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Ornella Castman

Head of Affirmative Action/EEO - Bayer

Ms. Castman is the Head of Affirmative Action/EEO at Bayer and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of preparation, execution and training of Bayer’s Affirmative Action Plans as well as provide advice on HR compliance matters. She has over 23 years of broad human resources experience advising in all areas of human resources with a strong focus on affirmative action program development and implementation, OFCCP audits, compensation systems development, and pay equity analysis. Ms. Castman serves as the Recording Secretary for the National Industry Liaison Group, the Alliance Manager for NOD, and past NILG Chair, and the Chair of the Mid-Atlantic ILG.

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Thursday, Aug. 3

Workshop 1

Disability Inclusion and Self-ID: Employer Messaging Strategies

Susanne Bruyère, Cornell University; Kevin Fitzpatrick, PepsiCo; Ornella Castman, Bayer; Moderator: Alicia Wallace, Eli Lilly and Company

Recruiting candidates with disabilities is a critical component of ensuring a diverse workforce and assisting federal contractors in meeting affirmative hiring goals.  However, if organizations are not using disability-inclusive messaging in job descriptions and on career webpages, they may not be able to attract the talent they seek.  Presenters will share findings from several studies exploring how employers use disability-inclusive messaging on career webpages, and how that messaging influences jobseekers with disabilities applications and self-identification.