Accelerate Inclusive Excellence Symposium

Accelerate Inclusive Excellence Symposium

Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET
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 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.

Date and Location

DATE: Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET
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 & Registration
  • 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
  • 10:35 – 11:15 a.m. The Transactional Art of Deaf + Hearing Collaboration 
  • 11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Coffee break
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Deaf in Corporate America Panel
  • 12:15 – 1 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Hidden Bias: Equitable Opportunities in HR Policy and Budgeting
  • 1:50 – 2:15 p.m. Roundtable: Ways to Strengthen HR Policy & Implement DEI for Deaf Employees 
  • 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. 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.