USBLN mentee sitting in a brightly lit studio at ESPN’s for the Mike and Mike Radio Show.

“I believe this program hit a grand slam”

The Rising Leaders Mentoring Program connects students like Russell Goodacre to experts that can provide professional growth and development, and social and economic opportunities. Russell’s ultimate goal has always been a career in sports. Since meeting his mentor, Russell has also grown to love the production aspects of the business.

Angie Dauer Headshot

#DisabledandHired: Systems Test Engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation

Through the USBLN’s association with over 130 corporate partners, we match at least 70 individuals to business professionals in their field of study, area of interest, and whom they would not otherwise have access to. The Rising Leaders Mentoring Program connects students like Angie Dauer to experts that can provide professional growth and development, and social and economic opportunities.

Valerie Baker

“I was in a room with 900+ people who all were interested in increasing their inclusion and diversity”

With a few days post-conference, to digest and process the events of the past five days. It really hit me what an amazing experience attending the USBLN’s 19th Annual Conference was. The Rising Leader Academy was an incredible experience!

Chidera Oku in front of the Marriott hotel in Orlando

“I can unequivocally say that it has changed my life. I feel liberated.”

The first time I got information on the USBLN Rising Leaders mentoring program I was on the verge of breaking down emotionally. I felt like there was nothing out there for me despite how hard I have worked to get to where I am. I will tell a little bit of my story in the hope that it motivates or inspires anyone that reads it.

Photo of Joe Brown

“They truly believe an individual with a disability brings much value to their company”

I am a recent graduate, who went through college without knowing many of the service resources or employment accommodations available. I attended classes with every other student being able-bodied. Something that crossed my mind many times, and I’m sure others with disabilities have thought same thing: “What company would want to hire me?” But then came the RLA.