Loma Linda, Calif. (PRWEB) March 03, 2014
Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin will lead a number of high-powered presenters at the upcoming “Power of Inclusion” conference at Loma Linda University Health (LLUH).
The second annual “Power of Inclusion” conference, which is open to the public, will highlight the important contributions that people with disabilities make to society. Conference registration costs range from $15 to $30. For a full program agenda with dates and times, location, and registration details, please visit the website, http://www.powerofinclusion.org
Matlin, who is hearing impaired and who won Best Actress for her performance in the 1986 film “Children of a Lesser God,” will present on the theme “Talent Has No Boundaries,” between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at Loma Linda University Health Wong Kerlee International Conference Center, 11175 Campus St., Loma Linda. Attendance to Matlin’s presentation is free to the public, with lunch available for purchase for $15.
Other notable speakers scheduled to present at the conference:
-- Tony Melendez, a renowned guitarist who was born without arms. Melendez, who performed for Pope John Paul II during the pontiff’s visit to Los Angeles in 1987, will present on Wednesday, March 19, on the theme “No Boundaries, No Limits, Never Give Up!”
-- Dr. Samuel Betances, diversity expert, motivational speaker, and best selling author, will present on Wednesday, March 19, on “Diversity Skill Sets for Providing Effective Health Care to Members of the Culture of Disability.”
-- Ginny Thornburgh, director of Interfaith Initiative at the American Association of People with Disablities, will present on Thursday, March 20, on the theme “That All May Worship: A Ramp is Not Enough.”
-- John Kemp, president and CEO of The Viscardi Center in New York City, will present on Thursday, March 20, on “Developing a Disability-Inclusive Workforce and Society.”
-- Grace Odums, noted author and strategy consultant, will present on Thursday, March 20, on “Building an Inclusive Work Environment.”
To kick off the conference, a 5K Walk/Run/Roll, benefiting Loma Linda University PossAbilities, a community outreach program for disabled community members, will be held on Sunday, March 16.
The conference will conclude with an International Food Festival, featuring foods from different parts of the world and live music, on Thursday (March 20).
“We are very excited to build upon our success last year and hope to host a very memorable ‘Power of Inclusion’ conference this year,” said Cari M. Dominguez, PhD., senior vice president of human resources at LLUH. “Diversity inspires creativity, inclusion promotes unity, and access provides opportunities for everyone.”
Photo Caption: Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin will present on the theme “Talent Has No Boundaries” as one of the keynote presenters for the upcoming “Power of Inclusion” conference at Loma Linda University Health.
About Loma Linda University Health (LLUH)
Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University's eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals and more than 800 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, LLUH is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, LLUH is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."
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