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Meet Some Exceptionally Talented Leaders that Happen to Have a Disability

It has been documented that Chicago is one of the best diversity and inclusion cities in the United States regarding all facets of disability. Recently, the Chicago’s Mayor's Office for People for People with Disabilities has focused on bringing together disability leadership through the Chicago Community Trust with the program ADA25 Leadership Institute.

Meet Gerise Kendrick

I have been working with AbilityLinks for over 10 years, and it has been rewarding, and productive for me. However, after seeing the process of job seekers with disabilities, service providers and employers, I do see the same process and people repeatedly. That does not mean that the people I do work for impress me every day, but they are some people that stand out. I'd like to talk about one that works hard and networks harder than I’ve seen in a while: Gerise Kendrick.

Interview with Emily Daw - Marriott Foundation

Previously, I spoke with Kelly Pavich at the Bridges From School To Work with the Marriott Foundation. The relationship has grown since 2016 and our dual relationship with ITKAN has developed even stronger.

In our next discussion with Bridges, we chat with Emily Daw, who brings candidates forward to employers that are productive and diverse.

Want to develop your leadership skills? Now is your opportunity.

The opportunity for people with disabilities to become leaders in the workplace is a chance not to show your skills, but to provide a team with insight, confidence and excellent networking in the city of Chicago. When the inaugural group of the ADA25 Advancing Leadership program was launched 2 years ago, I saw such a great opportunity for people with disabilities and the civic engagement community to learn from each other, and the chance to learn about all facets of diversity.

You Can’t Make the Same Mistakes while Expecting New Results

With our low unemployment rate across the board for US citizens, people with disabilities have been seeing results that bring optimism in finding not just a job, but an ideal job. After missing out on an opportunity that you were excited about, rejection seeps in and it is tough for anyone to be rejected.