Company: Disability:IN North Carolina
Title: Executive Director
How did you get involved with Charlotte Works?
As the Executive Director of Disability:IN North Carolina, I represent a business led non-profit that empowers NC employers to achieve disability inclusion and equality. A fully integrated workforce system requires a fully integrated workforce, inclusive of the talents of North Carolinians with disabilities.
Why is workforce development so important to you?
Despite a strong labor market, just 39% of working age North Carolinians with disabilities are employed versus 76% of those without disabilities. If just 1% of unemployed persons with disabilities joined the U.S. labor force, the GDP could get a boost of up to $25 billion. That should be important to every North Carolinian.
What excites you most about the direction of Charlotte Works and how will you contribute to it?
Our Charlotte Works vision says it best, we want the Charlotte region to be home to the nation’s most integrated workforce system, providing a highly-skilled workforce for a global economy. My work is to educate and empower businesses to promote cultures of inclusion that welcome highly-skilled persons with disabilities into our economy, including those entrepreneurs with disabilities leading successful small businesses across our state.
Best piece of career advice you have received?
I’ve been legally blind since birth so as an attorney with a non-visible disability the best career advice I have received reminds me that success is on the other side of my comfort zone.
What are your hobbies/interests?
I was raised in South Florida, so I love the water, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and walking on the beach. I love it all! I love college football (Let’s go Mountaineers!! and Roll Tide!!) and if I have anything left on Sundays, the Panthers are my NFL team. I also play bridge. I’m also hopelessly addicted to the Hallmark Channel.