educational and cultural experience to understand and appreciate the untapped value of the incredibly diverse Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHOH) community and American Sign Language (ASL).

This conversation will link Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, professionals, corporations, and respective supplier systems in order to stimulate greater economic participation.

The goal of this symposium, which happens to be on the International Day of Sign Languages, is to demonstrate the untapped value of Deaf Culture, ASL, the signing economy, and, most importantly, the value of Deaf people as a whole – as consumers, as employees, as innovators, and as thought partners.

Time, Date, & Location​

DATE: Postponed to Spring 2023 - New Date Coming Soon
LOCATION: Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

Registration is complimentary and includes all educational sessions, breakfast, lunch, and evening happy hour, as well as great opportunities to network with your peers.


  • 8 – 9 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9 – 9:20 a.m. Welcoming Remarks by Bobbi Cordano, President, Gallaudet University
  • 9:25 – 10:30 a.m. DEAF: Biology, Ideology, and the Multimillion Dollar Value by Dr. Ben Bahan, Professor, Gallaudet University
  • 10:35 – 11:15 a.m. The Transactional Art of Deaf + Hearing Collaboration by Melissa Malzkuhn, Director, Motion Light Lab and Marina Martins, CEO, Pigmental Studios
  • 11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Coffee break
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Deaf in Corporate America Panel by Jenny Lay Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft (Moderator) and Alana Beal, Senior Manager, Accessibility Segment Marketing, T-Mobile
  • 12:15 – 1 p.m. Buffet Lunch
  • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Hidden Bias: Equitable Opportunities in HR Policy and Budgeting by Kate Calcutt, Corporate Engagement Manager, Global Workplace Initiative, Disability:IN
  • 1:50 – 2:15 p.m. Roundtable: Ways to Strengthen HR Policy & Implement DEI for Deaf Employees moderated by Kate Calcutt
  • 2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Coffee break
  • 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. The Intersection: Experiences of Black and Brown Deaf Employees Panel
  • 3:20 – 4 p.m. Gallaudet Students and Society: Ambition and the Future
  • 4:05 – 4:25 p.m. Next Steps by Jorge Rodriguez, CEO, Sorenson
  • 4:25 – 6 p.m. Happy Hour Social at Ole Jim (brief walk from Kellogg Conference Hotel)

*Agenda is subject to change

Lodging Information

To make your overnight guest room reservation at the Kellogg Conference Center on Gallaudet’s campus, please call 202-651-6000, press 1, and ask for the Annual Accelerate Inclusive Excellence Symposium rate. Alternately, you can click on the link below and make your reservation online.

LOCATION: Kellogg Conference Hotel, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, D.C. 20002


Gallaudet University
Located in Washington, D.C., Gallaudet is the only higher education institution in the world in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

Sorenson Communications
We are democratizing communication for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people by tapping into the power of language to advance human connection – one conversation at a time – so everyone can Connect Beyond Words.