Leadership Awards Gala

  • Photo of Sarah Blahovec and Kathy Martinez of Wells Fargo standing on a stage in front of a gold backdrop. They both are holding a clear circular award.

    Sarah Blahovec, 2019 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award Recipient, with Kathy Martinez of Wells Fargo

  • Photo of Dustin Gibson and Keri Gray, they both are holding a clear circular award

    Dustin Gibson, 2019 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award Recipient, with Keri Gray, AAPD's Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Communications


2020 Leadership Awards Gala

March 10, 2020

The AAPD Leadership Awards Gala is the one night a year that the disability community comes together with business and government leadership to celebrate the progress of disability rights. This year’s Gala will provide a unique opportunity for AAPD’s partners, supporters, and colleagues to commemorate 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act and demonstrate their continued support for accessibility inclusion. 

6:30pm – Cocktail Reception

7:30pm – Evening Program

Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009)

AAPD strives to make all of its events fragrance-free. We ask that you arrive as scent and fragrance-free as possible in order to accommodate all guests.


To learn more about becoming a sponsor, please email us at development@aapd.com.


The 2019 Leadership Awards Gala was held on March 12, 2019 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.



Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!

National Catalyst Sponsors



National Connector Sponsors


JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase


National Convener Sponsors



National Stakeholder Sponsors


Accenture | American International Group (AIG) | Anthem | Centene | CVS Health | Goldman Sachs | Independent Life | JetStream | Microsoft | Ringler Associates | Uber 


National Advocate Sponsors


Alliant Financial | Bank of America | Berkshire Hathaway Structured Settlements Division | Coca-Cola | CTIA | MetLife | New York Life | NFP Structured Settlements | Pacific Life | Prudential | Sage Settlements | Sprint Accessibility 


National Ally Sponsors


Allsup | Ametros Foundation | Epstein Becker Green | Esquire Bank | Kessler Foundation | Medivest | National Industries for the Blind (NIB) | Structures | The Arc | Tracfone | WITH Foundation 

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