Wendy Strobel Gower is the Thomas P. Golden Director of Disability-Inclusive Workplaces and Employer Initiatives at Cornell University’s K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations. In this role, she serves on the executive leadership committee of the Yang-Tan Institute. Wendy’s professional work focuses on interpreting disability laws and regulations for application to workplace policy and practice, and on developing and testing innovative approaches to culture change in organizations as it relates to the inclusion of people with disabilities. Wendy is also the Project Director for the Northeast ADA Center, which is funded by the National Institute for Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and she is the Co-Director of the Employer Assistance and Resource Network, which is funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy.
Erika Eykmans is an Individual Placement and Support Supervisor at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership in 2021.
She has been serving job seekers in Milwaukee County since 2018 with the goal of utilizing work and education to support individuals in their mental health and/or substance abuse recovery.
John Bryson, Learning & Development Director at Rangam Consultants Inc., strategically designs and launches high-quality learning programs for Rangam employees, clients, community partners, and talent that address specific business goals, close performance gaps, and reinforce Rangam’s values of “empathy drives innovation” and “employment for all.” John is a dedicated advocate of disability inclusion and believes that education and empathy are the fundamental ingredients necessary to address systemic barriers and create needed change.
John also serves as a subject-matter expert on Rangam’s client training team, specializing in disability inclusion in the workplace. He leverages his experiences over a 15+ year career in a cross-section of business, education, disability services, vocational rehabilitation, and disability inclusion consulting to provide education on a wealth of topics ranging from instructional design to neurodiversity in the workplace. John holds a Bachelor of Arts, Organizational Communication degree, and a Master of Science, Education degree from The University of Akron.
Tracey Andrus, EVP of Strategy and Partnership at Rangam Consultants, Inc., is a passionate leader who is experienced in connecting organizations, communities, and talent to achieve sustainable and rewarding careers. She brings experience in building relationships and engaging leaders by collaborating and developing innovative workforce solutions aligned with organizations’ strategies. She leads the strategy and partnerships of Rangam’s SourceAbled Program bringing nearly three decades of workforce solutions, sales, marketing, operations, training, HR, and technology development expertise to the table. She champions and develops best-in-class recruitment, business development, and innovative account management solutions to attract and retain top talent, to enable client success. Tracey has close ties with the disability community and is passionate about developing strategies for inclusion, innovation, and awareness in the workplace and our communities. She currently serves on boards and global committees focused on supporting individuals with disabilities, and veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome. She has been an active volunteer with United Way and Junior Achievement for over 20 years.