Meet Shantha Rau Barriga, a Lime Connect Founding Board member, as she shares some advice on career, leadership and disability.
"Be a positive example for overcoming challenges & building success."
Shantha, thank you for your dedication to Lime Connect. Can you tell us a bit about your career journey? My pleasure. I am the Director of Disability Rights at Human Rights Watch. I graduated from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the University of Michigan. I came into this field by...
This month we bring you some Lessons From The Road from a leader at our Canadian partner, IBM. David Best is an Advisory IT Specialist and Accessibility Consultant in IBM Canada's Global Business Services division. He is also the Co-Chair of their People Enablement Network Group, which is a Business Resource group for IBM's employees with disabilities...
Today, in Lessons From the Road, we hear from Tom Wilson, Chairman of Lime Connect’s Global Board of Directors. Tom has been closely engaged with Lime Connect with from the beginning. As Global Head of Talent Sourcing and Recruiting at Merrill Lynch, Tom led the firm’s decision to become a founding Lime partner. Since then, Tom has played an active role not only in defining and driving the Lime mission, but also in providing guidance and insight to students as they begin to navigate their careers. Today, Tom is head of Talent Acquisition for OppenheimerFunds, Inc..
In this month's Lessons From The Road we hear from Jack Chen. He is an engineer turned patent attorney working at Google and a Lime Connect Board Member.
"Do what the world tells you you can't do." Thirteen years ago, on a wind swept, spring day, I had the honor of delivering this precise message to the graduates of the College Of Engineering at U.C. Berkeley. The sentiment, at the same time that it was an encouragement to my fellow graduates to surmount the challenges that they would undoubtedly face once they left the pristine order of school life, honed, in one fine point, my life's own battle cry.
In middle school, a special education teacher tried to convince me...
(Photo: Jack competing in the 2012 NYC Ironman Triathlon)
In Lessons From the Road we hear from folks who exemplify personal and professional leadership. Folks who want to share their advice with you, the Lime Connect community.
In this month's Lessons From the Road we hear from Nate Walcker who is a Director on Lime Connect's Board.
Nate, tell us about your background and what inspires you:
I am originally from Minnesota. I am a small town kid who went off to the big city for College. I graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a BA in Economics and I've spent the past 3 years working on Wall Street. A fun fact about me is that I was once a backup dancer in a Super Bowl Commercial –who says big men can’t dance!?! I am inspired everyday by
Welcome to Lessons From The Road, our monthly blog section bringing you advice, ideas and perspectives from leaders who happen to have disabilities.
Pete Denman; A design leader's perspective on perspectives
We recently held our annual Lime Connect Fellowship Program Leadership Symposium for our new incoming class of Fellows representing a variety of top U.S. universities. The Fellows attended workshops focused on career, professional and leadership development. One of the most rewarding parts of the Symposium, for many Fellows, was the time spent discussing the positive shift they would like to see around perceptions of disability in the working world and the leadership role they each want to play in that shift. The Fellows started to realize that this positive shift starts with the perspective they each hold around their own disability and how they interact with the world from that place. They started to realize how important it is to them to take a stand for the unique abilities, strengths and opportunities that come from being a person with a disability.
One moment that inspired our deeper dive into the topic on personal perspectives was Pete Denman's keynote speech at our awards dinner with our corporate partners. Pete is a very talented Senior User Experience Designer at Intel Corporation and is someone with both an obvious disability (C4-5 Quadriplegic) and non-obvious disability (dyslexic). Through his very real and humorous story, he introduced the idea that it can be not only liberating to talk about your disability with others, but also a confidence-building and, ultimately, career-enhancing move.
Read Pete's speech from the Symposium. Enjoy and please comment on your reaction and what you personally take away from his words.