One of the major changes our society has experienced in the past 18 years has been the rapid growth of technology which is eliminating the artificial barriers created by traditional corporate culture. Todays Gen Zers have direct channels of communication with decision makers and this has empowered them to demand substantial changes.

The 20th century built the foundation for a human revolution that would be guided by principles of equity and supported by rapid technological advancements. The 21st century has made us more aware and knowledgeable than ever before. Discoveries in science and technology have empowered us to think differently, act quickly and purposefully, and explore more efficient ways to improve healthcare, education and employment for billions of people globally. By presenting innovative ideas for inclusion acquired through experiential knowledge and social networking, millennials are constantly pushing businesses to have their finger on the pulse of the changing dynamics of corporate social responsibilities.

I have worked diligently in this field to educate employers about the benefits of diversity and inclusion. For the past 10 years I have been a part of the Disability Works initiative at Marian Joy Hospital and helped promote and identify employment opportunities for people with disabilities. I have also worked very closely with then Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth to bring awareness of the skills of returning veterans to civilian employers and helped organize a number of roundtables and hiring events.

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