USBLN Hands out Top Leadership Awards at Annual Conference
Winners include Microsoft, AT&T, Wells Fargo, IBM and Capital One
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 2, 2015) – The US Business Leadership Network®(USBLN®) presented top awards on September 30, 2015 during the annual conference Leadership Awards in Austin, Texas. Recognition was given to six companies, an individual and an affiliate network for their outstanding commitment to and work in the disability inclusion community.
This year the USBLN expanded the Marketplace Innovator of the Year category to include two awards, one for a disability inclusive advertisement and one for product development.
The eight 2015 USBLN Leadership Award categories and winners are:
- The John D. Kemp Leadership Award – Oswald “Oz” Mondejar, Senior Vice President, Mission and Advocacy for Partners Continuing Care, non-acute care services division of Partners HealthCare, Boston, Massachusetts
- Affiliate of the Year – Wyoming’s Uinta County Business Leadership Network
- Advocate of the Year – Supply Chain Inclusion – Capital One
- Supplier of the Year – Mark Ellson, Founder and CEO, Jemni, Inc.
- Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses – IBM
- Marketplace Innovator of the Year, Disability Inclusive Advertisement – Wells Fargo & Company
- Marketplace Innovator of the Year, Product Development – AT&T
- Employer of the Year – Microsoft
Necessity Is The Mother of Invention
As inhabitants of a world not always ideally built to suit their needs, members of the disability community innovate to make their lives easier. These accommodations not only help them, but promote inclusiveness, ultimately benefiting everyone. Here are a few examples of incredible innovations in the marketplace today.
Exploring Global Disability Employment Strategies
The USBLN Global Disability Employment Summit will be held on July 27th, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. Companies present will share best practices, and collaborate on ways to promote accessibility, supplier diversity and government regulations related to hiring people with disabilities outside the U.S.
Five Ways People with Disabilities Are Driving Innovation
From the entertainment and fashion industry to the world of super heroes, technology is changing the landscape of disability. Advancements are pushing the boundaries, furthering the possibilities, and creating more accessible and inclusive opportunities. Here are five awesome examples we’ve seen recently:
USBLN Conference Exclusive Sessions now available for Sign-Up
The Wednesday, August 23rd Industry Sectors Roundtable at the USBLN Annual Conference is an exclusive benefit for corporate partners that support the USBLN at the Ruby level or higher.
Driving Innovation Through Disability Inclusion
Throughout history, disability has driven innovation, leading to a wide-range of useful inventions. For example, though text messaging was originally meant as a communication tool for deaf people, we can all agree that it has since changed the way the entire world communicates.