THE NOD CORPORATE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL CONVENES TO TALK ABOUT TRUST AT THE EXECUTIVE LUNCHEON

Jun 13, 2019

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Trust is the Essential Ingredient for Disability Inclusion in Today’s Globally Complex Business Environment

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NEW YORK (June 13, 2019) –  The National Organization on Disability today hosted an executive luncheon for its Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) members at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice. The event, which drew nearly 100 professionals, centered on the topic of trust as integral to building an inclusive, engaged workforce, with a particular focus on self-identification (self-ID) rates – or the percentage of employees who voluntarily inform their employers that they have a disability – as a core measure of organizational trust.

Dr. Andrea Sassman-Koleric of Eli Lilly and Company shares her story of working with invisible disabilities
Dr. Andrea Sassman-Koleric of Eli Lilly and Company shares her story of working with invisible disabilities

During the event, CLC members explored emergent research and case studies from an impressive line-up of leaders who have successfully built trust with their employees, including Douglas R. Conant, Founder + CEO, ConantLeadership and the former CEO of The Campbell Soup Company; Tonia Ries, Executive Director, Edelman Intellectual Property + Edelman Trust Barometer; Adela Ruiz, Program Assistant, Office of the President, Ford Foundation; and Dr. Andrea Sassman-Kolesaric, Clinical Trial Management Consultant and Inspection Readiness Lead, Eli Lilly and Company.

Adela Ruiz from the Ford Foundation welcomes the audience and shares their progress toward total disability inclusion
Adela Ruiz from the Ford Foundation welcomes the audience and shares their progress toward total disability inclusion

“To disclose one’s disability is to take a risk. To be vulnerable. To be subject to judgment. In some cases, to be overlooked in an organization. But having trust between an employee and employer can change all of that. Trust empowers employees to ask for support, and enables leaders and colleagues to offer it,” said NOD President Carol Glazer. “I would like to extend a special ‘Thank You’ to the Ford Foundation for hosting our powerful discussion today. Not only is the building a beautiful space, but the work and time they took to make it fully meet and exceed every standard for accessibility is a testament to their commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

Tonia Ries of Edelman shared findings from their Trust Barometer
Tonia Ries of Edelman shared findings from their Trust Barometer

According to Keynote Speaker Doug Conant who was honored with the Top Thought Leader in Trust Lifetime Achievement Award by Trust Across America, “There is a reason that in the model I use to teach leadership, there are seven core practice areas, and trust is the only one connected to each of the others. Trust is foundational to leadership; they are inextricably linked.”

Carol Glazer, NOD President, shares data from NOD's Disabilty Employment Tracker on disability self-ID campaigns
Carol Glazer, NOD President, shares data from NOD’s Disability Employment Tracker on disability self-ID campaigns

Glazer added, “The Corporate Leadership Council is the heart of NOD.  Our corporate partners distinguish themselves every day as leaders in diversity and inclusion and employers of choice for people with disabilities, and we are proud to be their trusted ally.”

Douglas Conant gesturing on stage, during panel discussion.
Douglas Conant gesturing on stage, during panel discussion, along with Edelman’s Tonia Ries, Eli Lilly’s Dr. Andrea Sassman-Koleric and moderator Karen Brown.

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