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Destigmatized: Visible and invisible Disabilities and Neurodivergence

Start the day right with a virtual networking hour where we pair you with another attendee using the latest “Gatheround” technologies. If you're shy, we understand. That’s why we're doing the work to make the intro happen, and we'll help the conversation flow with questions too. And perhaps you'll be paired with one of our amazing (hiring) sponsors!

Virtual Job Fair

Destigmatized: Visible and Invisible Disabilities and Neurodivergence

Who Can Attend?
This event is intended for professionals with disabilities and allies in the United States and Canada.

To uplift the neurodiverse professionals and professionals with disabilities in our community, PowerToFly is hosting a Virtual Job Fair as part of our July Diversity Reboot Summit, “Destigmatized: Visible & Invisible Disabilities and Neurodivergence”. The companies at this fair are all top employers of neurodiverse professionals and professionals with disabilities, who have refined their recruitment processes to be accessible and welcoming. As a candidate, you’ll have the chance to explore open roles, network with others in your industry, and (fingers crossed) land your new favorite job. We hope you’ll join us!


RECORDING: Neurodiversity at Work: Freddie Mac's Journey

Destigmatized: Visible and invisible Disabilities and Neurodivergence

You can’t put a price on experience—and Freddie Mac has been running its Neurodiversity at Work program for ten years. Join Judy Huie, Freddie Mac’s Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Business Officer, as she shares what the company has learned and achieved in the process, as well as the impact the program has had on Freddie Mac’s neurodiverse employees. Talks about: neurodiversity, DEIB, culture

Judy Huie

Bridget Finkeldey

Judy Huie is vice president, DEI Business Officer at Freddie Mac providing strategic oversight and management of our DEI program, further embedding DEI in the enterprise’s business practices. She leads the operations of our DEI program, developing and implementing our DEI policies and procedures, evolving our DEI strategy and ensuring compliance with diversity requirements mandated by law and directed by Freddie Mac’s conservator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency. She also leads teams within DEI responsible for brand & communications, operations, reporting & analytics and risks & controls, and chairs our InspirASIAN business resource group.

Most recently, Judy served as chief of staff to the chief diversity and inclusion officer and chief human resources officer at Freddie Mac responsible for risk & controls, strategic communications and project management. In Judy’s more than 20 years of experience at PwC, E*trade, FBR and Freddie Mac, she has worked in a number of roles with increasing responsibility in internal audit, business management, HR and DEI with a focus on building teams.

Judy earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in Finance from American University. She was also named a 2021 HR Rising Star by HR Executive magazine.

Meg Alexander

Bridget Finkeldey

Meg Alexander joined the PowerToFly community as a job-seeker in 2014, eventually landing her first remote role working for PowerToFly's Delivery Team. Her professional experience includes roles as a Talent Advocate, Head of Purchasing for a window factory, audiobook publishing, & more than 5 years as a paralegal. She has a bachelor's degree in Art History from Indiana University (mint condition, never been used!), where she also earned a varsity letter for Women's Rowing. She loves DIY projects and will never say no to french fries. She lives in Toledo, OH with her husband Aaron, an engineering technician, and their dogs, Radar & Cake.


I Feel Pretty: Inclusion in the Beauty Industry

Destigmatized: Visible and invisible Disabilities and Neurodivergence

Pretty privilege is real, and it’s time for us as a society to widen our view of what pretty can look like. When content creator Steffi G started sharing her message of self acceptance and thriving with her disability online, the positive response motivated her to aim even higher. Now, she’s part of the 2022 #sephorasquad and is on a mission to achieve inclusion in the beauty industry. In this talk, she’ll share her experiences and her vision for a beauty industry that celebrates diversity.

Steffi G

Bridget Finkeldey

My name is Steffi and I was born in Colombia, and raised in Miami, Fl

I was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bones), I was originally given 24 hours to live. Well, at 32 years old I can say I’ve made it a bit past that!

My husband played a key role in opening my eyes to self-love, it's thanks to him that today I don’t use the term “in spite of my disability” instead, I like to say I am thriving WITH my disability.

