Reimagine Recruiting


On November 17, 2016, leaders and practitioners in campus recruiting, diversity & inclusion, human resources and compliance gathered in Cambridge, MA for Reimagine Recruiting. The annual NOD Corporate Leadership Council forum offered attendees an exclusive opportunity to network with peers and learn about leading practices in recruiting and hiring college students and recent graduates with disabilities.

Attendees gained insights from prominent employers, including NOD Corporate Leadership Council member EY, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed MartinNorthrop Grumman, State Street and ULTRA Testing, as well as from the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services, Work Without Limits, and Working Mother. In addition, students with disabilities, student veterans, and college representatives shared ways employers can effectively tap into talent on campus.

Welcome remarks by NOD President Carol Glazer

Welcome from David D’Arcangelo, Director of Massachusetts Office of Disability

Welcome from Michael Stein, J.D., Ph.D., Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability

NOD Directors, John Quain and Luke Visconti of DiversityInc

Pete Rutigliano, Sirota and Barbara Spitzer, NOD present “A Data Driven Approach to Accelerating Disability Inclusion”

Reimagine Recruiting Attendees

Robert O’Brien, Lockheed Martin; Mark Estrada, State Street Bank; Andrea Shkane, JP Morgan Chase; and Lori Golden, EY speaking during “Disability Inclusive Diversity Roundtable Employer Discussion”

Sue Meirs, NOD moderates “Disability Inclusive: Diversity Roundtable Employer Discussion”

Keynote speaker Frank Kineavy, staff writer for DiversityInc and Villanova University Graduate

Carol Glazer, NOD, with Krista Carothers, Working Mother, presenting “Experiences of Disability in the Workplace”

Career Services and Disability Services Directors from Ball State, University of California Riverside, Southern Connecticut State University, and Northeastern University presenting at “Higher Education Best Practices” panel

Francisco Urena, Secretary of Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services during the “Veterans in the Workforce” panel

Doc Massard, Northrop Grumman, participates in the “Veterans in the Workforce” panel

Student Veterans Jessica Mack and Marshall Ireland speak during the “Veterans in the Workforce” panel

“Campus to Careers: A Boston Pilot” with Sue Meirs, NOD; Alan Muir, COSD; and Kathy Petkauskos, Work Without Limits

ULTRA Testing’s Brian King presenting on Aspergers inclusion during “Opportunity Makers: Employment and the Neurodiverse Workforce”

Dr. Ernst VanBergeijk, Lesley University, presents during panel discussion on “Finding and Developing Partnerships that Foster Employment for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities”

Dan Rivard and Kelsie Salas participate in “Finding and Developing Partnerships that Foster Employment for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities”

Jessica Mack speaks during Student Led Discussion Group “Authentic Answers to Unspoken Questions”

Kelly Molloy in “Authentic Answers to Unspoken Questions”

Justine Weatherman in “Authentic Answers to Unspoken Questions”

Alan Muir, COSD, with David D’Arcangelo, Director, Massachusetts Office of Disability

Coming together in Boston to close gaps between college grads with disabilities and in-demand jobs | BLOG BY CAROL GLAZER

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post Business Blog where NOD President Carol Glazer regularly contributes to the ongoing discussion about disability in America and how we can continue closing the gap for people with disabilities in the workforce.

The number of college graduates with disabilities is on the rise, as is the number of diversity-conscious companies looking to hire them. Yet, of the 1.4 million people with disabilities who have college degrees, only about 40% report to be working. Many are living below the poverty line.

The poor job placement of students with disabilities is not only a social justice failure, it is a lost opportunity to address the talent needs of today’s employers. It also begs the question: why aren’t colleges and universities doing more to prepare all of our students for careers?

The research Institute SRI International reported that the number of students with disabilities attending college is rising, citing that in 2010, 46% of young adults with disabilities were attending a college or university within four years of leaving high school, compared with 26% in 1990. Much of this is attributed to accommodations within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), strengthened by the Obama administration, that better support individuals with disabilities throughout their academic trajectory.

Additionally, in 2014, the Obama administration enacted new rules for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (RA), requiring employers receiving government contracts to set a 7% disabilities goal across all positions, not just those requiring low skills and limited education. The new ruling means that employers can no longer satisfy diversity criteria by hiring people with disabilities for the loading dock or mail room. They need college graduates.

The educational gains made through accommodations combined with government-imposed hiring incentives would appear to be a public policy home-run for graduates with disabilities yet the employment numbers aren’t moving despite the high supply/high demand scenario.

For more than thirty years, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) has been striving to increase job opportunities and economic self-sufficiency for the 29 million working aged Americans with disabilities. Much of our work involves connecting employers seeking to expand their diversity initiatives with work-ready candidates. For employers hoping to hire graduates with disabilities, this has been particularly challenging.

Traditional job fairs aren’t producing the number of candidates with disabilities needed to fill positions; meanwhile, the likely source for such candidates – college recruiting offices – have, thus far, not risen to the challenge. In fact, the disconnect between those who support students with disabilities on campus and those who counsel and support career-seeking students of all abilities is a major obstacle.

