Recruitment Toolkit

Help spread the word!

As a current Member, Fellow, or friend, you can help recruit and nominate new leaders with disabilities using the suggestions below:

  • 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!

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.

Fellow Recruitment

Social Media Content:

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:

  • ADA 25 Advancing Leadership seeks positive disruptors for their 2021 Leadership Institute, a one-of-a-kind fellowship program for individuals with disabilities who want to explore their leadership skills. If you’re a person with a visible, invisible, or acquired disability in the Chicago region who wants to shape a more inclusive, just, and equitable society, apply to be a 2021 Fellow today! ada25chicago.org/apply #DisabilityPowerInfluence #AdvancingLeadership
  • Ready to leave 2020 behind? ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is now accepting applications for their 2021 Leadership Institute, a one-of-a-kind fellowship program for individuals with disabilities who want to explore their leadership skills. Apply to be a 2021 Fellow today! ada25chicago.org/apply #DisabilityPowerInfluence #AdvancingLeadership
  • Are you ready to lead? A fellowship at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership’s one-of-a-kind Leadership Institute provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to explore their leadership skills. Apply to be a 2021 Leadership Institute Fellow today! ada25chicago.org/apply #DisabilityPowerInfluence #AdvancingLeadership

LinkedIn:

  • ADA 25 Advancing Leadership seeks positive disruptors for their 2021 Leadership Institute, a one-of-a-kind fellowship program for individuals with disabilities who want to explore their leadership skills. If you’re a person with a visible, invisible, or acquired disability in the Chicago region who wants to shape a more inclusive, just, and equitable society, apply to be a 2021 Fellow today! ada25chicago.org/apply #DisabilityPowerInfluence #AdvancingLeadership
  • Ready to leave 2020 behind? ADA 25 Advancing Leadership is now accepting applications for their 2021 Leadership Institute, a one-of-a-kind fellowship program for individuals with disabilities who want to explore their leadership skills. Apply to be a 2021 Fellow today! ada25chicago.org/apply #DisabilityPowerInfluence #AdvancingLeadership
  • Are you ready to lead? A fellowship at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership’s one-of-a-kind Leadership Institute provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to explore their leadership skills. Apply to be a 2021 Leadership Institute Fellow today! ada25chicago.org/apply #DisabilityPowerInfluence #AdvancingLeadership

Twitter:

  • @ADA25AdvLeaders seeks positive disruptors for their 2021 Leadership Institute, a one-of-a-kind fellowship program for individuals with disabilities. Apply to be a Fellow today! ada25chicago.org/apply #DisabilityPowerInfluence #AdvancingLeadership
  • Ready to leave 2020 behind? @ADA25AdvLeaders is now accepting applications for their 2021 Leadership Institute, a fellowship program for individuals with disabilities. Apply to be a Fellow today! ada25chicago.org/apply #DisabilityPowerInfluence #AdvancingLeadership
  • Are you ready to lead? If you’re a person with a disability in the Chicago region with a passion for civic engagement, apply to be a Fellow for @ADA25AdvLeaders 2021 Leadership Institute today! ada25chicago.org/apply #DisabilityPowerInfluence #AdvancingLeadership

Social Media Images:

Save these images to your computer and upload to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Please add the provided image descriptions.

  • How to add image descriptions on Twitter
  • How to add image descriptions on Facebook
  • How to add image descriptions on LinkedIn

    Note: As LinkedIn only allows 120 characters for their in-photo image description tool, consider putting image descriptions in the body of your post (or in the comments) in brackets. Example: [Image description: Background: sky blue. Center: a graphic of a yellow sun. Along the bottom in large white font: Walking on sunshine.]

Image description:

Background: dark purple framed with a dotted orange border. Top left corner: Advancing Leadership logo. Center left: a large orange u-turn arrow pointing left, wrapping around the small orange phrase: Leave 2020 behind. Center right, in large pink block letters, all caps: The 2021 Leadership Institute. Directly below in light pink block letters: Applications now open! Below in small white letters: www.ada25chicago.org/apply.


Image description:

Background: dark purple. Left half of graphic: a large sideways rainbow of three wide arches of purple, pink, and orange. The Advancing Leadership logo in white sits in bottom left corner. Right half of graphic contains the phrase: Are you ready to lead? in large orange block letters. Below that in smaller white letters: The 2021 Leadership Institute. Below that in even smaller white letters: Applications now open! www.ADA25Chicago.org/apply


A dark purple background with the phrase in big white block letters: Are you the positive disruptor we're looking for? Positive disruptor highlighted in orange font and has rays shooting out the last letter in various colors. Below in white font against a dark pink ribbon: The 2021 Leadership Institute. Applications now open. Application link.

Image description:

Background: dark purple. Upper center: in large block letters: (white) Are you the (orange) positive disruptor (white) we're looking for? The final R in disruptor has rays of various colors shooting out of it—very laser light show esque. Along the bottom is a dark pink banner with the Advancing Leadership logo in its bottom left corner. Inside, in medium white font: The 2021 Leadership Institute. www.ada25chicago.org/apply

Member Recruitment

Outreach:

Use the following recruitment outreach letter to send to any contacts you think would be a great candidate for our program.

Social Media Content:

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 belief into a movement. Become a Member at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership and gain access to opportunities for roles that lead with power and influence. Apply today. ada25chicago.org/apply
  • We believe people with disabilities are ready to lead the conversation. Become a Member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership and gain access to opportunities that amplify your voice. Apply today. 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. Apply today. 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. Apply today. 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. Apply today. ada25chicago.org/apply

LinkedIn:

  • We believe people with disabilities are ready to step into their own power. The time has come to transform that belief into a movement. Become a Member at ADA 25 Advancing Leadership and gain access to opportunities for roles that lead with power and influence. Apply today. ada25chicago.org/apply
  • We believe people with disabilities are ready to lead the conversation. Become a Member of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership and gain access to opportunities that amplify your voice. Apply today. 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. Apply today. 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. Apply today. 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. Apply today. 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:

Feel free to use the following testimonials from current Members in your outreach.
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. Advancing Leadership programs serve to foster diversity of perspective and inclusion in various arenas within society. As a Member, Advancing Leadership 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

Social Media Images:

Save these images to your computer and upload to Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Please add the provided image descriptions.

  • How to add image descriptions on Twitter
  • How to add image descriptions on Facebook
  • How to add image descriptions on LinkedIn

    Note: As LinkedIn only allows 120 characters for their in-photo image description tool, consider putting image descriptions in the body of your post (or in the comments) in brackets. Example: [Image description: Background: sky blue. Center: a graphic of a yellow sun. Along the bottom in large white font: Walking on sunshine.]

Purple background with a silhouette of a diverse group including a user of a wheelchair and a user of a walking cane. Are You Ready to Lead? in dark purple letters

Image description:

Lilac purple background with a silhouette of a diverse group including a user of a wheelchair and a user of a walking cane. Are You Ready to Lead? in white letters. The Advancing Leadership logo, in gray, is in the bottom right corner.


Pink, purple, orange chevron background with Are You Ready to Lead? in white block letters

Image description:

Pink, purple, orange chevron background with Are You Ready to Lead? in white block letters. The Advancing Leadership logo, black in a white rounded square, is in the bottom right corner


Lilac background with—Are You Ready—in dark pink letters and—To Lead?—in white block letters

Image description:

Lilac purple background with—Are you ready—in dark pink letters and—to lead?—in white block letters. The Advancing Leadership logo, mostly gray with a hint of pink and purple, is in the bottom left corner. The top left corner and bottom right corner are adorned with thin diagonal pink and dark purple stripes.