Welcome to the next installment of our Get to know... series - where we invite you to learn more about the amazing companies that make up our SHE Certified Community™. This feature highlights Diversability - a social enterprise to elevate disability pride through disability community, visibility, and engaged allyship. Read more about their work fostering and engaging a much needed community below!
Introduce your company!
We are Diversability! Diversability® is an award-winning community business to elevate disability pride through disability community, visibility, and engaged allyship. We are called Diversability because we believe that disability is diversity and that disability is diverse We are proud of our disabled identity and reiterate that “disability” is not a bad word.
What is your mission as a company?
Diversability is female-founded, disability-owned, and Asian-owned. Our team is 100% disabled, 2/3 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), and majority women (8/10). Our mission is to amplify disabled voices and democratize disability visibility, representation, and access.
Diversability® has grown its digital ecosystem to over 60,000, hosted over 100 events to move the conversation forward in disability inclusion, and honored 30 disabled leaders annually through the D-30 Disability Impact List. One year ago, we launched the Diversability Leadership Collective, our members-only space to advance disability leadership and advocacy and we have welcomed over 150 members and hosted more than 60 events there.
Diversability Leadership Collective
Which SHE marks have you been certified for?
We are thrilled that Diversability has met The SHE Mark™’s objective standards on gender equality to qualify for the SHEruns™, SHEmakes™, and SHEowns™ certification marks!
Why are you proud to be a Certified SHEruns, SHEmakes, and SHEowns company?
Having worked in industries dominated by men like financial services and tech, when we support women and women-owned companies, we invest back in our communities. Throughout my entire career, I’ve been actively involved in supporting women-led initiatives and projects.
In what ways other than gender equity do you think your company is making the world a better place?
In addition to gender equity, our work is focused on disability equity through an intersectional lens. Drawing on my experiences being actively involved in the Disability Interest Forum at Goldman Sachs and co-founding Bloomberg’s Disability Employee Resource Group (ERG), I understood the power of community and started Diversability as a “Disability Employee Resource Group (ERG)/affinity group that exists outside of a company.”
We aim to increase visibility of disabled people within and outside our community, and achieve representation at all levels. We have worked with a variety of corporate partners on better understanding disability, ableism, and allyship in the workplace, including Hearst, Adobe, Weil, The RealReal, Paradigm, and more.
Where can everyone find and connect with Diversability?