Recruitment Media Toolkit

Help spread the word!

Applications are OPEN for the 2018 Leadership Institute! You can help recruit and nominate emerging leaders with disabilities using the suggestions below:

  • Use the following recruitment outreach letter to send to any contacts you think would be a great candidate for our program.
  • Share information about ADA 25 Advancing Leadership social media with your networks. ADA 25 Advancing Leadership posts at least once a day Monday – Friday. See below for our social media handles.
  • Build on our efforts by posting and/or sharing our posts weekly for the next 3 months.
  • Check out the guidelines in this toolkit to make your social media as accessible as possible.
  • Have individual conversations and outreach to individuals you think are a great fit
  • Consider being a nominator OR apply if you think this is the right program for you.
  • Like, follow, and subscribe to ADA 25 Advancing Leadership on social media to see and share our posts. We’ll return the favor!

Thank you in advance for your commitment to keep advancing together! You can download the Word and PDF version of the toolkit here: Word version, PDF version.

Important Dates and Info:

FINAL Deadline: October 31st

For more information on applicant criteria, click here. For more information on the 2018 Fellows commitment, click here. For more information about the application process, click here.

Media Handles:

Facebook: @ADA25AdvancingLeadership

LinkedIn: @ADA25AdvancingLeadership

Twitter: @ADA25AdvLeaders

Hashtags:

Primary: #KeepADvAncingTogether

Secondary: #ADALeaders

Accessibility Best Practices:

To assist our partners in ensuring that their social media is as accessible as possible, our friends at The Chicago Community Trust have compiled information on how to make your social media more inclusive. Below are three quick tips. See the full article for more information. Also, feel free to check out our social media channels for guidance on how to post accessible content.

  • Include closed captions on all your videos.
  • Use CamelCase for hashtags.
  • Provide image descriptions.

Additionally, you can learn more about how to ensure accessibility from an organizational perspective by reading the full Renewing the Commitment: An ADA Compliance Guide for Nonprofits here. The summary can be found here.

Sample Social Media Posts:

The following is suggested language for communications. Please feel free to combine this language with any of the downloadable content included in the toolkit.

Facebook:

  • Do you want to be an Advancing Leadership Fellow? Or do you know of someone who should be a Fellow? Applications are OPEN for the 2018 Leadership Institute! Go to bit.ly/AdvancingLeadershipApp for more info. Final deadline is October 31st. Share this post to spread the word! #KeepADvAncingTogether
  • Are you a person with a disability who wants to help make our region a better place by becoming more civically engaged? Applications are OPEN for the 2018 Leadership Institute! Go to bit.ly/AdvancingLeadershipApp for more info. Final deadline is October 31st. Share this post to spread the word! #KeepADvAncingTogether
  • Do you have a vision for how to change the Chicago region and make your voice heard? Applications are OPEN for the 2018 Leadership Institute! Go to bit.ly/AdvancingLeadershipApp for more info. Final deadline is October 31st. Share this post to spread the word! #KeepADvAncingTogether
  • Do you want to develop your leadership skills? Applications are OPEN for the 2018 Leadership Institute! Go to bit.ly/AdvancingLeadershipApp for more info. Final deadline is October 31st. Share this post to spread the word! #KeepADvAncingTogether
  • Do you want to build the pipeline of leaders with disabilities in the Chicago region? Applications are OPEN for the 2018 Leadership Institute! Go to bit.ly/AdvancingLeadershipApp for more info. Final deadline is October 31st. Share this post to spread the word! #KeepADvAncingTogether

LinkedIn:

  • Applications are open for the 2018 Leadership Institute! If you’re an emerging leader with a disability who wants to become more engaged in the Chicago region, please consider applying to this unique program. Final deadline is October 31st. More information here: bit.ly/AdvancingLeadershipApp
  • Are you a person with a disability who wants to help make our region a better place by becoming more civically engaged? Apply today to the 2018 Leadership Institute by clicking here: bit.ly/AdvancingLeadershipApp Final deadline is October 31st.
  • Do you have a vision for how to change the Chicago region and make your voice heard? Learn more about this unique leadership development program designed specifically for people with disabilities: bit.ly/AdvancingLeadershipApp Final deadline is October 31st.
  • Do you want to develop your leadership skills? Apply today to the 2018 Leadership Institute, the only leadership developed program designed specifically for emerging leaders with disabilities: bit.ly/AdvancingLeadershipApp Final deadline is October 31st.
  • Do you want to build the pipeline of leaders with disabilities in the Chicago region? Or know someone who would? Click here to learn more and apply to the 2018 Leadership Institute: bit.ly/AdvancingLeadershipApp. Final deadline is October 31st. Feel free to share with your networks!

Twitter:

Downloads:

The following are image downloads to be used to supplement communication efforts along with the image descriptions. We encourage you to use these image descriptions alongside the images when posting to social media or when disseminating information amongst your own networks for accessibility.

