Kellogg is committed to nurturing a diverse, inclusive environment in which all our people are empowered to bring their most creative thinking, do their best work and achieve their full potential. To help meet this commitment, Kellogg offers a number of Business/Employee Resource Groups (B/ERGs), including Kapable, its disability-related business/employee resource group.
Kapable influences Kellogg’s work environment and provides input on business initiatives and programs. To learn more about Kapable’s impact on the organization, we sat down with Scott Hamric, Vice President Business Development & Kapable Co-Chair to ask four questions that provide more background on Kellogg’s fastest growing B/ERG.
1. Can you provide more detail on Kapable?
Kapable is the fastest growing B/ERG at Kellogg. It was established three years ago and is still growing, with more than 250 members, it continues to expand globally. Kapable is helping to ensure we have a fully inclusive and accessible workplace while raising awareness.
Kapable was started by a colleague whose father worked in the area of supporting sight impaired people – she ignited the spark that got so many employees passionate about the opportunities of a disability-related B/ERG. Everyone on the team has their own story – why they are passionate for this initiative – and we often start our meetings with those stories to motivate us.
2.What advice might you have for implementing successful Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) policies that impact employees with disabilities?
It’s important to first be educated and informed of employees’ situations and needs. It may sound simple, but that perspective provides incredible insight in areas that can and do make significant impacts. Kapable has extended its support to employees whose family members have challenges. Often times, it is assumed that companies are only concerned with employees and their needs. However, it’s also true that the impact of caregiving also has a significant impact on an employee’s happiness and productivity. At Kellogg, we have made a concerted effort to raise awareness for support programs, assistance and more.
3.What is Kapable’s mission?
Kapable has been an instrumental initiative for embracing inclusion at Kellogg. Kapable’s mission is “to ensure Kellogg is a welcoming and inclusive environment for current or future employees and supporters of those who are disabled”. The Kapable team is continually looking for ways to better our company’s culture, hold inspiring, educational events for employees and make a positive impact in our local communities.
4.What initiatives have been most successful for embracing inclusion for employees with disabilities?
To fulfill our mission, Kapable implements a number of highly impactful programs including a popular speaker series called, “I’M POSSIBLE”. We highlight stories of overcoming challenges in and outside of the workplace. The series features individuals and groups that have turned IMPOSSIBLE to I’M POSSIBLE. The series has been well received and has featured everyone from para-Olympic athletes to a Brussels airport bombing survivor.
We also host panel discussions. These conversations create open forums and allow for safe and engaging conversations. One panel highlighted the concerns and benefits of self-reporting a disability.
Click here to learn more about Kapable and other Business Employee Resources Groups.