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Tom Ridge

Chairman

Gov. Tom Ridge

– Former Governor of Pennsylvania and Secretary of Homeland Security

Tom Ridge, the former Governor of Pennsylvania who served as the first US Secretary of Homeland Security, joined NOD’s Board of Directors in 2006 as its Chair. Under Governor Ridge’s leadership, the organization has adopted a strategic focus on employment of people with disabilities...

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Luke Visconti

Vice Chairman

Luke Visconti

–CEO and Founder, DiversityInc

Why are you passionate about disability employment?  

I want the most competitive team possible and that can't be done without being vigorously inclusive.

What effect have employees with disabilities had on your organization?

Not only has our aggregate work product and service to our customers improved (due to superior talent), the inclusion of people with disabilities has elevated the EQ of the entire organization. 

Carol Glazer

President

Carol Glazer

– President, National Organization on Disability

Carol Glazer joined the National Organization on Disability (NOD) in July 2006 as the Executive Director of its National EmployAbility Partnership. She became NOD’s President in October, 2008. Under Carol’s leadership, NOD has forged many important relationships with leading businesses, allied disability organizations, the military, and philanthropic institutions. She put in place NOD’s signature employment demonstrations, Wounded Warrior Careers and Bridges to Business.

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Directors

Rohini Anand, Ph.D.

Rohini Anand, Ph.D.

– Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo

Why are you passionate about disability employment?  

As a company, Sodexo hires many frontline employees with disabilities, and we actively mentor them. We were receiving letters of gratitude from parents thanking Sodexo for employing their children with disabilities. My passion in regards to disability employment is two-fold. It is personal, as I have a niece and a nephew with a disability, and professional, as part of the job I have seen how employees with disabilities can better serve our clients and customers worldwide.

What effect have employees with disabilities had on your organization?

Sodexo’s organizational culture is accepting, adaptive, and inclusive. We truly believe that individuals with disabilities within our organization creates a stronger and more innovative company, better able to service our clients and 75 million consumers around the world. If we look at the facts, when individuals with disabilities are included in Sodexo’s workplace, absenteeism drops, retention goes up and team engagement increases. Inclusive practices are undeniably a business imperative and changing the way we work worldwide.

As supporters and sponsors of the inclusion of people with disabilities, Sodexo is very proud to announce that we have pledged that by 2025 our programs for individuals with disabilities will reach 100% of our workforce. That means that over the next 10 years, in every country where we operate, we will actively work to put in place initiatives and programs that recruit, engage and develop people with disabilities, within the scope of local law. 

Daryl Brewster

Daryl Brewster

– CEO, CECP: The CEO Force for Good

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Douglas R. Conant

Douglas R. Conant

– CEO, Conant Leadership + Former CEO, Campbell Soup Company

Ronald L. Copeland, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Ronald L. Copeland, M.D., F.A.C.S.

- Senior Vice President, National Diversity and Inclusion Strategy + Policy & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Kaiser Permanente

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Laura Giovacco

Laura Giovacco

– Partner, E&Y

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

– Actor

Why are you passionate about disability employment?

The business I'm in, entertainment, is a huge, multi-billion dollar juggernaut. People, around the globe, with and without disabilities, consume it every second of every day.

The problem is--with all the talk of "diversity"--there are precious few individuals with disabilities making a living in show business. I became passionate about the employment of disabled actors, musicians, and other creative types early in my career because of my own physical disabilities. I saw no reason why talented, hardworking people, who are viewed as "different”, should be kept out of this industry. 

As with any other sub-group of people, the gifts and talents of people with disabilities belong in front of--and behind--the cameras. The work that drives NOD also drives me. Employing qualified people with disabilities is not simply a "do-gooder" impulse. It's good business!

What effect have employees with disabilities had on your organization?

I've generally been the only person with a disability in most of my professional endeavors.

I've worked at a fairly high level in on-air radio, commercial voice overs, television, film and music. At times it's been odd to be singled out as the "disabled" talent, but, that's a small price to pay for the opportunity to realize a dream. I would add that my Unions, SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity have led the fight for the inclusion of talented people with disabilities for many years. And, like a growing number of corporations (many reflected on the NOD board), my former employer, CBS, has made strides in identifying disabled talent in the myriad number of jobs in our industry.

P. Todd Harbaugh

P. Todd Harbaugh

– Chief Operating Officer, Walmart Mexico

Why are you passionate about disability employment?

I am extremely passionate about disabilities because my father-in-law was a quadriplegic. I view disability through a unique lens because of him. As a person of influence, I find it my mission to fight for disabled persons everywhere.

What effect have employees with disabilities had on your organization?

At Walmart, we are the largest employer of people with disabilities in the USA. One of our founding principles is respect for the individual and live the everyday.

