Disability in the Workplace: Human Resources and Employee Participation

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Data shows that people with disabilities typically have low rates of employment — approximately 30% of working-age adults with disabilities are employed compared with more than 70% of the non-disabled population. Hosted during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), this lively discussion focused on the benefits of engaging disabled employees and taking a proactive approach to disability inclusion in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Tune in to learn from Sarah Napoli, Acting Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Open Society Foundations (OSF) and Joel Hernandez, Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition at Jobs for the Future, in a conversation moderated by Dr. Zakiya Mabery.

This free learning session was open to members of the Disability & Philanthropy Forum. It is the final session of a four-part series designed to address key steps on the journey to disability inclusion, made possible by the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy.

About the Speakers

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Dr. Zakiya Mabery

Zakiya Mabery, Ph.D, is an author, international speaker, independent consultant who helps businesses, colleges, universities, and communities design programs that address mental health, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in addition to social justice issues. Her expert opinion is frequently sought after by the media, federal government, the United States military, and professional organizations. Dr. Mabery is well-known for initiative programs which address issues of mental health, overcoming adversity, sexual assault, bias, inclusive leadership, intersectionality and bystander intervention.

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Sarah Napoli, Acting Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Open Society Foundations

Sarah Napoli is currently the Human Resources acting director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Open Society Foundations and former project officer on all things disability inclusion. She has about 20 years of experience teaching and conducting training on social justice and advocacy in higher education and nonprofits across the globe. She identifies as proudly disabled and brings her lens of disability pride and equity to her work with staff and students.

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Joel Hernandez, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, Jobs for the Future

Joel Hernandez is a Senior Manager for Talent Acquisition as Jobs for the Future. Previously, he was a Talent Acquisition Associate at the Ford Foundation, where he manages the internship program, co-leads the disability employee resource group, and also manages the recruitment process for several positions. He has prior experience recruiting in the music industry with Warner Music Group and in the non-profit sector as a Recruitment Associate with UNICEF USA. He is also an educator and instructor at Monroe College where he teaches Fundamentals of Communication. Joel earned an MS degree in Human Resources Management from NYU and is proud to be a latin, gay, disabled person who is passionate about diversity, inclusion, equity, and bringing the “whole self” to work and to any space.

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