Disability mentoring hits Res Woods
Last month, National Grid partnered with Work Without Limits to host Disability Mentoring Day in Reservoir Woods. Work Without Limits is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together companies and people with disabilities. The organization worked with National Grid’s employee resource group Enabling Disability Confidence to hold the event, which was a follow-up to a similar event held in Syracuse and Long Island last November (see previous story).
To kick off the day, Walter Fromm, Director Gas Construction New England, spoke to the group on behalf of National Grid. He was followed by John Isberg, VP Market Development, who explained to the attendees that throughout the day they would receive a short personalized “job experience” in an energy/utility company by being paired with a National Grid employee. The event also featured a PEx team presentation led by Claudia Rosen and Mey Ngu that discussed workplace organization, a talk by Cynthia Angulo on National Grid, including interviewing tips for the mentees, and an hour and a half of one-on-one mentoring time.
Michelle Roche, a member of the Enabling ERG who together with Leomary Bader helped organize the event, shared her thoughts on the day: “All of us who did the mentoring felt that we got just as much out of the day as the mentees. It was a great experience for everyone, and a great learning opportunity. Going into it, I’m not sure anybody expected to have that feeling.”
Enabling Disability Confidence works to foster an inclusive work environment in which the full abilities of all employees are allowed to shine. They hope to increase the employment of persons with disabilities at National Grid, improve the professional development of employees with disabilities, and raise awareness of issues that impact customers with disabilities.
The group plans to hold another Disability Mentoring Day this October, which is disability awareness month. Watch for updates in ournationalgrid.com and At A Glance!
Special thanks to all National Grid employees mentioned above, as well as to Alison Roberts and Laeyeng Hunt, who also participated in the event.