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Punk Rock HR

Oct 19, 2020

Punk Rock HR Episode 131:

My guest this week is Hannah Olson. She is the co-founder and CEO of an organization called Chronically Capable. Hannah had her dream job right out of college but later contracted Lyme Disease. Her treatments for her chronic illness got in the way of her job. Frustrated, she thought there had to be a better way.

So, she created that better way: Chronically Capable. It’s a technology platform, an ATS, and really a community that tries to match individuals with disabilities and chronic illnesses with employers who are thoughtful, progressive, and aim to support that community. It’s National Disability Employment Awareness month in America, a time when we recognize disabled and chronically ill workers and acknowledge their contributions to the economy. So, this is the perfect time to bring Hannah onto the show.

Today, Hannah and I talk about her journey, her chronic condition, and what she’s doing to solve a problem that affects millions of people around the world. If you’re interested in what a 24-year-old entrepreneur is doing to change the nature of global corporations, sit tight and enjoy this conversation with Hannah. 

In this episode you’ll hear:

  1. Some of the companies Hannah is working with.
  2. Common language around the community she serves.
  3. What employers have to say about hiring the disabled and chronically ill population.
  4. Why hiring that population is good for businesses.
  5. What companies can do to reach out to that population and let them know they’re hiring.
  6. The origin story of Chronically Capable, what it does, and who it serves.
  7. What her entrepreneurial community looks like.
  8. How she makes sure someone’s condition and the job they’re placed in will be a good fit.
  9. How to keep members of the disabled and chronically ill community once you’ve hired them.

Resources from this episode:

Laurie on Instagram

Laurie on LinkedIn

Read more from Laurie

Work with Laurie

About Chronically Capable

Library of Congress article on Disability Employment Awareness Month

Hannah on LinkedIn




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