Funds Support Efforts to Increase Employment Opportunities for Americans with Disabilities

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION ON DISABILITY IS RECIPIENT OF $5M GIFT FROM PHILANTHROPIST MACKENZIE SCOTT

 

NEW YORK, NY (November 15, 2022) |  The National Organization on Disability (NOD) announced today it received a $5 million gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. NOD is a nonprofit organization that envisions a world where all people with disabilities enjoy full opportunity for employment, enterprise, and earnings. The donation is the single largest contribution the organization has received from an individual donor in its 40-year history.

This transformational investment will advance NOD’s mission to increase its impact on employment prospects for more than 60 million people with disabilities in America today. The organization will expand its work with employers through programs such as the Leadership Council and Employment Tracker™ and grow the organization’s research capabilities, all with the goal of identifying practices that lead to greater talent outcomes and influencing changes in public policy and perception.

NOD’s President, Carol Glazer, noted that, “While America still has a long way to go, the disability rights landscape has changed dramatically and much has been accomplished since our founding in 1982. NOD is proud to have been dedicated to this progress throughout our forty-year history. This funding will help us make even greater advancements in the decades ahead. We are honored to be selected for this generous support and want to thank all our funders and supporters who made, and continue to make, our journey possible.”

About National Organization on Disability (NOD)

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to anticipate, and meet leading companies’ workforce needs. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs. For more information about NOD and how its portfolio of professional services, Leadership Council and Employment Tracker™ can help your business, visit www.NOD.org.

Like John Fetterman, I suffered a stroke. Watching him isn’t ‘painful’ – it’s inspiring.

His performance was a courageous example of a person rising above, willing to suffer indignities from people trying to take advantage of his disability as well as simply cruel and ignorant people.

Luke Visconti, Opinion contributor
I was completely ignorant about strokes and stroke recovery – until I had one at age 54.

I had no precedent conditions. My stroke – not unlike the one suffered by Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman five months ago – came out of the blue.

Living in Florida, I can’t say I have been closely tracking Fetterman’s brave campaign against celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz. But I sure took notice last week of their first televised debate and the shameful way the Oz campaign – and many of those who support him – have belittled and bullied Fetterman.

I learned that Oz’s senior communications adviser has said, “If John Fetterman had ever eaten a vegetable in his life, then maybe he wouldn’t have had a major stroke and wouldn’t be in the position of having to lie about it constantly.”

I’ve also learned that his campaign, upon Fetterman initially declining to debate Oz in September as he worked to regain his ability to speak with authority, released what is clearly a mocking list of concessions they would make to get Fetterman to debate. It’s shameful.

Fetterman is stronger than most

As I watched Fetterman’s debate performance, I did so with great pride and admiration.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Fetterman is clearly stronger than most people. Average people are often crushed by the circumstances he’s fighting to rise above. I don’t think it was “painful” to watch him in his debate, as some have suggested. It was a courageous example of a person rising above an obstacle in his path, willing to suffer indignities from people trying to take advantage of his disability as well as simply cruel and ignorant people.

Democratic Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman participates in the Senate debate in Harrisburg on Oct. 25, 2022.

Equating an auditory processing disorder, or what others might describe as aphasia, with a lack of intelligence or cognition is commonplace and bigotry. This type of bullying cannot be accepted. The fact that anyone would leverage a widely held misconception for political gain, especially a medical doctor, is disgusting.

The sad truth is that ignorant criticism of Fetterman’s disabilities are bound to intimidate others with disabilities. The loss of their productivity already has a demonstrable impact on our gross domestic product. People with disabilities have the lowest labor participation rate of any group.

At the National Organization on Disability, we collect data from hundreds of companies to help improve human capital management of people with disabilities. Our mission is to help people with disabilities who want work to find it – and to help their employers maximize the potential, productivity and innovation of their entire workforce.

Helping people with disabilities move forward

Inhospitable work environments, transit and building facilities as well as belittling or bullying people with disabilities cause low labor participation rates of people with disabilities. It also destabilizes families. Gaining an advantage by expressing an “opinion” borne of ignorance (purposeful or not) is not harmless – it’s cruel and inexcusable.

