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DBP Members Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020

By Lisa Fraser
October 13, 2020
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The U.S. Department of Labor has announced “Increasing Access and Opportunity” as the 2020 theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
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Ahold Delhaize USA

Retail Business Services in partnership with our great local brands, Giant Food, Hannaford, Stop & Shop, GIANT company, Food Lion, and Peapod Digital Labs is hosting the following events for National Disability Employment Awareness Month:

  • At the beginning of October, Our Caregivers Virtual BRG will be hosting a panel session on Teaching Our Children About Differences.
  • Our Abilities BRG will be hosting a Lunch and Learn with Tricia Downing – On September 17, 2000, Tricia went from being a competitive cyclist to a paraplegic requiring a wheelchair for mobility. Her life was changed forever, but Tricia’s competitive spirit and zest for life continued. Making the transition from able-bodied cyclist to an athlete with a disability, Tricia has completed over 100 races, including marathons and triathlons, since her accident.

Baxter

The Baxter EnAbles Business Resource Group — which seeks to cultivate an inclusive and supportive workplace for employees with all abilities — is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month by shining a spotlight on disability inclusion throughout October.

Their activities will include an employee Day of Service to benefit the Center for Independent Futures, a Chicago-based non-profit that focuses on employment and living skills for persons with disabilities.

Employees are also encouraged to participate in our “Voices of Baxter” series: video testimonials describing how these employees have been impacted by disabilities will be shared on the company’s internal social media platform.

Baxter EnAbles will also sponsor a Family Fued-inspired game focused on disability inclusion and diversity.

To further underscore Baxter’s commitment to disability inclusion, Baxter Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Almeida has joined a growing number of CEOs who are urging more companies to participate in the Disability Equality Index administered by the American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability:IN, a nonprofit leader in advancing disability inclusion worldwide.

Recognizing the personal and professional strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baxter EnAbles is also sponsoring a global employee Wellness Day, which will include several webinars on the topic of mental well-being.


Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola’s This-Ability ERG is celebrating NDEAM with a few events.

Join This-Ability and women’s LINC as we embark on a 3-part journey to better understand, empathize and act to improve our collective mental well-being.

  • October 15 – Stress Management and Helpful Resources with Katherine Williams, a well-being coach
  • October 22 – Destigmatizing Mental Health at Work with Derek Shields of Disability:IN
  • October 29 – Mental Health Awareness and Action

Estee Lauder

The I&D Center of Excellence at ELC recently launched two ERG chapters in the U.S. and the U.K & Ireland.

Each of these chapters were set up in time for National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

For the U.S.:

The I&D COE launched a Mental Health and Disability Employee Resource Group (ERG) for US-based employees. This ERG seeks to build community, safety, inclusivity, and wellness for US-based ELC employees.

We launched the ERG virtually during our Global I&D Week in September 2020, recognized across the Company as a time to raise awareness among our employees about I&D initiatives through various events and learnings, and champion the efforts of I&D leaders at ELC.

During the virtual launch event – Dr. Vivek Murthy, former US Surgeon General under President Obama and a member of ELC’s Medical Advisory Board, gave a fireside chat on how to prioritize mental health during these uncertain times, as well as how to create virtual communities and support systems.

In continuation from the ERG launch, we continue to encourage U.S. employees to become founding ERG members and weigh in on the type of programming they would like to see.

For the U.K & Ireland.:

The Mental Health & Wellness ERG Launched in the UK & Ireland in April 2020. Their virtual launch event featured special guest speaker Bryony Gordon, a feature writer and columnist for The Telegraph, who openly spoke about her own personal mental health story and offered advice on how members can care for their mental wellbeing.

The launch event took place during the UK’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the theme for which was kindness – a fitting theme to underlie the launch of any ERG.

This month they are hosting several events. On October 2, GenNEXT & the Mental Health & Wellbeing ERGs hosted the ‘Take Care Of Your Mental Health in Times Of Uncertainty’ virtual event in partnership with The Mental Health Foundation.

In this workshop, Chris O’Sullivan, Head of Business Development & Engagement at The Mental Health Foundation, shared a number of strategies to help members look after their mental health during these unprecedented times.

Employees heard how to cultivate and maintain good mental health at work, at home, as parents, and as people while we navigate the uncertainty produced in the different stages of the pandemic, from the possibility of a second lockdown to returning to work.


