Second Annual Accessibility Awareness Week


Leading our industry in accessibility is critical to achieving our mission and vision as a company. That’s why we’re so excited to invite you to join us for our second annual Accessibility Awareness Celebration. This event was streamed on Oct. 19, 21 and 23. Watch the videos to be inspired, learn from experts and have a chance to win training and wellness coaching sessions.

  • Together we’ll learn from experts such as Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer for Microsoft; Bert Floyd, Senior IT Manager Assistive Technologies at TD Bank; and Tanner Gers, American Foundation for the Blind and Paralympian World Championship team member, Parapan American gold medalist and national champion in track cycling.
  • We’ll be inspired by our own Bettina Dolinsek, Nationwider and the first blind CrossFit trainer in the US, as well as many other Nationwide associates and leaders.
  • We are giving away personal training and wellness coaching sessions with Tanner Gers! Fifty associates can win “Absolutely Lean” during our “Let’s Get Moving Challenge” session.
  • And you’ll have the chance to see demos of new tools that you can use in your day-to-day work to improve accessibility for our associates, customers and partners.

Please share this unique opportunity with your co-workers and encourage them to do their part to ensure we deliver extraordinary care for the millions of Americans with accessibility needs.


Time Event
1:00 - 1:15 P.M. EST Opening Remarks by Michael Carrel, SVP, CTO - Marketing & Enterprise Growth Solutions, Lori Rennie, VP Billing & Payment COE, Tiffany Grinstead, VP Agency Marketing and Diversabilities ARG sponsor
Moderator: Inggrie Moore
1:15 - 1:45 P.M. EST Keynote Guest Speaker Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer, Microsoft
1:45 - 2:00 P.M. EST Q&A with Jenny, Michael, Lori and Tiffany
2:15 - 2:45 P.M. EST Demo of Tools, Assistive Technologies and Q&A with Chad Wolfe and Kevin Ackley
3:00 - 3:30 P.M. EST Demo of Digital Accessibility Center and accessibility features in Microsoft products with Jared George
Watch video
Time Event
1:00 - 2:00 P.M. EST Inclusive Culture Begins with Us by Bert Floyd, TD Bank Senior IT Manager Assistive Technologies
Moderator: Sreeni Gorantla
2:00 - 2:20 P.M. EST Quick Demo of Color Contrast Analyzer and Bolt how to be inclusive by considering using good color choices with Kevin Hien
2:30 - 3:30 P.M. EST Accessing Your Inner Superhero by Tanner Gers, American Foundation for the Blind
Moderator: Demond Saunders
3:30 - 4:00 P.M. EST Let’s Get Moving! Quick workout demo and Q&A session with Bettina Dolinsek, 1st blind CrossFit trainer in the US and Tanner Gers US Paralympian, World Championship team member, Para Pan American gold medalist, and national champion in track cycling
Fifty associates can win “Absolutely Lean” wellness coaching sessions
Moderator: Travis Goodwin
Watch video
Time Event
12:00 - 12:50 P.M. EST

12:50 - 1:00 P.M. EST
Increasing Access and Opportunity Panel Discussion with Doug Sharp from Lettuce Work, Ashlee Leslie from OSU, Brian Bell and Walaa Waeda from Nationwide.
Moderator: Tiffany Grinstead
Inclusion Speech by Jason Turner, Nationwide OSU TOPS Intern
1:00 - 1:45 P.M. EST Let’s Learn More about the Deaf Culture and Deaf Service Center by John Moore
Moderator: Brian Bell
1:45 - 2:00 P.M. EST Let’s Learn Basic American Sign Language (ASL) by a DSC instructor
2:00 - 2:15 P.M. EST Closing Remarks by Angela Bretz, VP Diversity and Inclusion and Chetan Kandhari, SVP, Chief Innovation and Digital Officer
2:15 - 2:25 P.M. EST Announcement of Lean Challenge Giveaway Winners and Entertainment
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Speaker Line Up

Jenny Lay-Flurrie
Chief Accessibility Officer
Bert Floyd
Sr. Manager Assistive Technologies
TD Bank
Tanner Gers
Business Development Leader
American Foundation for the Blind
John Moore
CEO/Executive Director
Deaf Services Center, Inc. (DSC)
Doug Sharp
Co-founder and Exexcutive Director
Lettuce Work Foundation
Ashlee Leslie
Disability Career Specialist
Ohio State University TOPS

Nationwide Speakers and Producers

Michael Carrel
SVP, CTO Marketing & Enterprise Growth Solutions
Lori Rennie
VP Billing & Payment COE
Tiffany Grinstead
VP Agency Marketing
Chetan Kandhari
SVP, Chief Innovation and Digital Officer
Angela Bretz
VP Diversity and Inclusion
Sreeni Gorantla
AVP Enterprise Internet and Mobility
Walaa Waeda
Business Project Management
Brian Bell
AVP Strategic Partnership Ops
Bettina Dolinsek
Claim Support Services
Cindy Esker
Director Creative Services
Travis Goodwin
Technical Director Accounting
John Cropper
Manager Creative Services
Chad Wolfe
Consultant Technology and Engineer
Kevin Ackley
Consultant Digital Accessibility
Kevin Hien
UX Digital Accessibility
Jared George
Developer Digital Accessibility
Jason Turner
Student Intern Digital Accessibility
Demond Saunders
Sr. Consultant Learning and Performance
Mark Christman
Sr. Consultant Corp. Comm.
Gideon Antwi
Student Developer Digital Accessibility
Inggrie Moore
Program Manager Digital Accessibility
Robert Thompson
Manager Creative Services
Jane Kuberski
Business Consultant, NBS
Lindsey Johnston
Technology Specialist