It takes hard work to overcome a stroke, especially if there are visible signs and/or pain. It’s not hard to imagine why many people give up, and indeed, half of stroke survivors don’t return to work.

With almost 200,000 Americans under 65 having a stroke every year, this is not only a tragedy for those people and their families; it’s a major economic problem.

John Fetterman has demonstrated himself to be a fighter – a man with courage, drive and a remarkable lack of self-pity. He also must have a great support system around him, especially a supportive and loving family. I couldn’t have come back without my family, especially my wife, and my then chief operating officer, who is now my CEO.

No matter how one feels about his political opinions, I think having leaders who have overcome substantial challenges with enough humility to expose themselves to public scrutiny encourage and embolden others who face challenges. Even if the Senate candidate doesn’t win on Nov. 8, Pennsylvanians should be proud of Lt. Gov. Fetterman – a leader with grit.

People have told me that I’m a nicer person since my stroke. I certainly know I’m more perceptive and empathetic. Don’t we all need more empathy?

Luke Visconti, the founder of DiversityInc., is chairman of the National Organization on Disability. 

NOD President Carol Glazer Recognized  as One of Women’s eNews 21st Century Honorees for 2022

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

NEW YORK, NY (October 26, 2022) – Today Carol Glazer was named one of Women’s eNews ‘21 Leaders for the 21st Century’ honorees for 2022 for her innovative leadership while serving as president of the National Organization on Disability (NOD), which champions disability-inclusive diversity in the workplace, marketplace, and communities.  Ms. Glazer, along with 20 other honorees, received the award on behalf of NOD at a Gala held at The United Nations in New York City.

Carol seated speaking into a microphone     Carol posing with award winners

In addition to celebrating this year’s honorees, the Gala included, for the first time in Women’s eNews’ 22-year history, a series of panel discussions addressing some of the most important issues impacting women and girls today including disability, health, business, diversity, leadership, and philanthropy.  Glazer, along with other industry leaders and disability activists, participated on a disability awareness panel entitled Redefining Disability.

“Women’s eNews selected these 21 individuals and organizations for their unwavering and pioneering support for gender equality from the health, technology and business sectors to the voting booth,” says Lori Sokol, PhD., Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief.

“I am truly honored to be recognized by Women’s eNews, especially during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” said NOD President Carol Glazer. “I am a firm believer in emphasizing what individuals with disabilities can do instead of what we can’t do, especially as it relates to employment.  It is society’s obligation to make sure everyone can be an active and contributing participant in the world we live in.”

Under her leadership as NOD President, Ms. Glazer has transformed NOD into the country’s premier resource and ambassador on disability inclusion with an employment-focused agenda. As a result, NOD partners with corporate America to create new career opportunities for the sixty percent of Americans with disabilities, including our wounded veterans, that are not in the workforce. She continues to be an advocate and change leader for Americans with disabilities and all underrepresented groups, working diligently to foster greater opportunities to be part of our culture and community.

Ms. Glazer shared the vision for the future of disability inclusion: “Our mission is to change the paradigm of people with disabilities from deficit requiring charity, to talent requiring opportunity.”

Finally, Ms. Glazer urged others to spark change, saying, “My call to action is two words: ’Come out!’ Let people know you have a disability. It demystifies and destigmatizes disability.”

For more information about Women’s eNews, the award-winning, non-profit global news organization, click here.

 

About National Organization on Disability (NOD)

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for the 60-percent of working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to anticipate, and meet leading companies’ workforce needs. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs. For more information about NOD and how its portfolio of professional services, Leadership Council and Employment Tracker™ can help your business, visit www.NOD.org.

