Passionate advocates for people with disabilities:
We aspire to make meaningful employment opportunities available to people with disabilities and provide employers access to this untapped talent pool. Our approach is innovative and transformative.
We see the great potential to contribute to the business, brand, and workforce of many organizations through unlocking untapped human potential and creating meaningful life-changing opportunities for all.
We are innovators continuing to innovate to help as many people as possible.
To enable employment of people with disabilities:
We unleash the potential of people with disabilities through employment. We unlock access to this untapped talent pool for businesses through our innovative "Bridge to Opportunity" training academies. These programs develop certified employable skills to enable meaningful jobs and careers in Information Technology for people with disabilities.
Our only ambition is to enable meaningful employment that transforms lives.
To enrich lives and give deserving people an opportunity to prove themselves:
All people have great potential and aspire to have meaningful work.
Employers struggle to find talent while millions just want a chance to contribute and prove themselves.
We aspire to help people with disabilities achieve their life's aspirations and live their best life.
Our Mission is to enable extraordinariness by transforming the employment of people with disabilities globally such that all who seek a meaningful career have one, and all are rewarded equitably for their meaningful impact.
Our vision is to change the way people with disabilities are employed, embraced, rewarded and recognized.
Our focus is to:
Maximize our worldwide impact leveraging best practices and fostering collaboration so that the extraordinariness of people with disabilities is amplified.
Pat is a retired IT Executive, who has dedicated his post-retirement work to advocating and enriching the lives of people with disabilities. Pat retired in 2017 as Vice President of Cloud Sales Strategy at Cisco Systems,
Founded and leads the Bridge to Opportunity program globally. Also serves on several non-profit boards, and is the Executive Director of Andrew's Place Charity.
Pat hold a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Economics, and Master's Degree in Non-Profit Administration from the University of Michigan.
Sarah Wang’ombe is a Social Inclusion Expert with extensive experience in multi-sectoral program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning processes with INGOs in humanitarian and development projects.
We are blessed to have Sarah share her deep expertise in program design and delivery of highly successful Bridge to Opportunity Programs. She works closely with our partners to launch and deliver great programs
Sarah supports organizations in realizing disability inclusion ambitions, with a specific focus on promoting skills building and employment of people with disabilities in Africa.
Most recently, she led the establishment of Bridge Academy in Nairobi, provided strategic advisory on disability employment programs scale up, trained over 600 corporate staff on disability inclusion in the workplace and carried out value chains analysis for disability inclusive labor programs.
She advises Bridge to Opportunity programs around the world on best practices and strategies to build and launch these life-changing programs.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kenyatta University, and a Master of Science Degree in International Development from the University of Portsmouth
Rich is a very experienced and accomplished technical leader and instructor.
We are blessed to have Rich lead our technical program design and curriculum architecture efforts.
Rich began his computer networking/training career during his time as an undergraduate at Central Michigan University, working for Education Central as the Lead Technology Trainer and World Wide Web Director. He continued down this path as a Technology Specialist for Michigan Schools in the Middle as well as a Technology Advisor with the CMU Office of Clinical and Field Experiences. After graduation, Rich pursued a career in secondary education teaching various computer and mathematics courses. He subseqently completed his Masters program and continues to this day adding to his technical skillset.
Rich began his technical instruction in 2002, at the Pinckney Community High School Cisco Academy, teaching Computer Hardware (A+), Computer Networking (CCNA/Network+), and Operating System (Linux) Courses. He later grew this program into the Pinckney Cybersecurity Institute. He retired from Pinckney in 2021 and continues to lead and design technical training programs across Michigan. He has led the instruction and success of multiple cohorts of the Michigan Bridge Academy.
Rich holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mathematics and Political Science from Central Michigan University as well as a Masters in Arts in Mathematics from Eastern Michigan.
Silvia is a gifted adminsitrative and operations leader that has driven many successful programs in both IT and Higher Education.
We are blessed to have Silvia guide some of our very successful Bridge to Opportunity Programs. She works closely with our partners to launch and deliver great programs.
Silvias background includes leading Administration, Operations, and Development work in the Information Technology and Higher Education fields. she led administrative operations for a highly successful team at Cisco Systems. She subsequently lead administrative and development work at Marymount University.
Silvia holds a Bachelor and Masters degreee of Business Administration from Marymount University.
Palak is a brilliant strategy professional with industry and development agencies expertise across the globe in business strategies, operating and business model design. we are honored to have her deep expertise and advise guiding our program design and strategy.
She is a certified Design Thinking practitioner focused on marrying innovation and design with business value creation. Palak has worked with many of the world's biggest thought champions including the World Economic Forum, Global Compact Network and the United Nations on cutting edge research on sustainability and business impact.
She is also a freelance artist and enjoys artistic pursuits to further her creative energy.
She has a Bachelor of Commerce
Degree from Shri Ram College of Commerce and Post Graduation Diploma in Management, Strategy and Marketing from the Indian Institute of Management
We aspire to transform lives through our work. We enable the extraordinariness pf our candidates by providing meaningful opportunities that can transform their lives.