The Unexpected Benefit of Hiring Someone with a Disability, with Bill Schultz, Opportunity Partners
Bill Schultz: [00:00:00] One of the fun things too that we’ll hear is it, also, boost the morale of the other folks that work there. You know, often, there’ll be more — you know, sometimes, there’s an individual; sometimes, there’s more than one. And I think it’s a feel-good thing, and people get to know them, and it demystifies people with disabilities because some people would be uncomfortable around them. And once they get to know them as a person, that goes away. And they’ll learn what their interests are, and they’ll laugh with them. And it just those things that I’ve heard that from employers that, “This is an unexpected benefit that we’ve had.” And there’s also some that, you know, you’re going to have other workers that might have a child with a disability and also gives them some hope because, “Hey, look, there is a future for my child,” because they may be worried about that and what does the future hold for them?
Bill Schultz, President & CEO, Opportunity Partners
Bill Schultz was named President & CEO of Opportunity Partners in August 2020, after serving briefly as Interim President & CEO. Bill joined Opportunity Partners in 2015 as Executive Vice President, Business Development and Operations, overseeing all business services and production operations, identifying new products, processes, and services in community and center-based work.
Bill came to Opportunity Partners with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of business leadership positions and was drawn to the organization for its strong mission and history of making a difference in the community.
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