2016 Honorees at Party 4 PYD

We’re pleased to honor EY for their incredible leadership and commitment to diverse abilities to build a better working world — with increased trust and confidence in business, sustainable growth, development of talent in all its forms, and greater collaboration.

Most recently, EY was a presenting supporter of and hosted the America’s Disability Rights Museum on Wheels in New York City. It has taken the bold leadership and countless contributions of people around the world to form the leading global organization EY is today. Their roots go back to the 19th century and their founders Arthur Young and Alwin C. Ernst. Starting with their founder, Arthur Young, EY has always embraced differing abilities. Trained as a lawyer, Arthur was deaf with low vision and he wasn’t able to comfortably practice. He turned to finance and the new field of accounting to build his career. His “disability” drove him to innovation and entrepreneurship, which played a pivotal role in the development of the firm.

Their steadfast commitment to helping people with disabilities work comfortably and productively is illustrated through their ongoing investment in professional networks, educational resources and accessible work spaces. This includes providing accessibility in the technologies they build, buy and deploy. For example, they are the first of the Big Four to sign the Business Taskforce on Accessibilities Technology (BTAT) Charter.

At EY they believe that only the highest-performing teams, which maximize the power of different opinions, perspectives and cultural references, will succeed in the global marketplace. Their focus on diversity and inclusiveness is integral to how they serve their clients, develop their people and play a leadership role in their communities. That is because creating an inclusive workforce, where all difference matter, allows EY to identify the risks and opportunities they might not otherwise see. A. C. Ernst and Arthur Young would surely be proud of the result — a global organization of 212,000 people sharing their ideals and passion to help build a better working world.

Stephen J. Mastrocola is an Assurance Partner and is the Area Leader of Ernst & Young’s New England Assurance Practice, primarily serving clients in the technology and life sciences industries. Based in Boston, Steve has more than 25 years of experience with a significant focus on working with privately-owned and publicly-held companies in the technology sector including software, medical devices and e-commerce. Steve is a Member of the Board of Directors of PYD now for five years and is steadfast in his care and support in a plethora of ways. He gives of his time and expertise as a member of the finance committee, is a champion in giving and encourages, invites, and welcomes the participation of his family, friends and colleagues at PYD.

Steve graduated from Boston College with a BS in Business Administration, Accounting. Steve is a CPA in Massachusetts and New York and is a member of the AICPA and Massachusetts Society of CPAs. Steve also serves on the Board of The New England Aquarium. Steve and his wife Donna live in North Andover, Massachusetts with their three children – Katy, Andrew and Emily.

Cheri Blauwet, MD is a former Paralympic athlete in the sport of wheelchair racing, competing for the United States Team in three Paralympic Games (Sydney ’00, Athens ’04, Beijing ’08) and bringing home a total of seven Paralympic medals. She is also a two-time winner of both the Boston and New York City Marathons, and has been nominated for the ESPY Award, the Laureus World Sports Award, and Women’s Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year. She is the Chairperson of the International Paralympic Committee’s Medical Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). As an Instructor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she also serves as the Disability Access and Awareness Director for Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. She is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in PM&R at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where she served as Chief Resident, followed by a sports medicine fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Eli A. Wolff co-founded and co-directs the Inclusive Sports Initiative at the Institute for Human Centered Design, the Royce Fellowship for Sport and Society at Brown University, and also the Power of Sport platform, a new initiative to fuel and magnify the power of sport movement. Eli helped to establish the ESPY Award for Best Male and Female Athlete with a Disability, and he organized the national disability sport organizations to support professional golfer Casey Martin in his successful case against the PGA before the U.S. Supreme Court. Eli has helped to lead a national effort for the inclusion of student-athletes with disabilities in high school and college athletic opportunities. He is currently involved in a global collaborative effort to develop an International Mentoring Day on January 17 in connection with Muhammad Ali’s birthday. Eli was a member of the United States Paralympic Soccer Team in the 1996 and 2004 Paralympic Games. Eli is a graduate of Milton Academy and Brown University and is pursuing his PhD in Sports Studies at the German Sport University of Cologne. Eli serves on the board of directors for the United States Olympians and Paralympians Association and on the board of Partners for Youth with Disabilities.

