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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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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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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 […]