March 10, 2008
Russell was selected by Walgreen Company to manage its Career Outreach Department in 2006. This department oversees the companyâ€™s commitment to have one-third of the workforce in its latest and all future distribution centers consist of qualified individuals with disabilities. The first of these centers opened in January 2007. She has advised and monitored the efforts in order to disseminate lessons that are learned. Walgreen Company is the nationâ€™s largest drugstore chain and the seventh largest retailer.
Russellâ€™s background includes working in the field of employment of people with disabilities for more than 15 years. These experiences include being a special education teacher, job coach, job developer, director of a job development program, manager of systems change projects at the state level and addressing issues related to people with disabilities within the workforce investment system. She has presented nationally on topics related to the employment of people with disabilities and has worked on a grant project for the U.S. Labor Department.
The presentation, in conjunction with Indiana Stateâ€™s Disability Awareness Month activities, is free and open to the public. Russellâ€™s visit is sponsored by the Blumberg Center, Cunningham Memorial Library and the College of Business.
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Walgreens corporate executive Deb Russell will speak on "Employing People with Disabilities" at 5 p.m. March 18 in Indiana State University's Cunningham Memorial Library. A reception for Russell will be hosted by the library beginning at 4:30 p.m.