Fifth Third Bank

Employees at Fifth Third Bank will host and participate in a variety of events to celebrate the National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Members of the Cincinnati Individuals with Disabilities Business Resource Group will host a virtual awareness fair to highlight various agencies in Greater Cincinnati that help people with disabilities.

The group also is organizing a book club that will read and discuss “Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law” the autobiography of Haben Girma. Her story highlights many of the challenges she had to overcome to be successful.

Members from the group will attend a Film Fest Drive-In series that is part of the Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival. Organized by LADD, the festival celebrates the lives, stories and art of people who experience disabilities. It is the largest film festival in Greater Cincinnati.

The Film Fest Drive-In is a collaboration with Black Alphabet Cincy and Cincy Black Pride, Black Cincinnati Cinema Collective and the 48 Hour Film Project, Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival and OutReels Cincinnati.

The Northern Ohio IwD BRG will host a meeting for the regional Bank leaders on what it looks like to be an ally to those with disabilities. They will discuss a variety of topics and share the Bank’s Ally Toolkit, which highlights how a person can be an ally for underserved communities.

Florida IwD BRG members are hosting two virtual walk events in October. The first will benefit the Ft. Myers Autism Speaks organization, while the second will benefit the Alzheimer’s organization in Sarasota. They also will participate in the November virtual Alzheimer’s Walk that will benefit Punta Gorda, and they will participate in the virtual Walk to End Epilepsy, which will take place in Tampa in December.

In addition to joining the events, the members will be showing their support as allies of the organizations by dressing in professional clothing in matching colors to support the various causes on the Friday before each walk.


FINRA

At FINRA, our Disability and Wellness Network (DAWN) will host its 3rd Annual Health and Wellness Symposium.

This year we have witnessed unprecedented events, including the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest, so we felt it was important to focus on our MENTAL HEALTH.

Due to the importance of the theme and the accessibility of virtual events, we have decided to expand our usual one-day format into a month-long event, hosting two symposium sessions per week throughout the month of October.

This year’s program will help assist FINRA employees in becoming more successful by providing the opportunity to focus on mental health and wellness.

The events will feature insights from external motivational speakers, FINRA employees and our EAP vendor Health Advocate, who will share their experiences and perspectives on a variety of topics, including:

  • Mental Health Stigmas and Stereotypes; with a focus on the National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme – Access and Opportunity;
  • Mental Health Issues specific to other ERG membership groups
  • Self-Care and Ways to De-stress
  • Importance of Laughter, including tools to stay healthy and happy;
  • Mindfulness and the connection with meditation and mental health; and
  • Managing Holiday Stress during COVID times

Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac’s Abilities business resource group (BRG) is hosting virtual programs throughout National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Invisible Disability Awareness Week.

Our Abilities BRG enhances inclusion and career development opportunities for our community of employees of all abilities and those they support.
Highlights include:

  • Compassionate Connections–Caring for Loved Ones with Special Needs: Freddie Mac senior leaders will share their experiences modeling inclusion and how they support family members and friends with different abilities.
  • Mind-Body Connection: In partnership with our Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement (HOLA) BRG, a neuro-linguistic hypnotherapy coach will share how to use the subconscious mind to facilitate breakthroughs in work and personal life.
  • Creating Certainty During Uncertain Times: Abilities BRG members will explore options for creating a comprehensive estate plan– including wills, medical directives and powers of attorney– when planning for loved ones with special needs or who are aging.
  • Compassionate Connections–Animal Support: In partnership with our Military Appreciation BRG, non-profit organization Hero Dogs, will discuss the benefits that company and comfort animals can provide in the face of social isolation or elevated anxiety.

JLL

Here’s what JLL is doing for NDEAM:

  • A virtual Q&A session with renowned disability rights activist Judith Heumann
  • Four stories from our employees around the importance of disability recognition and representation at the workplace
  • A social media campaign focused around why NDEAM is so important and the launch of JLL’s external possABILITY page
  • A video featuring perspectives around employment from JLL Best Buddies employees
  • 12 inclusive yoga and meditation sessions

Merck

Please see below examples of how Merck will recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The topic of Emotional Wellbeing is hugely relevant, now more than ever. Due to all the events and stressors that continue to surround our lives this year, we are dedicating the month of October to ask for special attention to Mental Health Awareness within our entire company.

