For immediate release…
Thursday – April 11, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Northern Kentucky Forum will host an interactive panel discussion on Wednesday, April 24, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District in Florence (22 Spiral Drive).

“Hiring Again? The Business Case for Supported Employment Services” will provide an opportunity for the public to hear about why some local companies are making the business decision to specifically seek out employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.

“We are pleased to host a conversation in a nonjudgmental, open public forum in which the impact specifically for businesses and employees can be discussed,” said Northern Kentucky Forum Board Chair Tara Ford. “We are excited to have employers such as DHL Express, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Home Goods and local non-profits including Redwood, BAWAC and New Perceptions sharing their experience and insights on use of supported employment services with the audience.”

The forum will be a conversation moderated by Angie Taylor, vice president of workforce solutions with Gateway Community and Technical College. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Colin Beynon, Director of Human Resources with DHL Express - CVG Hub and US Gateways
  • Lisa Edmonds, Human Resources Advisor with St. Elizabeth Healthcare
  • Jim Cropper, Store Manager with Home Goods
  • Carol Leonhart, Branch Manager with the Kentucky Office for Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Stacy Meyer, employment specialist with Redwood
  • Katie Wolf-Smith, Associate Project Director with the Kentucky Association of People Supporting Employment First

As with all Forum events, there will be opportunities for audience members to share their opinions and ask questions of the panelists. In advance of the event, Northern Kentuckians are invited to take an online poll at (click the poll link). It is quick and easy, and adds your voice to the dialogue.

About the Northern Kentucky Forum
The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Vision 2015 and Legacy - three nonpartisan groups in Northern Kentucky dedicated to public engagement. The Forum conducts several "public square" events each year around current events and public policy in locations across Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties. Forum events are free and the Northern Kentucky community as a whole.

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