February 18, 2015
Disability Equality Index® (DEI®) Founding Partners and Advisory Committee Meet in D.C.

The USBLN and the AAPD recently welcomed DEI Founding Partner representatives and Advisory Committee members at a gathering in Washington, DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The event was held prior to the 2015 Leadership Awards AAPD Gala.

In thanking the Founding Partners and Advisory Committee members, USBLN Board Member and Co-Chair of the DEI Advisory Committee, Keith P. Wiedenkeller, noted that companies that participated in the first DEI survey shared that the process of participating in the DEI involved unprecedented connections with business units beyond Diversity & Inclusion resulting in high level disability engagement.

DEI Advisory CouncilPhoto caption (Left): Left to right, TaKeisha Bobbitt, Managing Director, AAPD; Jani Willis, DEI Program Manager, USBLN; Rick Schroder, Manager Inclusion & Diversity, GSK; and DEI Advisory Council members and Co-Chairs for the DEI Advisory Committee, Keith P. Wiedenkeller, SPHR, and Helena Berger.

Oz CommercialPhoto capton (Right): Emily’s Oz Commercial – (Click image for Youtube video) 

Comcast / NBCUniversal, DEI’s Exclusive Founding Technology Partner, arranged a special treat for the Gala’s attendees, the life-sized model of the set they used to create the Emily’s OZ commercial first shown during Oscar night.

In addition to Comcast / NBCUniversal, the Founding Partners are American Airlines, Anthem, CVS Health, DuPont, EY, GSK, Highmark, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Merck, New Editions, Northrop Grumman, Office Depot / OfficeMax, Raytheon, and Walmart. Learn more about DEI at www.disabilityequalityindex.org.


More from USBLN

January 8, 2018
These Diversity & Inclusion influencers recommend your company use the Disability Equality Index…here’s why.
USBLN asked corporate partners and strategic alliances: “Why should a corporation take the DEI?” The responses flooded in. From Ed Mackey, Executive Vice President, Global Operations, Boston Scientific to Senator Ted Kennedy Jr., we heard why the DEI is important to their efforts and why your company should register too. [Read More]


January 3, 2018
Top Reasons to Register for the 2018 Disability Equality Index (DEI) Survey
Participating in the DEI will leave your organization walking away with new ideas, new insights, and new methodologies to help take disability inclusion to the next level. [Read More]


December 3, 2017
USBLN Statement on International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Written by Jill Houghton, President and CEO of USBLN Today we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, that was first proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly. While much has been accomplished, more remains to be done to make the world truly inclusive. This year, the theme is “Transformation towards sustainable […] [Read More]


November 15, 2017
Champions of Diversity by Diversity Plus Magazine
Each year Diversity Plus Magazine celebrates “Champions of Diversity.” These are the people who have driven diversity in corporate supply chains and workforces. [Read More]


November 6, 2017
USBLN Proudly Sponsors A Breakthrough Report On Disabilities And Inclusion From The Center for Talent Innovation
As many as 30% of full-time, college-educated professionals in the U.S. have a disability. That’s the finding from a first-of-its-kind study published today by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI), and sponsored by the USBLN. [Read More]