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If you discovered a new market comprising 53%
of the world’s population, would you act to invest in it?

Unleash Different by the author Rich Donovan illustrates how companies like Google, PepsiCo, and Nordstrom are attracting people with disabilities as customers and as employees.

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David, Booklist August 7, 2018

This book is essentially a memoir of how Donovan founded two companies focusing on issues affecting people with disabilities. Donovan is a Canadian with cerebral palsy who attended the Columbia MBA program and was then hired as a stock trader by Merrill Lynch. His first disability-related company, Lime Connect, focused on getting firms to hire people with disabilities. His second company, Return on Disability, was the first to look at people with disabilitiea as market-a market approximately the same size as the population of China.

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Based on the principle that what makes life better for people with disabilities makes life better for everyone, Return on Disability focuses on disability and accessibility as a place to invest rather than as a charity. That approach enabled Donovan to work successfully with companies like Pepsi to improve products and access while also making a profit. This is an inspiring story with a unique perspective on both business and people with disabilities.

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Meet Rich

Rich Donovan is CEO of The Return on Disability Group and is a globally recognized subject matter expert on the convergence of disability and corporate profitability. The Barclays Return on Disability ETN listed on the New York Stock Exchange on September 11th, 2014 under the ticker RODI.

He has been named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People with Disabilities in the world by UK-based Powerful Media and Shaw Trust in October 2016.

Rich provides corporate and government clients with insights and tools to frame disability as a global emerging market. His proprietary and proven process translates disability success factors into specific actions that create sustainable value.

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Rich founded Lime (2006), the leading third party recruiter in the disability space, where he worked with Google, PepsiCo, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, IBM, TD Bank and others to help them attract and retain top talent from within the disability market.

Rich has a combined 20 years of experience in portfolio and investment risk management. As a Proprietary Trader and Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch, Rich delivered consistent performance results focused on macro strategies with an event-driven overlay, using equity indices as a primary tool.

Rich holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from Schulich School of Business at York University. Rich is an avid sailor and proud father of his son, Maverick, along with his wife, Jenn. He also happens to have cerebral palsy.

Return on Disability

Return on Disability was created in 2008 to help companies and governments attract Talent and Customers in the disability market population of 1.3 billion people globally.

Return on Disability was created in 2008 to help companies and governments attract Talent and Customers in the disability market - a population of 1.3 billion people globally.

Led by Rich Donovan, a globally recognized expert in this space, the Return on Disability process delivers analysis, strategy, and execution advice to act in this market. Rooted in concepts of Quality, this rigorous independent research process and resulting advisory products are focused on growing revenue and reducing costs by delighting customers and employees in disability markets. Read more here.

The Return on Disability Group produces various equity indices containing the best performers in disability for global stock investors. These equity indices are updated and published daily by independent financial institutions. They provide a basis for investors to satisfy Environmental, Social and corporate Governance (ESG) investment mandates while maintaining focus on shareholder value.

The Return on Disability US LargeCap ETN Total Return USD Index represents the top 100 large public companies n the United States. This equity index recognizes companies that are outperforming in the disability market and is investable through our global financial institution partners. Read more here.

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Return on Disability was created in 2008 to help companies and governments attract Talent and Customers in the disability market - a population of 1.3 billion people globally.

Led by Rich Donovan, a globally recognized expert in this space, the Return on Disability process delivers analysis, strategy, and execution advice to act in this market. Rooted in concepts of Quality, this rigorous independent research process and resulting advisory products are focused on growing revenue and reducing costs by delighting customers and employees in disability markets.

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Unleash Different
‘The Introduction’

Audience: Business, Government, Non-Profits & ‘Retail’

Would it surprise you to learn that the largest economic opportunity facing the world today is disability?

In this talk, Rich makes the case that disability directly touches 53% of global consumers and taxpayers - and transforms efforts of charity into the world’s largest emerging market. He illustrates what the opportunity is, why it exists and how our economic institutions can evolve to capture it to improve their bottom lines while improving the lives of billions of people around the world.

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Build a better company by focusing on non-traditional markets.

Audience: Business, Government and Investors

What if companies measured and reported how they impact their relationships with customers and employees before measuring financial performance?

In this talk, Rich makes the case that forward looking performance needs new models to set future behavior - he has developed one for disability that can be applied to any market. He shows how measuring the actions of organizations in areas critical to value creation is a better predictor of success than traditional financial analysis alone.

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The investment logic behind social impact.

Audience: Business, Government and Investors

What if social impact could both add to global GDP growth and boost returns for investors like pension and sovereign wealth funds?

In this talk, Rich makes the case that it is large institutional investors that drive social change - but they need metrics that prove returns first. He shows how ’nice‘ isn't enough, and reveals why investors need to look at a company's transactions with its customers and talent to drive outperformance.

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Testimonials

“Simply brilliant! Rich created a very unique and clever business model that truly represents disruptive innovation. Given his insight and knowledge sharing, we now had a new lens by which to understand consumers at PepsiCo. We were able to be more inclusive in our research, branding, and activation... all to better enable and empower more consumers. He has made a lasting impact not only to business, but in organizational culture, talent acquisition, and community engagement.”

Lynda Costa Former Director at PepsiCo

“Loved Rich's honesty and gave me a lot to ponder when I go out to businesses. All employers and marketing reps need to hear more from him!”

Anonymous Audience Feedback National Conference

“Rich Donovan started with the belief that economic value could be derived from companies supporting the community of people with disabilities. He subsequently invested years of research and analysis that constitutes the Return on Disability methodology. As a partner, it has been a pleasure to learn from Rich and benefit from his ground breaking work.”

Johnny Wu Former Head of EFS Solutions Sales, Americas - Barclays