Ignite Speaker Series: “Employing a Diverse Workforce”


October 23rd, 2020, 9:00am to 10:00am

Location Name

Online Event

Join us on Friday, Oct. 23 from 9-10 a.m. for SARRC's first Ignite Virtual Speaker Series event! Randy Lewis—former Vice President of Walgreens, TEDx speaker, and advocate for hiring employees with disabilities—will be giving a live, virtual presentation centered around employing a diverse workforce.

If you are an employer, in human resources, a business owner, advocate, parent, or provider this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Registration Details

There is no cost to attend. Register online through Eventbrite here »

This presentation will be hosted online using Zoom technology. A link will be sent to your email with details to join the event. 


  • Presentation: 9:00–9:40 a.m.
  • Moderated Q&A: 9:40-10:00 a.m. 

About Randy Lewis

Randy Lewis is Founder and President of the Nogwog Fund, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation

Randy Lewis is the Founder and President of the Nogwog Fund, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. He is author of “No Greatness Without Goodness,” which was released in 2014 and was named by Fast Company as one of its “10 New Books You Need To Read This Year”.  

In 2014 Mr. Lewis launched the Nogwog Disability Initiative to assist businesses and communities in developing and launching disability hiring initiatives that result in a more inclusive and effective workforce for business, improve the well-being of the community and have positive impact for all those involved, with and without disabilities. He has helped senior executives of companies across the country and abroad to launch their own disability hiring initiatives including Lowe’s, P&G, Best Buy, UPS, Marks & Spencer (UK) and Ica (Sweden). 

Mr. Lewis pioneered this model at Walgreens where he served twenty years as the chain grew from 1,800 to 8,000 stores. When he retired in 2013, he had served sixteen years as Senior Vice President of Logistics and Supply Chain and was responsible for all aspects of logistics including strategy, operations, engineering, IT systems, and inventory management.

About the Ignite Speaker Series

Join SARRC this Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 for the Ignite Speaker Series! Through informative, one-hour live lectures on pertinent topics centered around autism spectrum disorder, the Ignite Speaker Series will not only educate autism providers and community members, but it will also support the reduction of health disparities for the vulnerable and underserved autism population and promote improvements in the delivery of autism services. The Ignite Speaker Series is a space where we can highlight innovative thoughts, ideas, and solutions toward creating a more inclusive community. Our desire is that this series will inspire and ignite change. Each event is followed by a live, moderated Q&A. Learn more »

• Randy Lewis - Friday, Oct. 23 
• Dr. Patricia Wright - Friday, Nov. 13
• Torrie Dunlap - Friday, Jan. 29 
• Dr. Linda LeBlanc - Friday, Feb. 19 

Generously funded by BHHS Legacy Foundation

The Ignite Speaker series is funded as a result of generous financial support from BHHS Legacy Foundation which is an Arizona charitable organization whose philanthropic mission is to enhance the quality of life and health of those it serves.