Class of 2020

Smiling African-American woman wearing black turquoise and purple cat-eye glasses. She is wearing a black dress with red, purple, peach and turquoise flowers on it as well as peach floral earrings and red lipstick. Her hair is chin length natural curls. Although not depicted, she's a power wheelchair user.

Andraéa N. LaVant

President & Founder, LaVant Consulting, Inc.

“Without mentoring, I literally would not be here. Mentoring is more than just access to advice and wisdom, but it’s access to possibility. I’m grateful for my mentors, specifically my black disabled female mentors, who provided me with opportunities to grow and to see myself outside of strictures that mainstream society aimed (and still aims) to place on me. It is their guidance that fuels me for the work ahead.”

We are proud to induct Andraéa N. LaVant into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.

Andraéa LaVant is a nationally and internationally sought-after disability inclusion expert. She is widely recognized for spearheading a global disability justice movement as impact producer for Netflix’s Oscar-nominated film, Crip Camp, executive produced by President Barack and Mrs. Michelle Obama. Andraéa is founder and president of LaVant Consulting, Inc. (LCI), a social impact communications firm that offers cutting-edge corporate development and content marketing for brands and nonprofits. LCI’s specialty is helping brands “speak disability with confidence.”

As a seasoned communications professional and organizational inclusion specialist, Andraéa has over a decade of experience working with prominent organizations and programs to support youth and adults with disabilities and other underserved populations, particularly in the workplace. Her professional training and development roles and personal advocacy have presented her with a variety of notable opportunities to share messages and prompt change for people with disabilities across the globe. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, NBC, the Root, and a host of other national media. As a black, disabled woman, Andraéa is committed to working toward a future where disabled people, particularly disabled people of color, are power players in every room.