Seattle WA, March 3, 2022 - We are thrilled to announce that Madeline Borkin, Vice President, Member Development and Executive Sponsor, Chief Diversity Officer Board at the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), will be honored by our partner Best Buddies International as Best Buddies’ Mother of The Year, at the 5th Annual Best Buddies Celebration of Mothers May 7, 2022, in Malibu, CA.
Each year, Best Buddies International honors a Mother of the Year who exemplifies unconditional love, acceptance, and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
As a mother to her son, Jacob, an individual with Down syndrome, Madeline personifies the genuine love and resiliency that parents of children with IDD exhibit to ensure their children live meaningful, purpose-driven lives. She has dedicated her life to creating a world where every person is accepted for their abilities. Over the last 16 years, Madeline has been committed to the Best Buddies mission. She served on the Wisconsin Advisory Board for several years and a current member of the Best Buddies Jobs Task Force.
Madeline’s support has helped the organization secure millions of dollars for their mission around the globe. As Executive Sponsor for the i4cp Chief Diversity Officer Board, which now has DE&I leaders representing many of the world’s largest employers at i4cp, her leadership helped Best Buddies launch a reoccurring research study on the “Business Benefits of Hiring People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Workplace.” Madeline's passionate advocacy has created a space for Best Buddies and their mission to share critical data and key business insights for high-performing companies and their success in creating diverse and inclusive workforces.
For years i4cp has been supporting Best Buddies International, the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation experienced by 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); partnering on groundbreaking research, the launch of Washington State’s first chapter, as well as the Best Buddies Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund, to address injustices to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and people with IDD.
Additionally, at the i4cp 2022 Next Practices Now Conference, we hosted our 8th consecutive Best Buddies Friendship Walk to raise awareness and move toward creating a society in which we are all celebrated and valued for our differences.