"Innovative Strategies for Employing Veterans and People with Disabilities" Richard Pimentel

Expert on disability and diversity issues in the workplace

October 15 , 2009 
Student Union, Apollo Room 

Presented in partnership with the President's Office, the Office of Disability Services, and the EmployAbility Conference 2009

Richard Pimentel is one of the leading experts on innovative strategies for employing people with disabilities, with a special focus on veterans with disabilities. Praised for his use of humor, metaphor, and storytelling in his work as a consultant and trainer, Pimentel also brings his insights as a disabled Vietnam veteran to topics as diverse as the future of disability management, attitudinal change in health and human services, and overcoming challenges of returning combat veterans.

Pimentel is a senior partner in the consulting/training firm of Milt Wright & Associates, Inc. An expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), he has authored and co-authored numerous books and professional publications, including What Managers and Supervisors Need to Know About the ADAMaking the ADA Work for YouThe Workers Compensation ADA Connection, and Taking Control of Workers Compensation Disability Costs.

Pimentel is the past chairman of the Veterans Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation and advisor to the secretary of Veterans Affairs on all veterans’ rehabilitation issues. In the past year, Pimentel was a keynote speaker and trainer/consultant to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Mental Health Services and Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation.

Pimentel is also the key author of the highly acclaimed and widely used Windmills program, designed to change the attitudes and behavior of supervisors who hire and promote employees with disabilities. Windmills is used by many of America’s largest and most prestigious government and employer organizations, as well as Fortune 100 companies.

Pimentel recently was given an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Portland State University. His story was dramatized in the 2007 film Music Within.