Carol Curtin, PhD is the Associate Director of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and also Director of the Shriver Center’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs. She maintains faculty appointments in the UMMS Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, the Department of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, and the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University. Dr. Curtin received her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work and her PhD in Clinical and Population Health Research from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Curtin has over 30 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health /psychiatric disorders and their families in a variety of settings using a variety of clinical modalities, and has directed programs in clinical, community, academic, and research settings. Her current research is focused on health promotion with an emphasis on identifying unique modifiable risk factors for obesity in populations of children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities and devising targeted and tailored interventions to meet their needs.

Ellen Perrin, MD went to Barnard College in NY City, and then medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. While there she participated in a program in which we provided books and activities for children who were living in the inner city of Cleveland. For the next few years she did her pediatric training at the University of Rochester and at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington DC. Since then Ellen has been on the faculty in pediatrics at the University of Rochester, Vanderbilt University, the University of Massachusetts, and since 2000 at Floating Hospital at Tufts Medical Center. She has done a lot of teaching and research about children with special health care needs of all kinds, especially helping practicing pediatricians to partner with their parents to identify their needs and find ways to meet them.

Coalition opens 2016 nominations for Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

NDMC logoBoston, MA (January 21, 2016) – In honor of National Mentoring Month and National Thank Your Mentor Day, the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) opened the 2016 Nominations for the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created to honor individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.

The Hall of Fame’s namesake, Susan M. Daniels, devoted her life to improving the lives of others with disabilities. As a person with a disability who achieved enormous professional and personal success, she had significant impact as a senior policy maker and as a mentor to hundreds of individuals. Susan passed away in October 2011 and the National Disability Mentoring Coalition honors her legacy through the hall of fame.

The inaugural class of inductees into the Hall of Fame was announced at the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) Conference on September 29, 2015 during the Student Leaders Networking and ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. Twenty-five leaders and mentors were inducted in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA.

The founding sponsors for the Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame are the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (www.meaf.org) and PolicyWorks, Inc. (www.disabilitypolicyworks.org).

About the National Disability Mentoring Coalition: The mission of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) is to increase the awareness, quality and impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities across the nation. Member organizations share core values and align with the Coalition’s objectives to streamline communication, standardize and systematize data collection, reduce duplication of efforts, increase mentoring opportunities, and improve outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities. Learn more about the NDMC and its Members at: www.disabilitymentors.org.

Celebrate International Mentoring Day on January 17th

Since 2002, January has been officially recognized as National Mentoring Month across the United States. Organized by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the month is a time to raise awareness of the benefits of mentoring and to encourage more people to volunteer. This year, though, the movement finally spans worldwide: International Mentoring Day is being celebrated on January 17th.

Organized as a joint collaboration by MENTOR, the Muhammad Ali Center, and Epicenter Community, International Mentoring Day hopes to engage people around the world in a discussion on the impact of both formal and informal mentors. The date for the day was chosen to coincide with Muhammad Ali’s birthday, to recognize his role as a mentor and motivator to others.

“Muhammad has been a mentor to me, his family, friends, fans, and countless numbers of individuals around the world for decades,” said Lonnie Ali, the Ali Center, “Mentors are gifts to the world. They encourage, motivate, reinforce, and guide others to reach individual greatness. Muhammad and I are both proud that International Mentoring Day will be launched in Muhammad’s name on his 74th birthday and hope that on this day, and for years in the future, ordinary people will take a first step to mentoring someone who needs support, direction, and somebody to believe in them. Mentors have the power to change lives.”

To celebrate International Mentoring Day, the organizations have asked that people do the following:

  1. Follow International Mentoring Day on Facebook and Twitter and follow the conversation.
  2. Post to @mentoringday and #MentorIRL photos, video, messages and stories about your mentors and how you are a mentor to others.
  3. Answer two simple questions…
    • What does mentoring mean to you?
    • How do you define mentoring?
  4. The top 10 most liked social media posts by Jan 31 will be highlighted by the Muhammad Ali Center.
  5. Go to change.org and share your comments and ideas to further recognize the significance of mentoring around the world.

What will you do to celebrate International Mentoring Day? We hope this day is a success and becomes an annual tradition!

Read the full press release on International Mentoring Day on MENTOR’s website.