Our Team

Meg O’Connell

Vice President, Workplace Initiative
President, Global Disability Inclusion

Meg O’Connell is the Vice President of the Workplace Initiative for the Poses Family Foundation. She leads a team of five to drive and deliver against our vision to be a catalyst for change in how the nation views disability employment and inclusion. The Workplace Initiative focuses on three key areas; local/regional collaboration, national company-based projects, and disability inclusion field building efforts.
Meg is also the Founder and President of Global Disability Inclusion (www.globaldisabilityinclusion.com) a boutique consulting firm dedicated to assisting companies, foundations, non-profits and government agencies to realize disability inclusion has a competitive advantage. Past and present clients include, Toys R Us, P&G, Arrow Electronics, Starbucks, Lowe’s and NCR.

James Emmett

Lead Strategist, Workplace Initiative
Owner and CEO, James Emmett & Company

James Emmett is the Lead Strategist of the Workplace Initiative for the Poses Family Foundation where he helps oversee strategy development & implementation of projects that impact the field of disability inclusion. James has served in the Lead Strategist role for the past four years helping build the Workplace Initiative’s three-prong strategy that focuses on local/regional collaboration, national company-based projects, and disability inclusion field building efforts.
James is also the Founder of James Emmett & Company (www.jamesemmett.com) that provides disability inclusion consulting to global companies. He has worked on many of the most visible disability inclusion initiatives in the country with companies like Walgreens, Best Buy, Office Depot/Max, PepsiCo, and Mercy Health. James also serves as lead consultant for TIAA’s “Fruits of Employment” project. James’ career vision is to forever change the business and disability communities by helping hundreds of companies create disability inclusion brands.

Judith Smith

Program Officer, Workplace Initiative

Judith M. Smith is a Program Officer with the Poses Family Foundation’s Workplace Initiative. Her primary focus area is the Initiative’s community-based projects, which accelerate employment for job seekers with disabilities through cross-system collaboration.  Judith also has a passion for adaptive sport, and has guided athletes with disabilities in the New York City and Boston Marathons as a volunteer with Achilles International.

 

Erica Brody

Program Officer, Workplace Initiative

Erica Brody is a Program Officer with the Poses Family Foundation’s Workplace Initiative. She focuses on the Initiative’s work with major corporations to implement large scale disability employment and inclusion programs, as well as the Initiative’s field-building work. Prior to joining the Workplace Initiative team, Erica was a Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Human Capital Consulting practice, providing change management, training, and leadership development solutions to clients across several industries – including Consumer Products, Healthcare, State Government, and Federal agencies. Erica served as Deloitte’s National Recruiting Lead and DC Area Chapter Lead for the Ability First Business Resource Group, and has over ten years of volunteer commitment in various leadership roles with Best Buddies International.

Jon Stoops

Consultant, Workplace Initiative
Jon Stoops is a corporate disability consultant. He has worked for James Emmett & Company for many years on many national initiatives. James Emmett & Company helps design grassroots disability and inclusion projects for large national companies. Some of those companies are: Office Max, Walgreens, PepsiCo, Sears, Cintas, and Procter & Gamble. Jon is a consultant for the Poses Family Foundation’s Workplace Initiative.

Andy Traub, SPHR, SHRM-CSP

Consultant, Workplace Initiative
President, Traub & Associates Consulting

Andy Traub, is a corporate disability inclusion consultant and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-CSP). He is a nationally recognized leader in both disability and autism employment. Over the past two decades, Andy has provided sustainable disability inclusion solutions for many national employers, including AMC Theatres, Google, Toys”R”Us, Starbucks, and Kroger to name a few. At AMC, Andy led the company’s strategic recruitment initiatives and created “AMC F.O.C.U.S.,” an award-winning program in which AMC broke new ground in hiring and retaining large numbers of individuals with disabilities. He has also severed as the Managing Director for the National Organization on Disability where he created several innovative programs and products to help national employers create strategic programs designed to effectively attract, on-board, manage and retain individuals with disabilities.

Poses Family Foundation

The Poses Family Foundation (PFF) is a New York City–based philanthropic foundation founded by Nancy and Fred Poses. With interests in five areas, the Poses Family Foundation puts its greatest focus on learning and attention issues. To create long-term, scalable impact, the Poses Family Foundation provides strategic analysis, pro-bono advising, incubation of large-scale initiatives and multi-year funding.