Taking disability confidence global
Practical tips on how to increase disability confidence in organizations
The World Health Organization estimates that there are one billion people in the world — 15 percent — currently living with a disability. That’s one in seven of us. Disability is the only “intersectional” equality issue affecting every person on the planet at some point in their life experience. Moreover, 80 percent of people who experience a disability acquire it between the ages of 18 and 64, i.e. while they are working.
Join our panelists as they discuss the key challenges that organizations face and share practical thoughts and solutions that can be used by D&I leaders, HR professionals and allies as they pursue the goal of increasing disability confidence.
Caroline is an award-winning disability activist and social entrepreneur. Since taking the life-changing decision at 28 to leave her career as a management consultant, Caroline has been committed to building a global movement for inclusive business that recognizes the value of the 1 billion people in the world with a disability across the full business value chain. She has spent the last 18 years working with and speaking to over 500,000 business leaders to revolutionize their approach to business inclusion.
Caroline is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and former advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, Ashoka Fellow, Eisenhower Fellow, TED Speaker and Counsellor for One Young World. Caroline is founder of business inclusion company Binc, the founding team behind the recent #valuable campaign and founder of social enterprise Kanchi which aims to change business practices around disability, including creating The Ability Awards.
Workplace Adjustments Service Manager, GSK
Andy Garrett is the programme manager at GSK for their Workplace Adjustments Service, supporting employees and managers to request and secure the adjustments they need to be their best selves at work. The service has been live across the UK since May 2017 and is due to launch in the US in Q1 2019, with phased global roll-out to follow. Led by our Global Disability Council, this project is one of several initiatives contributing to Disability Confidence at GSK and living our values through inclusion.
Andy is also a founding ambassador for Purple Space (www.purplespace.org), the development and networking hub for disabled employees, network and resource group leaders and allies from all sectors and trades. In 2015 Andy retired from a career spanning 30 years with the Metropolitan Police Service, latterly specializing in diversity & inclusion, disability networks (founder/leader) and workplace adjustments.
Senior Manager, EY Financial Services Office
Andrew is the co-chair of EY’s disability network, AbilityEY as well as his day job as a Senior Manager within EY’s risk advisory business.
Ability EY is an inclusive group, open to everyone — people with a disability; people who manage, counsel or work with someone who has a disability; people who have family, friends or clients with a disability; or people who simply have an interest in the area. The overall objective is to enable EY to be more disability confident. They are committed to providing information, tools and support to people affected by disability as well as the opportunity for exceptional careers. Their diverse membership provides a strong support base and allows the group members to benefit from a variety of perspectives.
CEO Purple Space
Kate Nash OBE is the world’s leading authority in ‘Networkology’ – the science behind the growth of workplace networks/resource groups.
Known for her work with disability networks, she set up a hub of best practices in running disabled employee networks, publishing the first guide in 2009 with a UK Ministerial launch. She now works with 300 UK and global employers running successful disability networks.
In 2015 she founded PurpleSpace (www.purplespace.org) – the world’s first professional development hub for disabled employee networks. It offers best practices and leadership know-how to network leaders, as well as resilience and confidence training for disabled employees.
In 2017 she started the #PurpleLightUp @purplelightup movement with a simple tweet. The idea is to encourage the world to celebrate the economic contribution of disabled people on International Day of Persons with Disability on 3 December each year - and for individuals, organizations and buildings to go purple.