GII Represented at Workability International in Hong Kong

Workability International



For Immediate Release:
July 6, 2017

Media Contact:

Valerie Swift, Senior Director, Community Engagement, Goodwill Central Texas, 512.574.4242

GII Represented at Workability International in Hong Kong
Combining Efforts to Employ Individuals with Disabilities Worldwide

Jerry Davis, President and CEO of Goodwill Central Texas, represented Goodwill Industries International at the Workability International Annual General Meeting in Hong Kong, China on June 13, 2017. Workability International (WI) represents the providers of work and employment services for people with disabilities in more than 40 counties, serving more than three million people engaged in work programs.

This meeting was hosted by Workability International Asia, and included attendees from more than 21 countries, each sharing the same goal of creating a sustainable work ecosystem for people with disabilities. They discussed international trends, shared best practices, and envisioned new initiatives for their own thriving networks of vocational service providers. In addition, attendees networked with local and overseas rehabilitation organizations that connect employers to employees with disabilities. 

Jerry has served the community of people with disabilities at Goodwill Central Texas for more than 20 years. In September of last year, he was elected President of the Workability International Board of Directors. He sees overlap between the missions of both organizations: “To champion the right to work for any person. We envision equity employment for persons with disabilities, specifically…we want to increase the number of people with disabilities who have jobs.”

Before adjourning the Annual General Meeting, attendees elected Albin Falkmer from Samhall in Sweden, as Vice President. During the WI Board Meeting, directors identified strategic priorities for the coming year. Chief among these were to grow the membership, identify and implement a social media strategy, and adopt a digital connectivity platform. 

Jerry and Workability International extend a warm welcome to other Goodwills to become members, and would like to invite all to attend the next Workability International Annual General Meeting in Sweden, May 28-30, 2018.  


Goodwill Central TexasAbout Goodwill Central Texas:

Established in Austin in 1958, Goodwill Central Texas, a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, has become a multi-dimensional non-profit deeply entwined with business and job growth, the environment, and the overall spirit of Central Texas. Goodwill empowers more than 13,000 people each year, helping them fulfill their potential, improve the lives of their families, and contribute to the growth of the community. Goodwill, in collaboration with an extensive network of practical, thoughtful assistance-providers, actively strives to broaden its scope of education, job training, and business services in alignment with the core mission of Generating Lifelong Connections to Work. For more information about Goodwill Central Texas, go to

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About Workability International 

Workability International is the world’s largest body representing providers of work and employment services to people with disabilities. More than three million people with disabilities are engaged in work programs, accessing employment and work, delivered by more than 130 member organizations in more than 40 countries. For more information about Workability International, visit


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