2016 Conference Sponsors

The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity thanks all of the sponsors for their dedication to the development and enhancement of equal opportunity through affirmative action, diversity and inclusion.

Gold Sponsors


For 25 years, ABILITY Magazine has continued its charter to bring greater awareness surrounding disabilities with a focus on ability. Available in print and digital distribution, this entertaining and informative publication is a resource for employer inclusion policies by increasing employee awareness of strengths and talents of people with disabilities.  Through its engaging story line, ABILITY Magazine helps to facilitate sensitivity and an environment of acceptance in the workplace. ABILITY Magazine is an award winning publication and listed in the Top 50 Magazines in the World.


Developed for Employers, By Employers

We’re not a vendor offering your organization “check-the-box” solutions; we are an extension of your team, helping to make your job easier. DirectEmployers is a nonprofit Member-owned and -managed association formed in 2001 by 14 leading Fortune 500 companies searching for a way to reduce recruiting costs, while regaining ownership of their recruitment brand. Through collaboration with these individuals, DirectEmployers developed proprietary technology that has since led to the creation of our flagship product—a federal contractor compliance solution that assists with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s (OFCCP) VEVRAA mandatory listing requirements and Section 503 regulations


With a rich history in higher education that spans more than 150 years, Kean University is a world-class, vibrant and diverse university offering more than 48 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs, with over 85 options for graduate study including doctoral programs in psychology and education leadership. Kean distinguishes itself through excellence in academics, strategic investments in both research and cultural facilities and initiatives, and a commitment to the success of every student. Dedicated to preparing students for rewarding careers, lifelong learning, and fulfilling lives, Kean offers a broad range of disciplines, the expertise of a diverse and world-savvy faculty, and a student-centered learning environment and campus community.



Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

Silver Sponsor


Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis is dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law.  With over 770 attorneys practicing in 55 locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Jackson Lewis is included in the AmLaw 100 and Global 100 rankings of law firms. U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" named Jackson Lewis the 2014 "Law Firm of the Year" in the Litigation-Labor and Employment category.  Jackson Lewis has one of the most active employment litigation practices in the United States, with a current caseload of over 6,500 litigations and approximately 550 class actions.

Bronze Sponsors

As America moves further into a new millennium and century, the role of educating the ever-increasing number of people of color and number of people hailing from other underrepresented groups has taken on unprecedented urgency, and the stakes will become even more consequential in the coming months and years.

The key to the achievement of this goal is knowledge and information about higher education. And when it comes to providing the information that underpins this, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education has been at the forefront for the past 30 years. Leaders from academe, industry and public policy have all come to rely on this award-winning newsmagazine to stay abreast of the trends and issues that go to the core of the future of this country and its place in an ever-changing world.


DiversityComm, Inc. (DCI) is the proud publisher of six nationally recognized diversity focused magazines: Black EOE Journal, HISPANIC Network Magazine, Professional WOMAN’S Magazine, U.S. Veterans Magazine, Diversity in STEAM Magazine and DIVERSEability Magazine. Each magazine has its own engaging website, distribution and digital edition. In addition, we publish a bi-monthly e-newsletter that reaches all our readers, subscribers and clients.



DiversityInc’s mission is to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity.

DiversityInc is the dominant “diversity” publication with more web traffic and social media reach than Black Enterprise, Working Mother, Hispanic Business, Diversity Executive, Diversity Journal and Diversity Woman. We publish two websites, www.DiversityInc.com and our by-subscription management website, BestPractices. DiversityInc.com. We also publish DiversityInc magazine four times a year; aside from our paid subscribers, the magazine is sent to the C-suites of companies with more than 5,000 employees.


INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today. For 40 years, INSIGHT Into Diversity has connected potential employees with institutions and businesses choosing to embrace a workforce more reflective of our local and national communities.



With a concentration exclusively on employment and labor law, we provide our multi-national clients with a variety of effective strategies and solutions. It’s that specialization that allows us to represent companies all over the world.



Portland State University (PSU) is a public, nonprofit, coeducational research university located in the southwest University District of downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. Originally founded in 1946 as a post-secondary educational institution for World War II veterans, it evolved into a four-year college over the following two decades, and was granted university status in 1969. It is the only public urban university in the state of Oregon that is located in a major metropolitan city, and is governed by a board of trustees. It is ranked as one of the nation's "most innovative" universities by U.S. News & World Report.



Since 1889, the University of Idaho has been a place that expects more from itself, more from its students, more from knowledge and more from life. The University of Idaho is where students come to succeed and learn to lead. At our main campus in Moscow, Idaho – and our centers throughout the state –students find many opportunities to share in our community and culture.  We offer a distinctive combination of outstanding majors and graduate programs, accomplished faculty, world-class facilities, renowned research and a residential campus in a spectacular natural setting.