TITLE: Let's put disability on the table. - ADA 25 Advancing Leadership #KeepADvAncingTogether #OnTheTable2017

On the Table 2017 is an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust. In partnership with the Trust, ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is using this platform to engage the region in conversations that expand the understanding of disability as a natural part of the human experience and an important dimension of diversity. We are calling on our Members to attend and host conversations on various topics of their choice to expand the understanding that disability belongs at all of our region’s tables.

Are you putting disability on the table? Learn more about this region-wide project and how to register to host a table here.

Let us know if you are planning to host a table, even if you have not yet registered.

Together, we can keep disability inclusion on the table.

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership

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ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, a signature initiative of the Chicago Community Trust, is the first program of its kind in the nation designed specifically to ensure that Chicago’s vibrant civic and professional life fully includes leaders with disabilities.

The initiative is composed of three facets:

It directly addresses two critical needs: the desire of public officials, non-profit boards and other appointed civic leaders for a pipeline of qualified people with disabilities; and the perception of many people with disabilities that they lack access to the networks that facilitate entry to leadership positions. Click any of the links above to learn more about our program.

Want to learn more about how to get involved and support people with disabilities? Check out this Microsoft blog post written by Shelley Stern Grach from our Executive Committee.

Special thanks to our contributors and partners: lead supporter The Chicago Community Trust, legacy supporter Exelon, and contributors BMO Harris Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Microsoft, and Hyatt Hotels Foundation.

Meet Our Members

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ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is thrilled to report a significant increase in membership in its first year. A new class of Fellows was officially announced at the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit on October 21st, 2016. The summit was hosted by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. In 2017, 16 new emerging leaders with disabilities will participate in our program's second Leadership Institute retreat. An additional 19 Members were invited to join the Members Network in 2016. For the complete list of program Fellows and Members visit the Members page.

Leaders In Action

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We are excied to highlight the impact being made by our Fellows. For information on their activities and connections visit the Civic Connections page. Members Becky Brasfield and Bridget Evans, both from the Inaugural class, are featured.