Mission

The mission of the CEO Commission for Disability Employment is to raise awareness of the untapped potential of people with disabilities and work to ensure that people with disabilities achieve and maintain equal access to meaningful employment

Vision

The CEO Commission for Disability Employment is also committed to taking the lead in expanding equal employment rights for people with disabilities:

  1. Eliminating the barriers to equal employment via advocacy, awareness and recruitment of likeminded companies and organizations
  2. Collaborating to address disability unemployment and underemployment
  3. Establishing and sharing best practices in integration of diverse hiring
  4. Identifying new partnerships to source candidates
  5. Developing innovative problem-solving strategies that meet the demands of the 21st century economy

Purpose

It will be a source of research and information, actionable steps and advocacy opportunities, so you can easily access, recruit and onboard individuals with disabilities into your organization

Goals

goal 1 iconCreate a meaningful impact on policy through effective advocacy
goal 2 iconComplete thorough research into the disability employment landscape
goal 3 iconEffectively engage and educate the business community through media outreach

Founding Partners

Rodney O. Martin, Jr. [headshot]

Rodney O. Martin, Jr. Voya Chairman and CEO

Kandi Pickard [headshot]

Kandi Pickard NDSS President and CEO

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. [headshot]

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. SHRM President and CEO

FAQ

  1. What is the CEO Commission for Disability Employment?

The CEO Commission for Disability Employment was founded by Voya Financial, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), to be a source of research and information, actionable steps and advocacy opportunities for member companies to recruit and onboard individuals with disabilities into their organizations.

  1. Who are the members of the CEO Commission for Disability Employment?

The CEO Commission for Disability Employment is made up of a variety of members from the private-sector. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our membership. Members include non-profit organizations, small and medium sized businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, these companies represent a broad array of industries and are located across the United States. All CEO Commission for Disability Employment members are committed to creating systemic change to improve disability employment outcomes. 

  1. Is there a financial commitment associated with membership?

The CEO Commission for Disability Employment is fortunate to have the support and collaboration of our entire membership. To achieve our goal of greater equity in employment access, the CEO Commission for Disability Employment has laid out a series of bold steps. Given the magnitude and reach of these activities, the CEO Commission for Disability Employment requests a financial commitment with membership. The size of the commitment varies based on several factors including; company size, industry and type. 

  1. How is the CEO Commission for Disability Employment unique in its approach?

The CEO Commission for Disability Employment has implemented innovative tactics in tackling barriers to the workplace. We understand that to have a meaningful impact, the CEO Commission for Disability Employment must engage the diverse members of the business community around all types of disabilities. Additionally, we bring leading experts from the Society for Human Resource Management who understand the practical implications of this work and can offer concrete resources. Finally, the CEO Commission for Disability Employment is pursuing policy solutions to create systematic change in the way we engage with talent from the disability community

  1. How does the CEO Commission for Disability Employment seek to achieve systematic change?

The CEO Commission for Disability Employment works on both public and private policy solutions. Public policy offers the private sector the tools it needs to improve its approach to disability employment. However, it is also important for companies to understand where they can improve and address those areas. The combination of these approaches empowers the CEO Commission for Disability to drive meaningful and long-term change.

  1. What are the benefits of joining the CEO Commission for Disability Employment?

The CEO Commission for Disability Employment offers opportunities for CEOs and other corporate leaders to connect with peers to share disability employment best practices. These connections promote the implementation of successful strategies for senior leadership buy-in and execution within each member organization. While each company is looking to make a difference in their field, the CEO Commission for Disability Employment offers clear market differentiation and disability inclusion.

  1. What CEO Commission for Disability Employment events can I participate in?

The CEO Commission for Disability Employment offers a variety of events for its member organizations and the business community at large. These include webinars on relevant and crucial disability employment topics, business stakeholder meetings and member CEO gatherings to share and advance the CEO Commission for Disability Employment’s priorities. Contact us at [email protected] to learn more.  

  1. How can I get more information about the CEO Commission for Disability Employment?

If you are interested in learning more about the CEO Commission for Disability Employment, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. Additionally, check out our latest updates on our LinkedIn page