Vicki Landers is the President and CEO of Disability Pride Philadelphia, Inc. She is hosting a Thrive Worldwide 2019 meet-up representing her organization. Learn more about the specific meet up by reading the interview questions below.
Tell me a little about yourself and your background.
My name is Vicki Landers, I'm the President & CEO of Disability Pride Philadelphia Inc., with over 20 years’ experience in management, finances, and customer service. Prior to DPP Inc., I spent 5 years as an owner/operator of Independence EDGE Studio. EDGE was an accessible artist studio with an emphasis on people with disabilities.
I now work in nonprofit management, fundraising, and event planning. DPP Inc. specializes in FUN, accessible, inclusive events that teach disability pride, self advocacy, and intersectionality.
I'm no stranger to social barriers. I spent years with undiagnosed Bipolar and Anxiety Disorder, and a learning disability. I now live with an ever-growing list of disabilities and she advocates for civil rights for disabled people, Medicare for all, and other important issues surrounding disabled people.
How did you find out about Ablethrive.com and #ThriveWorldwide?
Alanna Raffel introduced me to your organization last year.
If this isn’t your first meetup, what brings you back to this campaign to participate again?
I support AbleThrive and your mission, and believe it falls in line with our mission.
Why did you decide to be a #ThriveWorldWide host?
We both put on an event celebrating International Day for PWD so it makes sense to join your global event.
Which partner organization are you representing? (If applicable)
Disability Pride Philadelphia Inc.
What does it mean to live life to the fullest?
Living your way, how you want it, where you want to, and being independent (whatever that means to you).
Thrive Worldwide Meet Up Details
What do you plan for your #ThriveWorldwide meetup? What do you hope will happen at the meetup?
We are going to put on a variety show. We will celebrate, laugh, and have fun.
Who would you like to see at your #ThriveWorldwide meetup and why?
We want to see the whole community, our friends, families, and allies.
#ThriveWorldwide is a global campaign on December 3rd, the International Day of People with Disabilities. We host meet-ups around the world to bring people together to celebrate living life to the fullest. Join us by posting a photo of you with the hashtag #ThriveWorldwide or contact us if you'd like to host a meet-up of your own!