Winds of Change Award, Organization
U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN)

U.S. Business Leadership Network unites business around disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. With more than 130 corporate partners spanning the technology, healthcare, financial, transportation, entertainment, and retail industries, USBLN serves as a collective voice for nearly 50 Business Leadership Network (BLN) Affiliates across the country, representing more than 5,000 businesses. USBLN is driving innovation in the workplace by harnessing disability inclusion as the source of intellectual and emotional insight needed in today’s complex global environment. Its nationally recognized tools and programs—including the Disability Equality Index and the Disability-owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) certification program—are equally admired by captains of industry and disability rights advocates. Unlike most disability organizations, USBLN fully embraces a social justice civil rights model for disability. Their staff, advisory councils, board of directors, conference planners, and consulting team include leaders with a broad cross section of disabilities, actualizing the disability community mantra, “Not about us without us.” With clear examples of exceptional work from which to judge, The Forum is honored to present to the
U.S. Business Leadership Network the 2018 Winds of Change award.

About the Forum on Workplace Inclusion
Established in 1988, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion began as a two-hour video conference and now runs the nation’s leading conference for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Attracting more than 2,000 international attendees to Minneapolis, The Forum relies on more than 60 planning volunteers (from corporations, nonprofits and agencies) and more than 150 volunteers to staff the conference. The Forum’s diversity awards are given annually to organizations or individuals who show exemplary effort in addressing workplace diversity issues. Recipients were honored at the 30th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

More information on the Forum on Workplace Inclusion website.