2022 Leading Disability Employers

THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION ON DISABILITY ANNOUNCES THE 2022 LEADING DISABILITY EMPLOYERS AT ANNUAL FORUM CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF DISABILITY INCLUSION PROGRESS

Fifty-Two Companies Recognized for Commitment to Building an Inclusive Workforce

NEW YORK, NY (October 3, 2022) – At the National Organization on Disability (NOD)’s Annual Forum, entitled NOD at 40: Honoring the Past; Innovating the Future, fifty-two organizations were honored as 2022 NOD Leading Disability Employers.  Now in its eighth year, the NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal recognizes companies for measuring and achieving strong talent outcomes for people with disabilities. With this recognition, NOD shines a light on those employers that are committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce by adopting exemplary employment practices for people with disabilities.

“For the past forty years, we have envisioned a world where all people with disabilities enjoy full opportunity for employment, enterprise and earnings and employers know how to make the most of their talents,” said NOD President Carol Glazer.  “I congratulate these fifty-two organizations for their leadership and commitment to hiring and retaining people with disabilities. Together we can reimagine the future by harnessing the power, creativity, and innovation of disability-inclusive diversity in the workplace, marketplace, and communities across America.”

The 2022 Leading Disability Employers are as follows:  

  • Accenture
  • American Heart Association
  • American Water
  • AmerisouceBergen Corporation
  • Bell Textron Inc
  • Capital One Financial Corporation
  • Centene
  • CircuSense/Omnium Circus
  • Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Consumers Energy
  • Dow
  • DXC Technology
  • Endeavors Unlimited
  • EY
  • First Busey Corporation
  • FirstEnergy
  • The Hershey Company
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Independence Care System
  • KeyBank
  • KPMG LLP
  • Leidos Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • L’Oréal USA
  • M&T Bank Corporation
  • Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Oshkosh Corporation
  • PRIDE Industries
  • PSEG
  • Puerto Rico Industries for the Blind, Corp.
  • Randstad
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Regions Bank
  • Roche Diagnostics Corporation,
  • Sanofi US
  • Sempra
  • TD Bank
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • T-Mobile, USA
  • S. Bank
  • Unum
  • Vectrus
  • The Viscardi Center
  • VSP Vision
  • Walgreens
  • WeCo Accessibility Services
  • Wells Fargo & Company
  • W.W. Grainger, Inc.

The than 300 corporate partners, disability rights advocates and civic leaders in the nation’s capital.  The Forum, emceed by Michael Smerconish, veteran political commentator, and host to programs on both CNN and SiriusXM, paid tribute to fellow Pennsylvanian, outgoing NOD chairman Governor Tom Ridge for his tireless commitment fighting for the rights of people with disabilities. The Forum featured two keynote speakers: Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt, Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the Administration for Community Living, disability activist, and a two-time Paralympian and Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization.  In addition, special messages were given by Michele Buck, CEO of The Hershey Company, Christopher J. Nassetta, CEO and President of Hilton Worldwide, and many more.

In addition, attendees were invited to two dynamic roundtables entitled: Honoring the Disability Rights Movement Over the Last 40 Years and Focusing on the Future with Innovators in the ADA Generation whichincluded distinguished and talented professionals including Judy Heumann, Disability Rights Leader and Principal of the Oscar-Nominated Higher Group Netflix documentary CRIP CAMP, Taryn M. Williams, Assistant Secretary for Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, and Day Al-Mohamed, Disability Policy Director, White House Domestic Policy Council.

About the NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal + Employment Tracker

The NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal is a selective award given to companies demonstrating positive outcomes in recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing people with disabilities in their workforces. To see current and past winners of the NOD Leading Disability Employer seal, visit www.NOD.org/seal.

Winners are determined based on data provided by companies on the NOD Employment Tracker™, the onlyassessment tool available that focuses on the workforce, to help companies evaluate their disability inclusion policies and practices. Organizations wanting to compete for the NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal voluntarily opt in to be considered. Those companies’ responses are scored, considering both disability employment practices and performance. Scoring prioritizes practices that are associated with increased disability employment outcomes over time, and companies receive additional points based on the percentage of people with disabilities in their workforce. At NOD’s Annual Forum, the cohort of winners are revealed by name; no specific scoring or ranking is disclosed.

To be considered for the 2023 NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal, companies must complete the annual Employment Tracker survey during the qualifying window. Sign up to be notified when the 2023 Employment Tracker opens this November.

