In 2023, Disability Lead has identified and made connections to more than 130 opportunities for our Members with 44 successful connections. Here's our Q3 update.
We're highlighting our newest Members from this past year so you can welcome and get to know them. Please give it up for: Jess Westbrook, Associate Professor, DePaul University; Safiya Eshe Gyasi James, Founder and CEO, Blaq Gurl Fya; Tina Lowry, Director of Quality, Aspire; Rebecca Williford, President and CEO, Disability Rights Advocates; Amanda Walsh, Director, Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership; and Carly Englander, Career Placement Counselor, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.
Last year, Disability Lead began nominating our Members for Crain’s Notable Leaders, which recognizes best-in-class executives who make a difference in Chicago. Since then, 20 of our Members have already been recognized as Notable Leaders across a variety of industries, from community development to sustainability.
Because the world continues to threaten our civil rights, we work to ensure there are strong disability perspectives in leadership spaces. By connecting our leaders to civic engagement opportunities, we believe they can and will create solutions for our most intractable social problems—ultimately, all social justice issues are also disability issues. Here's our Q2 update.
We're excited and grateful to be partnering with FISA Foundation to determine the potential to bring our model for building disabled leadership to a new geography. Serving Pennsylvania’s Southwestern region, FISA Foundation champions equity, justice, safety, and inclusion for women, girls, and people with disabilities, combating systemic racism that impedes progress for these populations.
There may not be many people organizing at the intersection of disability and reproductive justice, but two Disability Lead members are working to highlight just how much these movements can—and must —learn from each other.