Who We Are

Global Disability Inclusion, LLC  is a disability owned business founded on the principle of bringing the most experienced consultants together to provide one resource to address all your disability employment and inclusion needs. Whether your operations are in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Central & Eastern Europe, the Middle East, or Africa, we can assist in designing a world-class program that effectively balances a strong corporate culture with local customs and legal requirements.

Our Experience:

Our team of consultants has extensive experience in designing, developing and implementing disability employment and inclusion programs for hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies across multiple industries.  The Global Disability Inclusion team combines a background in corporate talent management with deep consulting experience.  Our capabilities include Human Resource Management, Recruiting, Learning and Development, Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Marketing/Branding and Operations. 

This experience makes Global Disability Inclusion the most experienced (B2B) disability inclusion resource in existence.  

Our Approach:

Collaborative.                Accountable.                       Results.               

Utilizing a collaborative approach, our team will work directly with you to ensure people with disabilities effectively integrate and contribute to the success of your organization -- whether it is in the Workforce, the Marketplace, or the Workplace  

Sample companies where our team members have worked to create and/or expand disability employment programs:

  • Lowe’s
  • OfficeMax
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Toys R Us
  • Walgreen's

Our Managing Partners:

Meg O’Connell, PHR

Ms. O’Connell is one of Global Disability Inclusions’ founding partners. She is a nationally recognized disability employment expert with over 20 years of experience.  Her experience includes human capital management, talent acquisition, performance management, marketing and customer service programs.  

 Prior to founding Global Disability Inclusion, Ms. O’Connell was Vice President at the National Organization on Disability where she developed and led their national program Bridges to Business. Bridges provided consulting services to several Fortune 1000 companies on disability employment and inclusion.   

 A few of Ms. O’Connell’s key accomplishments include the development of the first of its kind data on satisfaction and engagement of employees with disabilities in the U.S. workforce, the development of a corporate assessment tool for employers to gauge the current state of their disability employment programs, and development of a train the trainer series for one of her clients that was distributed to over 3,000 employees across the U.S.  

 Ms. O’Connell also spent ten years at the premier consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.  She was a member of the firm’s People Strategy team and led several large-scale talent management projects that transformed business operations for her clients. While at Booz Allen, Ms. O’Connell developed and led their employee resource group for employees with disabilities, and won Booz Allen’s Global Diversity Award for Individual Contributor. 

 Booz Allen also was one of the first recipients of the New Freedom Initiative Award for the disability employment programs.

 Additional accomplishments by Ms. O’Connell include designing and developing SunTrust Bank’s customer service program for people with disabilities that won the Society of Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) Prestigious Innovative Practice Award.

 She has been quoted in Diversity Executive magazine for her insights on employment of people with disabilities and she key-notes and presents at national conferences regularly. 

 A few of O’Connell’s past clients include JP Morgan Chase, Aetna, Lowe’s, Toys R Us, JB Hunt, Sam’s Club, Sodexo, HBO, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the IRS and the Department of Homeland Security.


O’Connell lives in St. Augustine, FL where the school for the deaf and blind is located and she is conversationally proficient in American Sign Language.

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Deb Russell

Russell is one of Global Disability Inclusion's founding partners.

Before joining Global Disability Inclusion, Russell was corporate manager for diversity and inclusion at Walgreens.  Charged with thought leadership and oversight of the company’s strategy to include more people with disabilities in its workforce, Russell helped create and shape a new program for the drugstore chain’s supply chain division—the first of its kind.  There, her strategy, insight and training resulted in 10% of the workforce consisting of people who identified themselves as having a disability, higher safety ratings and retention and equal productivity and quality.  She then built a similar program for the drugstore chains’ retail locations. No charitable act.  Just good business sense.  It’s that mentality that drives Russell to make not only an impact on public perception and ROI, but a lasting and meaningful difference.

In business and in the community, Russell is an expert in corporate disability inclusion.  She has testified to Congress and provided speaking engagements both nationally and internationally and her interviews have appeared in over 100 different publications.  Russell is well-versed in advising companies across multiple industries and is a seasoned strategy developer and relationship builder. 

Russell recently resigned as Chair after completing her six year term on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Business Leadership Network. Her background includes working in the field of disability inclusion for over 20 years.

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