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Having Work-Life Balance By Ariel & Shya Kane

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Having Work-Life Balance By Ariel & Shya Kane

March 8: Having Work-Life Balance

What if having work-life balance is not a product of efficiently allotting your time but a natural state that happens when you are skilled at Being Here? Join Ariel and Shya and discover how to truly work when you work, play when you play and enjoy the experience wherever you are.

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Joyce Bender’s Trip to Seoul with the State Department

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May 22, 2016 – written by Joyce Bender of Disability Matters:

Today was the final day of my U. S. State Department International Information Program visit to meet organizations that focus on employing South Koreans with disabilities.  I have enjoyed every meeting, every presentation, every person I met, and my new friends from the embassy.  They make me proud to represent our country.

Our first meeting of the day was with the Korean Employment Security Association for the Disabled to talk about employment and the Disability Equality Index (DEI) founded by the American Association of People with Disabilities and the US Business Leadership Network.  The 20 people in the room were all people with disabilities focused on creating employment opportunities, and all were very passionate about their work.  They want to learn from the U.S., about successful practices.  I spoke first and then I introduced Mary to explain the DEI.  Mary was part of the DEI Advisory Committee that worked to build this benchmarking tool that scores companies on their disability inclusion policies and practices. She gave a thorough presentation and answered many questions. At the end, we were in a group photo and all of sudden they all shouted—“Lead On.”  I was so shoGeon Hyeong and Joyce Bendercked!  I did not know that our friend from the State Department told them about Justin Dart’s famous words that I had taught at the Center for Independent Living earlier in the week in Changwon.  I was just overwhelmed! The group was so appreciative and very gracious. They escorted us out and were thanking us as we left the building.

We left with the embassy delegates and went to a luncheon sponsored by Women with Disabilities Arts and Culture. We were with a small group in a beautiful restaurant with absolutely delicious food.    The President of the organization, Mi Yeon Kim, was our host and she was just so wonderful.  She is a woman with a disability.  She uses a wheelchair, and is the sharpest and most professional woman. Her mentor is Judy Heumann and you can tell by the great impact she made.  She was eager to learn from me how we have been successful in the U.S. in the area of working with private sector businesses to include people with disabilities.  When the luncheon ended, she was so sad that I had to leave.  She told me she had read about me and hoped she could spend a longer time with me.  When she comes to the U.S. this year, we will get together.

After lunch, we had a short meet and greet with the Korean Differently Abled Federation.  Finally, our last meeting and presentation was with the Korea Disabled People’s Development Institute.  We spoke to about 40 professionals who work with people with disabilities to train them for employment.  They wanted me to share how Bender Consulting was successful in the U.S. and other best practices.

When the day ended, I just could not believe all the people I met on this visit and all of the productive meetings we had.  It was so exciting to spend time with my new Korean friends and see the hope in their eyes when we discussed employment. After all, employment means freedom—freedom to live like everyone else—the dream in America and in South Korea.

We may be worlds apart, but our fight is the same.


The Bender Virtual Career Fair Tuesday, 4/14/2015

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The Bender Virtual Career Fair  Tuesday, 4/14/2015
The Bender Virtual Career Fair: Employment for People with Disabilities on  Tuesday, 4/14/2015  provides an opportunity for employers and job seekers with disabilities to connect online and network from the convenience of their home computers and offices.  The Virtual Career Fair is free for job seekers with disabilities and is open to students and alumni from 2 and 4 year colleges and universities across the United States.  Register and upload a resume today .   Additionally, Employers seeking to recruit from a talent pool of individuals with disabilities as a part of their diversity and Section 503 compliance outreach initiatives can learn more about the event and also register.

Harbor Site Foundation on The American Heroes Network

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Harbor Site Foundation on The American Heroes Network


Harbor Site Foundation’s  goal is to give veterans in Law Enforcement and their families a place to go in order to get the most current information on benefits afforded to them as well as providing an accessible  support network they can utilize in a completely confidential manner. Read our guests biography below. 

Joseph Kauper

Founder of Harbor Site Foundation . He was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp 1997-2001.

Upon leaving the Marines he worked as an information security contractor for the Army in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Returning stateside in 2003 he began working as a uniformed officer for the US Dept of State Diplomatic Security Service. He took a leave of absence from 2005-2006 where he was working as a contractor in Afghanistan on a communications project in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Shortly after his return back at the Department of State he was hired on as a police officer for Port Authority Police Department.

In late 2010 a fellow police officer and former Marine who had served two tours in Iraq took his own life. This prompted some of the veterans on our job to begin to ask some important questions that many returning veterans ask themselves: Where is the support network for police officers returning from hazardous duty tours in areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan?  Due to the strict requirements in their line of work, Will a police officer who sustained the “invisible” injuries of combat such as post traumatic stress and Traumatic Brain Injury be placing their job in jeopardy in order to seek assistance?

