The mission of the USAble Life Inclusion Council is to champion a diverse workforce and foster an inclusive corporate culture that makes a meaningful difference for our employees, partners, and customers. To do so, the Inclusion Council will serve as trusted advisors and leaders to provide:
BELIEF — Black Employees Leading in Inclusion, Excellence, and Financial Empowerment — creates and emphasizes awareness, ally building, and action around interests and issues specific to the African American and African ancestry community. Our mission is to empower and maximize diverse talent while also leading change in our communities. We stand firm in the belief that investing in diverse talent through professional development, cultural and community engagement, and allyship is the key to building sustainable employee, market, and community success.
“It’s an absolute honor to be on the inaugural Inclusion Council, where we’re making sure that everyone in the company feels included, and we’re continuing to make USAble Life a more diverse and inclusive company. When people speak of diversity, they tend to think in terms of race, but it’s much more than that. It’s your culture, ethnicity, disabilities, economic status, religion, lifestyle, and interests.”
– Dowayne Peterson
ENABLED – Educate and Navigate Awareness Between Leaders and Employees about Disabilities — improves corporate awareness and removes stigmas about our customers and colleagues caring for or living with visible and invisible disabilities. We celebrate, empower, and inspire a diverse workforce through disability inclusion and understanding, equitable access, accommodations, and the creation of a safe culture.
“As someone who has battled chronic illnesses since the age of 13, it’s important to support awareness and understanding of both visible and invisible disabilities. Diversity, inclusion, and opportunity in our workforce will make us better, stronger, and improve our customer experience.”
– Tom Davenport
USAble Life’s UniteABLE ERG strives to promote awareness and understanding of issues that affect the company’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) employees and the broader LGBTQ+ community. UniteABLE seeks to provide opportunities for professional development and mentorship, support cultural awareness, and offer networking opportunities for LGBTQ+ employees, friends, and allies. UniteABLE is also committed to advancing innovative ideas that promote a welcoming culture and an inclusive, safe environment for members of the LGBTQ+ community at USAble Life and beyond.
The mission of the Women’s Initiative for Success and Equity (WISE) ERG is to cultivate an inclusive environment for the women of USAble Life. WISE provides a setting that promotes opportunities for women and their colleagues to enrich meaningful relationships, achieve personal development goals, and enhance skills through networking, mentorship, collaboration, and discussion.
“I am excited and honored to be the co-lead of WISE because it allows me to contribute to and support USAble Life’s diversity goals and business objectives. This is accomplished by leading the efforts to create a supportive atmosphere and forum where women employees can connect with each other to build relationships and mentorships, discuss women’s issues in the workplace, and identify tactics and values that will help us to be the best versions of our authentic selves.”
– Shana Graves, WISE ERG Co-lead
“As a woman in management for over 28 years, I am proud to be a co-lead for WISE and support the initiative to help with the success and equity of women within our company. I look forward to building relationships, mentoring, and supporting other women who are also working to find their voice and use it in our inclusive environment to help fulfill the mission of WISE.”
– Vicki Johnston, WISE ERG Co-lead