Go Ahead. Pull a Starbucks

As the days on the calendar slip by, I am reminded that yet another National Disability Employment Awareness Month is coming to a close. And I am left to ponder its impact. We all are. Commemorative events crisscrossed the country, including several here in Illinois. Press releases touted initiatives around disability hiring and free services … Continue reading “Go Ahead. Pull a Starbucks”

In Praise of StartUp America

This is my new favorite quote: “Everyone deserves a chance to change the world.” It was spoken by Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in his remarks at the White House StartUP America Partnership announcement, which I attended last week in Washington, D.C. As a social entrepreneur and advocate for people with … Continue reading “In Praise of StartUp America”

How Hiring the Disabled Boosts More than the Bottom Line

Donating to earthquake victims, hosting employee volunteer days, and buying more local products — a new Harvard Business Review article says many corporate philanthropic efforts, while well intended, don’t always provide real societal returns, and could end up hurting businesses in the long run. The authors, Harvard professors Michael Porter and Mark Kramer, introduce a … Continue reading “How Hiring the Disabled Boosts More than the Bottom Line”