How does that song go…..I can see clearly now!!!!! Oh and can I, only in one eye for now but that’s a great start. I had cataract surgery a week ago. My right eyesight went from a cloudy fog to that of clear, colorful sight. It’s amazing how crisp and clean and beautiful the world is right now. I can’t wait as this Thursday, the 10th, I will have the other eye surgery and by Monday, the 14th will be seeing the lay of the land with clear 20/20 eyesight. I’ll only need readers from what I hear.
That’s the “awesomeness” in my life right now. Another “awesomeness” is being asked to speak, via a webinar, for Cornell University, a prestigious University out of Ithaca NY, tomorrow, the 8th of May. My dear friend, Jessica Mahon, from ACT, a local service provider, and I presented in front of a packed room at an APSE conference in Portland OR last year and a team member from Cornell liked our presentation SO MUCH that he invited us to share our story across the United States. The topic is Partnerships and Business-led Coalitions.
Not many know that I have a sister with downs syndrome, she is two years older than me but much younger in spirit. Having her in my life drove me to volunteer with individuals with disabilities throughout my high school and college years. In fact, my undergrad degree from Missouri State University is in Recreation and Leisure. After graduating from college, I was offered a position with a nursing care facility for the hearing and sight impaired but was also offered another position with another company that changed the direction of my life and career leading me to ownership of a 24-year-old, multi-state service provider, with the best team ever, called Moresource.
A couple of years ago, I realized a component from my past life was missing and decided that I wanted to be a part of something bigger! Through being a business leader in my community I have now been a part of 2 state grant opportunities that have helped individuals with “different abilities” (I don’t call them disabilities anymore) secure employment. With the labor shortage what it is, we as business owners need to pull from a different pool of candidates and I’m making it a life mission to make those opportunities happen. I formed a nonprofit, the Mid Missouri Business Leadership Network, an affiliate of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN.org) providing business to business engagement, educating and informing business owners on the return on investment (ROI) for hiring individuals with “different abilities!”
If you are a business owner and want to visit, give me a call!