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Goodwin University to Offer “Achieving Success: Navigating Career Obstacles with a Disability”

On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, from 8 am to noon, Goodwin University will host a comprehensive program on “Achieving Success: Navigating Career Obstacles with a Disability.” The event will be held in The River Room, 195 Riverside Drive, on the University campus in East Hartford, Connecticut. Admission is free of charge, and the event is open to the public.

A collaboration of Goodwin University’s Student Affairs department and the Occupational Therapy Assisting program, “Achieving Success: Navigating Career Obstacles with a Disability” provides: awareness of the challenges and successes faced by individuals with a disability when navigating employment; networking opportunities among students, colleagues, and community members in the human resources and disability support services fields; and resources for achieving career success with a disability.

Jon Slifka, Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Aging and Disability Services for the State of Connecticut, is the keynote speaker. Mr. Slifka served as Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Liaison to the Disability Community. His accomplishments include developing multiple pieces of legislation; restructuring the Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities; creating initiatives for National Disability Employment Awareness Month; and fostering the creation of the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Partnership. In his current role, Mr. Slifka chairs the governor’s Committee on Employment for Persons with Disabilities and facilitates strategic planning work. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Miracle League of Connecticut since 2011.

The Goodwin program is designed for anyone interested in exploring this topic and/or faces challenges in reaching career goals because of disabilities. Veterans in particular are encouraged to attend. RSVP at For more information, contact Stephanie Hertz at or 860-913-2272.