February 19, 2018
DOBE Spotlight Series: Mona Lisa Faris

Disability:IN highlights various disability-owned business enterprises (DOBEs) through the DOBE Spotlight Series. If you’d like more information about USBLN’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program, please contact Cami@disabilityin.org.

Mona Lisa Faris, publisher of DiversityComm, wearing white pants and a white Wonder Woman shirt while sitting in a blue chair.

Mona Lisa Faris, the publisher of DiversityComm, originally planned to be a professor of intracultural communication and public speaking when she realized she needed to make an important decision: start a teaching fellowship, or take an entrepreneurial path and begin publishing a newsletter on diversity. Mona Lisa chose the path of entrepreneurship, knowing she could reach and educate more people through the platform of a diversity magazine versus teaching small groups of students at a time. Her decision proved to be a wise one. As the push for inclusiveness in education, employment, and business grew, so did her company. Today, 25 years later, DiversityComm is the publisher of six diversity focused magazines – Black EOE Journal, HISPANIC Network, Professional WOMAN’S Magazine, U.S. Veterans Magazine, Diversity in STEAM, and DIVERSEability – each reaching over 2 million readers.

The USBLN’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program has proven valuable for DiversityComm. It’s given the company more visibility and recognition, as well as provided Mona Lisa with a stronger platform and expertise to publish a magazine for an audience with which she identifies. According to Mona Lisa, with disability-owned business enterprises (DOBE) certification, she has “gained more credibility, strengthened [her] platform for communication in this industry, and gained more partners.” Mona Lisa is certified through other organizations, and feels the Disability:IN certification process is much simpler, entails less paperwork, is faster, and, best of all, offered every two years. “The Disability:IN certification department has great customer service, staff, support, and an outstanding turnaround time,” she added.

Mona Lisa Faris at the 2017 Disability:IN national conference in Orlando.

As publisher of a series of magazines that focus on diversity and inclusion, Mona Lisa and her team attend more than 250 diversity-focused conferences throughout the year, and names the Disability:IN Annual Conference as “one of [her] favorites.” According to her, the event is well organized and packed with engaging speakers, appealing workshops, fascinating events, and attended by like-minded individuals eager to learn more about this industry. “The best part of this conference is meeting people with unique and motivational stories. After every conference, I come back with more resources, news, and stats that I know my readers will enjoy,” says Mona Lisa.

Mona Lisa Faris and her team members manning a DiversityComm information booth at a conference expo.

The USBLN’s Disability Supplier Diversity Program was designed to help certified DOBEs advance contract opportunities with corporations as well as government agencies. By having a procurement model based on diversity and inclusion, corporations and DOBEs achieve greater economic self-sufficiency, positive community impact, and strengthen the American economy. For more information about this certification program and others we provide, please contact Cami@disabilityin.org.

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