Spotlight Story: A True Success Story at Amplify! Success Event
By Dirkse CC Team
Disability Workplace Inclusion: What is Your Vision?
This was the theme of the second annual Amplify! Success event held on October 23, 2018 at Nike World Headquarters. The goal of Amplify! is to improve access to competitive integrated employment for job seekers with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities by engaging employers and the community in creating a culture of workplace inclusion.
Over 150 people gathered for a high energy morning where they heard stories of challenge, tenacity, success and visions of inclusion from people who have been in the trenches and others who are leading new efforts in the cause. Attendees collaborated to explore and formulate their own personal vision and action plan to promote change, no matter what position they hold within a company or the community.
As one Amplify! attendee John Paul Devires, Nike Senior Application Engineer, stated, “Amplify! is the bridge between where companies are and where they need to be.”
The crowd enjoyed a success story shared in-person by Abby Monger, Crew Member at Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Cedar Hills Blvd. in Beaverton (the BRG featured her story in January 2018). Her Employment Specialist, Chris Perry of Dirkse CC shared the process it took to assist Abby in obtaining employment and how he introduced and supported Abby and Five Guys throughout the process for a successful job match.
Abby inspired the crowd when Mr. Perry asked what she liked about working at Five Guys. She shared with complete sincerity and enthusiasm; “All I ever wanted was for my Supervisor to understand me, isn’t that what everyone wants?” A round of applause ensued with tears in the eyes of many attendees.
If you missed Amplify! Success you can still join the initiative to change culture right where you are, and we can help! Click the link and complete the “Oregon Disability Diversity Challenge” and let’s talk about your diversity and inclusion goals.
The Amplify! initiative was created by Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. with the support of Oregon Employment First and is sustained by collaboration with numerous employer and community partners.
For more information or to be involved in the Amplify! Initiative, please contact Cindy Bahl, Director of Business Development and Amplify! Events at 503-258-7715 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo courtesy of Brubaker Photography