Bender Consulting Services, Inc. is thrilled to be at the forefront of change in the American workforce by assisting companies in developing and implementing innovative strategies to increase representation of people with disabilities in competitive careers. As a woman living with epilepsy and a hearing-loss, I have been a champion for disability employment since 1995, when my own combination of experiences with disability and a background in executive search motivated me to start Bender Consulting Services, Inc. At the time, I became acutely aware of the significant barriers faced by individuals with disabilities in securing employment, but I saw Bender Consulting as a means to contribute to addressing those challenges.
After over 20 years in business, Bender Consulting Services, Inc. has demonstrated success in aligning talented individuals with disabilities with our customers, such as Highmark, UTC, Comcast, and Cigna. Our recruitment and workplace mentoring services have complemented customer diversity and inclusion initiatives by providing and supporting a professional talent pool in STEM fields such as computer science, engineering, math, and biology. Bender has also filled positions in finance, accounting, customer service, procurement, human resources, and other in demand professional fields sought by customers. In addition, over 20% of individuals with disabilities aligned with career opportunities through Bender Consulting Services are veterans. Bender Consulting Services operates on a “no pity” philosophy, requiring that employees meet or exceed performance expectations, regardless of disability. It is important to creating an equal playing field in the workplace, that just as people with disabilities are given the opportunity to succeed, they are also given the opportunity to fail. While the vast majority of Bender Consulting Services hires perform very well and add exceptional value, it is critical that whatever the outcome, performance is achieved on the merit of the person performing the role.
Bender Consulting Services, Inc. brings this philosophy, commitment, and longstanding experience to a collective workforce that is evolving and diversifying as a result of the implementation of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 503). Section 503 has the power to be the most effective game changer to ever move the needle on disability employment. This Final Rule has created new opportunities for people with disabilities to join the workforce, contributing skills, talents, and abilities to the industries that move this country forward. The affirmative action and non-discrimination rule applies to federal contractors and subcontractors, who employ 22% of the American workforce. These employers must satisfy 7% utilization goal of people with disabilities in all job categories. The associated activity will result in a large increase in employment opportunities for members of the disability community.
The entire team at Bender Consulting is excited to fulfill our responsibility to realize business value for our customers and simultaneously advance disability employment. Thank you for your interest in making a difference in the employment of people with disabilities. We look forward to working with you to bring people with disabilities paychecks not pity®.
Joyce A. Bender
President and CEO