CBIA and its longtime HR Counsel Mark Soycher were honored this week for their efforts to find greater employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Disability:IN Connecticut, a coalition of over 250 members/businesses that work with other businesses, governmental organizations, and community service agencies, recently honored Soycher and CBIA with its annual Partner of the Year award.
The award “recognizes the individual advocate and/or organization who have provided exceptional support of Disability:IN Connecticut's missions and initiatives,” the organization said.
It also recognized Eversource and The Travelers with other awards.
Soycher, who is retiring this year after 25 years with CBIA, received the award at Disability:IN Connecticut’s annual meeting, a virtual event held Oct. 22.
State Treasurer Shawn Wooden gave the keynote, speaking about how disability inclusion can positively impact your company’s bottom line.
Disability:IN Connecticut is an employer-focused organization that advocates for greater employment opportunities for people with disabilities through networking, education, and advocacy efforts.
Soycher has been a long-time member of Disability:In Connecticut, serving on the board and in several other volunteer capacities.
Soycher said he gets a lot of out volunteering for the organization.
“It’s been a highly mutually beneficial relationship, enhancing my capabilities on the job at CBIA,” he said.
Sharon Denson, executive director of Disability:IN Connecticut, praised Soycher for being a longtime supporter of the organization and disability inclusion in the workplace and supply chain.
She said Soycher has taken every possible opportunity to give of his time, expertise, and work with CBIA to disseminate best practices for disability inclusion.
Other winners were:
- Top Corporation/Government Agency for Disability-Owned Businesses Award: Eversource/Connecticut Department of Administrative Services
- Employer of the Year, National Corporation: The Travelers
- Advocate of the Year, Supply Chain Inclusion: Shelli McMillen Soto of the University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center & Women’s Business Center