About National Organization on Disability (NOD)

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for the 60-percent of working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to anticipate, and meet leading companies’ workforce needs. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs. For more information about NOD and how its portfolio of professional services, Leadership Council and Employment Tracker™ can help your business, visit www.NOD.org.

NOD Celebrates 40 Years of Disability Inclusion Progress

 

NOD at 40 logo

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

NATIONAL ORGANIZATION ON DISABILITY AND ITS CORPORATE PARTNERS SEND A STRONG MESSAGE OF HOPE TO DISABILITY COMMUNITY AT ANNUAL FORUM: NOD AT 40: HONORING THE PAST; INNOVATING THE FUTURE

 

NOD Celebrates 40 Years of Disability Inclusion Progress in the Workplace and Honors Long-time NOD Chairman Governor Tom Ridge and President Carol Glazer

 

NEW YORK, NY (October 3, 2022) – The National Organization on Disability, along with its title sponsors The Hershey Company and Prudential, disability rights advocates, civic leaders and corporate global partners and sponsors convened at 101 Constitution Ave. in DC for NOD’s annual Forum: NOD at 40: Honoring the Past; Innovating the Future on September 29, 2022. More than 300 attendees celebrated 40 years of NOD and the accomplishments of the disability rights movement and specifically the advancement of disability employment rights in this country; explored the future being built by ADA Generation innovators; and honored the man who has served as NOD’s Chairman for the last 16 years, the nation’s first Secretary of Homeland Security, Governor Tom Ridge, as well as Carol Glazer who has served as NOD’s president for the last 13 years.

A sense of hope permeated throughout the day as attendees witnessed messages from Hershey CEO Michele Buck, Christopher J. Nassetta, CEO and President of Hilton Worldwide, Dr. Forber-Pratt, Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the Administration for Community Living, disability activist, and a two-time Paralympian and Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, as well as energizing and innovative roundtable discussions led by industry leaders including Disability Rights Leader Judy Heumann, Day-Al Mohamed, Disability Policy Director, White House Domestic Policy Council and Xian Horn, Founder of Give Beauty Wings and Changeblazer, ForbesWomen Contributor.

“Hope is a simple idea, but is truly the steppingstone to resilience,” said NOD President Carol Glazer.  “When NOD began, we were filled to the brim with hope that we could make the world a better place for people with disabilities. For the last 40 years we have focused on being a catalyst for driving a positive perception and shattering misconceptions about people with disabilities in the workplace, marketplace, and communities across the United States. Today was an amazing day as colleagues and friends reflected on the past, but it was also a time to dive into the challenges that the disability community still faces in the years to come. Together I believe we can continue this journey of progress with perseverance, innovation, and hope.”

The celebration continued into the evening on the Roof Terrace with a beautiful tribute to Governor Tom Ridge for his 16 years of service as NOD Chairman, given by Michael Smerconish, the Forum’s emcee, and SiriusXM/CNN Host.  In addition, fifty-two organizations were honored as the 2022 NOD Leading Disability Employers.  Now in its eighth year, the NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal recognizes companies for measuring and achieving strong talent outcomes for people with disabilities. With this recognition, NOD shines a light on those employers that are committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce by adopting exemplary employment practices for people with disabilities.

“I am partially paralyzed and a member of the disability community. Here it is simply: We have a right to go to work,” said incoming NOD Chairman Luke Visconti. “People with disabilities have the lowest labor participation rate of any group because most companies won’t hire us. I am proud of NOD for capturing data on corporate best practices and helping progressive companies, like the ones who sponsored this event and others who attended, to manage their human capital at peak performance. I am thankful to take the chair from Governor Tom Ridge who led this organization and board to its current wonderful shape.”

About National Organization on Disability (NOD)

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for the 60-percent of working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to anticipate and meet leading companies’ workforce needs. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs. For more information about NOD and how its portfolio of professional services, Leadership Council and Employment Tracker™ can help your business, visit www.NOD.org.

