The American Conference on Diversity will honor Nadine O. Vogel, Founder and CEO of Springboard Consulting LLC, with the 2015 Bridge Builder Award during the spectacular Statewide Humanitarian Awards Fundraiser on Thursday, April 2.

Mendham, NJ-based Springboard Consulting is a global company that works with national and multinational corporations, governments, and agencies around the world to successfully mainstream disability in the global workforce, workplace, and marketplace. Springboard also produces the world-renowned Disability Matters Conference and Awards.

“I am honored to receive this year’s Bridge Builder Award for the work that we do at Springboard Consulting,” says Ms. Vogel. “As the mom of two beautiful girls who have special needs, I understand firsthand the issues that individuals who have disabilities and their families face. It is my hope that Springboard will become a seamless partner with every company and government agency in America and around the world so that everyone with a disability, including their families and friends, will feel welcome and wanted with every purchase they make, trip they take, job they get and with everyone they meet.”

Prior to founding Springboard, Ms. Vogel held a variety of executive positions in both Corporate America and the nonprofit sectors. She is the author of DIVE IN, Springboard into the Profitability, Productivity and Potential of the Special Needs Workforce, a highly acclaimed must-read business book. She is a regular contributor to Profiles in Diversity Journal, Diversity MBA magazine, and Diversity Executive magazine, and has authored articles for many other professional, industry, and consumer publications. Ms. Vogel is also recognized as a powerful informational, motivational, and inspirational speaker. Recognized for her civic and professional activities, she has received many awards and accolades including being selected as a 2013 First Star Recipient of Diversity Woman magazine’s “Stars Who Mean Business Peer Award”; by MEA Magazine as one of the 2013 “25 Influential Women in Business”; by The Garden State Woman Education Foundation as the recipient of the Garden State Woman of the Year 2012 Diversity award; by Diversity Journal as a 2012 Diversity Leader Award recipient; as one of Diversity MBA’s 2011 Top 100 under 50 Executive Leaders; as a 2011 recipient of the American Association for Affirmative Action Edward M. Kennedy Community Service Award; for the Inaugural M2Moms 2010 MomFirst Award, “One Mom’s Idea That Made a Difference”; by the YAI, Business Advisory Council, for the 2010 Advocacy Award; by NJBiz magazine for the 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award; for the Count Me In 2008 Make Mine a Million $ Business Program Award; by the 2007 Howard L. Green Humanitarian Award from the NJ Broadcasters Association; for The College of Charleston’s 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award; for the Voices Award 2003 – individuals who have made a difference in the community; for the Golden Gate University’s 2002 Alumni Community Service Award; for the Fast Company magazine’s 2002 debut list of “Fast 50” innovators — individuals whose achievements helped change their companies or society; for Working Mother magazine’s Mothers We Love Top 25 List in 2000 and the magazine’s 2000 Mothering That Works Award, and numerous elections to a variety of editions to Who’s Who.

Ms. Vogel has been featured on NBC News, CNNfn, Lifetime Live on the Lifetime Channel, Good Day NY, and Oxygen Television’s Pure Oxygen program.  She is the founder and past president of the board of SNAP, Special Needs Advocate for Parents, a member of the College of Charleston Department of Communications Professional Advisory Council, a member of the New Jersey State Employment & Training Commission Disability Issues Committee, a Founding Board Member of the Society for Diversity, a multi-year member of the SHRM Workplace Diversity Special Expertise Panel, WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council), WPO (Women Presidents’ Organization), and a member of NSA (National Speakers Association). In 2014, Ms. Vogel earned “The Certified Speaking Professional” (CSP) designation, which recognizes competency in platform excellence, established business practices, and success and is held by less than 10 percent of professional speakers worldwide.

Ms. Vogel received an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA, and a BS in Industrial Psychology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.

Along with recognizing Ms. Vogel, the American Conference on Diversity will present awards to the following outstanding individuals:

Dionne Warwick, Grammy Award-Winning Music Legend (Legacy Humanitarian Award)

Kevin Cummings, CEO of Investors Bank (Corporate Humanitarian Award)

Carol Evans, President & Founder of Working Mother Media (Diversity Ambassador Award)

Barbra “Babs” Casbar Siperstein, Member of the Executive committee of the Democratic National Committee, Deputy Vice Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, and Political Director of the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey (Advocacy Humanitarian Award)

The Annual Humanitarian Awards gala helps the American Conference on Diversity raise funds to provide more than $65,000 in scholarships for students and schools throughout New Jersey to participate in our Lead for Diversity (LFD) Institute, helping youth develop leadership and human-relations skills that position them for successful careers.

The fundraiser, including a silent auction of artwork, sports memorabilia, and fine jewelry items, will be held at the spectacular Pleasantdale Château from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 757 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052. Seats are limited. Purchase tickets today by contacting Gala Coordinator Barbara Getze at bgetze@aol.com or (800) 626-8097 today. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Special Anniversary ads and sponsorship opportunities are also available to both demonstrate your commitment to our leadership-development program and to recognize Ms. Vogel and these outstanding honorees.

Award honorees will be available for photographs by the media prior to the event.

Thanks to the generosity of the following organizations, the 2015 State Humanitarian Dinner will be made possible: BASF, Investors Bank, L’Oréal USA, New Jersey Natural Gas, NJM Insurance Group, PNC Bank, Prudential Financial, PSEG, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Verizon.

About the American Conference on Diversity

The American Conference on Diversity was founded in 1948 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Today, the programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity builds on an historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates Regional Community Networks covering all of New Jersey. Visit www.AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org to learn more.



Gail Zoppo

Media Relations Consultant

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New Brunswick, NJ 08901