A new partnership between NOD and Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) has been working on addressing the problem, starting with exploring what’s happening – or not happening within college recruitment offices. In our 2014 report “Bridging the Employment Gap for Students with Disabilities” we found that at many schools, the career services office — which assists students in preparing for and gaining employment —lacked a connection to the office of disabled student services, which exists for a different purpose – to ensure proper accessibility and accommodations while students with disabilities are on campus.

This disconnect leaves a gap, both for employers seeking to diversify their work force and for students with disabilities who are not gaining access to the same services and opportunities as their peers without disabilities.

NOD and COSD are working with colleges and universities to close this gap by helping them implement recommendations such as the appointment of a liaison among offices dedicated to coordinating and sharing resources. Our annual conference, held this week in Boston, brings together employers, administrators and students for employment opportunities as well as strategy sessions on how to increase the students with disabilities’ pipeline.

While progress is being made in this area, we are also working on some of the less practical, more philosophical, barriers to employment such as confidentiality, stigma and bias. Historically, students with disabilities looking for jobs were encouraged to hide their disabilities from their potential employers, particularly those with “invisible” disabilities. In 2008, the ADA Amendment Act expanded protection for people with all kinds of disabilities, including dyslexia, anxiety disorders, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. Stigma surrounding mental health disabilities continues to dissuade many students with these disabilities from disclosing them.

The consequences of not reporting are many and include the fact that students with disabilities are not getting the career support they and their peers without disabilities need to gain employment such as internship opportunities, and resume and interviewing support. This also keeps colleges and universities from gathering the information that would allow them to measure students’ progress over time and implement data bases that can be used by employers. Without this information, students with disabilities are invisible job candidates.

Finally, to fully address the employment gap for students with disabilities, we must all put aside the biases that lead to the tyranny of low expectations. Colleges and universities should presume that all of their students will seek and gain employment, including those with disabilities. Too often, we congratulate these students for having made it to college and expect little of them going forward. Doing so is a disservice to all of us.

Corporate Leadership Council Luncheon & Roundtable Discussion with NOD Directors


On November 2, 2016, members of the NOD Corporate Leadership Council gathered in New York City for an exclusive luncheon with the National Organization on Disability Board of Directors.

Attendees engaged in a roundtable discussion with NOD Directors, including:

  • Luke Visconti, Founder & CEO, DiversityInc and Vice Chairman, NOD
  • Carol Glazer, President, NOD
  • Ronald L. Copeland, M.D., Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and Policy, and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Kaiser Permanente, and
  • Brad Hopton, New York Metro Regional Tax Leader and Disability Inclusion Networks Partner Champion, PwC.

In addition, representatives from NOD Corporate Leadership Council member companies had the opportunity to meet additional NOD Directors and staff and network with corporate peers about insights and learning on disability inclusion.

NOD Chairman Gov. Tom Ridge with President Carol Glazer

Left to right: NOD Chairman Gov. Tom Ridge, Directors Emeriti Charles F. Dey and Stephen L. Feinberg, President Emerita Gay Forsythe Reich, Directors Emeriti E. John Rosenwald, Jr. and Kenneth Roman, and President Carol Glazer

NOD Board of Directors

NOD Director Douglas Conant and Carol Glazer

Barbara Spitzer, NOD, and Cathy Wrede, PJM

NOD Director Douglas Conant and William A. Von Hoene, Jr., Exelon

NOD President Carol Glazer with Jim Sinocchi, JPMorgan Chase

Representatives from Merck and Mondelez

Alexandra Contreras and Lenke deFay, Colgate-Palmolive; Ilene Moskowitz, NOD; and AJ Petross, The Hershey Company

Director Luke Visconti of DiversityInc, with Rosa Coppedge, Sodexo

Rosa Coppedge, Sodexo with NOD Director Robert Sturgell

Gov. Tom Ridge with William A. Von Hoene, Jr., Exelon

Howard Green and Sue Meirs, NOD

Jim Sinocchi, JPMorgan Chase; NOD Director Rohini Anand, Sodexo; Dina Grilo, JPMorgan Chase; and NOD Director Laura Giovacco, EY

NOD Director Luke Visconti and President Carol Glazer

Craig Kramer, Johnson & Johnson, and Miranda Pax, NOD

NOD Director Robert Sturgell and Gov. Tom Ridge

Margaret Ling, NOD

NOD Director Douglas Conant with Marina Williams, Lockheed Martin

NOD Director Brad Hopton, PwC

AJ Petross, The Hershey Company, with NOD Director Steve Szilagyi

Roundtable discussion

NOD Director Luke Visconti, DiversityInc

NOD Director Dr. Ronald Copeland, Kaiser Permanente

NOD Director Rohini Anand, Sodexo

Cathy Wrede, PJM

Kyle Manske, PwC

AJ Petross, The Hershey Company

Robert Duff, HSBC

Craig Kramer, Johnson & Johnson

Nora Vele, Merck

Cheyenne Van Cooten, NOD

Roundtable Discussion