Seven years ago, we became the nation’s only disabled-led organization that both develops leaders with disabilities and connects them to civic and professional opportunities. As the only program of its kind in the U.S., we’ve long known that pipelines of disabled leadership are needed in all spaces and cities. We are excited to announce that we are in conversation with partners in Pittsburgh and have been listening and learning so much!
A familiar resource may offer untapped potential for professional development opportunities for disabled leaders in the private sector. Employee or Business Resource Groups (ERG/BRGs) are voluntary, employee-led affinity groups that can play an important role in leadership development as well as have a greater cultural impact. While about 88 percent of companies have these affinity groups for diversity in general, only 70 percent of companies offer ERG/BRGs that are disability specific. Companies looking for strong disabled leaders should invest in disability-focused ERB/BRGs.
Disability Lead Members hit the ground running in 2023! Here are some highlights of new connections to opportunities that let their leadership shine.
As we close out Women's History Month, we dipped back into the Disability Lead archives to highlight a few disabled women in our Network that we're honored to know. Here are their stories.
Legendary disability activist, Judy Heumann, is now a disabled ancestor. Since her death earlier this month, we've been reflecting on how she epitomized what disability leadership can be.
Most newsrooms don’t have many disabled writers or editors on staff—or even track "disability" in their broader DEI efforts. The result is a distorted, if not offensive, view of a quarter of the U.S. population. To undo decades of systemic exclusion, the industry needs to proactively seek out, hire, support and promote disabled media professionals.