Who we are
The team behind Empwr isn't a non-profit organization or a corporate DEI collaborative - it's a dedicated group of full-time MBA students. Empwr is planned and executed by the leaders of the Carolina Disability Alliance (CDA), a diversity club at UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Within CDA, over a dozen business students hold positions committed entirely to Empwr conference planning. This passionate collection of students is comprised of both disability self-advocates and allies.
The idea for Empwr
Empwr started as a "What if?" conversation among Carolina Disability Alliance leaders. What if there was a better way for business students in the disability community to showcase their talents? What if there was a recruiting environment where disability was seen as a valuable dimension of diversity rather than a burden? What if... CDA planned a diversity recruiting conference?
Through the boldness and dedication of those student leaders, that "What if?" became Empwr - the first national effort to bring disability self-advocates and allies from U.S. business schools together with top employers.