NIB fellow helping to mold Envision’s Upward Mobility program

Joe Conway - Jun 08, 2017

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As a fellow in the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) Business Leaders Program, I am in the midst of traveling to NIB-affiliated agencies over the course of 16 months to receive business-focused, on-the-job experience that includes professional development activities. My fellowship started at NIB headquarters in October 2016 and extended through January 2017. I am awaiting word on where I will be sent after my time in Wichita ends in July of this year. The official end of my fellowship is January 2018.
Individuals who are legally blind such as myself are selected as fellows based on experience, competence, academic achievement, motivation, references and interviews. I hold a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Westfield State University in Westfield, Mass. with a public management emphasis, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill in Spanish and history. I speak fluent Spanish and have provided translation services at the Salvation Army (Springfield, Mass.) and the UNC library. Until recently, I worked at LIFT-New York providing social services to the impoverished living in New York City. While at the Salvation Army, I worked with at-risk youth, managed databases and assisted in grant research. I hope to follow in the footsteps of other successful fellows who have landed professional and upwardly mobile professional managerial positions in the private sector and within the NIB network of associated nonprofit agencies.
Right now, I am enjoying every moment I spend at Envision working closely with Robin Stewart to develop a thorough Upward Mobility strategy. Many of you may already be familiar with the program after attending the Upward Mobility Open House held in Human Resources on May 1.
Each employee at Envision who is blind or visually impaired provides a uniquely challenging scenario through assistive technology training, work trials and career coaching to grow internal job placements and promotions. As part of the Upward Mobility program, we have created training and career-coaching tools to help Envision employees advance their careers within the organization. This includes internal and external training courses, job shadows and work trials and career coaching and guidance.
I am proud of my Upward Mobility work as well as my contributions to other projects that include the ISO 9001:2015 audit, creation of an apprenticeship program in the Quality Department and the transportation model project for Envision Xpress base supply centers. The best thing about Envision is the people. Everyone at Envision is great to work with and be with. When I leave in July, I know I will miss the people and employees most of all. Thank you for all of the opportunities and experiences you have given me.