NOD President Carol Glazer Recognized as One of Women’s eNews 21st Century Honorees for 2022

NEW YORK, NY (September 20, 2022) – National Organization on Disability (NOD) President Carol Glazer was named one of Women’s eNews ‘21 Leaders for the 21st Century’ honorees for 2022 for championing disability-inclusive diversity in the workplace, marketplace, and communities. Ms. Glazer, along with 20 other honorees, will be recognized at an Awards Gala on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2002, at The United Nations in New York City from 10am – 3pm. As part of the celebration, Glazer will also be participating on a disability awareness panel.

“Women’s eNews selected these 21 individuals and organizations for their unwavering and pioneering support for gender equality from the health, technology and business sectors to the voting booth,” says Lori Sokol, PhD., Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief.

Under her leadership as NOD President, Ms. Glazer has transformed NOD into the country’s premier resource and ambassador on disability inclusion with an employment-focused agenda. As a result, NOD partners with Corporate America to create new career opportunities for the sixty percent of Americans with disabilities, including our wounded veterans, that are not in the workforce. She continues to be an advocate and change leader for Americans with disabilities and all underrepresented groups, working diligently to foster greater opportunities to be part of our culture and community.

“I am truly honored to be recognized by Women’s eNews, especially in October as its National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” said NOD President Carol Glazer. “I am a firm believer in emphasizing what individuals with disabilities can do instead of what we can’t do, especially as it relates to employment. It is society’s obligation to make sure everyone can be an active and contributing participant in the world we live in.”

In addition to celebrating this year’s honorees, the Gala will include, for the first time in Women’s eNews’ 22-year history, a series of panel discussions addressing some of the most important issues impacting women and girls today including disability, health, business, diversity, leadership, and philanthropy.

For more information about Women’s eNews, the award-winning, non-profit global news organization, click here.

For more information about [email protected] Annual Forum on September 29th in Washington, DC visit www.NOD.org.

ESTEEMED DISABILITY AND DIVERSITY LEADERS GATHER SEPTEMBER 29th IN DC FOR ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS AT HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ANNUAL FORUM HOSTED BY NOD

Roundtables will Feature Judy Heumann, Lifelong Disability Rights Leader and Principal of the Documentary CRIP CAMP on Netflix, and Executives from The White House, the National Urban League and U.S. Department of Labor

NEW YORK, NY (September 7, 2022) – For 40 years, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) has worked alongside some of the most highly respected leaders and companies to advance disability employment rights in this country. At the epicenter of its 40th Anniversary celebration, NOD curated two dynamic roundtables with disability and diversity leaders at its Annual Forum, NOD at 40: Honoring the Past; Innovating the Future in our nation’s Capital on September 29, 2022, from 3:30 – 6:00 pm followed by a Roof Terrace awards reception.

NOD will host two dynamic roundtables during the Forum: 1) Honoring the Disability Rights Movement Over the Last 40 Years, and 2) Focusing on the Future with Innovators in the ADA Generation. The first roundtable will delve into the trajectory of the disability rights movement and its parallels with other social justice movements, and will be moderated by I. King Jordan, President Emeritus of Gallaudet University.

The roundtable will feature:

  • Judy Heumann, Disability Rights Leader and Principal of the Oscar-Nominated/Higher Ground Netflix documentary CRIP CAMP, whose biopic is in development at Apple TV;
  • Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League and former Mayor of New Orleans;
  • Taryn Mackenzie Williams, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Day-Al Mohamed, Disability Policy Director, White House Domestic Policy Council.

The second roundtable, moderated by Charles-Edouard Catherine, Director of Corporate & Government Relations, National Organization on Disability, will build on the legacy of ADA and other landmark civil rights legislation, focusing on four pillars of progress – digital accessibility, authentic media images, owning the disability narrative and the next generation of disability rights leaders.

The roundtable will feature:

  • Xian Horn, Founder of Give Beauty Wings and Changeblazer, and ForbesWomen Contributor;
  • Andrea Jennings, Founder of Shifting Creative Paradigms and a Co-Founder of Recording Artists and Musicians with Disabilities (RAMPD);
  • Jessica Riestra, Youth Organizer, California Foundation on Independent Living Centers and YO! Disabled & Proud;
  • Ayelet Winer, Sr. accessibility manager, Head of T-Mobile’s Accessibility Resource Center; and
  • Petr Kucheryavyy, Senior Accessibility Manager, Charter Communications, also known through its Spectrum brand.

