NEHRA D&I Seminar Series:
Cross Talk On Disability, Sexual Orientation, and Re-Entry: The Connectivity Of Voluntary Self-Identification Across Multiple Diverse Communities
Our collective journeys across diversity are gradually bringing all of us to the deeper layers of inclusion, and connection. Considering the great strides that many leaders and committed organizations have made in the past decade, new frontiers are now being forged by diversity practitioners; beyond race and gender. Cultural background, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identification, and re-entry are all newer strands that many leading advocates are starting to broach as part of inclusion commitment. Many of these layers involve the often non-apparent striations of diversity, and it’s why the topic of voluntary self-identification is becoming such a talked about item. It’s an interesting time for inclusion and diversity, as we all become more aware and knowledgeable about the challenges and desired goals that exist for these additional striations, and in realizing the need for self-identification strategies and mechanisms that can foster empowerment and success into the future.
The Work Without Limits (WWL) team, as it evolved its strategic vision committed to improving employment access and success for the disability community, realized early on, the shared connections and similar goals shared by diverse communities with barriers to employment. WWL started partnerships with other diverse organizations, in line with this realization, and is part of an ongoing conversation across multiple diverse communities around self-identification topics and principles. As a reflection of this concept, please join us, in the conversation, with a panel of expert practitioners committed to disability, LGBTQ, and re-entry initiatives. They will share some creative thinking around unique cross-community strategies that could bear multi-fold success for all!
Sean Driscoll, Consultant to Work Without Limits (Building Bridges - Breaking Barriers)
Sean has consulted for WWL in the capacity of outreach to the private and public sector business communities. In line with WWL’s core mission of putting more people with differing abilities to work in Massachusetts, Sean has looked to identify companies interested in branding themselves as employers of choice for people with disabilities. Sean works in an advisory capacity with such companies, guiding them to initiate and develop policies and processes which will sustain their abilities to recruit, hire and retain candidates with differing abilities. Sean helped lead and coordinate a strategic vision on the creation of a WWL business-to-business employer led network in Massachusetts. This network provides peer-to-peer leadership and exchange amongst private and public sector employers for sharing, leveraging and transferring disability diversity confidence and disability employment successes. Sean consults on other initiatives for WWL including disability small business certification growth and collaborative partnership with other diverse organizations having inherent connectivity around shared barriers to employment and life.
Sean provides independent inclusion and diversity consulting services to an array of organizations. From 1986 to 2008, Sean worked for National Grid USA in various Customer and Community Relations and Human Resources roles. From 2005 to 2008, Sean was the Director of Inclusion and Diversity for National Grid USA, during which time he established many of the company’s core foundational frameworks for sustaining its ongoing corporate commitment to inclusion and diversity.
Sean is a Member of the Board of the Greater Boston Business Council, Boston’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of LeadBoston (Class of 2006)
For more information about Work Without Limits please visit www.workwithoutlimits.org
Jason McCoy, Global Human Resources, University Relations Manager – AVP, State Street Corporation
Jason McCoy is a University Relations Manager with State Street Corporation, managing the company’s North America Internship programs. He also serves as Co-Chair of State Street Global PRIDE, the company’s LGBTQ Employee Network. Jason graduated from Harvard College with a degree in psychology in 2008. In his spare time, he enjoys playing FLAG Football, volunteering with AIDS Action Committee, reading, traveling, and enjoying good conversation with friends.
True-See S. Allah, Director, Boston Re-Entry Initiative (BRI)
The BRI is an effort of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) in which he’s been active since 2000 having served as a mentor/case manager until September 2006. In his current capacity, he directs a team of mentors who work with men at the Suffolk County House of Correction transitioning from incarceration to responsible citizenship through employment, housing, parenting, schooling, substance abuse treatment and vocational training.
Members - $149 Non-Members- $249
7:30-Registration, Connections and Coffee
This program has been approved for 2.0 General Credit Hours.
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