The Bureau of International Information Programs Diversity Working Group—partnering with the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and the Department of State’s Disability Action Group—hosted the co-founders of John’s Crazy Socks, John and Mark Cronin, March 5. The father-and-son entrepreneur team shared how they took John’s vision to market and now run a company with global recognition. Their company includes 39 employees, 23 of whom have disabilities.
“A unified workforce benefits everyone,” exclaimed Mark Cronin. “We have a big economic advantage over others—for example, inclusive teams performed better than their peer groups by 80 percent according to Deloitte. Why isn’t every company doing this?”
Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.