Brad K. Hopton

Brad K. Hopton

– Partner, NY Metro Regional Tax Leader and Disability Inclusion Networks Champion, PwC

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Laura Shapira Karet

Laura Shapira Karet

– CEO, Giant Eagle

Jeff Kellan

Jeff Kellan

– Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Why are you passionate about disability employment?  

Adding team members who highly value a position on the team, makes my team significantly stronger. Hiring team members with differing abilities fosters improved employee communication, engagement, and morale, while enhancing the strength and standing of the company’s brand.

What effect have employees with disabilities had on your organization?

Generally, each employee with disabilities has improved overall teamwork and commitment, while reminding their co-workers that the entire team is part of a something bigger than the job itself. Including people with disabilities has demonstrated that a more diverse team is a stronger team, and we'e found that people with different abilities can perform at a highly reliable level.

Harold W. McGraw, III

Harold W. McGraw, III

– Chairman Emeritus, S&P Global

Michele C. Meyer-Shipp, Esq

Michele C. Meyer-Shipp, Esq.

– Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Prudential Financial

John M. Quain, Esp

John M. Quain, Esq.

– Retired Attorney, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Why are you passionate about disability employment?  

As a low-vision law school graduate seeking employment thirty years ago, I faced potential employers who focused on my disability rather than my ability. In recent years, I have watched and experienced positive change in the workplace in this regard, although there is still work to be done. I feel strongly that progress will continue through the impact of organizations like NOD, and I am privileged to be part of these efforts.

What effect have employees with disabilities had on your organization?

My former law firm benefitted greatly from the work and dedication of all of its employees with disabilities, from entry level to senior partners. Through their daily interaction with colleagues and clients, these employees have enlightened others on important issues such as disability etiquette and inclusion. As one of the senior partners with a disability, I always tried to keep these issues in mind in my day to day interaction with other attorneys, management and staff.  

Jeffrey P. Reich

Jeffrey P. Reich

– CEO, Bridge Street Capital Management

Michael Stein, J.D., Ph.D.

Michael Stein, J.D., Ph.D.

– Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability

Why are you passionate about disability employment?  

As a person with a disability who has studied employment for the disability sector over 25 years, it strikes me as obvious that employing people with disabilities is the best and purest way of empowering and socially including the group.

What effect have employees with disabilities had on your organization?

I hope that being a visibly discernible person with a disability has enabled me to better mentor students and inspire colleagues towards being more disability-inclusive. 

Robert Sturgell

Robert Sturgell

– Senior Vice President, Rockwell Collins

Why are you passionate about disability employment?  

I am passionate about disability employment because I believe persons with disabilities can contribute greatly to the economic and cultural health of a company's workforce. As a veteran, I believe the employment of disabled veterans should be a particular focus of US companies.

What effect have employees with disabilities had on your organization?

I certainly think employees with disabilities add to the breadth and depth of a company's workforce. My goal, however, is to have a workforce where persons with disabilities are not singled out, but rather, like every employee, are part of the fabric of the company whose contributions are measured the same as those persons without disabilities.

Stephen J. Szilagyi

Stephen J. Szilagyi

– Former Chief Supply Chain Officer, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Robert J. Saner, II, Esq

Counsel

Robert J. Saner, II, Esq.

– Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

Directors Emeritus

Gay Forsythe Reich

President Emerita

Gay Forsythe Reich

– Honorary Founder, National Organization on Disability

Philip E. Beekman

Philip E. Beekman

– President, Owl Hollow Enterprises

Charles F. Dey

Charles F. Dey

Why are you passionate about disability employment?  

Twenty five years ago, the then President of the National Organization on Disability, Alan Reich, asked me to do something for high school students with disabilities, I said, "No, I don't know enough about disability." He said, "Find out." Conversations with policy makers, special education teachers and parents all strongly urged, "Charley, if you do anything, introduce our daughters and sons to the workplace." Subsequent initiatives confirmed the potential of their advice.

What effect have employees with disabilities had on your organization?


The National Organization on Disability's demonstration projects, like Start on Success that offered paid internships for high school students with disabilities, Wounded Warriors Careers that provided proactive career preparation for veterans, and Bridges to Business' corporate disability employment initiative - all have dramatically illustrated the talented and productive workforce contributions by employees with disabilities. 

Stephen L. Feinberg

Stephen L. Feinberg

– Chairman, Dorsar Investment Company, Inc 

Why are you passionate about disability employment?  

I care about our disability community and feel they deserve the same job opportunities that we all have. The companies they work for are benefitting from a loyal, talented and enthusiastic  group. This helps all of us.

Kenneth Roman

Kenneth Roman

– Former Chairman and CEO, Ogilvy & Mather

Ken Roman has talked extensively about his passion for individuals with disabilities.  

Read more in this article about the history of the National Organization on Disability, which appeared in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.

E. John Rosenwald, Jr

E. John Rosenwald, Jr

– Vice Chairman Emeritus, JPMorgan Chase & Co.