Return on Disability's, Rich Donovan, recognized for his work in diversity and inclusion
TORONTO, Nov. 22, 2018 /CNW/ - The Women's Executive Network (WXN) announces Rich Donovan as the 2018 Deloitte Inclusion Vanguard Award Winner.
"From Maya Angelou to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the message is clear: Strength comes from diversity," says Sherri Stevens, Owner and CEO of WXN. "The Inclusion Vanguard Award is about recognizing a leader, woman or man, who has consistently put this belief into action within their organization and community, strengthening workplaces and changing lives. This year, we are proud to honour Rich."
"As a firm dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture among our people and in the communities we serve, Deloitte is proud to be affiliated with this important award," says Karen Werger, Managing Partner for Deloitte's Toronto Financial Advisory practice and Dean of Deloitte University. "This year, we honour the outstanding achievement of Rich Donovan, CEO of The Return on Disability Group, for his tireless efforts to advance inclusion not just through words but tangible actions within his organization and beyond."
The Inclusion Vanguard Awards category joins the 10 existing Top 100 categories, which honour remarkable women in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors: BMO Arts & Communications, RBC Champions, Accenture Corporate Directors, Scotiabank Corporate Executives, CIBC Entrepreneurs, TELUS Future Leaders, KPMG Professionals, PwC Public Sector Leaders, Sun Life Financial Trailblazers & Trendsetters and WXN Hall of Fame Inductees.
About Rich Donovan
Rich Donovan is CEO of The Return on Disability Group and is a globally recognized expert on the convergence of disability and corporate profitability. He spent 10 years defining and unlocking the economic value of the disability market, created the Return on Disability concept and model, and acted to have the Barclays Return on Disability exchange-traded note listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Donovan specializes in providing insights and tools to frame disability as a global emerging market, and his clients have included TD Bank, RBC, BMO, Rogers, PepsiCo, the World Bank, to name a few. He has been named one of the 50 most-influential people with disabilities in the world by U.K.-based Powerful Media and Shaw Trust, and is the chair of Ontario's Accessibility Standards Advisory Council. Prior to starting The Return on Disability Group, Donovan founded Lime, a leading recruiter in the disability sphere. Before that, he worked as a proprietary trader and portfolio manager at Merrill Lynch. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from Schulich School of Business at York University. He is an avid sailor and proud father of his son, Maverick, along with his wife and business partner, Jenn. He also happens to have cerebral palsy.
About the Women's Executive Network (WXN)
Women's Executive Network (WXN), a member-based organization, exists for the advancement, development and recognition of professional women in Canada. WXN delivers this advancement through training, events, mentoring, networking, and award and recognition programs for members and partners. At WXN, equity, inclusion and the advancement of professional women make industry stronger and society better. Their passion is 100% centered on empowering women and creating positive social change. WXN currently operates in Canada and Ireland.
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SOURCE Women’s Executive Network
For further information: For media inquiries or to arrange an interview with Sherri Stevens or Rich Donovan, please contact: Christian Llano, NKPR, 416-365-3630 ext. 242, [email protected]; Bunmi Adeoye, NKPR, 416-365-3630 ext. 226, [email protected]; Lauren Butler, Manager, Content & Communications, WXN, 437-241-6834, [email protected]