Disability:IN Inclusion Awards

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Note: All nomination forms are due Friday, November 30th.

The awards recognize leaders in ten (10) categories including:

John D. Kemp Leadership Award

The John D. Kemp Leadership Award is presented to an individual who has developed or influenced the development of significant company disability employment programs and/or services that resulted in measurable, tangible and positive outcomes that dramatically improved disability employment opportunities.

Download Nomination Form: John D. Kemp Leadership Award [DOC]

Employer of the Year (2 awards)

There are two categories for Employer of the Year award – one for companies with 100,000 or more employees and one for companies with less than 100,000 employees. Companies are recognized for exemplary policies, strategies and initiatives that have resulted in measurable results in the areas of disability inclusiveness in the workplace, marketplace, accessibility, and supply chain.

For this category, a company must self-nominate. The nomination must be submitted by or on behalf of the company’s headquarters and be based on the achievements, policies and practices of the company and not on one branch or unit. A company must also be a corporate partner of Disability:IN and have received an 80 or above on the 2018 Disability Equality Index to be considered for this award.

Note: Employer means all employers except non-profit service providers and government agencies. Since the Disability:IN recognizes that building a disability-inclusive company is a cumulative effort done over time, the information presented should reflect this and include recognitions and awards received in previous years.

*If you have received this award within the past 3 years you are not eligible to apply.

Download Nomination Form: Employer of the Year [DOC]

Marketplace Innovator of the Year (2 awards)

Marketplace Innovator of the Year has two categories – one for a marketing campaign or an advertisement that includes disability and one for developing products/technology that are designed to be used for people of all abilities. A company must be a corporate partner of the Disability:IN to be considered for this award.

*If you have received this award within the past 3 years you are not eligible to apply.

Download Nomination Form: Marketplace Innovator of the Year [DOC]

Affiliate of the Year

The Affiliate of the Year award honors the outstanding Disability:IN Affiliate that has demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting the vision, mission and spirit of Disability:IN. As a result of this Affiliate’s efforts, employers and their communities understand, utilize, and benefit from the valuable resources that people with disabilities present in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. Self-nominations are encouraged.

*If you have received this award within the past 5 years you are not eligible to apply.

Download Nomination Form: Affiliate of the Year [DOC]

Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses Award

The Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Business and Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Businesses award nomination is presented to a corporation that has demonstrated outstanding inclusion of Disability:IN certified disability-owned businesses (including businesses owned by service disabled veterans), and demonstrated commitment to disability business inclusion in their supply chain processes and corporate supplier diversity programs.

*Note: A DOBE is a Disability:IN certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprise, operating for profit, that is at least 51 percent owned, managed, operated and controlled by a person with a disability; located in the U.S. A SDV-DOBE is a Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprise. The company must be a corporate partner of Disability:IN to be considered for this award.

*If you have received this award within the past 3 years you are not eligible to apply.

Download Nomination Form: Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses Award [DOC]

Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year

The Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year award recognizes the individual advocate and/or procurement champion, who have provided exceptional support in the development of Disability:IN, certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprises- DOBEs and Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (SDV-DOBEs) and goals of Disability:IN Supplier Diversity. The “Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year” is someone who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the utilization and growth of disability-owned businesses. The nominee must work at a company that is a corporate partner of Disability:IN to be considered for this award.

*If you have received this award within the past 3 years you are not eligible to apply.

Download Nomination Form: Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year [DOC]

Supplier of the Year

This award recognizes the Disability:IN certified Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE), SDV-DOBE (Service-Disabled Veteran Disability-Owned Business Enterprise), or V-DOBE (Veteran-Disability-Owned Business Enterprise) that has provided excellent service and distinguished itself and its business through its business practices and serves as a role model for disability business inclusion in the supply chain.

*Note: This award category is specifically designed for business partners to nominate deserving disability suppliers in their supply chains. If you have received this award within the past 3 years you are not eligible to apply.

Download Nomination Form: Supplier of the Year [DOC]

ERG/BRG of the Year

The ERG/BRG of the Year Award recognizes the one Employee/Business Resource Group at a national, multi-national, or multi-state company with 1000 or more employees that most exemplifies programs, strategies, and initiatives that have resulted in measurable results in the area of disability inclusion in the workplace, marketplace, and supply chain.

For this category, a company must self-nominate. A company must also be a corporate partner of Disability:IN to be considered for this award.

*If you have received this award within the past 3 years you are not eligible to apply.

Download Nomination Form: ERG/BRG of the Year [DOC]

ERG/BRG Executive Sponsor of the Year

The ERB/BRG Executive Sponsor of the Year Award recognizes one Executive Sponsor of their company’s disability ERG/BRG who has had a measurable impact on disability inclusion at the company and champions disability inclusion across the enterprise.

The company ERG/BRG should submit the nomination. The company must also be a corporate partner of Disability:IN to be considered for this award.

Download Nomination Form: ERG/BRG Executive Sponsor of the Year [DOC]

NextGen Leader of the Year

This award is given to a Disability:IN NextGen Leader Alum, with completed participation in either the Talent Accelerator or Mentorship Exchange (formerly Rising Leadership Academy and Rising Leaders Mentorship Program, respectively). This person must now be employed by a for-profit business (cannot be employed by a nonprofit or government entity) and show outstanding leadership and commitment to disability inclusion within their company.

You must be an alum of one of these programs and be employed by for-profit business (cannot be employed by a nonprofit or government entity).

Download Nomination Form: NextGen Leader Alum of the Year [DOC]

2018 Disability:IN Inclusion Awards Winners

  • Supplier of the Year, SDV DOBE:
    • Tony Galluscio, President, Veratics
  • Employer of the Year: Champion Award
    • Voya Financial
  • Top Corporation for Disability-Owned Businesses Award
    • Sodexo
  • Employer of the Year: Inspire Award
    • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Marketplace Innovator of the Year: Campaign/Advertisement Award
    • Marriott International
  • Employer of the Year: Ignite Award
    • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Employer of the Year: Launch Award
    • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • John D. Kemp Leadership Award
    • Chieko Asakawa, IBM Fellow, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Research, IBM
  • Marketplace Innovator of the Year: Innovative Product Award
    • Facebook
  • Advocate of the Year: Supply Chain Inclusion Award
    • Raul Suarez-Rodriguez, Manager, Supplier Diversity/Strategic Procurement, CVS Health
  • Affiliate of the Year Award
    • Chicagoland BLN
  • ERG/BRG of the Year Award
    • Bank of America

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