Our 2017 Fellows have been selected!

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership will announce the 2017 Fellows Class at Chicagoland Business Leadership Network’s Disability Inclusion Opportunity Summit on October 21st hosted by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois.

We will announce our 18 emerging leaders with disabilities who were selected to participate in the Leadership Institute retreat in January and March of 2017. In addition we will soon announce additional new Members. Please find the full list of our Inaugural Fellows and Members here and check this Members page often to see our growing network of leaders with disabilities.

Special thanks to our contributors and partners: The Chicago Community Trust, Exelon, BMO Harris, BCBSIL, Deloitte, Hyatt, and to all those who nominated a great upcoming class of emerging leaders.

ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Video

This video uses closed-captions only. An Audio Described version can be accessed by clicking here.

Applications for The Leadership Retreat Are Now Closed

Thank you for your interest in the next leadership retreat to be held in early 2017. Applications are now closed, but please stay tuned for more information on the retreat details, the next class of Fellows, and other ways to become involved.

Leaders In Action!

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We are thrilled to highlight some of our inaugural Fellows who are already creating an impact! Tanya Friese and Jose Mendez have partnered with The Center on Halsted to host an On The Table conversation on May 10th on disability and the LGBTQ community. For more information, click here.

Also of note are the new civic positions and ongoing work our Members are doing to advance disability, inclusion and leadership in Chicago. An example of new roles include: Kaney O'Neill's appointment to the Open Communities board, Stephanie Anderson's new position as Assistant Principal of Vaughn Occupational High School. Sam Knight and Clark Craig have joined Work Groups for the Illinois Department of Human Rights on housing issues, and Kevin Knabe is working on a partnership with DeafTEC, to introduce deaf students to STEM careers.

We are proud to introduce: ADA 25 Advancing Leadership!

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ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is the first of initiative 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:

  • Competitively selected Members
  • An annual leadership institute
  • Civic Connections project

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.

Civic Connections

The Civic Connections project works to actively connect ADA 25 Advancing Leadership members with opportunities for civic leadership throughout the Chicago region. The connections provide members with multiple avenues for activating service and leadership, reflecting the diversity of the region. Click here for more information.