Y-Vonne Hutchinson & Liz Jackson
Y-Vonne Hutchinson & Liz Jackson

May 21, 2016

Breakout Sessions (Osher)

3:00 – 3:45 Building Bridges from Pipeline to Workplace

45 minutes

In this workshop, we invite educators, nonprofits and tech companies to come together around solving the skills gap and opportunity gap for people with disabilities in tech. This interactive session is for tech companies (HR, recruiters, hiring managers, D&I), educators (k-12, higher ed, bootcamps, code schools), service providers and people with disabilities. Through a guided facilitation, together we’ll look at:

  • How do we solve the skills gap in the pipeline?
  • How do we change our resume evaluation processes to include people with disabilities?
  • How can we improve our hiring outreach to seek diverse, highly qualified candidates with disabilities?
  • How do we develop a safe and inclusive environment that makes room for people with visible and invisible disabilities?


Y-Vonne HutchinsonY-Vonne Hutchinson, Founder, Ready Set

Y-Vonne Hutchinson is a former international labor rights lawyer and the founder of Ready Set, a diversity solutions firm based in Oakland, CA. ReadySet works in the areas of employment policy, strategy consulting, training, and recruiting to help startups attract, retain, and grow diverse talent. As a lawyer and advocate, she has worked with foreign national governments, the US Department of State, and the UN. She is a member of Harvard Law’s Institute for Global Law and Policy network and an expert on labor relations and diversity in the workplace.


Liz JacksonLiz Jackson, Chief Advocacy Officer, Inclusive Fashion & Design Collective
Liz Jackson advocates for a concept she is developing called ‘Inclusive Retail’. After a chronic neuromuscular diagnosis in 2012, Liz began to wonder why her eyeglasses were fashionable when her cane and all other assistive products were stigmatizing. Inclusive Retail aims to inspire designers and retailers to make and market products for all needs. Liz believe thoughtful design can improve and save millions of lives while fueling an emerging market the size of China. She believes if retailers can see people with disabilities as consumers, they will also be able to see people with disabilities as hirable: Inclusive Retail is equality through the marketplace.

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