One pager (accessible)

Recruitment flyer (accessible)

Logo with tagline
Image description: ADA 25 Advancing Leadership logo with the tagline “Greater Together”. ADA is bolded and written in purple while the 25 and “A”, “D”, “A” in advancing are bolded and written in pink. In between the words greater and together in the tagline is a greater than symbol.

Logo without tagline
Image description: ADA 25 Advancing Leadership logo. ADA is bolded and written in purple while the 25 and “A”, “D”, “A” in advancing are bolded and written in pink.

Facebook cover
Image description: Chevron banner with a white text box over it with the words, “Applications for the 2018 Leadership Institute are OPEN! Go to ada25chicago.org.” inside. On the left is a photo of 2017 Fellow Kim Brown pointing towards the text box.

Twitter header
Image description: Chevron banner with a white text box over it with the words, “Applications for the 2018 Leadership Institute are OPEN! Go to ada25chicago.org.” inside. On the left is a photo of 2017 Fellow Janie Mejias laughing and holding a microphone.

Social media photo 1
Image description: Photo of 2017 Fellow, Risa Rifkind, laughing during the Leadership Institute retreat. There is a quote overlaid on the right of the image that says, “There was so much love, hope, & activism in the room. It made me think that together, we actually can!” The ADA 25 logo is in the left-hand corner.

Social media photo 2
Image description: Photo of 2017 Fellows, Chaitanya Manchanda and Maggie Sugrue, laughing together during the Leadership Institute retreat. There is a quote overlaid on the right of the image that says, “Uniquely empowering in a way that is absolutely critical to developing as a leader with a disability” The ADA 25 logo is in the left-hand corner. At the bottom of the photo, there is text that says, “Applications are open! Go to ada25chicago.org.”

Social media photo 3
Image description: Photo of Inaugural Fellow, Sam Knight, talking to the incoming Fellows class during the Leadership Institute retreat. There is a quote overlaid on the right of the image that says, “Be part of “a new generation of leaders who are passionate, capable, & connected to creating real change in Chicago.” The ADA 25 logo is in the left-hand corner. At the bottom of the photo, there is text that says, “Go to: bit.ly/AdvancingLeadershipApp”.

Email signature
Image description: Chevron banner with a white text box over it with the words, “Applications for the 2018 Leadership Institute are OPEN! bit.ly/AdvancingLeadershipApp”.

Selected Testimonials:

“I had hoped to serve on the Pace ADA Advisory Board for years, but it was becoming a member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership that made it happen. Since joining, I‘ve brought critical issues to the attention of the Pace board that relate to the clients, drivers, and overall program operation. I’m grateful and excited for this opportunity to lead and serve.” – Francine Bell, Member

“The Red Theater company initially reached out to me after hearing about the 2017 Advancing Leadership Fellows announcement as part of their ongoing efforts to bring more people with disabilities onto their board, staff, and productions. In January, I joined as a board member. Stepping into this role gave me the opportunity to use what I learned to create fundraising events that are mindfully accessible and able to be enjoyed by everyone.” – Caity-Shea Violette, 2017 Fellow

“I am proud to be a mentor and board member of Advancing Leadership and have the opportunity to mentor 2017 Fellow Michele Lee of Aon to support her interests and the civic leadership plans she developed at this year’s Fellows retreat. For more, please see my blog post, http://bit.ly/2mzasyC.” – Shelley Stern Grach, Director, Civic Engagement Chicago, Microsoft

“[ADA 25 Advancing Leadership] is an incredible and game-changing experience for any aspiring civic leader; the fact that it is specifically designed for people with disabilities is the most active and effective inclusion effort I’ve encountered.” – Leadership Institute 2017 Fellow

“The [Leadership Institute] was uniquely empowering in a way that is absolutely critical to developing as a leader with a disability. The support from other fellows and alumni gave me a strong sense of belonging and acceptance. The professional connections are truly invaluable, and the personal journeys of leaders on panels was inspiring and affirming.” – Leadership Institute 2017 Fellow

Organization Profile:

Name: ADA 25 Advancing Leadership

Abbreviated Name: Advancing Leadership or ADA25AL

Mission: To build a pipeline and network of leaders with disabilities who are deeply engaged in the civic life of the Chicago region and advancing in their careers — consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Vision: People with disabilities will lead with power and influence for full participation and equal opportunity.

A long box with a multi-colored chevron background with three white boxes inside. This first box has the text “75 leaders in Members Network” with an image of a pink circular web. The second box has the text “51 civic and professional advancements” with an image of three purple connected dots. The third box has the text “60 speaking and leadership opportunities” with an image of a gray microphone.

For more on the background and history of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, click here.

Contact:

Robin Burnett
Program Manager
rburnett@cct.org
312-616-8000 ext 262

Address:
ADA 25 Advancing Leadership
c/o The Chicago Community Trust
225 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 2200
Chicago, Illinois 60601