“NOD is grateful and proud that these distinguished and talented executives and professionals are lending their expertise, prestige and perspective, in addition to their personal stories at our Annual Forum,” said NOD President Carol Glazer. “This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and NOD’s 40th anniversary. In the spirit of these two milestones, I am looking forward to the powerful discussions that will honor the past 40 years of disability rights and focus on the future as we harness and galvanize the power, creativity, and innovation of disability-inclusive diversity in the workplace, marketplace, and communities across America.”

Disability Rights Leader Judy Heumann says, “It has been my privilege to get to know Governor Ridge and Carol Glazer, and the work that they have done with NOD over many years. Their leadership has played a major role in bringing such issues as the fight to ensure no one is earning below minimum wage. The organization NOD is about dignity, rights, and justice.”

The National Organization on Disability’s Annual Forum will convene at the beautiful venue – 101 Constitution Avenue in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 29, 2022. The Annual Forum has become the must-attend event with the disability community, and corporate leaders, to analyze past and project future trends. For more information about the NOD at 40 Annual Forum, click here. Sponsorships for NOD at 40 are still available. For more information, contact Priyanka Ghosh at [email protected]

NOD and Corporate Partners to Celebrate 40 Years of Disability Inclusion Progress and Honor Long-time NOD Chairman Governor Tom Ridge and President Carol Glazer

NOD to Welcome President & CEO of  The Hershey Company for Important Message  

NEW YORK, NY (August 10, 2022) – The year 1982 delivered many memorable moments: Doctors performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart; Disney’s futuristic park EPCOT opened; Michael Jackson’s album Thriller debuted; and the National Organization on Disability (NOD) was founded. Every day since, NOD has worked to advance employment opportunities for the 60 million Americans with disabilities, as well as break down the barriers that often prevent people with disabilities from being part of the workforce. To commemorate its 40th anniversary, NOD, along with its title sponsors, The Hershey Company and Prudential Financial, additional corporate partners, disability rights advocates, and civic leaders will convene in our nation’s capital for NOD’s Annual Forum, NOD at 40: Honoring the Past; Innovating the Future.

The celebration will be held on September 29, 2022 and will celebrate 40 years of NOD and the accomplishments of the disability rights movement; explore the future being built by ADA Generation innovators; and honor the man who has served as NOD’s Chairman for the last 17 years, the nation’s first Secretary of Homeland Security, Governor Tom Ridge, as well as Carol Glazer who has served as NOD’s president for the last 13 years.

“While America still has a long way to go, the disability rights landscape has changed dramatically and much has been accomplished since our founding in 1982,” said NOD President Carol Glazer. “NOD is proud to have been at the center of this progress throughout our forty-year history and is fortunate to have had some amazing leaders, like NOD founder Alan Reich and Governor Tom Ridge, guide us toward successes.  We also couldn’t do it without the support of some of the world’s most recognized brands including The Hershey Company, Prudential Financial, and Toyota Motors North America, for their contributions and tireless commitment to hiring people with disabilities. I am very much looking forward to gathering with our colleagues and friends in Washington D.C. to celebrate 40 years of progress and talk about the next employment challenges that must be solved for the disability community.”

NOD will recognize all its corporate sponsors and partners, to date, at the annual forum including:

  • Title Sponsors: The Hershey Company and Prudential Financial
  • Lead Sponsors: Charter Communications, Hilton Worldwide, T-Mobile US, Toyota Motor North America
  • Platinum Sponsors: Comcast NBCUniversal, DiversityInc, PwC
  • Gold Sponsors: Colgate-Palmolive Company, Cox Enterprises, Eli Lilly and Company, Kaiser Permanente, Northrop Grumman, Target
  • Silver Sponsors: American Heart Association, AmeriHealth Caritas, DirectEmployers Association, General Motors, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, The Kellogg Company, Kessler Foundation, L’Oréal USA, Marriott International, Maybelline New York.

