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Recording of Honoring the Life and Legacy of Judy Heumann and Women's History Month- Personal Stories of Women with Disabilities

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In honor of Women’s History Month and Intersectionality with Disability, Disability:IN DC Metro will host a virtual conversation with three women to exchange ideas and address questions including their school and career experiences as women with disabilities. The Hon. Katherine McCary, CEO, will open the dialog and participate as a woman with a disability.
In addition we will honor Judy Heumann, who was an American disability rights activist, known as the "Mother of the Disability Rights Movement". She was recognized internationally as a leader in the disability community. Heumann was a lifelong civil rights advocate for people with disabilities.  
The conversation will feature

  • An amazing intern from BroadFutures,Vanessa Grace Bliss;
  • A young professional, Rachael Grossman, Manager | Business Consulting, Government & Public Sector at Ernst & Young LLP; and
  • Senior Executive, Susan Mazrui, Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services. 

The discussion will address such topics as 
  • What advice would you give to other women with disabilities as they look ahead to their futures?
  • As an intern starting your career path, do you feel that you have the tools and knowledge to advocate for yourself?
  • What was one of your singular moments that enabled you to make a first step into your career?
  • Can you share any roadblocks in your career as a woman, as a woman with a disability? As a person with an apparent or non-apparent disability?
  • Tell me about the value of mentoring? Do you have a mentor? Are you a mentor?
  • What do you think are some of your personal achievements, personal and/or professional?
  • Are women with disabilities viewed differently with women without disabilities, if yes, why do you think and what can we do to change the perspectives? 
  • Judy Heumann, who passed away this month, was considered the "Mother of the Disability Rights Movement". What are some of her key leadership abilities we can learn from and replicate?



  • Susan Mazrui, Director, Global Public Policy AT&T Services, Inc.

    Susan Mazrui began work in Communications in 1994 in Disability Marketing. In 1998, she moved to wireless, where she developed corporate strategies for state and federal legal and regulatory compliance. Mazrui was instrumental in establishing AT&T’s Corporate Accessibility Technology Office and was the architect of AT&T’s Accessibility and Inclusion Program with cross company teams addressing the needs of deaf and disabled employees. In 2021, she received AT&T’s Connection Award recognizing significant individual achievement toward organizational priorities that demonstrate AT&T's cultural pillars. Mazrui was named a Corporate Fellow by the Summit on Leading Diversity and inducted into the Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame. In 2019, Mazrui was honored by The Community of Connection and TDI for her work in the disability field. She currently chairs the board of the World Institute on Disability and serves on the board of G3ict.

  • Rachael Webb Grossman, CISA, Senior Business Consultant, EY

    Rachael is a Senior Business Consultant in EY’s Technology Risk practice. She has been with EY for over 4 years with experience in Financial Audit Information Technology and Program Operations. Rachael supports the AccessAbilities Professional Network as the co-lead for the Greater Washington area. Her journey to fulfillment and success started when she was diagnosed with a Learning Disability called Dyslexia. She has learned to adapt and evolve as she learned new tips and tricks to help ease the stress of working with a disability that affects her language skills. One skill she has learn is advocacy and storytelling.

  • Vanessa Grace Bliss, Intern BroadFutures

March 30, 2023
Thu 4:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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