Recruitment Toolkit

Help spread the word!

Applications are OPEN for Membership to Advancing Leadership in 2020! As a current Member, you can help recruit and nominate new 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. See below for our social media handles.
  • Build on our efforts by posting and/or sharing our posts weekly.
  • Check out the guidelines in this toolkit to make your social media as accessible as possible.
  • Have individual conversations and reach out to individuals you think are a great fit.
  • Consider being a nominator and encourage your contacts to apply.
  • 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 grow Advancing Leadership’s membership!

Important Dates and Info:

  • First deadline:
    Interested in joining a nonprofit board?
    Advancing Leadership is proud to offer BoardLead, a competitive match making program to join a nonprofit board supported by training, to all Members. To be considered in the BoardLead 2020 cohort submit your application by April 20, 2020.

    You will also have to attend a virtual information session on April 23, 12-1:30 pm. See BoardLead flyer here for more information.

  • Final deadline:
    Interested in or already holding leadership positions in your community, at work, or in the public sector?
    Submit your application by June 5, 2020.

Media Handles:

Facebook: @ADA25AdvancingLeadership

LinkedIn: @ADA25AdvancingLeadership

Twitter: @ADA25AdvLeaders

Hashtags:

Primary: #DisabilityPowerInfluence

Secondary: #AdvancingLeadership

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:

  • We believe people with disabilities are ready to step into their own power. The time has come to transform that sentiment into a movement. Become a Member at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership to gain access to opportunities to lead with power and influence. Interested in joining a nonprofit board? Apply by April 20th! Currently engaged in leadership, but want access to all other Member benefits? Apply by June 5th! ada25chicago.org/apply
  • We believe people with disabilities are ready to lead the conversation. Become a Member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership to gain access to opportunities that amplify your voice. Interested in joining a nonprofit board? Apply by April 20th! Currently engaged in leadership, but want access to all other Member benefits? Apply by June 5th! ada25chicago.org/apply
  • Are you a person with a disability who’s ready to take your leadership to the next level? Become a Member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership to elevate your power and influence. Interested in joining a nonprofit board? Apply by April 20th! Currently engaged in leadership, but want access to all other Member benefits? Apply by June 5th! ada25chicago.org/apply
  • We believe people with disabilities are ready to lead. Become a Member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership to join a powerful network of leaders and mentors with disabilities, gain access to civic engagement opportunities, and so much more. Interested in joining a nonprofit board? Apply by April 20th! Currently engaged in leadership, but want access to all other Member benefits? Apply by June 5th! ada25chicago.org/apply
  • ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is now accepting Member applications! If you’re a person with a disability in the Chicago region with a passion for civic engagement, please consider joining our network of positive disruptors who are working to shape a more inclusive, just, and equitable society. Interested in joining a nonprofit board? Apply by April 20th! Currently engaged in leadership, but want access to all other Member benefits? Apply by June 5th! ada25chicago.org/apply

LinkedIn:

  • We believe people with disabilities are ready to step into their own power. The time has come to transform that sentiment into a movement. Become a Member at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership to gain access to opportunities to lead with power and influence. Interested in joining a nonprofit board? Apply by April 20th! Currently engaged in leadership, but want access to all other Member benefits? Apply by June 5th! ada25chicago.org/apply
  • We believe people with disabilities are ready to lead the conversation. Become a Member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership to gain access to opportunities that amplify your voice. Interested in joining a nonprofit board? Apply by April 20th! Currently engaged in leadership, but want access to all other Member benefits? Apply by June 5th! ada25chicago.org/apply
  • Are you a person with a disability who’s ready to take your leadership to the next level? Become a Member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership to elevate your power and influence. Interested in joining a nonprofit board? Apply by April 20th! Currently engaged in leadership, but want access to all other Member benefits? Apply by June 5th! ada25chicago.org/apply
  • We believe people with disabilities are ready to lead. Become a Member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership to join a powerful network of leaders and mentors with disabilities, gain access to civic engagement opportunities, and so much more. Interested in joining a nonprofit board? Apply by April 20th! Currently engaged in leadership, but want access to all other Member benefits? Apply by June 5th! ada25chicago.org/apply
  • ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is now accepting Member applications! If you’re a person with a disability in the Chicago region with a passion for civic engagement, please consider joining our network of positive disruptors who are working to shape a more inclusive, just, and equitable society. Interested in joining a nonprofit board? Apply by April 20th! Currently engaged in leadership, but want access to all other Member benefits? Apply by June 5th! ada25chicago.org/apply

Twitter:

  • Are you a person with a disability who’s ready to lead with power and influence? Become a Member at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership! Applications now open: ada25chicago.org/apply #AreYouReadyToLead
  • Are you person with a disability who’s ready to lead your community? Become a Member at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership! Applications now open: ada25chicago.org/apply #AreYouReadyToLead
  • Are you a person with a disability who’s ready to lead the conversation? Become a Member at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership! Applications now open: ada25chicago.org/apply #AreYouReadyToLead
  • Are you a person with a disability who’s ready to lead the change? Become a Member at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership! Applications now open: ada25chicago.org/apply #AreYouReadyToLead
  • Are you a person with a disability who’s ready to elevate your leadership? Become a Member at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership! Applications now open: ada25chicago.org/apply #AreYouReadyToLead

Testimonials from Members:

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

I have served in leadership in my community for many years, but by becoming a member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, I’ve had the opportunity to share my expertise and experience outside my community as well. Advancing Leadership connected me with BoardLead, which placed me on the board of an organization that values a truly inclusive board. Over the last 30 years of my leadership, I have been distinctly aware of the lack of disabled representation in leadership, so I applaud Advancing Leadership and BoardLead for providing opportunities for strong leaders with disabilities to participate at the tables of power and influence. – Michelle Friedman, Member

What I’ve learned—and continue to learn—with ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, I use every day in my new role as President of Strategy for Access, a non-profit that produces short documentary subjects and provides resources for the disability community. We do this because our lives matter just as much as those without disabilities. I look forward to joining one of the local government’s advisory councils with my 30 years of experience as a licensed environmental engineer and community activist. – Vanessa Harris, Member

Being a member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership has provided me with greater breadth and depth of knowledge related to the disability community. ADA 25 programs serve to foster diversity of perspective and inclusion in various arenas within society. As a member, ADA 25 has offered the requisite opportunities to expand participation in professional and personal experiences of interest. The networking opportunities and resources provided have stimulated further desire to expand my reach and become an agent of change in the community. ADA 25 Advancing Leadership has served as an invaluable resource and continues to act as an essential partner in my endeavors. – Benjamin Salentine, Member

Advancing Leadership’s Members Network is one of the region’s biggest untapped resources—our members have expertise in many diverse areas and are willing to support and help one another. I am so fortunate to be a part of this network—I learn so much from the different leaders that I meet, who in turn help me to continue to advance my own leadership and awareness. I love attending member events and seeing fellow members who work in all different areas across our region. I’m always learning something new and meeting new people within this important network, many of whom have become mentors who have pushed and supported me in my own leadership development. Thanks for all that you do, ADA 25 Advancing Leadership! – Rachel Arfa, Member