Deb Russell earned a BS in Psychology in 1989 and MS in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1992 from the University of Illinois. Her experience started in teaching special education and providing employment services to people with disabilities. She has worked on three federal systems change grants (directing two of them) to improve employment for people with disabilities. During the first 15 years of her career, she improved access for people with disabilities in the Medicaid, Social Security, Vocational Rehabilitation and Workforce Investment systems. During the past 11 years, she has focused her career on helping business leverage the value proposition of employing people with disabilities. Deb has served on multiple work groups and advisory boards through her career, most notably she served on SSA’s Region V Commissioner’s Work Incentives Advisory Group for 9 years, receiving the Skip Kruse Memorial Award and served six years on the Board of Directors for the US Business Leadership Network, two as Chair. During her career in non-profit and government, she presented nationally on topics related to Work Incentives in Public Benefit Systems and Job Development for People with Disabilities. Since then, she has presented internationally on Successful Corporate Models for Employing People with Disabilities. She testified to the US House of Representatives in 2011 in regards to Walgreens success in disability employment inclusion.