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A team of highly skilled disability inclusion experts with over 75 years of collective experience working with companies, foundations, non-profits, universities, and government agencies to help them realize the business benefits of disability inclusion.
Whether your disability inclusion initiatives are well-established or just beginning, we will collaboratively help you design a world-class disability inclusion program. Our approaches effectively balance business objectives, corporate culture, and employee engagement to develop strategies that create results and impact.
Disability Inclusion is at a global tipping point and our team is at the forefront, influencing organizations across the globe in what it means to be disability competitive. #AreYouReadyForWhat'sNext?
Global Disability Inclusion was founded by leading disability inclusion expert Meg O’Connell. O’Connell has worked with some of the world's top brands across a variety of industries and has been implementing and leading disability inclusion efforts for large organizations since the mid-‘90s.
She is an experienced Human Resource professional who has won numerous awards for her work, developing talent management strategies, customer solutions, employee engagement, and corporate marketing/branding campaigns, all geared towards including people with disabilities in the workforce, workplace, and marketplace.
Winner of the Society of Human Resource Management’s Innovative Practice Award O'Connell is a regularly requested keynote speaker, trainer and presenter.
Our Brand Ambassadors
Shaholly Ayers, Model
Shaholly is in her 5th year as GDI Brand Ambassador. A congenital amputee, Shaholly has been breaking barriers in the fashion industry. She has walked in NY Fashion Week over 7 seasons, she has been featured in Nordstrom’s national catalog three times and has also appeared in the pages of GQ Italia, GQ Japan, US Weekly, The Sun News Paper, The New York Times, and The Guardian, among other outlets.
Shaholly has also made appearances on The Today Show and Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family as well as in stories on Today.com and Shape.com and was named one of Today Show’s Style Heroes.
in addition to modeling, Shaholly also speaks at corporate events discussing her journey as a model with a disability, and the power of representation in advertising and marketing campaigns.
"I am proud to work with GDI in our shared goal to break down the stigmas surrounding disability so that we can truly create a more inclusive world."
Eileen Grubba, Actress
Eileen is in her second year as GDI Brand Ambassador. Eileen has appeared in many films and television series including New Amsterdam, The Watchman, S.W.A.T, NBC’s Game of Silence, Fear the Walking Dead, Criminal Minds, Bones, Sons of Anarchy, Hung, Enlightened, CSI: Miami, The Mentalist, Cold Case, Nip/Tuck, Dexter, Monk, and more.
She has spent years on the stage of the world-renowned Actors Studio tackling challenging roles in many well-known plays and developing original material. She has also performed in musicals including "Cinderella", "The Little Shop of Horrors", and "Dracula".
Eileen is an advocate for the inclusion of people with physical differences in the entertainment industry, hoping to create a world of greater acceptance for all.
“My life experience compels me to choose and fight for projects that encourage a greater appreciation of the strength and spirit that only come through adversity,” Eileen said in a recent interview.
Eileen is also a frequently requested speaker for corporate events and non-profits discussing disability inclusion and the importance of representation in the entertainment industry.