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Driving Economic Impact and Talent Acquisition: Allison Chase’s Impactful Speech at Centre Club’s May Breakfast with an Executive

May 30, 2023

Allison Chase, the CEO of The Able Trust, recently delivered a thought-provoking speech at the Centre Club’s May Breakfast with an Executive event. With a focus on empowering individuals with disabilities and promoting inclusivity in the workforce, Chase highlighted the immense value hidden workers bring to companies and the significant economic impact that can be achieved through their employment. Her address shed light on the transformative potential of hiring individuals with disabilities, providing attendees with actionable insights and inspiring them to create positive change within their organizations and communities.

The Power of Hidden Workers: Insights from Accenture:

Chase began her speech by referencing a recent Accenture report, which revealed that companies that hire hidden workers (individuals with disabilities) were 36% less likely to face talent and skills shortages compared to companies that did not. This statistic served as a powerful reminder that tapping into the immense potential of individuals with disabilities is not only a social responsibility but also a strategic advantage for businesses. By embracing diversity and inclusion, organizations can foster a more resilient workforce and mitigate talent gaps.

The Able Trust’s Ambitious Goal and Economic Impact:

Chase shared The Able Trust’s ambitious goal of adding 10% of Floridians with disabilities to the labor force by 2032. This objective, if achieved, would result in an astounding $111 billion economic impact in Florida. By emphasizing the economic benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities, Chase challenged traditional notions and stereotypes surrounding disabilities, urging companies to recognize the untapped potential and talents of this talented workforce.

Creating Inclusive Work Environments:

Throughout her address, Chase emphasized the importance of creating inclusive work environments that welcome and support individuals with disabilities. She shared practical strategies and success stories of organizations that have successfully integrated hidden workers into their teams, showcasing the positive outcomes achieved when businesses prioritize diversity and inclusion. By fostering an inclusive culture, organizations can harness the unique perspectives and abilities of individuals with disabilities, leading to enhanced innovation, improved employee morale, and strengthened community ties.

Collaboration for Lasting Impact:

Allison Chase stressed the significance of collaboration in driving lasting change. She called upon the audience to join forces with The Able Trust and other advocacy organizations, local businesses, and community leaders to break down barriers and create opportunities for individuals with disabilities. By working together, organizations and communities can develop comprehensive strategies, share best practices, and implement policies that support the full inclusion of hidden workers in the labor force.

The Able Trust’s goal to add 10% of Floridians with disabilities to the labor force by 2032 further demonstrated the significant economic impact that can be achieved through the inclusion of this talented workforce. As we reflect on Chase’s powerful words, let us strive to create environments that embrace diversity, champion inclusion, and unlock the true potential of all individuals, regardless of their abilities. By doing so, we can forge a brighter and more prosperous future for all.

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