Last Fall, the AccessAbility Employee Resource Network (ERN) group hosted a Disability Summit, focused on, “Working Beyond Barriers: Leveraging Inclusion to Drive Behavior & Cultural Change.” The Summit brought together various Biogen leaders, employees and external individuals from local companies in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina to share best practices, thought-partner and create a blueprint for engaging with hiring managers to increase employment for people with disabilities.
“The Summit was an opportunity to share best practices with companies in the area,” said Eugene Lofton, senior learning associate in the Pharmaceutical Operations & Technology (PO&T) learning department and co-global lead for the AccessAbility Network. “It’s very important for companies to hire people with disabilities because that’s a talented group that’s being left out. There are so many talented people who want to work and we have the opportunity at Biogen to employ them.”
The speakers for the day included John Register, professional speaker and motivator, Danielle Zielonka, SAS, Neurodiversity Internship Program, and Beth Butler, JD and Executive Director at Disability:IN North Carolina. The speakers shared insights and recommendations for identifying opportunities for disability inclusion in the workplace and reinforced the message that companies who concentrate on disability inclusion have 28 percent higher revenue and 30 percent better performance on economic profit margins.
The AccessAbility network is the network for employees with disabilities, those who are caretakers of individuals with a disability and their allies. The network’s mission is to foster a culture of awareness, advocacy and inclusion to empower employees with disabilities and care partners to bring their best selves to work in order to make the biggest impact for those we serve. The network focuses on building disability awareness and creating timely resources for employees with a disability, as well as providing resources for employees who are caregivers. The network has two chapters: one for Alzheimer’s disease and one for multiple sclerosis.
Learn more about AccessAbility and Biogen’s other Employee Resource Networks and our commitment to being an Equal Opportunity Employer at the Diversity & Inclusion page.