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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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The experience of a lifetime – Nirath’s Rising Leadership story

Guest blog: Nirath Sanjana Seri, currently pursuing a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Texas, Arlington. Nirath will begin her career as a Data Analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton upon her graduation in December. It was my first Rising Leadership and USBLN Conference. Flying to Orlando, FL staying in a hotel at […]

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Lessons learned from the Rising Leadership Academy

Guest blog: Joe Brown, recent Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina graduate and active job seeker The central focus of the USBLN Conference in Orlando, Florida spanning the days of Sept. 19-22 was disability inclusiveness in the workplace. It was truly an amazing experience. First, I want to talk about the breakout sessions. Although they were […]

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Rising Leadership Academy: An amazing experience

Guest blog: Valerie Baker, a recent graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and a 2016 Rising Leadership Academy participant. With a few days post-conference, to digest and process the events of the past five days. It really hit me what an amazing experience attending the USBLN’s 19th Annual Conference […]

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Impact of the Rising Leadership Academy: Robin’s experience

Guest blog: Robin Jenks Vanderlip, BA, MCBIET, MG, Rising Leadership Academy participant and George Washington University Fellow, Rehabilitation Counseling and Brain Injury Education The most impactful thing that I heard at the 2016 USBLN conference was the following: Have fun! Make a difference! Don’t work for jerks! Provide practical help for others. As I thought about this, […]

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Embracing my disability: Chidera’s story

Guest blog: Chidera Oku, a graduate student, majoring in public health with a concentration in health promotion and disease prevention, and a 2016 Rising Leadership Academy participant. The first time I got information on the USBLN Rising Leaders mentoring program I was on the verge of breaking down emotionally. I felt like there was nothing out […]

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USBLN Highlights Disability Inclusion with Leadership Awards at Annual Conference

USBLN Highlights Disability Inclusion with Leadership Awards at Annual Conference Winners include EY, AT&T, PNC and Wells Fargo The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) presented top awards on Sept. 21 during the annual conference Leadership Awards in Orlando, Fla. Recognition was given to four companies, three individuals and an affiliate network for their outstanding commitment […]

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Rising Leadership Academy is encouraging

Guest blog: Joe Brown, recent Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina graduate and active job seeker The Rising Leadership Academy (RLA) began on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando, Fla. To give it a one-word description, I would call it encouraging. I am a recent graduate, who went through college […]

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Robin’s story: Disability is what you make of it

Guest blog: Robin Jenks Vanderlip, BA, MCBIET, MG, Rising Leadership Academy participant and George Washington University Fellow, Rehabilitation Counseling and Brain Injury Education This is my first time at the USBLN Conference. I’ve seen a lot of things in my life and have had a lot of experiences. Being in the room with 50 plus people that […]

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Reflections on the Rising Leadership Academy

Guest blog: Jonathan Duvall, Chair, Student Advisory Council, USBLN and PhD student, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh After completing the Rising Leadership Academy, it warms my heart and inspires me to see so many students and recent graduates with disabilities who have achieved so much success at their schools and universities. It reinforces and proves […]