Where is the transition assistance for a soldier, sailor or Marine returning from combat to getting back to patrol on the streets here in the US?

These are questions that many police departments in the United States have yet to address. Joseph Kauper, Police Officer Mike Stoia and Jersey City Police officer Collin Congleton (all former Marines) started the Harbor Site Foundation to bring these issues to light and remove the stigma that goes hand in hand with these diagnoses’. 


Agostino von Hassell

Who spent his formative years in the United States, studying European History at Columbia University graduating with a B.A. in 1974. He then attended Columbia Journalism School, graduating with a M.S. and with honors in 1975.

His is now the president of The Repton Group LLC, a New York City consulting group that deals global trade issues, national security, corporate due diligence and litigation support. He has extensive expertise in international policy and trade issues and works for government entities such as the Government of Japan and the Government of Portugal. He works with government-held financial firms in Dubai and across the globe. His firm – www.thereptongroup.- has extensive lobby, financial and due diligence expertise.

He wrote numerous political and historical articles for publications as diverse as The Marine Corps Gazette, Die Zeit (Germany), Naval Proceedings, Defense News, The Navy Times and others. He is the author of two major military histories (published by Howell Press, Inc., Charlottesville, Virginia): Warriors: The United States Marine Corps (published first in 1988); Strike Force: Marine Corps Special Operations. Strike Force provided a concept for a major Dale Brown novel. Warriors was also translated into Italian.

He is the author – along with former Marine Herman J. Dillon – of West Point: the Bicentennial Book published in March 2002 by Howell Press. In 2003 he published a pictorial portrait of the United States: In Honor of America. In 2006 he published Military Highlife. This is the first major book published on elegant military food in decades.

St. Martin’s Press, New York, published in the fall of 2006 An Alliance of Enemies, a book on the untold story on the secret contacts between Germany’s resistance the Abwehr and the OSS in World War II.

Hassell has contributed chapters to the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement (Sage Publications, 2005). He has taught as adjunct professor in the graduate program of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, teaching members of the New York City Police Department in subjects such as counter-terrorism and leadership.

He is a life member of the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents, the National Defense Industry Association, the OSS Society, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, the American Society of Media Photographers, and the Authors’ Guild.

Hassell is fluent in French, Portuguese, Italian, German, and moderately fluent in Russian, Arabic (Lebanese dialect), and Dutch.

Agostino von Hassell was born in 1953 into a German diplomatic family. His father served at German Embassies in Rome and at the European Community in Brussels, completing his career as the first German Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. The Hassell family has served both in the civil service and the military: immediate ancestors include Blücher, and Generals Clausewitz and Gneisenau. His great-grandfather was Admiral von Tirpitz “whose very name makes Englishman shudder to this day.1 His grandfather Ulrich von Hassell was executed after acting as a leader in the failed attempt to kill Hitler in July 1944.

Other Activities

Adjunct Professor, John Jay College for Criminal Justice, New York City. Taught for three years in the Graduate Program for the New York Police Department. Taught counter-terrorism for law enforcement and leadership

Assisted training the National Police of the Dominican Republic and the Port Authority Police of New York and New Jersey. Trained FBI leadership on counter-terrorism

Global Training: Singapore Police, Turkish National Police, Portuguese Police



  • Warriors: The United States Marine Corps, 1989, Howell Press, Virginia –
  • Strike Force: Marine Corps Special Operations, 1993, Howell Press, Virginia –
  • West Point, 2003, Howell Press, Virginia
  • In Honor of America, 2004, Howell Press, Virginia
  • Military High Life: Elegant Military Food, Fall 2006
  • Alliance of Enemies, fall 2006, St. Martin’s Press, New York.
  • Alliance of Enemies – also translated into Polish and Spanish
  • Counter-Terrorism Case Studies, 2009, Sage Publications
  • Modern Piracy, Kendall-Hunt, 2009
  • Ulrich von Hassell Diaries (Revised Edition), 2012
  • War Horse Heaven
  • Modern Piracy, Kendall-Hunt, 2013 Second Revised edition
  • Counter-Terrorism Case Studies, 2014 , Sage Publications – in preparation – revised

Articles: Published in Die Zeit, Interviu (Spain), Marine Corps Gazette, Proceedings, Amphibious Warfare Review.

1The Times of London, Obituary for Ilse von Hassell, née Tirpitz, March 1999


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The Bender Virtual Career Fair

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The Bender Virtual Career Fair: Employment for People with Disabilities on November 13, 2014 provides an opportunity for employers and job seekers with disabilities to connect online and network from the convenience of their home computers and offices.

Employers seeking to recruit from a talent pool of individuals with disabilities as a part of their diversity and Section 503 compliance outreach initiatives can learn more about the event and register.

The Virtual Career Fair is free for job seekers with disabilities and is open to students and alumni from 2 and 4 year colleges and universities across the United States. Register and upload a resume today.

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