Maggie Redden: College graduate, Athlete, Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey!

ImageHere at Disability Connect, we are always looking for inspiring people who are making a difference in our world. Margaret, Maggie to all those who know her, is doing just that! Maggie was named Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey this year and recently just placed third runner-up in the 2014 Ms. Wheelchair America pageant in Houston, Texas.

Redden, 28, is a community outreach coordinator for the Paralympic Sports Club in her home state of New Jersey. As the coordinator, Maggie travels around the state and promotes the importance of physical activities to individuals who have disabilities. Whether it be competitive or recreational activity, Redden is no stranger! She was a paralympian in the 2008 Beijing Olympics representing team USA. She competed in both the 100m and 200m wheelchair track events.

Here is a little back story on Maggie. As an infant, she had contracted polio and that left her paralyzed from the waist down. She was adopted by a single parent at the age of two from India. Redden earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State in 2007 where she majored in communications. Redden has spent the last year working in Kolkata, India with orphan girls. This has been her first time back in India she was adopted.

When asking Maggie about employment issues that disability candidates face, she mentioned that there are many “stigmas” that face these candidates. For example, she believes that employers feel that there are added costs when hiring candidates. Maggie states that she doesn’t need much in the area of accommodations and that ability candidates are just as capable of doing the work and are a great asset to a team!

In our next piece, we are going to take a ride with Maggie on her journey of becoming Ms. New Jersey, the road to Ms. Wheelchair USA and her projects for next year including a Ms. New Jersey 2014 pageant!

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Marketing/Public Relations Internship: is a specialized online advertising firm located in Parsippany, NJ. We are seeking students who are interested in an internship to gain experience with online marketing, new business development, public relations, publicity, social media management and marketing, special events and brand execution/development strategies. Internships are currently available and are open to all students who are interested. 


Internships consist of approximately 15-30 hours per week for the duration of a given semester. Opportunities are available in the spring, summer, fall, and on an abbreviated basis during the winter break. Interns will earn valuable work experience and skills that will be useful throughout their careers.  This internship experience is tailored to each student’s individual strengths, with a concentration in marketing, sales and diversity training., the source for diversity talent®, is the preeminent job search web site for Corporate Recruiters who are seeking experienced diverse talent. Our goal is to create a connection between companies that support diversity and experienced, distinct candidates by providing one location for recruiters to post open positions.


 Students will:


  • Work one-on-one with the PR Manager, other upper management and along with other team members to create original content used for publicity, alerts, blog postings and new branding ideas.
  • Students will help to create new business development plans and work to coordinate meetings with other businesses and clients.
  • Students will create press releases, media alerts, publicity campaigns, brand strategies, blog postings and an array of other creative writing to use in their portfolio for future endeavors.
  • Students will help assist the PR Manager with special events including creation, developing and executing such events during the duration of their semester.
  • Students will participate in banner exchanges, online marketing and overall diversity website maintenance in regards to our nine other niche company divisions. 

Image Assists in Diversity and Veteran Hiring Compliance

Contact: Christopher Kerney (973) 992-7311.


Parsippany, NJ. March 12, 2013 – Recently, there has been an increased demand for human resources compliance when pertaining to veteran and diversity hiring. This action, also known as EEO-1, is a statue from the federal government. To assist with this compliance, many hr professionals are looking to diversity and veteran job boards. is assisting hr professionals by providing a one-stop career source for all diversity inclusion strategies. offers HR professionals the ability to achieve a diverse workforce using our many online job boards. Included in this one-stop career source, we allow recruiters to post open positions within our network of job boards while recruiting diverse and experienced individuals. Post a job on all our top job boards –,,, and for a total price of $495, a 54% savings. Using the leading technology, our support staff can provide one-on-one customer service to create an individualized branding strategy for your companies’ goals.

For more information on how we can create an inclusion strategy based upon your individual recruiting needs, please contact national account director Peter LoBello at (973) 992-7311.


Taking A Look Back At The Gender Gap

In honor of Women’s History Month, is presenting a look at the past. Women, historically, have made less money than their male counterparts. Part of the reason may be is that women didn’t receive equal rights until 1920’s. Women were more known to be housewives taking care of children rather than CEO’s of a giant conglomerate. With women such as Sheryl Sandberg, Hilary Clinton, Michele Obama and Laurie Ann Goldman, women are being looked to as CEO’s, leaders and history-makers. Let’s take a look back and see how this has come to be.

