Julie Manworren Named Diversity in Business Award Winner

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Julie Manworren, President and CEO of Living Well Disability Services, has been recognized as a 2015 Diversity in Business award recipient by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Julie Manworren, President and CEO of Living Well Disability Services, has been recognized as a 2015 Diversity in Business award recipient by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The annual Diversity in Business award program recognizes Twin Cities leading business leaders from the ethnic minority and GLBT communities. The top candidates are those who also play a strong leadership role outside their jobs and serve in industry associations or community organizations.

“Julie honors Living Well Disability Services and those of us who work with her by receiving this award. Her example of leadership, living by her values, and seeking justice for all people serves as an inspiration for all of us,” said Elgin Manhard, Board Chair, Living Well Disability Services.

Manworren has built energetic and empowered teams at Living Well Disability Services that are accountable to the transformation of lives of people with disabilities. She has established a reputation for open communication and promoting dignity and respect within workplaces where she has served in executive leadership roles since 1991.

“Being named a recipient of the Diversity in Business award is a significant accomplishment. We are very happy for Julie as well as Living Well Disability Services,” said Rod Carlson, Chief Operating Officer, Living Well Disability Services. “The recognition affirms our organizational values and reflects the way we support each other as included and vital members of the community.”

In Manworren’s own words, “human beings fascinate me. The diversity of cultures, interests, abilities, experience and perspectives on the world are infinite. My life’s work has focused on how I might contribute to breaking down the barriers that we create between “us” and “them.”

Manworren also serves as the Treasurer for ANCOR, a national nonprofit organization of private providers of services to people with disabilities. She is active with ARRM, a Minnesota state association of organizations that provide community-based services, and the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining Living Well Disability Services, Manworren served as the Executive Director of Simpson Housing Services in Minneapolis and was Vice President at Children’s Home Society and Family Services in St. Paul.

About Living Well Disability Services
Living Well Disability Services delivers exceptional services that transform the lives of people impacted by intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. Founded as Dakota’s Children in 1972 by parents, volunteers and community partners in West St. Paul, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization today provides person-centered Customized Services and Residential Services to people living in the region. More information is available at livingwell.org.

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