Too often, disability inclusion focuses on hiring and accommodation, but, like every minority or other underrepresented group, that is just a first step.
One in four adults has some type of disability, visible and/or invisible. A disability is not an indicator of ability as a leader, co-worker, or colleague.
Join us for a conversation with Andrew “Andy” Imparato, Executive Director at Disability Rights California. Andy is a disability rights lawyer, policy professional, and non-profit leader. He has over 30 years of experience advocating for and working with people with disabilities. Andy will be joining us to talk about how we can drive more inclusion for people with disabilities and dismantle the barriers they face in the workplace. We hope you join the conversation!
Andrew J. “Andy” Imparato began work in February of 2020 as the Executive Director of Disability Rights California (DRC) after a high impact 26-year career in Washington, DC in disability advocacy and policy. DRC is the federally funded legal services agency that serves Californians with all types of disabilities across the age spectrum. Since joining DRC, Imparato has led advocacy efforts to protect the California disability community from health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, helped shape Governor Newsom’s Master Plan for Aging as part of his Administration’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and has worked to position California as a national leader on competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.
Jina is a consultant and speaker on diversity, inclusion, culture, and belonging. She creates training programs and workshops to help clients move forward in their D&I journey. She is a storyteller and speaks candidly about her experiences, hard lessons, and ‘aha’ moments that helped her understand the importance of individuality, the value of curiosity, and the courage it takes to “just” be yourself. Often described as “approachable” and “relatable” by her clients, she works with purpose and the intention of being engaging, practical, and immediately applicable to real-world situations. Jina draws from her unique background and mix of work experiences to offer examples and share insights designed to benefit everyone across the workplace ecosystem – executives, management, employees, and customers.
Previously, she was Principal Consultant at EtiennePartners (EP), a boutique consulting firm that offered a unique strategy development, workshops & coaching to leaders, executives and entrepreneurs. Co-founded with her husband, EP was a full-time partnership in both work and life. Although in different professions, their work often intersected around the importance of self-awareness in leadership and navigating conflict within teams. Combining their experiences, backgrounds, and work led to the development of their unique approach to D&I, which she continues to use in her practice today.