Celebrating International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) the Valuable 500 today announces reaching the goal of securing 75 mentees and mentors as the inaugural cohort for its innovative leadership ‘Generation Valuable’ programme from companies in every continent. This follows the launch of the search for the leaders of tomorrow at WEF in May this year.
Research shows that marginalised talent often faces systemic barriers to promotion, leading to a shockingly low number of disabled people in leadership positions – particularly within the executive level and C-Suite. Generation Valuable seeks to address the gap in disability talent, at all levels, by creating an opportunity for one rising leader from each member company to receive training provided by some of the world’s leading disability inclusion and leadership development experts, as well as an internal executive mentor. This will chart new pathways to C-Suite level for aspiring disabled leaders and caregivers.
Over the course of 12 months, the mentors will be championing the development of their mentees by sharing industry insights, encouraging growth mindsets, and equipping them with the strategic tools necessary to flourish in business. The programme will strengthen participants’ personal leadership identities to cultivate environments that execute business strategies with an ESG and equity lens.
Caroline Casey, Founder, of the Valuable 500 commented: “Generation Valuable will amplify real talent and pave the way for eliminating outdated biases that prevent aspiring leaders from attaining the C-Suite rung on their career ladders. I am truly excited for our next steps and look forward, as a Collective, to building better faster together.”
Charlotte Edgeworth, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Impact, Sony Music UK commented: “Sony Music UK is proud to support the inaugural cohort of Generation Valuable. The Valuable 500 is leading the way in disability inclusion and we are thrilled to be part of this important initiative. We know that participation will have a positive impact not just on mentees and their mentors but on the wider business environment.”
Generation Valuable will be co-chaired by powerhouses in DEI Fred Moltz, Head of Accessibility, Verizon, Sam Latif, Company Accessibility Leader, P&G, and KR Liu, Head of Brand Accessibility, Google.