Speech transcript on “Real About Diversity” first delivered to the Tri-State Human Resource Management Association Diversity Program (October 26, 2012). Learn more about this keynote & view presentation slides here.
Until I did it for me
I ponder the numbers a lot these days. —25 years of distinguished service in human resource management, overseeing employment of thousands of people. Yet I never came across a job candidate who was deaf or hard of hearing that was apparent or known to me. And I never, not even once, directed workplace accommodations or otherwise assisted an employee who I knew to be deaf or severely hard of hearing. Of that great honor, I had zero experience.
Until I did it for me! Since losing hearing in June 2010, I served as Vice President of Human Resources and lived the experience in the workplace. Oh what humble paradox that this was my stock-in-trade!