Thank you for attending our Virtual Event
Thursday, July 30th

Noon - 1:00 PM EST




Michael Thor

 Owner and Chef of Whiskey Kitchen  


Keynote Speaker

Michael Thor, or "Thor" as he prefers to be called, will inspire you with his courageous story of perseverance and optimism. 


Named North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association's Restaurateurs of the Year, Thor and his business partner Jeff Mickel run Whisky Kitchen, a downtown Raleigh favorite.  Before the doors opened, Thor's entire life changed when a motorcycle accident in 2015 left him a quadriplegic. He spent time recovering in Atlanta before returning home to Raleigh where he continues his entrepreneurial journey. 

Proving that a disability doesn't have to define you, Thor will motivate you, make you laugh and look inward to see what's possible against all odds. @crippledcook




Learn from and engage with our panel of trailblazers who thrive in their careers and life.  

Representing people with visual, auditory, mobility, and cognitive disabilities, our panelists will share how the ADA has helped them in their endeavors and what still needs to happen to create true inclusivity.

Eric Dixon

Chris Hendricks

Quan Leysath

Ellen Perry

Philip Woodward


What's the Deal with disABILITIES:
The Triangle Celebrates 30 Years of the ADA

Do you REALLY know what’s it's like living with a disability? President George H.W. Bush signed the American with Disabilities Act 30 years ago to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else in all areas of life. This includes jobs, schools, transportation, and access to all public and private places that are open to the general public. Why was it needed and what effect did it have?

We've gathered some amazing trailblazers who are living and working with various disabilities. Hear their stories and learn how you can “support” them as colleagues, neighbors, and people in your community!

This FREE virtual event is proudly brought to you by a partnership between LCI Tech, LCI, Wake County Economic Development, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the City of Raleigh Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities, Capital Area Workforce Development Board, Walk West, The Diversity Movement, Baering, and the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities.

To be inclusive of everyone, please let us know what kind of accommodations you may need to attend our virtual event. You'll be asked to describe your requests in the registration form.


Noon - 12:10


12:10 pm - 12:30 pm


12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Keynote Address

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

Q&A and Closing Remarks

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Optional Networking




LCI Tech
Wake County Economic Development

Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
City of Raleigh Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities
Walk West

Capital Area Workforce Development Board

NC Council on Developmental Disabilities

The Diversity Movement


Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity 
North Carolina State Universit


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Collage of photos of people with disabilities inclusing John Samuel, Ed Summers, Ronnie Marshall, Erika Hagensen, Tim Truzy and Anelys Rojas

Thanks for joining us

July 30, 2020 

Noon - 1:00 pm EST

FREE Virtual Conference 

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