Envision President and CEO Michael Monteferrante was the proud recipient of the Wichita Business Journal’s Leaders in Diversity Award on February 16. His service to others in his personal and professional life earned him the communitywide recognition.
The following is an article that appeared in the February 17 Wichita Business Journal announcing his award:
2017 Leaders in Diversity: Michael Monteferrante
By Josh Heck
Service to others is a guiding principal for Michael Monteferrante.
As CEO of Envision Inc., that’s something he lives every day. Envision is a nonprofit organization providing services and employment opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Monteferrante has succeeded in transforming Envision into one of the largest employers of people who are blind or have low vision. On his watch, the organization has launched new product lines, expanded customer bases and become less reliant on government contracts.
And Monteferrante understands people are at the heart of making those things happen.
“Diversity is at the core of everything we do at Envision,” Monteferrante says. “Creating new opportunities for the employees of Envision is the most exciting part of my job and something I work toward every day. My biggest satisfaction is being surrounded by such a remarkable group of talented and motivated individuals who don’t let barriers stop them from achieving their goals.”
Monteferrante wants to create additional opportunities for the people Envision serves. He’s adamant that people who are blind or visually impaired should be able — and encouraged — to pursue career paths that take them into office settings and high-tech environments.
Envision already is working toward that end by partnering with various national and local organizations, such as Wichita-based entrepreneurial group e2e Accelerator, to help people who are blind or visually impaired obtain technical contracts.
Monteferrante now serves on the board of directors of the National Industries for the Blind, with key assignments on that organization’s legislative and regulatory policy and budget and finance committees. Two years ago, he joined the board of directors for the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind.
Nikki Freeman, Envision’s vice president and chief human resources officer, says Monteferrante leads by example.
“He sincerely cares about the well-being of each individual in our diverse workforce ...,” Freeman says. “His dedication to inclusion and level of motivation and passion for Envision’s mission is unparalleled.”
Josh Heck covers health care, professional services, education and energy for the Wichita Business Journal.