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About Us

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Disability:IN Chicagoland helps businesses in the greater Chicagoland area drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace.

The Chicagoland Business Leadership Network (CBLN), now known as Disability:IN Chicagoland, was relaunched by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation in late 2014 with the help of a generous grant from the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust.

Today, Disability:IN Chicagoland is a business-to-business employer-led initiative offering education, training, networking and access to resources to organizations in the Chicago area in an effort to change attitudes and address concerns of businesses so that they learn how to proactively include people with disabilities.

What We Do

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Disability:IN Chicagoland serves small, midsize, and large employers, supporting businesses through:

  • Education: Workshops/seminars, including the annual Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit, a full-day conference.
  • Access to Resources: Connecting employers to an untapped talent pool and tools to gauge and improve performance, like the Disability Equality Index©.
  • Networking: Enabling businesses to share best practices for disability inclusion, get updates on recent developments and work collaboratively on common issues.

Who We Are

Disability:IN Chicagoland is currently governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of local leaders from Disability:IN Chicagoland member businesses who have a passion for helping people with disabilities enter the workforce.

Board Members:

  • Stephen Cornejo-Garcia, Allstate
  • Tricia Myers, BMO Harris
  • Tom Weaver, CAI
  • Dennis Rossow, Comcast
  • Lora Laverty, CDW
  • Sarah Helm, Discover Financial Services
  • Kent Klaus, Deloitte Tax LLP
  • Bruce Zaccanti, EY
  • Mike Santay, Grant Thornton
  • Jerry DiCola, Horizon Pharma
  • Scott Hoesman, inQUEST Consulting, LLC
  • Mitch Manassa, KPMG LLP
  • Anne Edmonds, Manpower
  • Nancy Nauheimer, Northern Trust

In addition, an Advisory Committee made up of leaders from the disability community in Chicago provides guidance and consultation to help the Disability:IN Chicagoland Board of Directors achieve its goals. The Committee also provides advice, technical assistance, training information and other resources to facilitate increasing the number of businesses that successfully recruit, hire and retain workers with disabilities, thereby increasing the number of persons with disabilities gainfully employed throughout the Chicagoland area.

Advisory Committee Members:

  • Robin Jones, Director, Great Lakes ADA Center
  • Kathleen Dillon Narko, Clinical Professor of Law, Northwestern University
  • Karen Tamley, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

Our Strategic Partners

Disability:IN Chicagoland is an affiliate of Disability:IN, the collective voice of nearly 50 Disability:IN affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses.

About the Chicagoland Chamber Foundation

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The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation is the fiscal agent for Disability:IN Chicagoland, and provides staffing, office support, and other resources to the program. The Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)(3), making partnership and sponsor contributions to Disability:IN Chicagoland tax deductible (businesses are encouraged to check with their tax preparer for additional information).