USBLN Member Starbucks: Discovering Strengths and Embracing Abilities – My Peaberry Story
By Jessica Rafuse, Starbucks Manager EO Initiatives
A Peaberry is an agricultural defect in a coffee cherry. In 5 to 10 percent of all coffee cherries, only one, more rounded bean develops, rather than two beans side-by-side. The Peaberry was historically discarded by some coffee roasters. The Peaberry was even viewed as damaged, flawed and less valuable. However, today we know the Peaberry is more desirable because the round shape allows for more uniform and consistent roasting. Coffee Masters often prefer the Peaberry for its concentrated and unique flavors. When we rethink the Peaberry, we can fully appreciate these assets.
Like the Peaberry, people with disabilities have often been undervalued. The word “disability” suggests a defect or flaw. We all too often focus on the difficulties of physical and mental conditions. However, when we rethink disability, we can fully appreciate the unique assets that make these people a premium in the workplace.
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.