Virtual Perspectives 2019

Beyond the Illusion of Inclusion: How to Develop Truly Inclusive Leaders

Thursday, June 13 | 12:00 p.m. ET

Give your team a jolt of inclusive energy! People with disabilities present untapped potential as teammates, staff and leaders. People with an intellectual disability show incredible agility, bravery and emotional intelligence, and stay in their job 3.5 times longer than their non-disabled co-workers. D&I initiatives that focus on changing attitudes and establishing proper support systems can make a huge difference.

Special Olympics offers unique integrated leadership development to people with and without disabilities through the award-winning Leadership Academy and other growth opportunities. Come to learn proven practices of supporting people of all abilities to become effective leaders and workplace contributors!


FY20-Speaker Photo-Olga Yakimakho.pngOlga Yakimakho
Director, Leadership and Organizational Development
Special Olympics International

Olga Yakimakho is Director of Leadership and Organizational Development at Special Olympics headquarters. She leads the Special Olympics Unified Leadership Academy (ATD 2017 Excellence in Practice award winner) and provides professional development opportunities to Special Olympics leaders around the world. In the past 19 years, Olga has specialized in a wide range of international non-profit performance improvement areas such as organizational capacity development, leadership strengthening, strategy design, and quality assurance. She directed consultancies and training in 24 countries. Olga holds an MPA in International Management from Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California.

FY20-Speaker Photo-Denis Doolan.pngDenis Doolan
Chief, Organizational Excellence
Special Olympics International

Denis has over 20 years’ international experience in strategic and operational planning, project management, leadership development and consultancy across a variety of sectors. In his current role, Denis oversees leadership and operational development at Special Olympics International, the world’s largest organization working with people with intellectual disabilities. His recent work with Special Olympics includes organizing 50th anniversary celebrations, founding the Special Olympics Leadership Academy and preparing the 2016-2020 global strategic plan. Denis’ previous experience includes work with organizations such as Allianz, Amrop and Credit Agricole. He has also worked on multiple Olympic and other major events.

About Special Olympics International

Special Olympics is a movement that unleashes the human spirit every day in 174 countries through transformative power of sport. Through programming in sports as well as health, education and community building, Special Olympics tackles inactivity, stigma, and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities face, enabling their full social participation.