WEBINAR: Youth Day Kick Off Event

Deaf High School students, have you ever been in a job interview before? Do you know how to prepare for your future interviews? Join our kick-off with our celebrity moderator, Renate Rose of Deaf U! Who knows, maybe after the mock interview, an employer will be super impressed with you and actually offer you a REAL interview! Awesome panelists will share interview tips, important take-a-ways, and more! If you signed up for our mock interviews, this kick-off is not to miss!

  • DATE: Friday, March 5th, 2021 @ 12 pm EST
  • No CEUs will be offered for this webinar
  • If you’d like to ask questions during the webinar and be part of the discussion, you will need to register for a Zoom link so you can ask directly! Otherwise, you can watch Facebook Live on the NAD Youth Programs Facebook page.
  • English voice interpreters and CART will be provided.



Renate Rose (She/ Her/ Hers)

Renate Rose is a woman of many interests and passions. She enjoys reading, hanging out with her fur babies and her girlfriend, Tayla, Twitter, cooking, baking, traveling, keeping up with current events, and learning new things. She aspires to maintain a growth mindset and roll with any punches life may give her or people close to her and learn from it. Her not-so-secret addiction? Alfredo pasta! She could eat it every day and not get tired of it.

Renate was born genetically Deaf and graduated from Kansas School for the Deaf in 2015. In 2020, she received her Bachelor’s degrees in Government with a specialization in Law and International Studies, along with a minor in Communication Studies, from Gallaudet University. She found herself fascinated with humanities, communications, sociopsychology, and how they all influence how citizens of the U.S. and its public servants in making their decisions in government matters. She does not know where this will lead her and is more excited about any unknown life or path changes that may appear in the future!

Tyese Wright (She/ Her/ Hers)

Tyese Wright graduated from Gallaudet University with a degree in Elementary Education. Ms. Wright earned her master’s degree in Counseling from Trinity University in 2005. Her career has included teaching students enrolled in kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs and serving as a Family Educator/Counselor for students in grades 1-8 at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School. She is currently the Transition Specialist for the Model Secondary School for the Deaf. She was former Miss Deaf America 2002-2004. She was also a Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library Advisory Board ib 2019-2020. At the present time, she is a board member of District of Columbia Area Black Deaf Advocates, Inc.

Lori Taylor (She/ Her/ Hers)

Lori Taylor received her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Applied Accounting at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and Bachelor of Science in Food Management at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Shortly after, Lori went to Chicago to work as a front-house supervisor in the cafeteria for Lucent Technologies.  After 10+ years in the food industry, Lori decided to return to Rochester to pursue her Masters degree in Human Resource Development.

After graduating from RIT in 2004 with her masters, Lori and her partner operated a business called, "Deafworks! Professional Career Center" where Lori helped Vocational Rehabilitation clients find employment for 10 years. In 2009, Lori arrived at Texas School for the Deaf as a Job Coach then became the Culinary Arts Teacher for seven years.  Currently, Lori teaches Career Preparation 1.  During her time at TSD, she obtained my Special Education teaching certification from ITT (I Teach Texas).  

In her free time, Lori loves to spend time with her family- her husband. two children, 4 cats and grand-puppy! We love to go camping, hiking and spending time together.

Gisella Tomita (She/ Her/ Hers)

Gisella Tomita (she/her/hers) is a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in the Deaf Services Section - Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in Honolulu, Hawaii. She develops a strong sense of advocating the VR participant with informed choices to plan their vocational and personal goals. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for the participants who are empowering their peers to make empowered decisions. Gisella holds a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counselor Education from the University of Hawaii.

Gisella is passionate about the ocean- swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and sunbathing are her downtime to unwind. Walking on the beaches to collect litter and debris along the coast is a hobby of hers along with raising awareness about plastic pollution, which has become a global crisis. It is disheartening for her to see debris and microplastic everywhere on the beaches. Microplastics are plastic pieces that continue to break down into grains of sand! Her main goal is to make a positive difference by adjusting her lifestyle choices to plastic-free alternatives or making zero waste swaps which can help protect and restore our oceans for future generations.

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