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The US Business Leadership Network Elects New Board Officers

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) Board of Directors has elected new officers. The new leadership team includes Jenny Lay-Flurrie as Chair, Regina O. Heyward as Vice-Chair, and Janice Little as Secretary/Treasurer. Steve Pemberton, will remain a member of the executive committee as Immediate Past Chair. “I want to thank Steve for his service as chair […]

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My Story By Patty Lister, Industrial Relations Senior Consultant

In the latter part of 2015, the Organizational Vibrancy Group in DuPont sent out an email to all employees asking if anyone had interest in forming a new ERG (Employee Resource Group) in support of employees with disabilities.  I decided to express interest and am now part of the core team that has worked to […]


USBLN Certified DOBE Finalist in Wells Fargo Start Up Accelerator

Advocations, LLC a USBLN certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) is a finalist in Wells Fargo’s Start Up Accelerator! The Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator is a hands-on program designed to advance startups that create solutions for enterprise customers – inside and outside the financial industry. The selected winner is funded up to $500,000, on their business […]

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Becoming More Disability Inclusive Among Your 2017 D&I Resolutions? Here are 6 Reasons Why You Need the Disability Equality Index (DEI)

By Deb Dagit As a person with a visible disability who has spent most of my professional career in HR leading diversity and inclusion, I’m frequently asked to offer an opinion on the merits of completing the DEI.  Knowing how precious resources are to fill out any kind of survey or assessment tool, it’s an important […]

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Congratulations Willie Brake for Winning the 2016 NEIdeals Contest!

Recently, a USBLN Certified DOBE® All About Technology won one of 30 coveted spots in the 2016 NEIdeas Contest, which awards ideas for business growth. Willie Brake, Owner of All About Technology is a Detroit based Minority and Disabled-Owned Business, which offers professional computer sales, service, training and upgrades. Winning this award will allow Willie to train […]

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2nd Annual Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit

Posting by: Laura Wilhelm, Director, Chicagoland Business Leadership Network (CBLN)  Sweeping skyline views from the BlueCross BlueShield building in downtown Chicago set the stage for the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network’s (CBLN) Second Annual Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit on October 21st, 2016. This day-long conference designed for employers, human resource, talent acquisition, and diversity and inclusion professionals […]