2022 Disability:IN Wisconsin Inclusion Award

The Derek Smith Leadership Award for Disability Inclusion recognizes an individual who has developed or influenced business disability employment programs and/or services that resulted in measurable, significant and positive outcomes, dramatically improving disability employment opportunities.


The winner must be prepared to accept the award that will be presented at a reception on Tuesday, September 20 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Award Criteria:

  • Nominee needs to be a senior level role within an organization
  • The nominee must be an individual from the Wisconsin business or from the non-profit or government sectors, whose activities exemplify dynamic leadership in the area of corporate disability inclusive employment policies, programs, practices and/or services.
  • The nominee must have developed or influenced the development of significant business disability inclusive employment programs and/or services that resulted in measurable, tangible and positive outcomes that dramatically improved disability inclusive employment opportunities.
  • The nominee must have been actively advocating for and advancing inclusive disability employment change for a minimum of three years.
  • The nomination must be submitted with at least two (2) letters of support.
  • Self-nominations are not encouraged.


THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS is Thursday July 14, 2022





Nominations open March 22

The award ceremony is on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, by invitation, from 5:00 – 7:00pm