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Pushing Forward with Alycia: Episode 4 – DEI+Disability | Etsy’s Beth Wiesendanger

Published: Thursday July 13, 2023

Pushing Forward with Alycia | A Disability Podcast

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Welcome back to Pushing Forward with Alycia!

In today’s episode, Alycia Anderson, a fierce disability advocate and TEDx speaker, continues to share her mission to empower change by disabling ableism and bringing on experts in the field of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion AND Accessibility!

Welcome Beth Wiesendanger

Beth is a leading voice in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and the Senior Manager of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility at Etsy. Join us as we explore Beth’s personal journey as a double amputee and delve into the importance of creating inclusive spaces that uplift disabled voices. Discover the significance of disability inclusion in the broader context of intersectional identities and gain insights on fostering access and representation for all. Explore practical strategies for breaking down barriers and building a more inclusive society that values every individual.

In this episode:

  1. Learn from Beth Wiesendanger, an influential advocate for disability inclusion and empowerment.
  2. Understand the power of inclusivity in amplifying the voices of disabled individuals.
  3. Explore the intersectionality of disabilities with other identities.
  4. Discover actionable steps for fostering access, representation, and inclusion in society.

Guest Bio: Beth Wiesendanger

A passionate advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, currently serving as the Senior Manager of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility at Etsy. As a double amputee and prosthetic user, Beth’s personal journey has shaped her commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities are seen, heard, and advocated for. With a successful career in corporate America, Beth is breaking barriers and leading the way for disabled individuals in the diversity and inclusion space. Her work emphasizes the importance of representation and the creation of inclusive spaces.

beth weisendanger in a black sweater

Connect with Beth on LinkedIn to learn more about her impactful work and engage in meaningful discussions on disability rights, intersectionality, and inclusion.

Learn more about the allyship of this episode on your own:

  • Etsy: Explore the inclusive marketplace that celebrates and supports independent sellers, including many disabled entrepreneurs.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Learn about the landmark legislation that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities and promotes equal access.
  • Intersectionality: Delve into the concept of intersectionality, which recognizes the interconnectedness of various social identities and the unique experiences they create.
  • Disability Rights Advocacy: Discover the National Disability Rights Network, a valuable resource for advocacy, legal support, and information on disability rights across the United States.

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Stay tuned for more inspiring conversations on Pushing Forward with Alycia. Open hearts, clear paths. Let’s go.