Shannon Maher is the Manager of Next Gen Initiatives at Disability:IN . She brings extensive experience from corporate America in implementing recruiting programs, processes and attracting diverse talent. Previously, she oversaw an enterprise-wide intern and co-op recruitment and coordinated campus recruitment efforts. Shannon has been connected with Disability:IN since the Fall of 2014 as a corporate ally and conference attendee so it seems like a full-circle moment to now work for Disability:IN.
In October 2016, Shannon was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Illinois 2017. Her platform is to help others with physical disabilities seek employment opportunities and become self-advocates. Shannon competed for Ms. Wheelchair America in August 2017, in Erie, PA. She received the award for the best platform speech.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has always been a personal passion for Shannon throughout her life and career. Shannon has given multiple speaking engagements both independently and as a panelist for national organizations such as United Cerebral Palsy, Disability:IN, and DisabilityLead.
Shannon holds Masters's Degree in Human Resource Management. Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Marquette University. Go Golden Eagles!
Shannon resides in the Chicagoland suburbs with her husband Matt. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and playing cards.