Extreme Partners with the Amputee Coalition


Every day, Extreme Networks cultivates a diverse and inclusive work environment, embracing individual differences and fostering a sense of belonging for all employees, regardless of their backgrounds. I take pride in being part of an organization that encourages employees to share their experiences and engage with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to promote inclusivity.

Extreme's ERGs are dedicated to providing compelling and enriching content and events throughout the year to raise awareness and foster inclusivity among our global workforce. It’s been my privilege to be closely involved with the Abilities Alliance to promote awareness, inclusion, advancement, and understanding of people with disabilities.

In just the first few months of 2024, the Abilities Alliance has already hosted remarkable events, including a recent employee webinar titled "What Do I Say?," organized in collaboration with the Amputee Coalition. This webinar aimed to raise awareness about disabilities—both visible and invisible—and offered guidance on effectively communicating with diverse audiences. (Remember, it's okay to offer assistance!)

Extreme Abilities Alliance doing IWD Pose 2024

I wholeheartedly support Extreme's ERGs, the Abilities Alliance, and the mission of the Amputee Coalition. My personal experiences with ability challenges, particularly through my beautiful wife’s journey after losing a limb in an accident, underscores the importance of fostering open, empathetic, and inclusive environments, language, and actions for individuals with disabilities.

Our partnership with the Amputee Coalition is an exciting endeavor. Collaborating closely with Trenaya Reid, the Coalition's Workforce Development Manager, we recently hosted the "What Do I Say" webinar internally. Furthermore, we actively participate in the Amputee Coalition's Workforce Development Employment Council monthly. Our very own Dave Kalmar and other council members strive to provide professional and career opportunities for individuals with Limb Loss and Limb Difference, including adults, veterans, and youth aged 15-17. The council focuses on DEI Initiatives, ADA accommodations, fostering inclusive workplaces, and implementing strategies to enhance hiring efforts for veterans and individuals with disabilities.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Amputee Coalition for their remarkable contributions to the disabilities field and for the invaluable partnership we've established.

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Rob Rosa
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Rob is a success-driven professional, with 20+ years of experience in sales, sales operations, channels, finance, services, customer success, business process, building teams, strategic planning, implementation, and customer relations.

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