As President and CEO of Disability:IN, Jill Houghton and her team are working to build an inclusive global economy where people with disabilities can participate fully and meaningfully. Disability:IN has empowered over 400 leading brands to advance disability inclusion and equality.
Jill’s passionate approach to the inclusion of people with disabilities comes from her core. Her challenges associated with having a learning disability ignited her career at the federal, state and local levels to drive disability inclusion in business. Jill has grown Disability:IN offerings to nationally recognized programs, including the Disability Equality Index (in partnership with the American Association of People with Disabilities), Supplier Diversity program, NextGen Leaders Initiatives, and Inclusion Works which has resulted in over 120,000 people with disabilities being hired.
Jill has more than 25 years of diverse leadership experience at the federal, state and local levels working with business on disability inclusion. Prior to Disability:IN, Jill served as the Executive Director of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel until its legislative sunset in January 2008. The bi-partisan panel was housed independently within the Social Security Administration and provided advice to the President, Congress and the Commissioner of Social Security on issues related to the Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare work incentives programs for individuals with disabilities.
Ms. Houghton has testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on issues related to business commitment to recruit, hire and retain employees with disabilities. She currently serves on the board of the US International Council on Disabilities and the New York City Comptrollers Advisory Board Council on Economic Growth through Diversity and Inclusion. Additionally, she serves on the Boston University, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on “Improving Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities” Knowledge Translation and Utilization Advisory Council.
Bringing Disability to the Forefront
With so much work to be done regarding the racial, ethnic and gender inequities in sports, we can’t lose sight of the fact that 15% of the population has a disability. This session will examine how organizations can create an inclusive environment for those with disabilities.
Moderator: Ann Seeney, Chief People & Diversity Officer, U.S. Soccer Federation; Board Chair, Pro Sports Assembly