Halfaker's CEO Featured as a Keynote Speaker at the ODEP Summit on Disability Employment Policy
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) was authorized by Congress in the Department of Labor's FY 2001 appropriation. Recognizing the need for a national policy to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce, the Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao delegated authority and assigned responsibility to the Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy. ODEP is a sub-cabinet level policy agency in the Department of Labor.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.
A world in which people with disabilities have unlimited employment opportunities.
The ODEP Summit on Disability Employment Policy, Transforming the American Workplace: A 21st Century Vision was held June 3-4, 2008 in Washington, DC. Dawn Halfaker, CEO of Halfaker and Associates, was featured as a keynote speaker on June 3, 2008 and discussed her transition from the combat zone to civilian life, and the importance of meaningful employment for people with disabilities, including severely injured service men and women. She also showed a clip from the documentary Alive Day Memories and shared her experiences as the President and CEO of a small business.