CTBLN is pleased to announce that the USBLN has recognized us for our best practices. In a recent Affiliate conference call we were applauded for our social media presence and then highlighted in the USBLN Biz 2 Biz July newsletter.
Sharon Denson, CTBLN Executive Director was interviewed about the secret to CTBLN’s success. See the article below:
Connecticut Business Leadership Network: Passion for disability diversity
The Connecticut Business Leadership Network (CTBLN) is like a family. It’s led by passionate board members who strive to make CTBLN the leading resource in the state for businesses seeking to employ individuals with disabilities. The CTBLN supports its members in adopting best practices through professional development and networking.
The affiliate was started in 1994 by a small group of dedicated human resources professionals. The desire was to broaden the available talent pool, to encourage businesses to diversify their workforces to include individuals with disabilities and to spread best practices, which would level the playing field for job seekers with disabilities.
Strong programming, sharing best practices and providing valuable networking events has become the hallmark of the CTBLN. The affiliate works with partners and other organizations on the DiverseAbility Career Fair, Best Practice and Brew (networking event), Disability Mentoring Day and with Governor Malloy on a Governor’s Breakfast event for corporate executives.
“Strong programming is very important,” said Sharon Denson, M.ED., J.D., Executive Director, CTBLN. “Being available to support members with their questions and concerns is a priority for our team as well. However, the most important job we have is to show appreciation to our volunteers. Gratitude is your currency in a mostly volunteer organization. We are blessed with the most dedicated board members. They deserve the recognition.”
The CTBLN also does a good job of engaging members via social media and digital communications. They are in the process of filming the monthly meetings and posting them online. They have reached out to a media company to create a mentorship program to teach video editing to individuals on the autism spectrum who can assist with the project.
When asked what advice the CTBLN could give other affiliates, Sharon said, “Passion is contagious. Share your passion for disability diversity and watch your BLN grow.”
We look forward to seeing what the CTBLN will do next to advance the mission of educating members on best practices for recruiting, hiring and retaining employees with disabilities.
For more information, you can check out the CTBLN in the affiliate section of the USBLN website.
Check out the CTBLN website and learn how you can join us in changing the employment picture for people with disabilities.