International Speaker Susan Scott-Parker OBE HonD. Founder, business disability international

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About Susan

Susan Scott-Parker is an internationally recognised thought leader who has made a career from challenging assumptions regarding both disability as it impacts business and the potential of responsible business to adapt intelligently and respectfully for human reality.

As founder and CEO of the world’s first ‘business disability network,’ now Business Disability Forum (UK) she launched the first benchmarking tool to measure a corporation’s cross-business disability performance - and the first Accessible Technology Taskforce - and first leadership development programme for persons with disabilities.

In 2016 she established business disability international with Barclays, GSK and Infosys and now advises a growing global community seeking to work productively with business as valued allies and potential partners. Susan has helped to establish business disability networks from Sri Lanka, Saudi, Australia and the Austria/DACH region to British Columbia, Canada. She served as an advisor to the Government of Canada’s Disability Inclusion Business Council in 2023.

Susan is Strategic Advisor to the ILO Global Business & Disability Network – which recently launched their new Self-Assessment, the Global Benchmark, acknowledging her crucial pro bono contribution as Strategist and Content Architect.

In 2003 Susan invented the concept and language of ‘Disability Confidence’ – knowing that if we can change the way we talk about the world, we make it easier to change the world. Her work is distinctive in its aim to deliver practical, tangible mutual benefit for business, people with disabilities, the global economy, and wider society.

Susan founded the ‘Disability Ethical AI’ campaign alongside Atos, IBM, Simmons & Simmons, the European Disability Forum, and New York University, to address the risks to the life chances of hundreds of millions triggered by AI powered HR Technology.

She has long-standing strategic alliances with the Australian Network on Disability, GIZ, the MyAbility Business Disability Network in the German speaking region, The Valuable 500, Purple Space and its #Positively Purple movement, and is a Zero Project Ambassador (Vienna).

Susan is a Canadian based in London UK.

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