The 18th Annual Disability Matters North America Conference

The 18th Annual Disability Matters North America Conference

The 2024 Disability Matters North America Awards were announced during the conference held on Thursday and Friday, April 4 and 5. The event took place in-person in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was simultaneously live-streamed to a wider audience. These prestigious awards celebrate companies that have implemented innovative programs to successfully engage, recruit, and retain candidates, employees, and customers with disabilities.

The awards spotlight companies that have made exceptional strides in disability inclusion, highlighting those that have successfully integrated people with disabilities into their workforce, workplace, and marketplace. The honorees of the Disability Matters Awards represent the pinnacle of commitment to disability inclusion, demonstrating how businesses can thrive by embracing diversity.

Springboard Consulting, LLC, the organizer of the annual event, produces the Disability Matters Awards in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recognized globally as an expert in corporate disability inclusion, Springboard Consulting has become a trusted partner for businesses seeking to improve their disability initiatives. The company’s expertise spans across various industries, helping organizations to effectively integrate and support people with disabilities.

This year's event saw sponsorship and attendance from numerous companies. Host sponsors included Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and ManpowerGroup. The welcome reception was sponsored by Molson Coors Beverage Company, and Workday, Inc. provided captioning services. Ruby-level sponsor UPMC, silver sponsors Barilla America, FIS Global, and Victoria's Secret & Co., and bronze sponsors such as the American Institutes for Research, Bank of America, The Cigna Group, Crum & Forster, HSBC Bank N.A., Jackson Lewis P.C., and The Dow Chemical Company also contributed to the event. Media support was provided by Diversity MBA Media, among others.

The 2024 North America Disability Matters Honorees were recognized in various categories, reflecting their outstanding contributions to disability inclusion in the marketplace, workforce, workplace, small business sector, and as individual champions.

The Marketplace Award was presented to:

- Capella University

- JPMorgan Chase & Co.

- Victoria's Secret & Co.

- Disney Experiences

These companies have excelled in creating accessible and inclusive products and services for consumers with disabilities, setting a high standard for marketplace inclusion.

The Workforce Award recognized:

- American Institutes for Research

- CAI

- Maximus

These organizations have demonstrated exceptional efforts in recruiting, hiring, and supporting employees with disabilities, ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce.

The Workplace Award honored:

- HSBC Bank

- MillerKnoll

- Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division

These companies have created inclusive workplace environments that support the needs of employees with disabilities, fostering a culture of accessibility and support.

The Small Business Award was given to Prairie Grass Cafe, a small business that has shown remarkable dedication to disability inclusion, proving that businesses of all sizes can make a significant impact.

The Everyday Hero Award went to Diveheart, an organization that provides innovative programs to support and empower individuals with disabilities through scuba diving.

The Disability Champion award recognized:

- Steven K. Cosgrove, Training Specialist at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division

- Wendy Dasgupta, Corporate Business Operations Supervisor at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division

These individuals have made significant contributions to disability inclusion within their organizations, championing the rights and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Springboard Consulting, founded in 2005, has established itself as a leading authority on mainstreaming disability in the global workforce, workplace, and marketplace. The company serves corporations and organizations across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, providing expert guidance and support for disability initiatives. Each year, Springboard honors outstanding organizations through the Disability Matters Awards, celebrating those that excel in the outreach, support, and engagement of people with disabilities as employees and consumers.

The Disability Matters Awards not only recognize the achievements of individual companies but also serve as an inspiration for other organizations to prioritize disability inclusion. By showcasing the successes of the honorees, Springboard Consulting highlights the tangible benefits of creating inclusive environments, from enhanced employee satisfaction and retention to broader market reach and customer loyalty.

As the 2024 Disability Matters North America Awards come to a close, the impact of these honorees' work continues to resonate. Their dedication to disability inclusion sets a benchmark for others to follow, demonstrating that true innovation and success come from embracing diversity and ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their abilities, have the opportunity to contribute and thrive. For more information about Springboard Consulting and its initiatives, visit consultspringboard.com.