“Everyone deserves to work in an environment where they have the tools they need to succeed,” says Isabella Greene, MPS ‘23. She founded an accessibility consulting firm after witnessing the need for improved transparency and advocacy for chronic and invisible illness in the publishing industry.
She recently entered her new firm, AbiliTeam Consulting LLC, into GW’s 2023 New Venture Competition. The College of Professional Studies is thrilled that Isabella made it to the semi-finalist round, competing with over 400 students vying for nearly $500,000 in prizes.
Currently, Ms. Greene is completing her final semester of the MPS in Publishing program while working full-time as a project manager at Pubvendo. Her experience with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome has made her especially interested in invisible illness and the ways these impact an employee’s experience in their workplace. Her capstone project in Ethics in Publishing, and her passion for this topic, led to the creation of her new firm. Isabella was also the only current student to present at the 12th GW Ethics in Publishing Conference, where she presented on this topic.
AbiliTEAM Consulting LLC is an accessibility consulting firm that specializes in utilizing available resources to improve the workflow of employees with chronic and invisible illness. AbiliTEAM can be hired on a project basis or on retainer to serve as an intermediary for employees with chronic illness who may benefit from accommodations in the workplace.
“Our project model allows us to survey a team or company to find accessibility trends in the areas of training, orientation and resource visibility, as well as in accommodations by job function or disability-type,” says Isabella. “We’ll provide managers/HR with an overview of areas where there are critical deficits, need for improvement and areas to focus on continued excellence. Additionally, we’ll provide individualized follow-up for employees who choose to provide their name on our team survey. Clients that hire AbiliTEAM on retainer will benefit from annual company-level analysis, as well as individualized support for employees who are uncomfortable approaching management with their concerns/needs or who have follow-up questions after reaching out for assistance.”
Ms. Greene is a lover of language, writer and business-woman who is equally comfortable around pages and people. She earned her B.A. in English from Boston College and remained in the Greater Boston Area. In her free time, she runs a mobile bookstore and is mom to two Australian Shepherds—Miles and August.