William is a young professional working in talent acquisition at Akeneo in Boston since May 2022 and he is visually impaired. Prior to this position, he worked as a talent acquisition specialist at Harvard Medical School and a HR Coordinator at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. While working at Harvard, William connected dental students with Perkins to learn best practices for treating blind and deaf/blind patients, co-founded Harvard Ability+, an employee resource group for disability affinity and, in 2015, co-produced an EdX course with Perkins on inclusive talent acquisition for employers. A longstanding Perkins volunteer, he is currently helping to launch the Perkins Innovation Center and has been a resource for the College Success and Career Launch Programs; he was also involved in the development of the Bus Stop app, was a member of the Perkins Business Partnership and has helped plan a number of Young Professional events over the years.
William received a BA from Knox College (Galesburg, IL), where he was Founder and President of the Alliance for Disability Advocacy and Support which provides educational support and raises awareness for disability-related issues on campus. He currently serves as a review committee member for the Harvard Culture Lab Innovation Fund, which awards grants for innovative projects that promote Harvard’s values of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.
*As of June 2022