Merck employees can take advantage of the various resources, events, and wellbeing materials focused on World Mental Health, such as global webinars, mental health awareness e-learning for all managers and all employees, and a 30-day mindfulness challenge.

The Global Talent Acquisition Team will host a disability outreach virtual event, Demystifying the Pharmaceutical Industry with Getting Hired for students at the university level. Employees will share first-hand experience of what it’s like to work for a pharmaceutical company.

Through the capABILITY Network Employee Business Resource Group we’ll be piloting a Best Buddies Citizen Chapter in New Jersey.

This initiative pairs an individual with IDD with a Merck employee locally. We will be hosting a Best Buddies Info Session for colleagues who are parents/caregivers to loved ones with IDD.

This event will help parents/caregivers learn about the organization and different pillars of support: 1:1 Friendship & Schools Program, Jobs Program, Citizen Chapter, and in some locations, inclusive living. As part of their #NDEAM email campaign, Best Buddies International, recognized our organization for providing access and opportunity through internships, full-time opportunities, and mentorships.

To advance our company’s digital accessibility efforts, we are featuring special guests throughout the month to share their company’s digital accessibility journey with our global teams.


MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Lincoln Employees with Disabilities (LED) Employee Resource Group is excited to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month by hosting online discussions about disabilities at our workplace.

We are hosting a virtual Brown Bag Lunch to view and discuss Judith Heumann’s TED Talk.

In this month’s LED newsletter, we are highlighting available disability awareness training, the history of the American’s with Disabilities Act, and tips and tricks about accessibility and communication with people with disabilities.


New York Life

To honor National Disability Employment Awareness Month, New York Life’s ENABLE ERG is hosting the following events virtually:

Beyond Disability Panel: Our ENABLE ERG will host their annual live employee storyteller event, “Beyond Disability,”. The program is intended to improve awareness of employees who are directly and indirectly impacted by disability, by providing a healthy and safe forum in which participants may share their personal experiences.

Keynote Speaker Eric LeGrand: Motivational speaker, philanthropist, and former college football player, Eric LeGrand will join New York Life to discuss his life’s journey and his work for people living with paralysis. After becoming paralyzed during a football game in 2010, Eric has given a voice to the paralysis community to mobilize support for critical initiatives, policies, and cutting-edge research over the past five years.

Name That Tune: Our ENABLE ERG will host a “Name That Tune” event featuring music from several artists with disabilities from around the world.

Virtual Guided Meditation Sessions: Our ENABLE ERG will continue to host virtual guided meditation sessions throughout October.


New York University

New York University’s Office of Equal Opportunity invites you to join us in commemorating two very special occasions: the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

This October marks the University’s 3rd annual NDEAM celebration, hosted by the OEO.

We take this time each year to support the hiring and retention of persons with disabilities, encourage accessible workspaces, and recognize the contribution of our
diverse workforce.

Throughout the fall semester, there will be opportunities for discussion, professional development, and student networking, including:

  • October 15: Disability Visibility at the Intersections, Panel discussion presented by NYU Center for Disability Studies in partnership with Office of Global Inclusion /NYU WOMXN 100 INITIATIVE
  • October 16: Employees with Disabilities & Workplace Accommodations, Workshop presented by NYU Office of Equal Opportunity
  • October 28: Resilience for Health, Wellbeing, and Career Success Panel discussion presented by Wasserman Center for Career Development and Office of Residence Life
  • On November 16, we will continue the conversation with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium – Metro NY and Southern CT Fall Conference “The ADA at 30: Compliance, Inclusion, and the Impact of COVID19”

Nike

Nike’s Ability* Employee Network theme for the month is “I Speak”, which creates a platform for the community to share their stories without fear of discrimination.

Here are the events Nike has planned for National Disability Employment Awareness Month:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7: Nike’s Employee Network leaders share their mental health stories on the impact of COVID-19, racial injustice, and parenting during quarantine.
  • Monday, Oct. 12: Nike’s Ability* Employee Network will partner with Nike’s Black Employee Network for a discussion with artist-educator Jen White Johnson to discuss neurodiversity and how joy can be an act of resilience.
  • Friday, Oct. 23: Nike will host a conversation with disabled activist, media maker and consultant, Alice Wong, as she shares more about building a world with enhanced accessibility
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27: Nike Paralympian athletes will share their “I Speak” stories and discuss universal design.
  • Thursday, Oct. 29: Nike will host a conversation with educator and activist, Sinéad Burke, as she shares insights about the intersection of sport, fashion, and disability.

