All tasks are opportunities to prove your value.
In this month’s Lessons From The Road, we had the pleasure of catching up with Mike MacKay who is the Chief of Staff for Lime Connect partner Bloomberg's Chief Operating Officer. He is also a Lime Connect Board Member. In his 14 years at Bloomberg, Mike has held positions in the company’s Global Data group in New Jersey, Hong Kong and New York. Mike is involved in various non-profit activities through the company's “Best of Bloomberg” program and served as a mentor for Year Up. He also serves as a Career Adviser, mentoring Bloomberg employees.
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...
So you've just completed the recruiting process for a summer internship or other full-time position. You researched many companies, sent out tons of resumes, prepared and practiced for interviews, attended networking events, made lots of informational phone calls. You even sacrificed other school and social activities so you could stay focused. It was a pretty rigorous and time-consuming process. And, hopefully you've landed or will soon land a great summer internship.
In recent posts I've discussed the importance of understanding and owning how the compensatory strategies that you develop as a person with a disability can turn into unique strengths that contribute to success. It seems that some leaders in the dyslexia community embrace this idea. Over recent years, they have put forth "evidence" that, in fact, dyslexia is a unique gift and is the defining reason behind success for certain people, especially...
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.