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About Empwr

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.

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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.

Want to learn more about the Empwr story?

Whether you're a student considering attendance, a journalist working on a story, or just a curious member of the public: send us a message. We'd love to chat.

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