Carol Glazer


Company: National Organization on Disability
Role: Session Presenter

Carol Glazer joined the National Organization on Disability (NOD) in July 2006 as the executive director of its National EmployAbility Partnership. She became NOD’s president in October 2008. Under Carol’s leadership, NOD has developed important new relationships with the U.S. Army, leading employers, national and local foundations, allied disability organizations and scores of new corporate donors to NOD’s programs. She put in place NOD’s signature employment demonstrations, Wounded Warrior Careers and Bridges to Business and now oversees NOD’s professional services to companies to help them become more disability-inclusive.

Carol is a speaker and subject matter expert on issues regarding the employment of people with disabilities and has addressed audiences at national conferences, corporate forums and higher education institutions, among others. Some of Carol’s commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, TIME, Federal Times, and The Huffington Post where she maintains a blog on disability employment-related matters. Carol has also appeared on nationally syndicated television and radio broadcasts, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, National Public Radio (NPR), Disability Matters with Joyce Bender on VoiceAmerica, The Business of Giving with Denver Frederick on AM 970, and Connections on WXXI News.

From 1998 to 2006, Carol operated a consulting enterprise providing program development and management assistance to foundations, universities, and nonprofits fighting poverty in inner-city communities. Before consulting, Carol served as the vice president and chief operating officer of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation from 1996 to 1999.

From 1985 through 1996, Carol served as senior vice president for National Programs at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development intermediary. At LISC, Carol held various positions related to LISC’s growth from a nonprofit with 30 staff members and $20 million in assets, to 500-plus staff members and a $3 billion bank for inner-city housing, economic development and quality-of-life projects.

Carol holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and, in 2012, was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Allegheny College for her work on behalf of individuals with disabilities. She has two children, one of whom was born with hydrocephalus and has physical and intellectual disabilities.

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