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Solving Problems with and for the Problem Solvers

We all strive to make our content and services more accessible and inclusive for our customers. But how well are we progressing toward the equally important goal of welcoming the unique perspectives, contributions, and problem-solving abilities of people with disabilities into our organizations? What does “working with a disability” look like—for employees, colleagues, and employers? This session explores what it’s like to work in our industry while disabled, foregrounding the voices of publishing professionals with visible or hidden disabilities and of specialists in assistive technologies and disability inclusion and empowerment. We know that recruiting and retaining people with disabilities strengthens our organizations and improves our capacity to innovate, problem-solve, and meet our customers’ accessibility needs. What practices and processes foster inclusion efforts? How can you make a difference in your workplace? What does this mean for your organization’s hiring process, retention practices, and approaches to accommodation?
PD2020 Session 5
Release Date: 07/27/2020
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion | Keywords: accessibility, platforms, technology, inclusivity, disability, workplace

Professional Development Series

Our debut series on the SSP OnDemand Library, the 2020 Professional Development Series offers presentations on current trends and issues in scholarly communications—from the impact of COVID-19 to diversity, equity, and inclusion in publishing--available at your convenience. New video presentations will be released each week; free materials and paid sessions can be accessed individually or as part of a group; all recordings may be accessed asynchronously, but registrants can also interact with presenters and fellow audience members during live screenings! Videos will be offered on the following topics: Business Models and Strategies, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Editorial Innovations, Ethics and Standards, Global Trends, Research Perspectives. Featuring panels of leaders in their respective fields, this series is a must for anyone wishing to keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry.

Alice Meadows


Director of Community Engagement, National Information Standards Organization

Alice Meadows is responsible for engaging with and developing the NISO community, including communicating the value of our projects, events, and programs. She is an active member of the SSP community, including contributing to The Scholarly Kitchen blog and serving on the Kitchen Cabinet, and passionate about peer review -- she is one of the founders of Peer Review Week -- and about diversity and inclusion, acting as one of the SSP representatives on the C4DISC initiative, and a member of the SSP D&I Task Force.

Bruce Rosenblum


VP of Content and Workflow Solutions, Inera, An Atypon Company

Bruce Rosenblum has been designing and implementing electronic publishing workflows and solutions for over 35 years. He is the developer of the Crossref Metadata Deposit Schema and co-authored the original NLM DTD. He served on the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Board of Directors from 2005 to 2013 and is currently co-chair of the NISO STS working group as well as an active member of its JATS and BITS working groups. Prior to joining Atypon, he was CEO of Inera, which was acquired by Atypon in 2019. His 16 years of joint work with Crossref earned Inera and Crossref the 2014 NEPCo Publishing Collaboration Award, and he was awarded the status of NISO Fellow in 2020. Bruce continues to lead software development for Inera’s eXtyles and Edifix, and works with Atypon customers on workflow solutions.

Catherine Harding-Wiltshire


Director of Operations, BMJ

Catherine Harding-Wiltshire is currently the Director of Operations for BMJ. She has worked in STM publishing for over 25 years in an operational capacity. Catherine and her team promote an open and honest working relationship with vendors and believes that any relationship must be a partnership in order to achieve a positive outcome. Operations are pivotal to the success of any business from protecting the current business processes, looking at innovation and future proofing. Everyone in her team has a voice and she endorses them using it to resolve issues, remodel methods and formulate advancements in process. Catherine is the chair of Women at BMJ and sits on the D&I panel. She works for the charity SHOUT as a crisis counselor in her spare time. Catherine lives with PTSD and works hard to convert her negative experiences into positive actions to help both herself and others.

Lori Samuels


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.

Parinay Malik


Inclusive Experience Lead, Fidelity Investments

Parinay Malik is an abstract artist and a deaf professional at Fidelity Investments, where he is an Inclusive Design and Innovation Strategist and Inclusive Experience Lead. At Fidelity, he heads the Office of Internal Accessibility and the BELONG program, an inclusion initiative to create a diversity of ways for employees of all abilities to participate in work experience and to harness the power of inclusion to create compelling products and drive greater innovation. The BELONG program’s mission of “Sense of Belonging” encompasses a variety of programs and initiatives that leverage the power of inclusion, such as, BELONG Innovation, Internships, Hacks, and Ideas. Parinay holds a BSc in Business Management and Information Technology from RIT and recently graduated with an MBA from Babson College and MIT. As a sought-after speaker, he delivers keynote talks and workshops that facilitate awareness and education around topics including Inclusive Human-Centered Design, Innovation, and Disability.

Simon Holt


Senior Acquisitions Editor, Elsevier

Simon Holt has worked in scholarly publishing for over a decade, and is currently Publisher in the books division at Elsevier in Oxford, UK. He is also Chair of Elsevier Enabled, a group representing colleagues with disabilities. As a visually impaired person, he has first-hand experience of both the benefits of inclusion to both organizations and individuals, and the challenges involved in making it happen effectively. He believes that true accessibility in publishing means access to the publishing industry for people of all backgrounds, alongside the accessibility of published materials. In 2019, Simon’s contributions were recognized by the SSP Emerging Leader award.

Sylvia Izzo Hunter


Inera | An Atypon Company

Sylvia Izzo Hunter joined Inera as Marketing Manager in January 2018, following a 20-year career in editorial, production, and digital publishing at University of Toronto Press, where she honed her interest in producing accessible digital content. She served on the SSP Board of Directors from 2015 through 2018, and is currently a member of SSP’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Education committees. Sylvia is the author of two articles about copyediting in the Journal of Scholarly Publishing, and of three fantasy novels published by Ace Books.