To provide Ohio employers with valuable information and resources that enable them to enhance their diversity initiatives through the successful recruitment, selection, training and retention of a workforce that includes individuals with disabilities.
The purpose of the Workplace Initiative of Ohio (WIO), formerly the Central Ohio Workplace Initiative (COWI), is to create demand among Ohio businesses for talented career seekers with disabilities in healthcare, hospitality, distribution, banking, retail, and other industries. Employers benefit from streamlined candidate sourcing, pre-screening, training assistance and more.
The Ohio Business Leadership Network (OHBLN) was awarded the 2014 USBLN Affiliate of the year. The USBLN's outstanding BLN Affiliate of the Year is one that has demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting the vision, mission, and spirit of the USBLN.
The Ohio Business Leadership Network (OHBLN) is an affiliate of the United States Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®). The USBLN is a national organization that promotes the business imperative to include people with disabilities in the workforce using a business-to-business model. The USBLN represents 51 chapters and more than 5,000 employers across the US.
"OhioHealth has been on a journey to support individuals with disabilities since 2007, and with the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency (OOD) has been an integral part of the process. We initially partnered with OOD by having a vocational rehabilitation counselor as the single point of contact for our program by assisting with job placement and accommodations. Through continued collaboration, it has led to a partnership with OOD counselors through two Project SEARCH internship programs which are business led and prepare students for competitive, integrated employment. OhioHealth is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our organization and this connection supports our cardinal value to honor the dignity and worth of each person."
Chris Moranda, LSW CDMS, Manager of Disability Services
"When businesses identify the strengths of employees with disabilities, then put them in jobs that match their skills, those employees turn out to be faithful, low turnover, hard-working employees."
Teresa Tanner, Executive Vice President - Chief Human Resource Officer, Fifth Third Bank
"GE Aviation is proud to be part of the first 100 businesses to join the Ohio Business Leadership Network. GE Aviation is committed to hiring the best talent for our company, and these candidates include individuals with disabilities. The OHBLN is a strong resource to help companies strengthen their workforce diversity."
Ernest Marshall, Vice President of Human Resources - GE Aviation
"Congratulations to the Marriot Cleveland Downtown Key Center for being the OHBLN’s 100th member, recruited by the Ritz Carlton Cleveland. Putting people first has always been part of Marriott’s DNA. We believe our core strength lies in our ability to embrace difference and create opportunities."
Apoorva Gandhi, Vice President, Multicultural Affairs - Marriott International, Inc. and a USBLN Board Member