The SPIRE Institute, located in Ohio, embraces diverse and inclusive hiring practices. With a history rooted in philanthropy and a mission to “unlock the full potential of the human spirit through athletics, academics and service to others,” the SPIRE Institute is a recreational sports complex that also serves as a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site.
What really sets this employer apart from other employers is a strong corporate commitment to hire a diverse workforce. Jeff Orloff, the Chief Operating Officer at SPIRE Institute, says, “We don’t see differences, we see value. The word ‘disabled’ is not a word we use. Everybody has challenges and so we are all on even ground.” This positive, top-down attitude of celebrating diversity has resulted in SPIRE actively seeking a diverse workforce, which they see as hugely responsible for their reputable community presence, growth, and overall success. When asked about the decision to embrace hiring a diverse workforce, Jeff Orloff stated, “In general, we realize too much time gets spent on looking at the differences between people to evaluate who will ‘fit in’, but if we celebrate those differences between people instead, we are able to ‘stretch the box’ and this allows unique ideas to be introduced that enhance the work being done.”