“The Hershey Company’s long relationship with NOD has been instrumental in helping us open doors of opportunity for people with disabilities,” said Michele Buck, CEO, President and Chair of the Board for The Hershey Company. “As NOD turns 40, we are pleased to honor Carol Glazer and former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. As a member of our Board of Directors for over a decade, we have first-hand knowledge of Governor Ridge’s passion, leadership, and tremendous service. The results of his contributions on behalf of people with disabilities are evident in workplaces from Wall Street to Main Street, including Hershey.”

Every year, NOD also honors the Leading Disability Employers for their exemplary hiring and employment practices for people with disabilities. The NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal is awarded to the top performers on NOD’s Employment Tracker™, a free and confidential assessment that benchmarks companies’ disability inclusion programs and is a pre-requisite for recognition by DiversityInc.

“Prudential salutes NOD’s dedication to improving the employment gap by highlighting the competitive advantages of hiring individuals with disabilities,” said Lata Reddy, senior vice president, Inclusive Solutions, Prudential Financial. “Our partnership with NOD has been an integral part of strengthening our efforts to advance visibility, accessibility and inclusion for our employees.”

The National Organization on Disability’s Annual Forum is a must-attend event for the corporate diversity and inclusion community. Sponsorships for NOD at 40: Honoring the Past; Innovating the Future are still available; contact Priyanka Ghosh at [email protected].

NOD SALUTES LONGTIME LEADERS TOM RIDGE AND CAROL GLAZER WHO SHARE PLANS OF LEADERSHIP TRANSITION

Together, Ridge and Glazer led NOD in becoming the foremost partner to corporate America in ensuring more employment opportunities for people with disabilities

NEW YORK (June 1, 2022) – Governor Tom Ridge and Carol Glazer, who together served as the longtime chairman and president, respectively, of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) will leave their positions with NOD after 16 years of service. The announcement was made by Luke Visconti, founder and chairman of DiversityInc and vice chairman of the NOD Board of Directors. Visconti will succeed Governor Ridge as chairman effective immediately and will preside over the July meeting of the NOD Board.

Governor Ridge, who was elected chairman in 2006, will continue to serve on the NOD Board of Directors in the role of chairman emeritus. Glazer, who first joined NOD as a consultant in 2006 and was named president in 2009, will be retiring from full-time work. She has committed to remain president until her successor is in place. NOD has hired the California-based firm The 360 Group to lead a national search for NOD’s next president.

“A 16-year partnership such as the one between Tom and Carol is incredibly rare, and all of us in the disability community are the beneficiaries of their shared vision, their passion and their singular focus on expanding workplace opportunities for people with disabilities,” said Visconti. “I will be forever grateful to Governor Ridge for inviting me into NOD and sharing his wisdom about leadership and service. We both are stroke survivors, giving us a clearer picture of the challenges people with disabilities face each day. His strength and determination throughout his rehab have been an inspiration, and I am delighted he will remain on the board so that we all can continue to benefit from his depth of knowledge on so many issues.

“Carol Glazer has been exactly the leader NOD needed since she first arrived on the scene 16 years ago. After the death of NOD founder Alan Reich, many wondered if NOD would survive. Carol ensured not only that NOD would survive, but it would flourish – soon becoming a trusted partner to dozens of FORTUNE 500 companies who need assistance in growing their disability workforce. Carol has assembled a talented and creative staff that is effectively leading NOD into our 40th year of service. I want to thank Carol for insisting she stays in her current position as president until we have hired a successor to ensure we don’t miss a beat.”

Together, Governor Ridge and Carol Glazer, in partnership with a renowned Board of Directors and talented staff, led NOD in becoming the foremost partner to corporate America to ensure more employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Now celebrating its 40th year, NOD helps some of the world’s more recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs.

