Calley/Bernstein announce 3rd annual MI Hidden Talent Workshop offering training, resources for hiring workers with disabilities

Registration now open for April 30 free business training seminar in Novi

Monday, March 5, 2018

Lansing, Mich. – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein today announced the third annual MI Hidden Talent workshop, providing employers with resources and training to be intentional about hiring Michiganders with disabilities.

The free statewide workshop for business leaders and HR professionals will be held on Monday, April 30, in Novi at the Suburban Showplace.

Workshop attendees will receive training on accommodation, interviewing best practices and strategies to help close the skills gap. Resources the state offers to help businesses find and prepare talent for the needs of the workplace also will be provided. 

“Being intentional about hiring people with disabilities is a common-sense way to help close Michigan’s talent gap and give people new opportunities to enter the workforce,” Calley said. “I’m proud of this effort and hope businesses take advantage of this free workshop to gain practical strategies for including talented workers they may not have considered before to take their companies to the next level.”

Calley and Bernstein started the MI Hidden Talent initiative in 2015 to highlight the overlooked skills of Michiganders with disabilities. Over the past few years, the two have traveled the state educating employers on the advantages of hiring people of different abilities through the MI Hidden Talent tour and workshop.

“People with disabilities are some of the most devoted, caring and hardworking employees a business can have,” Bernstein said. “We have traveled the state talking about taking advantage of the ‘hidden talent’ out there and I hope more businesses come on board with this exciting initiative and sign up for the workshop.”

To register or for more information about the workshop, visit