Moving Beyond Diversity

Moving Beyond Diversity

Going from the Status quo to Inclusion

Companies and organizations are jumping on the bandwagon to become more "diverse". Some have even developed whole departments to roll out and implement "diversity plans". Unfortunately, these plans do not necessarily include everyone. How many times, for example, have we seen or experienced discussions of Diversity which include naming "minority" groups such as women, different races, and different sexual orientations, but there is little or no discussion of how to include persons with disabilities? In this talk, Michael Hingson, who happens to be blind, a survivor of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and a number one New York Times best-selling author, shows us that Diversity is not enough. He illustrates why it is time to move from Diversity to real Inclusion on the job and in our lives. Mike uses stories and lessons from his own life growing up as a blind person, successfully working in professional sales, management, and leadership positions, and as an entrepreneur to teach his audiences how a few simple attitude adjustments can open jobs for persons with disabilities or who are different in some other way than those people normally discussed when talking about Diversity. Your audience will take away ideas about how to gain loyal and hard-working employees as well as how to help make the existing workforce more welcoming to those who are different than they. People will leave their time with Mike Hingson with a different perspective of diversity and how to create full inclusion of all people in their lives. Mike will use a mixture of humor and serious talk to help audiences realize the value of inclusion and how any one of us could in an instant unexpectedly join the ranks of persons with a disability. Mike reminds us that we are all walking down the same road of life and that if we work together we can create a smoother path.

Michael Hingson — Motivational Speaker

Michael Hingson

#1 NYT BestSelling Author & International Keynote Speaker

Michael Hingson, blind since birth, survived the 9/11 attacks with the help of his guide dog Roselle. This story of Trust, Teamwork and Leadership and his indomitable will to live and thrive in a visually centric world is inspirational to all.

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