Northern Trust

Northern Trust sponsors two large chapters of the Disability Business Resource Council (DBRC) in both Chicago and Tempe. Both chapters will be hosting several events related to disability awareness.

Our programming is centered on raising disability awareness and inclusion to all of our employees across the North America region.

Chicago Events:

On October 8th, Northern Trust will partner with Disability:IN Chicagoland for the event, “Intersectionality of Disability and other Diversity Groups”. This event will welcome business leaders for the purpose of building awareness, providing resources and the support of the advancement of inclusion, employment and economic opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Connie Lindsey, EVP of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Laura Wilhelm, Executive Director, Disability:IN Chicagoland will provide opening comments. Scott Hoesman, CEO, Inquest Consulting, and Disability:IN Affiliate Liaison, will moderate a panel discussion with Chad Jerdee, Persons with Disabilities Sponsor, former General Counsel, and Lead for Responsible Business, Sustainability and Citizenship, Accenture; Mac MacLellan, President – Central Region, Wealth Management, Northern Trust; and Jill Houghton, CEO Disability:IN.

The DBRC is also a participant in the Virtual Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 10th. This year’s event will not be a large in-person gathering, but the team is still walking to join the fight against the disease.

We will wrap up the month on October 22 with a Diversity Best Practices virtual event. This event will be marketed to all Northern Trust partners.

Tempe Events:

During the month of October, Tempe DBRC will send out a weekly newsletter to their members.

The biggest component of the newsletter will be highlights where partners share their personal stories around their experience with disabilities. We have received highlights from partners dealing with various disabilities, including Down Syndrome, Autism, and even undiagnosed illnesses.

The intent of these highlights is to be insightful, informative, and heartwarming.

The newsletters will also contain internal Northern Trust resources and external resources for partners that may need extra support during these unprecedented times.

Based off of member feedback, the hope is for these newsletters to be educational while also being flexible as our members navigate their new working environment.


Prudential

To kick off Diversity Employment Awareness Month, Prudential partnered with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) one of the local schools that educate students who are deaf and hard of hearing to host a virtual recruiting event on September 28th.

The event included a panel discussion featuring our deaf employees, accessibility teams, and leaders from Prudential’s business resource group for employees with disabilities, ADAPT. The event served to help pipeline students with disabilities into our 2021 summer internship program.

On September 30th Prudential joined the NOD (National Organization on Disability) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the organization’s annual summit.

As a premier sponsor of the summit, Prudential CEO Charlie Lowrey delivered remarks and proudly accepted our 2020 award for being a Disability Leading Company. Prudential has been recognized as an NOD Leading Company every year since 2015.

To encourage an inclusive culture and disability pride, Prudential is launching our Self ID Campaign in October. Called Count Me in!, the four-week campaign is intended to encourage employees with disabilities to disclose both visible and invisible disabilities.

In an effort to move beyond the survey, we are celebrating our employees with disabilities through storytelling and thought leadership to help reinforce Prudential’s inclusive culture. We want everyone to be counted IN!

ADAPT is hosting 9 ASL (American Sign Language) classes throughout the month of October and hosted 6 in August and 8 in September. Classes quickly reached capacity with more than 60 employees registering for the course and dozens more expressing interest in future classes.

Plans to expand this offering year round are in progress. The information is based on 3 ASL Classes current underway. An advanced class began one year ago, another class began in August 2020 and is now in Level 2 and another class began in October 2020 and just started Level 1.

Early next month, Prudential is e-hosting a specially designed virtual networking session for college students and recent graduates on the Autism Spectrum with our external partner, Integrate Advisors.

With the focus on recruiting and presenting professional development content on resumes and interviewing skills, the session will provide opportunities for employees to get matched with an individual on the Spectrum and to provide career guidance to these prospects.

The event is scheduled for November 4th and will include 18-20 students and 18-20 employees from recruiting and business units who will volunteer their time.

On Oct 15th, Prudential’s business resource group, ADAPT will host “Increasing Access and Opportunity,” an event that will explore the intersectionality of disability, race and gender inclusion.

