Work Matters for All: Personal Stories of Disability and Professional Success

Join us!
October 18, 2017
2:00 - 3:15 PM
Berkeley College, 12 East 41st Street, New York, NY
Room B202

Convened in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, this panel discussion spotlights individuals with physical, learning, and mental health disabilities who have been successful in a range of professional fields including, Legal Studies, Journalism, Human Services, and Workplace Management. Hear about their unique achievements and challenges, their resources and support systems, and their advice for developing professional skills and pursuing dream-worthy career goals. A question and answer period will follow.

Event is open to the public.

CLICK HERE to RSVP by October 11 to secure seating and request accommodations.

Light refreshments will be served.

Event will be live streamed to all Berkeley College campuses.

For additional questions contact:

Danyel Addes
Assistant for the Director of Disabilities Services
Berkeley College
Telephone: 914-694-1122 ext. 3168
Fax Number: 914-323-2197


Edmund Asiedu

Edmund Asiedu
Career Counselor, Disability Rights Activist, Policy Analyst

Edmund Asiedu was raised in Ghana. He was the National Public Relations Officer for the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled Youth Wing from 2005 to 2009 and played a major role in the effort to pass the Ghana National Disability Act of 2006. He was attacked by the polio virus at the age of two, which resulted in his disability. He is an international disability rights activist, has a degree in social work from Lehman College, and is currently a Master’s in Public Administration candidate at the Austin Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. Edmund has worked with the National Disability Rights Network in Washington DC and worked on leadership and community development with the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation in Brooklyn. He finished his 4th NYC Marathon in 2016 and is a Career Counselor at Berkeley College.

Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown, Esq.
Chief Municipal Prosecutor, Clifton & Haledon, NJ

Mr. Brown has excelled as an attorney in the field of criminal law as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, as well as in civil practice. As a criminal defense attorney, he appears regularly before the Superior Court in various counties in New Jersey, and in the appellate court of New Jersey. He has extensive jury trial experience, having served as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Formerly an Associate of Melli, Guerin & Wall, P.C., Mr. Brown tried many cases on behalf of major insurance carriers. He graduated from Ramapo College with a B.S. in Information Systems. After graduating college, he worked for Merrill Lynch full-time, while attending the evening program at Rutgers University School of Law, and obtaining his Juris Doctor. Mr. Brown has cerebral palsy.

Amanda Burell

Amanda Burrill
Navy Vet, Journalist, Classically Trained Chef, Athlete, On-Air Host, Lifestyle Personality, Multiple Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor Advocate

Amanda was a rescue swimmer in the U.S. Navy, obtained her culinary degree at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu and received her master’s degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. As a speaker and On-Air Host, Amanda is known for her humor, relatability and unrelenting curiosity and enthusiasm about culture, travel, food and drink, and body hacks. She is currently undergoing treatment for post-concussion syndrome related to two moderate traumatic brain injuries and five mild ones. She has completed Ironman and half Ironman triathlons, 18 marathons, is a fitness cover model, and writes two national lifestyle columns.

Jes Osrow Jes Osrow
Founder and Coach, JOSROW Consulting;
Talent Advocate, Hired, focusing on diversity and inclusion

As the founder of JOSROW Consulting, Jes helps professionals transition into technology, level up their skills, and strengthen their personal brand. With Hired, she works as a career coach with 40-plus tech-job seekers weekly in multiple US markets. When she is not chained to the computer or phone she spends time fostering kittens, appreciating the arts, and adventuring around the world. Jes herself works through two Invisible Disabilities, depression and anxiety. She recently completed the Managing Workplace Diversity & Inclusion program at New York University.

Special thanks to Diversability for their assistance with this event. Diversability is an award-winning movement to rebrand disability through the power of community & Winner of the 2015 National Rehabilitation Association Bell Greve Memorial Award.