On June 25th President Biden signed an Executive Order that enhances the role of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) across the Federal workforce. One of the central tenants of this Executive Order is to advance the equity of individuals with disabilities across the Federal government by decreasing barriers through improving reasonable accommodations and creating a culture of full accessibility. It is this opening that offers entrepreneurs with disabilities and impact investors the ability to reimagine government work and provide a whole new platform to amplify various goods and services and promising technologies that will advance the workplace of the future within the federal government and shape a more inclusive environment for years to come.
In addition, this Executive Order also sets the wheels in motion to develop a framework for companies large and small to emulate. By pushing the idea that diversity is key to success on the Federal level this action signifies a new platform where an ecosystem can mature highlighting the ability for entrepreneurs and impact investors to leverage the capital markets and shine a light on the potential for the ongoing growth of the workforce of the future.
The role of government now has a platform to strengthen its position in the scope of human capital, innovation, and shape more effective leadership across the realm of work engaging everything from talent management to inclusive design to channel the very disruptive nature of workplace culture in real-time. Yet to do this effectively one must see this Executive Order as only the first step in a longer journey. The next step is to have a greater understanding of the must-needed alliance between government, entrepreneurs, and the value of impact investors.
Now that the clarion call has been sounded by the Federal government, entrepreneurs, and particularly those with disabilities must be up to the task to leverage this opportunity and use their ability to harness their acumen for innovation as they pursue finding more effective solutions towards critical human capital needs. The role of entrepreneurs with disabilities is essential to the growth and evolution of the workforce of the Federal government for the 21st Century. Yet, even with this Executive Order, there must be a recognition that to make true progress there needs to be an ongoing symbiotic relationship between the disability community and the Federal government to shape the future of work. It is this very relationship that not only enhances those with disabilities but has a broader impact across the far-reaching elements that make up the culture of work as a whole. For it is the disability community, and specifically entrepreneurs with disabilities that will be key drivers in designing the workspaces of tomorrow and help define the architecture of a hybrid work environment.
Yet, while entrepreneurs with disabilities can play a significant function in shaping the future of workforce design, it will be impact investors that spur this growth by investing in entrepreneurs and companies who are redefining the world of work and shaping a future that embraces inclusion and diversity. Investors must see themselves as an instrument of transformation that can enhance innovation and be a change agent in setting the tone for the Federal workforce which has the capacity to affect the policy for the future of work in the United States.
The bond between entrepreneurship, impact investing and the Federal government is perhaps in its embryonic stage, yet with this Executive Order, we now have a moment where we can rethink how we approach the future of work through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion while reflecting on the notion that innovation will be the source for real change. It will be up to the Federal government and impact investors to boost the influence of entrepreneurs with disabilities to lead an innovation revolution that will redefine the very architecture of the future of work and shape opportunities yet to be discovered.
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