Since the early 70’s, on average, the amount of women earning college degrees has increased 33.4%[1]. For bachelor’s degree, this number is up almost 14%[2], masters up almost 22%[3] and for doctoral degrees, this number is up an astonishing 42%[4]. This is a main contributing factor as to why women now receive more money than in the past. This feminist shift has proven that women are capable of the same job duties that their male counterparts do.

As a whole, the income median for full-time women in 2010 $36,931 with Asian women earning the most and Latina women the least. In contrast, their male counterparts earned a median income of $47,715 with Asian men again earning the most and Latino men earning the least. Thanks to advancements such as the Women’s Liberation Movement, women are becoming more socially accepted as CEO’s and entrepreneurs in today’s society. The problem being is that we still have a case of the “Oz Effect,” in which you pull back the curtain to reveal that even though the advancements of women have been vast, the actuality of it is that women are still only making .70 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make.

Educational level and age seems to be the two most important factors being contributed to pay equality. The younger the age group, the closer the gap is in pay equality. This could be because more women are attending college right out of high school and earning subsequent degrees as males. The career field also plays a role as well with some career fields making more money than others. Finally, marriage plays a role in the factor that married women make more than their single counterparts.

[1] Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Chart 3: Percent Change of Constant-Dollar Median Usual Weekly Earnings, by Educational Attainment and Sex, 1979–2010,” Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2010 (July 2011).

Number of Latinos and Hispanics in College on the Rise

The number of Latinos and Hispanics that are attending college and public schools are on the rise. According to CNN, in 2011, 16.5% of 18-24 year-old Latinos represented enrollment in about 2 million Latinos (Stats courtesy of Pew Hispanic Center#). This percentage seems to be on point with the rising number of Latinos in the United States population.

A contributing factor to this may be the fact that many colleges are teaching high school Latina women about new and exciting careers in the fields of science and technology. Portland Community College, in Portland, Oregon, is one of the colleges doing just that. They recently took about 120 Latina girls from neighboring high schools and spent the days teaching them how to everything from extract DNA to making robots. The purpose of taking these at-risk Latina 9th and 10th grade girls was to draw attention to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math; also known as STEM#.

 These numbers represent the ever growing Latino/Hispanic community and here at, we are the connection to the fastest growing sector of the job market. Hispanic Americans are assets to employers as they make up more than 15% of the population. We allow employers to connect with diverse and qualified employees. enables jobseekers to connect to employers who are committed to diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

To learn more about the ever growing sector or about us, please visit us at


Editor’s note: HispanicDiversity is a division of To learn more about the different minority recruitment strategies we offer, please contact us at (973) 992-7311. Announces New Website

Chris Kerney
PR & Branding Director
Phone: 973-992-7311 ext 121


Parsippany, N.J. – May 22, 2012 – A new portal website,, was launched this week by the creators of allows employers to search nine job boards for candidates while also allowing candidates a one-stop way to search open job postings. Candidates can upload their resume right to the website and begin applying for jobs immediately.

“ was founded in 1999 and since then we have expanded our network to include a number of diversity job boards all with their own unique demographic. We felt that at this time we needed a single portal to unite them, so companies can easily access everything we have to offer,” said Michele Kardux, Manager, Client Services.

The ultimate resource for diversity and recruiting needs, the Diversity Options network of job boards meets the needs of businesses large and small. With easy-to-search resume databases and step-by-step job postings, each individual site such as,,, and, provides the tools necessary to create and maintain diversity for your company. All of the diversity sites in our network provide customizable job postings and assistance, resume database access, customized candidate search alerts and branding opportunities.

There are nine sites associated with The sites include:,,,,,, National Black MBA Associations Employment Network, and the These sites all focus on individual diversity inclusion efforts and help diverse candidates find employment.


Diversity Options ( is a website that connects job seekers with a network of some of the nation’s top diversity recruiting websites. also acts as a gateway for ambitious job seekers looking to take their online job search to the next level. allows candidates to connect with thousands of jobs tagged with our affiliates. Qualified candidates have the ability to register, search thousands of jobs online, and post their resumes for free within our tagged sites, a feature conducive to the ever-changing market.


Founded in 1999,, the source for diversity talent®, is the preeminent job search web site for Corporate Recruiters who are seeking experienced diverse talent. can serve as a web-based community for job seekers that links them with employers across many industries. Our goal is to create a connection between companies that support diversity and experienced, distinct candidates by providing one location for recruiters to post open positions.