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Joyce Bender, President and CEO of Bender Consulting Services, has built her career on over 30 years of executive search experience, and has become an internationally recognized leader in disability employment, since founding Bender Consulting Services, Inc. in 1995.

Background

Joyce Bender, President and CEO of Bender Consulting Services, has built her career on over 30 years of executive search experience, and has become an internationally recognized leader in disability employment, since founding Bender Consulting Services, Inc. in 1995.
Joyce began her career in 1979 as a search consultant, and in 1988, founded Bender and Associates International, Inc., an executive search firm specializing in technology and management search.  In 1985, Joyce had a life-threatening accident due to epilepsy that caused a cerebral hemorrhage that required subsequent brain surgery.  This accident left Joyce with a 60 percent hearing loss in one ear and a realization that she had epilepsy.  As a result of her personal experience, she developed a passion for helping people with disabilities secure employment.  Joyce has received numerous recognitions and been featured in various publications and broadcasts.  Those highlights can be found in the media section of this site.  Joyce is also the host of “Disability Matters with Joyce Bender,” a weekly internet talk radio show on voiceamerica.com.  
Joyce holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Geneva College.
 

Affiliations

The subject matter expertise Joyce offers in the area of disability employment by serving private sector and federal employers is sought by numerous national organizations.  
Those affiliations include:
Representative, 2016 State Department information sharing program to South Korea on disability employment best practices
Representative, 2013 State Department information sharing program to Panama on disability employment best practices
Past Chair, Board of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
Former Chair, Board of the National Epilepsy Foundation; Current Board Member
Current Member, Pennsylvania Disability Rights Network
Current Member, Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania
Current Member, Board of Variety the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh
Current Member, Board of Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania
Current Member, Board of Advisors for the Homeless Children’s Education Fund
Current Member, President’s Advisory Board of Carlow University
Current Member, National Advisory Group of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Current Member, Board of Pittsburgh’s Civic Light Opera
Current Member, Advisory Board of RapidSOS.
Member, 2013 Geneva College Advancement Board