Damon Brooks Associates is a speakers bureau that exclusively represents those with a disability and is the exclusive representation for the WINDMILLS Disability and Diversity Training Kit.
Ollie Cantos as a blind Filipino-American has defied the
odds -- in more ways than one. Having become blind as
the result of medical complications at birth, Ollie was the
object of bullying and taunts as a little boy with no
self-confidence. He eventually came to defy conventional thinking by
rising in prominence to becoming the highest-ranking person with a
disability in the United States federal government.
Not yet 40 years old, Ollie has been a tireless champion
for legal services to low-income persons for 20 years, having
served as Board Member and eventually as Vice President of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, one of the largest providers of legal services in
the nation. Within a disability context, and in spite of
significant obstacles, he became a civil rights attorney and worked at the DisabilityRightsLegalCenterin Los Angeles.
Following a three-year term there, he was recruited to relocate
to Washington DC to become General Counsel and
Director of Programs for the now-130,000-member American Association
of People with Disabilities. That led
to him serving as a leader in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S.Department of Justice as Special Assistant and later Special Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General. Ollie was then appointed for two terms of service as Associate
Director of the Domestic
Policy Council at the White House under President George W. Bush. Ollie
subsequently returned to the Justice Department, accepting an appointment at age 37 to serve
as Vice-Chairman of the President's Committee for People with
Today, he continues his public service under President Barack Obama as
part of this same body and is now Trial Attorney in the Disability
Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division, investigating
and enforcing Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
But, Ollie's work spans far beyond his leadership in
the public arena. He has served as a long-time
attorney mentor for the American
Bar Association Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law and was
once a member of the Commission as well. For 10 years, he has been
a Big Brother mentor in a Los Angeles-based program; and, he formally mentors
African-American foster children living in Washington, DC while serving on the board of a local non-profit providing social
services to the local Latino low-income community and as Academic Advisory Board Member for LeadAmerica, a national youth leadership development organization. Ollie
has also dedicated years to disability-related issues including
assistive technology, civil rights, criminal justice, emergency preparedness,
employment, special education, transportation, veterans' issues, and
Loving to have fun ice skating, roller blading, horseback riding,
and other activities, Ollie is a three-time finisher of the Los Angeles Marathon. He
is also past Board Member of the Blind Children's Center in Los Angeles,
the ENDependence Center of Northern
Virginia, and the WestsideCenter for Independent Living. In addition, with a uniformed equivalent
rank of Lieutenant Commander,
he is "District
Staff Officer - Legal Parliamentarian"
in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. He
has been featured on radio and television and in newspapers and magazines
and once received an honor from the President of the Republic of the
Philippines before a broadcasting audience of 80 million. Over
his lifetime thus far, Ollie has spoken directly to audiences
totaling more than 50,000 individuals. KEYNOTE ADDRESSES Keynote presentations are tailored to each audience, and Ollie
works with organizers to craft the kind of remarks that should be
made and the messages that should be conveyed in order to assist
the host organization, agency, or company in achieving its own
specific goals and objectives. As a way of adding value
to the long-term work of the hosting entity, Ollie also provides
supplementary assistance and support behind the scenes as a way to
help cultivate long-term working relationships and to leverage these for
the benefit of associated leaders.
Workshops are conducted in a dynamic and
interactive way. They are marketed as a "must"
for anyone who has always wanted to reach the highest levels of success
but who has wondered exactly how it is done. Through a
series of practical step-by-step approaches that may be put into
place right away, participants will learn:
biggest roadblock to success and how to overcome it. · A turnkey approach to creating an
ever-growing network of influential movers and shakers. · A proven system for optimizing human
capital. · The art of mass communications but
with a unique personal touch. · The importance of social networking
sites and how to know when to use which. · The "Email Introduction": how
to write one and when to use it. · Contact management: why it is
important and what it can do for you. · Ways to set up networking benchmarks
to maximize quantifiable results and track progress
toward goals. · The methodology for creating and
using a Quotations Database to enhance
personal credibility. · Optimizing knowledge acquisition
through building a Brain Trust of core advisors.
Who Should Attend?
· Business entrepreneurs. · Non-profit organization executives. · Working professionals, eager to
advance their careers. · Job-seekers, interested in mastering
networking skills. · Aspiring leaders, determined to make
their positive mark on the world. · Visionaries of every background,
looking for concrete ways to make their dreams come true!
By the end of the workshop session (where length of time may be
tailored however the host organization or agency wishes) participants will have both
the practical steps and the specific online resources that they will
need to move forward down the road to greater success than ever!