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Recruiting young professionals for a disability leadership development pilot program


Doug McCullough Franklin Park, NJ

As a professional with 22 years of experience in the corporate world at Johnson & Johnson and a person with a disability, I have noticed that there is a lack of leadership development programs focused on people with disabilities. There are diversity leadership programs focused on gender, race/ethnicity and sexual orientation but not for disability. I am working to address this by partnering with several retired executives with experience in leadership training and coaching. We are launching a short pilot program (6 bi-weekly Monday evening sessions) and are looking for talented young disabled professionals to participate and help shape future offerings. Please contact me if you or anyone you know would be interested. Thank you!!

5 August 2022 7 replies General



Thomas White Morrisville, NC

If it isn't too late, I would be happy to lend my services.

I am, unfortunately, severely disabled but present as normal and have experienced extensive discriminatory behavior through my path to gaining long term suitable employment.

A program like what you described would be very encouraging to see and I would like to contribute if possible.


Robin Hicks Naperville, IL

Am happy to share your ask with our Accessibility BRG. If any takers will point them in your direction. Thanks for your efforts in this space.


Chi Sun Jacksonville, FL

I worked as an Engineering Tech at JnJ Vision in Jacksonville, FL for a while. I was on night shift and it ended up aggravating my mental health disability so I was placed on STD for some time. I would love to advocate for people with special needs or disabilities so we can live more productive lives while contributing to society. Thanks!

Chi H. “Micah” Sun
USAFA Class of 2010 (Aero Engineering major)


Ken Mack Ridgewood, NJ

Hi Doug! I would love to pitch in. I developed a lecture on "Everyday Leadership" that I have given on several occasions. If more people were taught some basic leadership principles, their projects could run much more smoothly. PLease let me know how I can help.

Ken Mack
USMA '92


Sharon Parker Roanoke, TX

You might consider reaching out to the NJ Dept of Human Services.

They have several Divisions that might be able to provide possible candidates
-Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI)
-Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH)
-Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)


Jill New Saint Augustine, FL

Hi Doug,
I was just in the J&J presentation today! Have you reached out to the Job Accommodation Network ( They provide information for accommodations for both employers and individuals. They have a livechat feature where you may be able to connect with someone. I work in higher education and AHEAD ( is involved in more the academic accommodations for students in higher education, but is filled with passionate professionals.
Jill New

PS This is my disclaimer. I'm not active duty. I'm a spouse, but it wasn't a choice when I jumped in here.


Liz Campanelli East Brunswick, NJ

Hi Doug,

I am retired JnJ (HCS) and I work with ACP here for mentoring and résumés, LI and professional bios. This is a great idea! Have you reached out on LI or one of the JnJ forum pages to announce your pilot program? I'm sure you'll get an audience!! Good luck and if I can be of more help, feel free to reach out to me.

Liz Campanelli

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