Suzanne Robitaille is founder of abledbody & co. She began her career as a reporter at WSJ.com and BusinessWeek Online, and later moved into public affairs, with roles at both The American Express Co. and MasterCard Worldwide. She specializes in helping clients maximize their message through corporate/brand and customer/marketing communications. In March 2009 Suzanne founded abledbody.com, a website that covers disability news, technology and marketplace innovations for people with disabilities. She is also the author of The Illustrated Guide to Assistive Technologies & Devices. Suzanne grew up profoundly deaf and received a cochlear implant in 2002. She serves on the advisory board of the National Center on Disability and Journalism and The AbleGamers Foundation. Suzanne holds an MS from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a BA in Communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Megan has 20 years of experience in journalism and corporate communications. As the mother of a young boy born with multiple congenital heart defects, Megan has developed a passion for helping clients create more inclusive and healthy environments for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Before founding her own firm in 2007, Megan served as senior vice president of ICR, an independent PR firm. She began her career as a broadcast journalist at an ABC affiliate in Nebraska. She serves on the board of directors of Little Hearts, Inc. and the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley in Valhalla, N.Y. Megan holds an MS from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a BA in Communications from Marist College.
As a nearly lifelong wheelchair user with 25 years of experience in mission-based marketing, Lisa Lilienthal’s perspective as a consumer and communications expert brings a valuable point of view. Lisa’s advocacy work ranges from disability image and rights campaigns and sustainability programs to work with nonprofits in the healthcare, education, environmental and disability space. Her work includes experience with Shepherd Center, one of the nation’s top spinal and brain injury rehabilitation centers, the Paralympic Games, Interface, Inc., a design-centric leader in sustainability and business, and EARTH University in Costa Rica. She has also worked as a wheelchair model (mostly recently in a Target campaign now in stores) and holds honors including Miss Wheelchair Georgia 1982 and Georgia Disabled Professional Woman of the Year in 1987. She holds a BA in Journalism and an MBA, both from Georgia State University.
Stephanie is a disability fashion consultant and longtime advocate in the field of accessible clothing for retail clients. A trained voice actor, Stephanie’s clients include Revlon, Hoover USA and Canada, Flirty Girl Fitness, Angie’s List, McDonald’s, Miller Brewing Company and more. Born with congenital physical defects in her hands and foot, Stephanie believes fashion styling is a transformative tool for people with physical disabilities. She is an adjunct Fashion and Speech professor at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, and is developing a Disability Fashion StylistSM certification program that will help train stylists in the field of accessible fashion. She holds a BA in Communications from Sullivan University, an MA in Communications from Regent University, and is pursuing an MFA in Fashion Journalism at The Academy of Art University.
Felicia Morton is a PR and marketing consultant who specializes in energizing brands by developing creative campaigns to reach top media and key influencers. By creating integrated strategies involving traditional media, social networks and events, she drives preference for a diverse range of companies and organizations. Felicia was a senior manager at several top PR firms including Manning, Selvage & Lee and GolinHarris in Manhattan. Prior to her PR career, Felicia worked as a journalist. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Providence Journal, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Boston.com, and The Prague Post. Felicia received her BS in Journalism from Columbia College and her MS in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.
Michael Janger runs a strategy consulting business for the people with disabilities (PwD) market, michaeljanger.com. Profoundly deaf since birth, he has a passionate interest in technologies that enable people with disabilities to strive for equal access. A finance industry veteran with an MBA from the Wharton School, he worked at American Express, Thomson Corporation, IBM, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Michael is uniquely qualified, as an experienced and well-trained business professional with a disability, to deliver results for companies seeking a competitive edge in the diverse and fast-evolving market for accessible technologies.