New Award Recognizes Excellence in Disability Entrepreneurial Leadership

Excellence is all around us and a Chicago non-profit is now seeking out those with disabilities who exude Excellence. The award recognizes a Member of Advancing Leadership who is an entrepreneur and is building a business, nonprofit or social enterprise that makes a positive impact on their community. –By Brian Hurlburt, Host, Magnifying Excellence Podcast.

The ADA 25 Advancing Leadership develops and connects leaders with disabilities to opportunities for civic and career advancement, announced a new award to recognize its members who exemplify excellence in entrepreneurial leadership.

The ADA25 VISION: People with disabilities leading with power and influence for full participation and equal opportunity as a vital part of the civic fabric in the Chicago region.

The ADA25 MISSION: To increase civic engagement and diverse leadership in the Chicago region by developing and building a network of leaders with disabilities — consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Excellence in Entrepreneurial Leadership Award in Honor of Michael W. Ferro was established with support from ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Member and board director John Tuhey, principal at The Tuhey Law Firm in honor of his mentor, Michael Ferro, Jr. Mr. Tuhey wanted to recognize Michael Ferro’s commitment to the advancement of people with disabilities, particularly in the area of entrepreneurial leadership. Ferro is a Healthcare Tech Entrepreneur based in Miami, Florida.

Applicants will be selected by a committee who represent expertise in entrepreneurism, tech, disability, and academia. The committee includes Adam Burke, Microsoft; Dr. Katherine CaldwellUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoKim Holmes, That First Rung; Andre Johnson, Live Equipped and Kaizen Health; Pat Maher, SPR; and John Tuhey, The Tuhey Law Firm.

The recipient of the Excellence in Entrepreneurial Leadership Award will receive a grant toward attendance at a conference or training related to business, their industry, or another form of professional development essential to business development. They will also have access to other entrepreneurial leaders and mentors at companies like Microsoft, 1871 and SPR.

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