What you will learn:

Our employees meet us at all points along the Talent Life Cycle. Too often, we set goals for disability and then fail to meet those goals because we aren't asking the questions, embracing the meaning behind the goals, and don't know how to bring other managers on board.

We need to ensure that our workplaces embrace a culture of accessibility and acceptance of difference in order to meet hiring goals around disability.

In this Elective, we will breakdown the four critical stages of the talent life cycle: recruitment, on-boarding, retention, and exit and explore how disability needs to be discussed in each. We will think about how we create employment opportunities from start to finish and how we get others on board in broadening their mindset around disability inclusion in the workplace.

About the instructor:

Ruth Rathblott is an award-winning CEO who is committed to creating inclusion for all. She speaks about her personal and professional journey through the lens of someone with a visible disability and shares what it is like to lead and live life without limits or labels.

Ruth was born with a limb difference and currently speaks on issues of inclusion and diversity, the gifts of being unique, the freedom of accepting your differences, and rising above life’s challenges. Ruth works with organizations that want to broaden their conversations on diversity so they can create inclusive work environments, develop more cohesive teams, and leverage out-of-the-box thinking. Ruth touches on invisible disabilities, covering hidden differences, and otherness. Her story speaks to how we cope with feelings of isolation, our need to feel connected to others, the ability to rise above life’s challenges, and the freedom gained from letting go of shame. She demonstrates the power of living authentically and enables the recognition that our differences are our greatest gift.

Ruth has been a leader in nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years; 15 of which she spent at Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, where she played a central role in its expansion. For the past eight+ years as CEO of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), a NYC-based college access and success program for underserved youth, she’s directed the HEAF vision of providing a continuum of educational, developmental, leadership, and personal resilience opportunities. She currently serves as a Board Member of The Lucky Fin Project.
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Suggested Length:90 min
# of Employees: Flexible
Format: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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