CAMBRIDGE, MA—Draper today announced that Dr. Jerry Wohletz, Draper CEO and president, has signed the CEO Letter on Disability Inclusion as part of Disability:IN’s global CEOs Are IN campaign. In the letter, CEOs call upon their peers to evaluate corporate inclusion processes and complete the DISABILITY EQUALITY INDEX® (DEI).
“Draper is focused on real action when it comes to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We are committed to supporting IDEA strategies for our staff to ensure Draper is a great place to work and a destination employer,” said Dr. Wohletz. “Draper employees with disabilities make critical contributions across the company. Guided by our commitment to IDEA, we’re actively working to make Draper a place where everyone can learn, grow and have an impact.”
Organizations signing the letter are taking steps towards effecting positive change. A diverse and inclusive workforce facilitates community, but also drives innovation and creativity. As part of its commitment, Draper has registered for the DEI (www.DisabilityEqualityIndex.org), a corporate benchmarking tool created by non-profit organizations Disability:IN and American Association of People with Disabilities.
“We congratulate Dr. Jerry Wohletz for joining IN and signing the CEO Letter on Disability Inclusion,” says Jill Houghton, president and CEO, Disability:IN. “We look forward to working together to benchmark efforts through tools like the Disability Equality Index and ultimately building an inclusive global economy for all.”
Draper has implemented several measures to promote inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility across the company, including prioritizing the recruitment and development of top talent from diverse backgrounds and experiences, fostering employee resource groups made up of diverse populations that are regularly consulted for perspective, and conducting frequent employee training and communication. Dr. Wohletz has put a particular focus on building diversity at the leadership level, and collaborating with Aisha Losche, Draper’s chief diversity officer, in fostering an environment of inclusion and measuring outcomes focused on IDEA.