Because my disability is not something to overcome, overlook or live in spite of – my disability is something I’ve embraced, accepted and learned to love myself with. I am aware that I’m different, I am aware that I don’t look like the average adult, and I still love myself, every part of me.

I started sharing pieces of my life on social media, and I would receive messages from people telling me how inspiring I was, how they wished they were as confident as I am, etc.

This fueled my passion to start my journey as a content creator, but sharing wasn’t enough, I knew I wanted to be part of making a difference.

I applied to be an inclusive model for Runway of Dreams, I was accepted and invited to my hometown Miami to take part in the inclusive fashion show! It was then that something sparked in my heart, and I knew my life was about to change.

Shortly after, I became an Aerie ambassador, and this past May I was invited to headquarters to shoot for an upcoming campaign!

I still felt like something was missing, and then it hit me – there’s still a lot of work to do when it comes to inclusion in the beauty industry, and I knew this is where I wanted to make a difference next.

I knew it was time to do more. I filled out an application for the Sephora Squad, a program I have followed since its launch in 2019 and I dreamed of seeing someone like me in it – but never me God no! I’m confident but not THAT confident.

2 months later I received an email from Sephora with a title that only headlined “confidential”.

My heart sank, All my eyes saw was “on behalf of the Sephora team, we would like to congratulate you on being accepted as part of the 2022 #SephoraSquad!” What an honor, I still get goosebumps every time I think of that moment, and every single time it hits me again – I did it, I did the hard thing and it turns out people believe in me, and that’s all the motivation I need to keep going.

Big things are coming, my journey is just getting started! I am here to serve as a change maker, and the beauty industry is ready to listen.

Bridget Finkeldey

Sanmaya Mohanty

Bridget is an organized and empathetic leader with demonstrated success in event coordination, stakeholder relations, digital marketing, copywriting, project management, human resources management, and public speaking.

She currently is PowerToFly's Summit Coordinator, managing logistics and day to day operations of the Virtual Diversity Reboot Series. She previously served as Marketing Project Manager at The Finance Marketing Group while simultaneously coordinating event logistics for the National Alliance Of Commercial Loan Brokers.

Bridget is military spouse, yoga teacher, and dog mom. She holds a B.A. in Media and Communication from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY and also played four years of NCAA basketball.

Talks about: disability, fashion & beauty, advocacy


OOTD: Adaptive and Accessible Fashion

Destigmatized: Visible and invisible Disabilities and Neurodivergence

Description: If you think finding the right pair of jeans is hard, try doing it in a disabled body. People with physical disabilities deserve clothing that not only makes them look and feel their best, but is also designed to support their autonomy. In this talk, Jillian Curwin, Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellow at FleishmanHillard, explains why and how the fashion industry must work toward adaptive and accessible fashion.

Jillian Curwin

Bridget Finkeldey

Jillian Curwin is a public relations professional and lifelong activist in the little person and disabled communities. Born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, she learned from her parents how to advocate for herself and is now using what she learned to advocate for voices in her communities that are often unheard. She is the founder and owner of Always Looking Up, a personal website and podcast that brings awareness to living life as a little person in an average-height world. Professionally, she has used her experience as a little person to contribute to agency diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Outside of the office she has created a platforms for herself to amplify her advocacy efforts. Always Looking Up came from the fact that, as a little person, she is often looking up at the world, noticing all the little things. On her platforms she discusses adaptive and accessible fashion, disability representation, and the impact of civil rights on the disabled community. Past guests on her podcasts include Judy Heumann, international disability rights activist, Rebecca Cokley, program officer at the Ford Foundation, Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, the co-directors and co-producers of Crip Camp, and Maria Town, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities. Her motto, “Height is just a number, not a limit,” reflects her mindset that being of short stature does not inhibit what one is capable of achieving.

Aida Martinez Freeman

Ayla Morwin

DEI Strategist & Speaker | Certified Personal & Executive Coach | Workplace Culture of Inclusion Geek | Big Fan of Mid-Managers | Inclusive Leadership Enthusiast

Talks about: fashion & beauty, representation, accessibility