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Achieving Workplace Excellence through Disability Inclusion Webinar

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. AbilityLinks partnered up with The Diversity Movement to host the "Breaking Barriers: Achieving Workplace Excellence through Disability Inclusion" webinar!


In this event, you will hear from leaders in the disability community covering topics such as...
- the importance of disability inclusion,
- ways to become a more supportive employer,
- benefits of having diverse workforce,
- and more!


To watch the full webinar click this link: 



Luanne Welch

President & CEO, Easterseals UCP


Luanne is President and CEO of Easterseals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, an industry leader supporting people living with disabilities, mental health & substance use challenges. With more than 35 years of non-profit experience, Luanne is a thought leader, change agent, and powerful voice within the national health and human services industry.

Devoted to positive change, Luanne actively engages an employee Council around inclusion, diversity, equity, authenticity, and learning. This rewarding and humbling journey has deepened her understanding, strengthened her leadership style, and provided meaningful insight for business decisions. A graduate of NC State University, Luanne serves as Board Secretary of i2i Center for Integrative Health, Vice Chair of UCP Regional Affiliate Council, Advisory Board Member for Becoming RentABLE, and Advisory Board Member at Open Minds. Recent awards include Triangle Business Journal 2019 Women in Business and Triangle Business Journal 2022 Leaders in Diversity.


John D. Kemp

President & CEO, Lakeshore Foundation


John is President & CEO of Lakeshore Foundation, an internationally recognized organization providing opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities to lead healthy, active lives through physical activity, sports, research, and advocacy. John is a widely respected leader for his many achievements in the corporate and nonprofit world, as well as his leadership in the disability movement. John, a person with a disability, co-founded the American Association of People with Disabilities. In addition, he chairs Delta Air Lines’ Advisory Board on Disability and serves on numerous boards.

A renowned global speaker, John inspires others to achieve greatness through knowledge, experience, vision, and persistence. Among his many honors, two of the most meaningful to John are the Henry B. Betts Award, regarded as America’s highest honor for disability leadership and service, and the Dole Leadership Prize. 


Stephanie Salentine, OTR/L, MOL

Manager of Rehabilitation Services, Northwestern Medicine


Stephanie is Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Northwestern Medicine (NM) Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, IL. She leads several specialty programs including driver rehabilitation, wheelchair seating and positioning, the NM Aphasia Center, the accessible fitness center, and the advanced technology and robotics departments. She is an Occupational Therapist with 18 years of experience partnering with individuals with disabilities to facilitate independence and promote inclusivity. Stephanie has worked in several capacities within disability advocacy being the chair of the NM Champion Network Disability Chapter, a board member for Progress Center for Independent Living, and considers herself a strong ally for PWDs. Stephanie considers the lived experience of PWD to be one of the most powerful tools in creating a truly inclusive culture and believes in the social model of disability positing that disability is caused by environmental and perceptual barriers, not something that is inherent in an individual. 


Brentley Wright, CDE

DEI Advisor, The Diversity Movement


Brentley is the DEI Advisor at The Diversity Movement. He is a certified DEI business practitioner working to achieve workplace excellence in multicultural business arenas and is responsible for leading DEI Navigator, a monthly membership service designed exclusively for small- to medium-sized businesses committed to DEI action and results. Brentley serves on the Accelerating Men mentorship Board of Directors as chair, DEI, and economic advisor. In this role, he is responsible for shaping the organization’s direction through DEI best practices and teaching young men ages 10-18 financial literacy.


Kate Beck

Client Success Manager, AbilityLinks


Kate is the Client Success Manager at AbilityLinks, a nationwide 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities and Veterans. Kate oversees partnership expansion and resources development. Her team helps thousands of job seekers and employers connect yearly. They have done this by partnering with companies who are actively seeking to create a more inclusive workforce by hiring people with disabilities and Veterans. AbilityLinks has created a job board where job seekers can find meaningful employment opportunities with companies who are able to provide the resources, accommodations, and environment so that everyone can thrive!


Thank you to the Diversity Movement for cohosting this event. To all the panelist, thank you for sharing your wisdom and helping create bring disability inclusion to the forefront.