Harvard’s first deaf-blind graduate Haben Girma, is the keynote speaker. Named White House Champion of Change by President Barack Obama, Girma advocates for equalities for people with disabilities, and will speak about ways corporations can raise awareness of ableism and share best practices on how to dismantle digital, attitudinal and physical barriers for a more inclusive workforce.

The event will also include a panel discussion with Prudential employees representing various BRGs and an intersection diversity dimensions.


PVH Corp.

PVH Corp. is committed to driving fashion forward – for good in the communities where its associates live and it operates. The Company prioritizes fostering an inclusive workplace in which its associates are able to bring their whole selves to work without fear of being treated differently.

PVH is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and will be sharing resources internally over the course of the month with its associates to educate and bring awareness to disability employment issues, celebrating the many and varied contributions of PVH associates with disabilities, and highlighting what PVH is doing to support this community.

This year, PVH, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger are proud to have joined The Valuable 500 Pledge. The Valuable 500 is a global movement of more than 300 companies and leaders committed to putting disability inclusion on their business leadership agendas.

Joining The Valuable 500 community reaffirms PVH’s long-standing commitment to inclusion and diversity and continues its efforts in championing disability inclusion in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the community. For more information on PVH’s commitment to The Valuable 500, click here.

The TOMMY HILFIGER Adaptive collection, now available in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, was created to better meet the varied needs of people with different body shapes and abilities. Inspired by the more than one billion people globally live with a disability experiences and Mr. Tommy Hilfiger’s own history of having children with autism, a promise was made to rethink the design process and uncover solutions that democratize fashion, providing adults and children with greater freedom and confidence.


Sephora

Sephora is doing several things internal & externally during the month of October to:

  • Educate Sephora employees and external audience of the facts and figures surrounding disability employment
  • Share the stories of our employees with disabilities
  • Create more understanding and awareness about disability employment

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Sodexo’s SOAR is offering activities for employees throughout the month.
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Sodexo

Sodexo’s Abilities focused Employee Business Resource Group, SOAR (Sodexo Organization of disAbility Resources) celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and World Mental Health Day during the month of October.

SOAR is offering activities for Sodexo employees throughout the month and beyond that align with the official theme “Increasing Access and Opportunity.” They are engaging with national and local organizations to source candidates with disabilities and are embarking on campaigns that focus on accessibility and self-identification.

While many disabilities related activities are offered year-round, SOAR is engaging the organization with special offers during October. In partnership with Sodexo’s Pan-Asian Network Group, SOAR is hosting a global webinar featuring Pooja Mehta, a South Asian Mental Health advocate. By sharing about her own anxiety disorder, this guest speaker hopes to destigmatize mental illness. Additionally, SOAR will award scholarships to six college students who are stewards of their mission.

Sodexo is a signatory of the Valuable 500, ILO Global Business and Disability Network, and award recipient of both DiversityInc and Disability:IN.


State Street

We are thrilled to once again welcome the celebration for NDEAM and yet are soberly mindful of unemployment for the Disability community especially in the midst of COVID.

At State Street we have a variety of ways in which we are going to celebrate:

  • We will have a 4 part series around Disability awareness, understanding and inclusion hosted by Keri Gray. This 4 part series will happen each week throughout October.
  • On October 21st some of our Disability Awareness Alliance members will attend the virtual conference of Work Without Limits, who are the local Disability:IN affiliate, which looks to have a great line up of speakers and breakout sessions this year.
  • At the end of the month we will have a training for Disability Etiquette training to be provided through the Disability Awareness Alliance. This training will inform participants explore and exercise best practices and tips for engaging people with all types of disabilities in both personal and professional setting.

Disability Inclusion is critical and remains to be a forefront focus not just in the U.S., but also globally.


Ulta Beauty

We’re excited to share our efforts for NDEAM!

Ulta Beauty strives to champion diversity every day by practicing ways to create an inclusive environment, not only for our guests, but also for our associates.

