people and community a clear vision guides workplace disability inclusion programs
2 min read | october 30, 2023
Leo Knittel may not be able to see, but his vision for excellence is crystal clear.
A rare eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa took Knittel’s eyesight when he was in his late 30s. While he’s experienced challenges along the way, that hasn’t stopped him from thriving in the world around him.
Today, as president of Chevron’s global ENABLED (ENhancing ABilities and LEveraging Disabilities) employee network, he continues to turn obstacles into opportunities.
president of Chevron’s ENABLED employee network
a sight on success
Disability:IN, a nonprofit for business disability inclusion worldwide, honored Chevron’s ENABLED employee network as 2023 Employee Resource Group of the Year. The award recognizes the group’s programs and initiatives that fuel professional growth for members like Knittel.
focused on support
In the past two years, ENABLED has:
- Doubled its membership from 1,200 to nearly 2,500.
- Hosted an ENABLED Summit, inviting all Chevron employees to better understand how disability inclusion helps enrich, empower and enable Chevron’s workforce.
- Opened new chapters on three different continents.
- Continued to expand company-wide accessibility across internal and external digital communications.
Knittel is ready to keep that momentum going.
“I want to ensure that ENABLED will continue a legacy of strength, diversity and committed leadership that can keep making sure that all voices will be heard,” he said.
why it matters
An inclusive work environment that values the diversity of employees’ talents, experiences and ideas leads to more innovation and higher performance.
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