Applications are now CLOSED for the 2019 Leadership Institute!
Welcome 2018 Fellows!
On December 7th, 2017, Helene Gayle, CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, announced the 2018 ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Fellows class alongside Karen Tamley, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and Co-Chair of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership.
“When a society is able to recognize its talents, then that society is able to be vibrant.” – Helene Gayle, CEO of The Chicago Community Trust
The 20 competitively selected emerging leaders with disabilities will participate in a first of its kind in the nation year-long Leadership Institute. See all of our members on the Advancing Leadership Members webpage.
"We welcome the 20 outstanding 2018 Fellows to our network and know this diverse group holds great promise for the future of the Chicago region. In ADA 25 Advancing Leadership's third year, we are delighted to see the level of talent, expertise, and passion by all of our Fellows who will push to accomplish our vision that people with disabilities will lead with power and influence for full participation and equal opportunity..." Click here to read the full blog post by Emily Harris
ADA 25 Advancing Leadership
Disability is a natural part of the human experience and more than 56 million Americans have disabilities. Yet, people with disabilities have the highest unemployment and poverty rates in the nation. We are guided by the equal opportunity principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that pointed to a future where people with disabilities fully participate in American society. Changing the paradigm means including people with disabilities in leadership
- and it starts in Chicago.
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:
Meet Our Members
Over the last two years, ADA 25 Advancing Leadership has seen huge growth. In this blog post, Executive Director, Emily Harris, highlights the impressive evolution of this one of a kind program. Be sure to continue to check back in the coming weeks for new updates to the Leadership Institute, the Members Network, and the Civic Connections Project.
Special thanks to our contributors and partners: lead supporter The Chicago Community Trust, legacy supporter Exelon, and contributors BMO Harris Bank, The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Allstate, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Hyatt Hotels Foundation, and Microsoft.
More than 1 in 10 People in Illinois have some kind of disability
What will YOU do to help make the Chicago region the most inclusive in the nation?
- Increase Civic Engagement of People with Disabilities: Encourage emerging leaders with disabilities in your network to apply to ADA 25 Advancing Leadership.
- Advance Employment: Employers can join the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network to make disability inclusion a competitive advantage.
- Expand Access: Cultural organizations can join the Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium to help make exhibits, events and performances accessible to all. To attend an event, visit CCAC’s calendar page.
- Self-Evaluate: Download The Chicago Community Trust’s “Renewing the Commitment” guide to help your organization become more accessible and inclusive.