Bringing Your Whole Self to Work: Embracing Visible & Invisible Disabilities
Prioritize Disability Inclusion at your Organization
One in four adults in the United States has a disability*, but many hide it from their employers or are simply passed over for jobs and opportunities because of discrimination or a company’s inability to identify and accommodate needs. As more companies focus on creating an inclusive work environment it’s essential that disability not be left out of the conversation.
Gray Scalable and Understood partnered to host a panel discussion on what it’s like to come to work with a disability, how to lead a disability-inclusive team, and the key ways to prioritize and be proactive about creating a more thoughtful, equitable, and rewarding company culture for all of your employees.
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Meet the Panelists
Yvonne Cowser Yancy
Yvonne Cowser Yancy leads the people, finance, legal, and administration teams for Understood. She brings more than 20 years of experience supporting diverse professionals across multiple industries to her role as Chief Human Resources Officer.
Yvonne co-leads Understood’s “Embrace Difference” internal working group, which helps empower diverse communities and perspectives. She enjoys volunteering in her community, mentoring professionals seeking careers in HR, and is an active member of SHRM.
Senior Program Manager, Understood
As a senior program manager with Understood, Claire Odom is a mission-driven disability inclusion advocate and has more than a decade of experience in creating inclusive workplaces. She started her career as a job coach and developer, working closely with job seekers and employment partners to create lasting employment outcomes for people with significant intellectual disabilities. After earning a M.S in social work from Columbia University, Claire joined the Understood team in 2018 to develop and oversee Understood’s workplace and Inclusive Career Cohort.
President, The Bazaar, Inc.
As president of The Bazaar, Inc. Brad Nardick remains interested in building “purposeful work” into his family-run business and continues to grow his 60-year-old company through effective leadership, processes and technological innovation. He initiated The Bazaar Inc.’s disability inclusion program which focuses on providing meaningful work for people with disabilities. His commitment to providing employment to underserved populations including veterans and those with physical disabilities or mental illness still impacts his community in a positive way.
Head of Product Design, Etsy
Christina Goldschmidt is an award-winning design leader who is known for transforming product design teams to work at enterprise scale while fostering cultures that drive both business and social impact. Before joining Etsy as Head of Product Design, Christina spent 25 years gaining cross-functional experience driving digital innovation at Fortune 500 companies like Accenture, Morgan Stanley, American Express, Omnicom Media Group, The Discovery Channel and others.
Christina’s expertise extends beyond design into product and tech, helping teams innovate by focusing on the intersection of desirability, viability, and feasibility. With an equal leadership in management, her key to helping designers unlock and empower themselves and their careers is a strong foundation in anthropology and customer behavior. As an advocate for mental health, she works to help managers lead from a place of authenticity.
Christina received her MBA from NYU Stern and a B.S. in design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is passionate about education and is a leading instructor and guest lecturer at NYU Stern and General Assembly, to name a few. She has also been featured at SXSW, Ecommerce Design Summit, InVision’s Inside Design and HR Transform. Outside of work she loves to focus on craft, be it in millinery, ikebana, cooking or the perfect cocktail.
Head of Tech Recruiting, Gray Scalable
Nissa has been a Talent Acquisition leader for over ten years working across media and tech, at companies like AOL and Vimeo. She started her career at ABC News as a Desk Assistant and worked her way up to leading Talent Acquisition at Moda Operandi, Inc and BuzzFeed. Nissa is passionate about creating inclusive workplaces and she is driven by helping others find their dream job.