Ulta Beauty will be recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the following ways:

  1. Featuring two virtual fireside chats open to internal associates to join for their continuous education and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Educate, Engage, and Embrace Fireside Chat: Associates will learn more about the impact of disability inclusion in the workforce, how to create a workplace that is accessible and inclusive, and how to support the community as an ally. Joining the panel are representatives from Disability:IN Chicagoland, Easter Seals, and NEDSRA.
  • Possibilities > Disabilities Fireside Chat: This panel will feature influencer and make-up artist Steph Aiello, a Special Olympics athlete and a representative from the Special Olympics for an engaging conversation about allyship and possibilities.
  1. Ulta Beauty will be donating to all the organizations featured in our fireside chats and finding ways to continue engagement long-term.
  2. Ulta Beauty is creating a video featuring associate’s stories of disability inclusion and what it means to them. The video will be shared internally and through the company’s LinkedIn channel.
  3. Ulta Beauty provided an educational document to all associates which highlighted the history and background of NDEAM and featured every day allyship tips to promote inclusion.

Unum

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Unum is celebrating our employees with disabilities and raising awareness of the importance of inclusion.

Throughout October, we’re hosting educational events, sharing resources and hearing from our differently-abled colleagues. Throughout the month we’re highlighting:

  • The partnership between Unum’s Office of Inclusion & Diversity and the Ability Employee Resource Group, which is made up of employees with disabilities, caregivers and allies. The group raises awareness of what it’s like to live and work with a disability and explores ways the company can better connect with customers and the community.
  • The bi-weekly Ability ERG Emotional Peer Support Group for employees who have a disability or are caregivers. In 2020, the group expanded, welcoming all employees who are experiencing heightened challenges with stress, emotional wellbeing or other challenges.
  • The Ability Peer 1-to-1 Mentoring Program matches two Unum employees who have a similar disability or who are caring for someone with a similar disability.
  • Sharing stories from differently-abled employees.
  • Reminding employees of the benefits, accommodations and programs related to disability, including improved resources and education around self-identification.
  • In 2020, Unum was named Leading Disability Employer™ by the National Organization on Disability (NOD) and scored a 100% on the Disability Equality Index®, earning the recognition as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.”

We are also raising awareness of disability in the workplace through events:

  • Oct. 5-9 – Employee Talent Show: In a collaboration between Unum’s annual United Way fundraising campaign and the Ability ERG, our U.S.-wide virtual Talent Show will raise funds for our local communities and to raise awareness of different abilities.
  • Oct. 29 – NDEAM Employee Panel: Unum employees share their experiences with living and working with a disability.

US Cellular

We are celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a banner graphic featured in a prominent location on our company intranet site for all associates to see in addition the following virtual events and content sharing:

  • A newsletter from our CapAble Associate Network (CAN) resource group to their members and friends will be posted on the D&I internal site featuring helpful information and upcoming workshops and events
  • Virtual Meditation
  • Speaker event with featuring an expert in disability inclusion from Disability:IN

Walgreens

From a Disability Inclusion Network perspective, we:

  • Posed the question “what does disability employment mean to you” to members of all BRGs and shared responses with the same audience
  • Created and shared a timeline to educate on the history of NDEAM
  • Created a Sway site that provides an interactive experience for reviewing the disability employment responses and timeline (bullets one and two)
  • Will host an event on October 21, “Looking Back & Moving Forward: DIN Celebrates 75 Years of National Disability Employment Awareness Month” (more details provided below)
  • Partnered with Communications to include a story about NDEAM in WBA Inspire. The story, which reaches team members globally, educates on NDEAM and invites team members to attend our event
  • Highlighted NDEAM and company achievements, including our perfect score on the DEI survey, on social media (LinkedIn)

Additionally:

Becky Kekula, Director, Disability Equality Index – Disability:IN, will present a keynote address highlighting the importance of inclusive hiring practices and sharing results of a joint disability inclusion study conducted in partnership with Accenture.

To provide a WBA perspective, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Talent Acquisition will provide an overview of disability employment successes, programs, and partnerships across the company and a new three-year partnership with Inclusion Works to continue driving improved disability employment awareness, culture, and practices.


Wells Fargo

We have several PWD recruiting events we are hosting during National Disability Employment Awareness Month:

  • Abilityjobs.com Virtual Career Fair – Oct 1st
  • Integrate ‘Employer Connect” focused on individuals on the autism spectrum – Oct 13th
  • Talent Acquisition Portal (TAP) Virtual Recruiting event – TAP is the largest talent pool of people with disabilities – Oct 14th

We also have several things going on throughout the Disability Connection Employee Resource Network, however, they’re internal-only events.


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