About Us

Our Work

The WorkABILITY Innovation Lab advances full integrated employment and inclusive workplaces for individuals with visible, invisible and undisclosed impediments to employment by:

  • Preparing youth and adults for the world of work
  • Removing barriers and obstacles to meaningful employment unless part of an intervention
  • Creating supportive and inclusive workplace ecosystems
  • Implementing strategies to increase economic self-sufficiency
  • Strategizing effective individualized supports
  • Progressing contemporary disability and employment policies and practices
  • Promoting non-traditional employment strategies

Our Staff

A team of faculty and staff from the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability administer the work of the Lab.

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Dr. Thomas P. Golden


Phone: (607) 255-2731

Email: tpg3@cornell.edu

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Katherine MacDowell


Phone: (607) 255-7727

Email: kkm74@cornell.edu

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Erika Rose

Financial Manager

Phone: (607) 255-3079

Email: ear245@cornell.edu

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LaTisha Slowe-McCloud

Accounts Representative

Phone: (607) 255-5702

Email: lrs237@cornell.edu

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Bryan Bates

Web & Media Designer

Phone: (607) 255-3083

Email: bb679@cornell.edu

Our Board

A nine-member Advisory Board, appointed by the ILR Dean in consultation with the Director of the Lab and Chair of the Advisory Board, oversees the work of the Lab. The Board is comprised of individuals with a lived experience of disability, employers, innovators, foundations, non-profit organizations, and researchers. Board member terms are for three years. Specifically, the Board is charged with:

  • Overseeing the process, execution, and stewardship for an annual competitive Request for Proposals, which are available to interested stakeholders in order to foster partnerships to advance local and regional innovations in alignment with the Lab’s mission.
  • Recommending annual funding priorities.
  • Consulting on the development of a public-facing media presence. This will include a website for knowledge translation and dissemination, impact stories, social media, and more.
  • Making recommendations for Lab strategy.

Contact Us

Yang-Tan Institute
Cornell University
201 Dolgen Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853

(607) 255-7727