07/07/2020

Keynote Speaker Cara E. Yar Khan

July 26, 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In observance of that milestone we invite you to commemorate the ADA and celebrate your employees, their families and caregivers and customers with disabilities by inviting Cara E. Yar Khan to speak. In just six months Cara’s TED talk, The beautiful balance between courage and fear, has almost 2 million views.

Contact Seth Dechtman at The Speaker Agency for details on Cara presenting to your organization.

Cara E. Yar Khan is an award-winning global disability leader who has been honored by UNICEF, the Government of Canada, Porsche North America and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This week Cara was nominated for Diversability’s inaugural D-30 Disability Impact List for her outstanding leadership in the disability community.

Born in India and raised in Canada, in a family of immigrants, Cara grew up guided by her multinational and Muslim – Christian – Buddhist family, taught to prioritize her education and use her life’s platform to be of service. Cara faces the pressure of cultural expectations regarding what PWD can do. Professionally, she has lived in 11 countries and witnessed firsthand the exclusion and discrimination against PWD, strengthening her resolve and enriching her perspective when advocating for change. Cara uses her platforms to break glass ceilings for PWD. With UNICEF Haiti Cara was the first person with a severe impairment to serve in an Emergency Operation. She promoted the rights of children with disabilities in some of the poorest countries to the UN COSP on the CRPD and is producing a documentary film about breaking down barriers. Even her pro-bono work with the Valuable 500 is dedicated to advocating for PWD to be included and empowered.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

2018 Women Make a Mark Honoree, Atlanta Magazine. Atlanta Magazine recognizes those among us who are doing extraordinary work in our community to make us and our city better, are committed to their professions and their community. They exhibit tireless dedication, strong leadership, and impassioned goodwill.

2018 Outstanding Voice Diversity & Inclusion, Atlanta Business Chronicle Honors outspoken individuals who are going above and beyond to bolster equality across all areas.

2018 Canada’s Champion of Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment of Women & Girls, Government of Canada, Canadian Consulate General in Atlanta for the S.E. USA For embodying the Government of Canada’s commitment to reducing barriers and increasing opportunities for people with disabilities, to ensure their full participation in society.

2015 Porsche Driving Force Award. Porsche North America in cooperation with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights recognizes women who exemplify the spirit of activism and community engagement at the local and/or global level.

Keynote Speaker Cara E. Yar Khan is available for a Courageous Conversation on Disability Inclusion & Awareness and harnessing its power in the workforce.

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