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Celebrating Stars: 28th Annual Awards
This year marks the 28th anniversary of CAREERS & the disABLED’s Annual Employee and Employer of the Year Awards. Find out on the following pages who the 2020 winners are, and join us in celebrating this year’s talented and deserving winners - all stars in their own right - as we honor their roles as trailblazers and advocates.
For more than a quarter of a century CAREERS & the disABLED has been acknowledging and celebrating the personal and professional achievements of remarkable individuals with disabilities via its Annual Employee of the Year Awards.
The awards committee assigned to choose this year’s roster of 10 talented and noteworthy role models profiled in this issue found each winner to have made prodigious contributions to the workforce in and outside of his and her respective workplace, and the community outside of work.
We unveil this year’s winners on the following pages. Read on for a special look that honors the roles of each winning individual as a trailblazer and advocate while underscoring his or her unique expertise, career highlights and advocacy for the Disability Community.
In addition, we reveal this year’s Employer of the Year winners. CAREERS & the disABLED recognizes JPMorgan Chase & Co. with the Private-Sector Employer of the Year Award and U.S. Department of State (DOS) with the Public-Sector Employer of the Year Award.
The congratulatory section honoring this year’s winners in this issue kicks off with their company profiles, underscoring their commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting people with disabilities.
JPMorgan Chase & Co., Private-Sector Employer of the Year
JPMorgan Chase: Advancing Disability Inclusion & Authenticity
When JPMorgan Chase & Co. formed its Office of Disability Inclusion (ODI) in June 2016, its first order of business was to take a closer look at people with disabilities.
And here’s what the firm found: qualified individuals remained an underutilized source of talent, knowledge and skills throughout the world.
So it set out to change that.
Fast forward four years, and JPMorgan Chase has introduced a number of “firsts” to best serve its customers, and better recruit, hire, and promote people with disabilities.
Creating a group of diversity recruiting champions to review and improve the firm’s recruiting practices for people with disabilities.
Introducing Chase Accessibility Services, a group devoted to meeting customers’ ADA accommodations needs across all of the firm’s lines of business that support U.S. products and services or do business in U.S. facilities.
Forming a centralized global accommodations team - MyAccessibility Hub - with specialized caseworkers to handle employees’ assistive technology and physical accommodations requests.
Opening a retail banking branch to serve the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community in partnership with Gallaudet University, as well as recruiting individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing to staff it.
Providing sign language interpreters, Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) and live closed captioning services for individuals, meetings, and events.
Growing its Autism at Work program to more than 180 employees in nearly 40 countries.
Launching a program - the Business Solutions Team (BeST) - to increase opportunities and recruitment rates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Forming an Employee Accessibility (EE-A11y) team ensure internal assistive technology tools are implemented in a timely manner work with the firm’s software applications.
Introducing an on-going global mental health campaign, “This is Me,” to encourage employees to share their experiences and dispel myths around mental illness.
Driving greater employee engagement, with disability-related intranet stories notching nearly five-times the readership year over year from 2018 to 2019.
“Our culture is continuously evolving to encourage more talented employees with disabilities to bring their true selves to work across the globe,” says Jim Sinocchi, head of the Office of Disability Inclusion.
“These individuals demonstrate the true meaning of leadership by not letting their disabilities get in the way of delivering meaningful results for the firm.”
Sinocchi notes that the firm instituted its first global Disability Inclusion Standards in 2018 to provide managers and team leaders with the resources they need to recruit, hire, and advance employees with disabilities.
Through the years the firm has been recognized as one of the best places to work for people with disabilities from such organizations as the Disability Equality Index (DEI), the National Autistic Society in the UK, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the Hellen Keller Achievement Awards and Disability Matters Europe.
In addition, the United Nations has invited Sinocchi to speak at various forums and invited JPMorgan Chase to share best practices. Sinocchi also was appointed to chair the U.S. Air Carrier Access Act Advisory Committee, which is advising U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Congress about issues relating to the air travel needs of passengers with disabilities.
Go to careers.jpmorgan.com for more information about JPMorgan careers. Connect on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.
U.S. Department of State, Public-Sector Employer of the Year
The Department of State: Representing Diversity & Inclusion Worldwide
The Department of State (DOS) is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in its workforce of more than 75,000 employees. Its dedication to supporting and advancing workforce diversity, including employees with disabilities, led to the Department receiving CAREERS & the disABLED’s 2020 Public-Sector Employer of the Year award.
“The Department of State is honored to receive this award in the year of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),” states Carol Z. Perez, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent Management at DOS. A landmark civil rights act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, and prohibits discrimination based on disability. As a result of its efforts to date, 16.8% of the Department’s Civil Service workforce and 7.4% of its Foreign Service workforce is made up of individuals with disabilities.
As the federal government’s largest foreign affairs agency, the Department of State works to promote peace and stability, helps develop thriving economies, and provides Consular services to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals worldwide. It’s comprised of 270 diplomatic embassies, consulates, and missions across the globe, with headquarters in Washington, DC.
The Department supports individuals with disabilities through many offices and programs, including the Bureau of Global Talent Management’s (GTM) Offices of Accessibility and Accommodations, Talent Acquisition, and Civil Service Talent Management, the Secretary’s Office of Civil Rights; the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. These offices and bureaus help recruit, support, and promote the talents and rights of individuals with disabilities in the U.S. and throughout the world.
One way the Department of State supports an inclusive workforce is through its numerous employee affinity groups, including the Disability Action Group (DAG). DAG strives to promote the full and equal participation of individuals with disabilities, improve disability awareness, provide a platform for discussing issues of accommodation, and maintain a forum for information exchange with the goal of supporting and enhancing job satisfaction and a work-life balance.
In pursuit of these important goals, DAG hosts a variety of events each year, including speaker series and mentoring day, and also engages with officials in GTM, the Bureau of Medical Services, and the American Foreign Service Association to improve awareness and advocate on issues that uniquely affect employees with disabilities.
In pursuit of its goal to remain an employer of choice, the Department will soon open its new Access Center, a facility that will provide cutting-edge assistive technology solutions to Department employees with disabilities. The Department’s status as the lead foreign affairs agency responsible for formulating and implementing U.S. foreign policy affords a unique opportunity to have a broad and far reaching impact with the Center.
The Center will serve as a showcase for accessibility best practices, not only for the federal government, but also for the diplomatic community and foreign missions in Washington, DC. As a result, the Center will have a global impact on individuals with disabilities.
The 2020 Public-Sector Employer of the Year award recognizes the Department of State’s long-term commitment to ensure its workforce represents the diversity of America. Many trailblazing employees with disabilities and allies share in this award.
Visit careers.state.gov to learn more about Foreign and Civil Service careers, the Consular Fellows Program, and internship opportunities. Connect with DOSCareers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.
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