Jenny Lay-Flurrie is chief accessibility officer at Microsoft, leading the company's efforts to drive products, services & websites that empower people & organizations to achieve more. Her team is at the forefront of creating positive experiences that apply technology to make a difference in the world & in the lives of individuals, from how Microsoft hires & supports people with disabilities in employment to innovative technology that aims to revolutionize what's possible for people with disabilities.
With the help of her team & broad community within Microsoft, Lay-Flurrie leads many initiatives to empower people with disabilities both inside & outside of Microsoft. She founded the Disability Employee Resource Group at Microsoft & chaired it for 10 years. She created the Disability Answer Desk, which provides specialist customer support to people with disabilities, & hosts the annual Microsoft Ability Summit, which focuses on empowering 12,000+ registered attendees with the inclusive & innovative thinking necessary to enable people around the world. In addition, she has been Instrumental in projects such as the Autism Hiring Program, Soundscape & the Microsoft Ability Hackathon, which has supported over 500 hackathon teams building technology for people with disabilities.
Outside of Microsoft, Lay-Flurrie is on the board of Gallaudet University & Team Gleason. She was recognized as a Disability Employment Champion of Change by the White House in October 2014 & as one of Fast Company's Most Creative People in 2017.
This appearance by Jenny Lay-Flurrie is part of the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series. Join us virtually at youtube.com/ecorner as we bring founders, investors & industry influencers to center stage & invite them to share what it takes to become a disruptor.