“Ensuring that people with disabilities have access to equal employment opportunities isn’t only about civil rights,” said Governor Ridge. “America’s success in the world depends on how well we inspire and put to use the talents and energies of every person in this country. I spoke those words shortly after NOD founder Alan Reich first asked me to serve as chair. That sentiment has driven Carol and me forward every day since. I am incredibly proud of the work NOD has accomplished to advance employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities and look forward to continuing that work with my talented colleagues on the NOD board. We will miss Carol very much but know that her legacy – her unwavering commitment to make certain we are using the talents of all individuals – will continue to propel us forward.”

Carol Glazer said never once in her many years of working with Governor Ridge did she take their partnership for granted. “I’m coming to the twilight of an extraordinary career journey in which I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with one true hero after another in public life and in business,” said Glazer. “There is no one that compares to Tom Ridge. He is a national treasure, someone who has devoted his entire life to public service and always with the utmost of integrity, love of people, and a deep sense of what moves and drives those with whom he comes in contact. Most of all, Governor Ridge has a deep commitment to leaving this world in a much better place than when he entered it.

“So, I will miss Governor Ridge dearly, but I’ll also miss the men and women of NOD; the remarkable professionals who work with such passion and dedication behind the scenes every day in order that people with disabilities have access to employment and a better future. They are largely responsible for our successes and will ensure a smooth transition to our next leader.”

About National Organization on Disability (NOD)

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for the 80-percent of working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to meet leading companies’ workforce needs. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs. For more information about NOD and how its professional services, Leadership Council and Employment Tracker™ can help your business, visit www.NOD.org.

 

 

 

 

NOD Appoints Goldman Sachs Chief Administrative Officer Ericka Leslie To Board Of Directors

Longtime Disability Rights Advocate Ericka Leslie Will Assist NOD in Advancing Disability Inclusion in the Workforce

Headshot of Ericka LeslieNEW YORK (April 27, 2022) – The National Organization on Disability (NOD) today announced Ericka Leslie, Chief Administrative Officer at Goldman Sachs, as the newest member to join its Board of Directors. Ms. Leslie, a champion, and advocate for disability rights, will join 15 other civic and corporate leaders from across the country working to advance disability inclusion across the workforce.

“The National Organization on Disability welcomes Ericka and we look forward to being the beneficiary of her years of wisdom and experience,” said NOD Chairman, Gov. Tom Ridge. “This year marks the National Organization on Disability’s 40th anniversary. The disability rights landscape has changed dramatically since our founding in 1982 and we are proud of the great strides we have made in advancing our mission of putting individuals with disabilities to work. Building on that success will take talented individuals such as Ericka joining our ranks. Her experience and commitment to championing people with disabilities will help us continue to advance our mission of disability inclusion in the workplace.”

“I am excited and honored to join this talented group of leaders in advancing and advocating for disability rights and building a more inclusive workplace,” said Ericka Leslie, Chief Administrative Officer at Goldman Sachs. “Throughout my career, I have remained committed to expanding opportunities for people of all backgrounds because it results in better outcomes and better decisions. This is an issue that I am personally passionate about and look forward to working with the National Organization on Disability to increase employment opportunities for Americans living with disabilities.”

Ericka Leslie serves as a disability champion for the firm’s disability inclusion network. In this role and in her current position as Goldman Sachs’ Chief Administrative Officer, Ericka is known as a leader committed to fostering an inclusive environment for diverse constituencies, including those connected to disability.

Ms. Leslie, a longtime employee of Goldman Sachs for more than 25 years, is a firmwide champion for Launch with GS, the company’s commitment to invest in companies and investment managers with diverse leadership.  She also serves as Co-Chair of the Partnership Committee, Firmwide New Activity Committee and Firmwide Operational Risk and Resilience Committee at Goldman Sachs.  Ms. Leslie serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors for CLS Group Holdings AG and previously served as chair and vice chair of the Stephen Gaynor School in New York City. She earned a BA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Albany in 1992.

About National Organization on Disability (NOD)

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for the 80-percent of working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to meet leading companies’ workforce needs. NOD has helped some of the world’s most recognized brands be more competitive in today’s global economy by building or enriching their disability inclusion programs. For more information about NOD and how its professional services, Leadership Council and Employment Tracker™ can help your business, visit www.NOD.org.