- Dow Chemical Co.: Recognizing the Value of Employees with Disabilities
- John D. Kemp Esq.: Pursuing Progress through Knowledge, Experience, Vision, Personality and Persistence
Dow Chemical Co.: Recognizing the Value of Employees with Disabilities
On October 24, Dow Chemical Co., based in Midland, Mich., was honored with one of six of the Secretary of Labor’s 2007 New Freedom Initiative Awards. David E. Kepler, senior vice president, chief sustainability officer and chief information officer, accepted the award on behalf of the company. Dow has a global position statement recognizing people with disabilities as “a unique source of talent who can deliver substantial value to our company, our customers and our communities.” The company’s DisAbility Employee Network includes employees living with disabilities, employees who are parents of a child with a disability and other employees who support the network’s vision. Knowledge gained from a pilot program to recruit summer interns with disabilities is being applied to full-time opportunities throughout the company. Dow has been an active participant in Disability Mentoring Day and a corporate sponsor of the Michigan Youth Leadership Forum.
John D. Kemp Esq.: Pursuing Progress through Knowledge, Experience, Vision, Personality and Persistence
On October 24, John D. Kemp Esq., a principal in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville P.C., was honored with one of six of the Secretary of Labor’s 2007 New Freedom Initiative Awards. With more than 45 years of direct experience in the disability movement, Kemp co-founded the American Association of People with Disabilities and has led, partnered, worked for and served on the boards of many other leading disability-oriented organizations. As a person who uses four prostheses, he inspires others to achieve their goals through knowledge, experience, vision, personality and persistence. In his law practice, Kemp serves as the chief executive officer for ACCSES, HalfthePlanet Foundation and The One Percent Coalition. He is also executive director and general counsel of the U.S. Business Leadership Network.