Shadowing for Leadership Development

Job shadowing an executive for an entire day is something I had never tried before in my career development journey. However, my supervisor encouraged me to be bold and try. Fortunately, Andrew Imperato, Executive Director at Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) whom she recommended agreed to let me shadow him for a day.

Andy is a respected voice on programs, policy and inclusion practices, which support people with disabilities, in the United States. On the day, I had the opportunity to attend meetings, observe leadership skills first-hand, and to network with his team at AUCD. I came away with a sincere appreciation for the complexities of a leadership role and insights that will be valuable as I continue my career.

BroadFutures Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month #NDEAM

BroadFutures, my host organization, is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month “NDEAM,” an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

We strongly believe that inclusion drives innovation and see the evidence of it every day in our work. BroadFutures is revolutionizing the way young adults with learning disabilities enter the workforce through our holistic training, mentoring and paid internship program.  We believe in the inherent potential of the young people that we serve.

3 Months On – My Journey At BroadFutures!

Interns with BroadFutures Staff

Friday the 14th of April marked my three months’ anniversary in the United States. Coincidentally, it also marked the end of the BroadFutures winter program. Participants had gone through three months of holistic training, mentorship and transitional work experiences. It was a day of celebration, parents and employers joined the staff at Broadfutures to congratulate the program participants on their success. Personally, it was also a special day because as a mentor to some of the program participants who were celebrating the successful completion of the program, I felt a sense of accomplishment and joy for having contributed to their journey in the program. Going through my first program provided insights on the impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities during their transitions. It also helped me identify areas where I could contribute to the program as BroadFutures prepares for scaling up the model.

Fellow Brown Bag Presentation

Blog picBrown Bag Presentation: One of the many traditions at Atlas Corps Inc. Within the first month of joining Atlas Corps, fellows are expected to work with their supervisors to schedule to get everyone in the office together. It’s a great way for fellows to introduce themselves and their backgrounds to colleagues. Well, over coffee this morning I got to do my brown bag presentation. My supervisor exceeded expectation and extended the invite beyond our team at BroadFutures.