Work Without Limits honored by Greater Boston Business Council

Employment diversity program cited for excellence in community service

By Tom Lyons

UMass Medical School

February 07, 2013
Accepting the Greater Boston Business Council’s Outstanding Business Member of the Year for Excellence in Community Service award were Work Without Limits team members, from left, Jason Stanislawzyk, Marlene Tucker, Michelle Nowers, John Trobaugh, Kathy Petkauskos, Sean Driscoll, Alexis Henry, Clara Orlando, David Polakoff and Jorge Sanchez.

The Greater Boston Business Council honored UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits program with its Outstanding Business Member of the Year Award for Excellence in Community Service at the council’s recent annual awards ceremony.

Work Without Limits is a statewide network of employers and partners that aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities. The program works with disability-employment organizations to deliver services, such as candidate recruitment and training, to Massachusetts employers. It also provides businesses with information and resources needed to manage and accommodate an increasingly diverse workforce.

The Greater Boston Business Council (GBBC), the Boston area’s leading business group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, was established in 1990 to promote the business and professional interests of its members. The GBBC recognized Work Without Limits’ leadership not only in the disability community, but also for aligning its work to reduce barriers to employment for other diverse communities.

“The award underscores our continued strategic partnership with the GBBC, a leader in promoting more diverse workplaces in the Boston area, to create more meaningful work opportunities for people with disabilities,” said Alexis Henry, ScD, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the disability, health and employment policy unit at UMass Medical School, the home of Work Without Limits. “Our work would not be possible without such partnerships, so in addition to thanking them for this honor, we are also extremely grateful for their assistance.”