The Arc San Francisco Recognizes Corporate Employees with Developmental Disabilities and Employer Champions

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Nonprofit celebrates achievements of people with disabilities in the workplace

The Arc San Francisco today announced the recipients of the agency’s prestigious 2017 WorkLife Awards celebrating the work and life achievements of people with developmental disabilities and the employers who champion their success and benefit from their diverse skills and experience.

The awards theme is “Learn, Grow, Work, Achieve” which highlights Arc-client achievements and the range of opportunities made possible by the agency’s partnerships with area businesses, from internships and training programs to competitive careers. 36 different corporations and partners are supporting the awards event.

WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2017 5:00-7:00pm    
WHERE: The Arc San Francisco, 1500 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Employer of the Year: Morrison Foerster
Law firm Morrison Foerster is recognized for its commitment to inclusion and diversity and advancing the success of two full-time employees hired from The Arc SF.

New Employer of the Year: Airbnb
Airbnb is recognized as a trailblazer in championing the success of two Arc clients in their Facilities and Operations departments, demonstrating how the strengths of employees with disabilities can be a key asset in the workplace.

Industry/Sector Awards: Wag Hotels (Hospitality), Cyprus Security (Professional Services), and Mixpanel (Technology). Volunteer Partner of the Year: Seton Medical Center. This group of awardees is recognized for championing diversity in the workforce and fostering the growth and development of people with developmental disabilities.

These honorees are chosen based on ballot responses from co-workers:
Employee of the Year: Bryant Wong, Deloitte
New Employee of the Year: Shermaine Escobar, Boston Consulting Group
Core Values Award Winner: Anne Fu, Ghirardelli Chocolate
Intern of the Year: Mira Yoon, Project Search at PG&E
Volunteer of the Year: Vadim Vahnshteyn, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue

“The opportunity to work is the single most important factor in achieving personal independence for people with developmental disabilities. I congratulate the businesses who are receiving The Arc’s WorkLife awards for their successful record of diversity and inclusion. These outstanding businesses are helping our clients reach their full potential, supporting them in becoming taxpayers and fully contributing adults who are vital members of their communities. Also, I commend our employee winners. Their determination to succeed and commitment to learn, grow and achieve their best in the workplace is exemplary, and I am very proud of their accomplishments."

Event sponsors for 2017 include Union Bank, ECHO Technology Solutions, and Pacific Office Automation.
Additional Sponsors include ABM, Airbnb, Amazon, American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, Assetmark, AT&T, Burr Pilger Mayer, California Academy of Sciences, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass, Deloitte, DH Insurance, DocuSign, Eleven, Emergence, Ernst & Young, Fenwick & West, G2, Hanson Bridgett, Intuit, Kixeye, Marin Software, McCann Worldgroup, Mixpanel, Morrison Foerster, Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney, PG&E, Pillsbury, Safeway, Salesforce, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco Toyota, Service by Medallion, State Street Global Advisors and Zendesk.

The Arc San Francisco is a lifelong learning and achievement center for over 840 individuals with developmental disabilities in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin counties. For over 60 years The Arc SF has been widely recognized for innovation in education and career programs as well as independent living services, health advocacy, and a broad range of arts and recreation opportunities. The Arc supports individuals with autism, Down syndrome, and other disabilities to meet the challenges of adulthood while achieving personal goals and lifelong success. Our affiliations with over 100 business, education, and health partners help us to provide successful internships and employment opportunities while offering a more diverse, enriching life experience.
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The Arc San Francisco provides specialized employment services that support the success of individuals with developmental disabilities in today’s competitive job market. Working collaboratively with clients, The Arc SF’s experienced team matches qualified, motivated job candidates to part- and full-time positions in office and facility services, tech support, data entry, customer service, education, hospitality, and retail, ensuring success through ongoing job coaching and career skills development.

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