Accessibility Director, NBCUniversal Media
Lori Samuels is Accessibility Director at NBC Universal, where she leads strategic accessibility programs to institute best practices in inclusive design, train software development teams, drive cultural maturity in disability inclusion, and fortify executive sponsorship. Lori has enjoyed career roles in Software Engineering, Technical Program Management and Accessibility Consulting—mostly for consumer and educational markets. Her passion for making technology work for people of all abilities started in 1993 when she was Director of Engineering at Broderbund Software. She went on to start Intuit's enterprise accessibility program and deliver the first-ever accessible version ofQuickBooks. Prior to joining NBC, Lori led accessibility programs and initiatives at Microsoft, impacting products such as Bing, Cortana, .NET, Visual Studio, Microsoft Store, Azure, and Dynamics. Lori and her family live in northern Utah, where they enjoy skiing, camping, hiking and boating in the beautiful mountains.