December 10, 2008

UCLA Anderson Executive Education Forges Alliance with U.S. Department of Labor to Promote Career Advancement of Managers with Disabilities

Agreement will provide EEP participants and sponsoring organizations with information, guidance and access to resources for managers with disabilities


Judy Olian, Neil Romano and Kelly BeanLOS ANGELES - The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and The Regents of the University of California, on behalf of UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education Programs (EEP), today announced an Alliance Agreement that will provide EEP participants and sponsoring organizations with information, guidance and access to resources to help advance employment opportunities for managers with disabilities.

The Alliance Agreement was signed by UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian, Assistant Secretary of Labor for ODEP Neil Romano, and UCLA Anderson Executive Education Assistant Dean Kelly Bean, in a ceremony held on the school's campus. In attendance were several founding organizations of UCLA Anderson's Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities, including AT&T, IBM, Microsoft, PepsiCo and the US Business Leadership Network.

Bean stressed the importance of the Alliance Agreement, noting, "Last year, we established the Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities to facilitate a greater flow of executives with disabilities into more senior-level leadership positions in corporate America. Now, through our Alliance with ODEP, we can have an even greater positive impact on how organizations recruit, hire, retain, and promote their employees with disabilities - a talent pool that has too often been undervalued and underutilized."

"UCLA Anderson School of Management's cutting edge Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities will change how business schools view managers with disabilities," said Romano. "Through this Alliance, ODEP and UCLA Anderson will work to move people with disabilities from the cubicle to the corporate suite."

Through its alliances, ODEP partners with entities to develop best practices, model policies, programs and strategies to forge new channels for employee training, education, career advancement and outreach.

ODEP's Alliance Initiative is open to businesses, trade and professional associations; labor unions; academic institutions; and government agencies, among others. A directive at www.dol.gov/odep gives guidelines and criteria for Alliance partnerships.

About ODEP
ODEP is leading a 21st Century federal response to the historic underemployment of people with disabilities. In collaboration with other government agencies, public and private employers, and additional stakeholders, ODEP facilitates the development and implementation of innovative policies and practices necessary to achieve a disability-inclusive diversity workplace. ODEP's work primarily falls into three categories: employers and the workplace; workforce systems; and employment-related supports, which include education and training, health care, reliable transportation, affordable housing and assistive technology.

About UCLA Anderson Executive Education
EEP has established itself as the foremost provider of executive leadership education in the diversity space based upon its belief that the long-term sustainability and growth of an organization depends upon the extent to which it can fully leverage the diverse perspectives of its executives and stakeholders. EEP offers Leadership Institutes for managers of color, women, LGBT and those with disabilities.  Founding Organizations of the Leadership Institute for Managers with Disabilities are: AIG, AOL, AT&T, DiversityInc, Fannie Mae, Google, IBM, Merck, Microsoft, Motorola, PepsiCo, Society for Human Resource Management, Union Bank of California and the US Business Leadership Network. Sustaining Organizations include Avis Budget and McDonald's. The 2007 Inaugural Institute was funded in part with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor's ODEP, and the second Leadership Institute is scheduled for Fall 2009.  For information, visit www.execed.anderson.ucla.edu.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world.  UCLA Anderson faculty are advancing management thinking through innovative research and teaching.  Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,700 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson prepares students to become global leaders.

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