Our Global Ambassadors are high profile, successful and authoritative people in positions of leadership or influence in business, government and disability. They are experts in their field, and they support the mission of The Global Network for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities. Their influence and knowledge will smooth our journey towards opening up opportunities for people with disability to operate and build their own businesses.
Suzanne Colbert AM – Sydney, Australia
Suzanne is the founder and CEO of the Australian Network on Disability (for Employers Making a Difference) the definitive authority in Australia on disability as it affects business. AND‘s 100 members (global, corporate and government) between them employ approximately 10% of the Australian workforce. AND is responsible for many innovations to help organizations employ people with a disability including the outstandingly successful Stepping Into Program .
During her career spanning more that 20 years she has been at the leading edge of advancing employment opportunities for people with disability. Her continuous drive for progress has been recognized by her country with the award of Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Over the past 10 years Suzanne has worked with hundreds of organizations and helped them implement systems and knowledge that builds their disability confidence to welcome people with disability as customers and employees.
Suzanne was founding general manager of Shore Personnel, a disability employment service and a vocational trainer for people with intellectual disability. She was also the founder and inaugural Chair, of ACE National Network, the peak body representing the interests of open employment services for people with disability to Federal Government.
On a personal note, Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband, Global Network Co-Founder, John Little. They enjoy travelling and enjoying great food and wine and spending time with their four adult children.
The Honorable John D. Kemp – Washington, DC, USA
John D. Kemp is widely respected for his many achievements, both in the corporate and non‐profit worlds and has personal experience with personal disability which comes from having been born without arms below the elbows and legs below the knees and the use of four prostheses.
He graduated from Georgetown University in 1971 and from Washburn University School of Law in 1974 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Washburn University School of Law in May, 2003. In 1997, John was recognized as Washburn University Law School’s Distinguished Alumni Fellow, and in 1991 was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, an honor extended to singularly accomplished individuals in recognition of their achievements in the face of extraordinary challenges.
John is a principal at the Washington, D.C. Law Firm of Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, P.C.
In March 2006, John received the Henry B. Betts Award, widely regarded as America’s highest honor for disability leadership and service. In October 2007, he received the New Freedom Initiative Award which recognizes a person’s work and scope of influence that have significantly improved the quality of life for people with disabilities in the past and who continues to be a force for change in the future
Appointed by Secretary Leavitt of Health and Human Services, John served on the Medicaid Commission from July 2005 through December 2006. He also serves on the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities which guides the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the Agency for International Development (USAID) in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and assistance with respect to people with disabilities.
In addition John has led, partnered, worked for and served on the Boards of Directors of many of the leading disability and nonprofit organizations.
Susan Scott-Parker OBE – London, UK
Susan is the founder and chief executive of Employers’ Forum on Disability (EFD), the world’s leading employers’ organization focused on disability as it affects business. EFD’s nearly 400 members, including over 100 global companies, employ around 20 per cent of the UK workforce. Since its establishment in 1991, EFD members have worked closely with disabled people, government and other stakeholders, making it easier to employ disabled people and serve disabled customers.
Susan established a unique senior leadership team together with EFD’s President John Varley, Group CEO Barclays Bank. The President’s Group signals to colleagues, customers, and government that disability is a strategic business and societal priority. Together with the DG of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Susan also chairs EFD’s Business Taskforce on Accessible Technology. This taskforce of senior ICT directors will define best practice, encourage global ICT suppliers to deliver accessible products and services and help global regulators understand what business needs from IT related standards if it is to employ and do business with disabled people
In 2005 Susan led the development of the Disability Standard and a biennial benchmark exercise that measures business performance on disability. It is the only management tool that enables organizations to accurately assess and then improve their disability confidence across the business.
Known internationally for her ability to mobilize employers to the mutual benefit of business and disabled people, Susan helped the ILO to establish the Sri Lankan Employers’ Network on Disability and continues to work closely with other emerging networks. She also works closely with the Australian Network on Disability (for Employers Making a Difference).
Susan pioneered the world’s first leadership program for people with disabilities, in partnership with the Coverdale organization.
Susan is also a longstanding board member of the Central School of Ballet in London and more recently has been appointed to the Board of the British Quality Foundation. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000 and received her Honorary Doctorate from Bradford University in 2003. Susan is a Canadian who has lived and worked in the UK for over 25 years.