Wednesday, February 11, 2009

U.S. Cellular President and CEO to Give Keynote at Employment Expo

John Rooney Will Address Diversity and Inclusion as Key Elements to an Environment of Respect

John E. Rooney, keynote speaker for the 2009 AbilityLinks Employment Expo, is known as the “maverick” of the wireless industry because of his passionate commitment to complete customer satisfaction. Rooney, U.S. Cellular President and CEO, will address job seekers, employers, and service providers at the Expo on April 9 at the DoubleTree Guest Suites & Conference Center in Downers Grove.

The AbilityLinks Consortium Employment Expo will provide a full day of education, training, mock interviews, and dynamic networking opportunities, all designed to improve employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. For more information on the Expo including information on sponsorships, reserving a booth at the job fair, or attending as a job seeker, visit

Under Rooney’s leadership at U.S. Cellular, diversity and inclusion are key elements for creating an environment of respect and ethics for all customers and associates. These elements are woven and integrated throughout the business operation in the areas of recruitment, retention, community alliances and market opportunities/partnerships.

Rooney joined U.S. Cellular as president and CEO in April 2000, changing the company's business strategy by focusing on complete customer satisfaction. This vision required a new leadership model – a culture of teamwork among all associates to focus on U.S. Cellular's efforts on satisfying the customer. Thanks to its customer-focused philosophy, U.S. Cellular now has one of the best customer retention records in the wireless industry.

Over the past two years, U.S. Cellular has seen unprecedented growth under Rooney's guidance by introducing service into numerous new markets. The company's entrance into the Chicago market was one of the most successful in its history. Highlights included a long-term agreement with the Chicago White Sox for the naming rights to U.S. Cellular Field and inking a $1.6 million sponsorship with the City of Chicago to support free festivals for the community.

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Rooney earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from John Carroll University in Ohio and an MBA in finance from Loyola University.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Employment Expo for Employers and Job Seekers

AbilityLinks will hold its fourth annual educational conference and employment expo on Thursday, April 9, 2009. Business networking opportunities and educational sessions with special tracks for employers and job seekers with disabilities will fill the morning program.

Top employers that embrace disability as diversity will be honored during an awards luncheon that will also feature a special guest keynote motivational speaker. A job match fair will immediately follow the luncheon and cap off the all-day event.

The 2009 AbilityLinks Consortium Employment Expo is hosted in part by DoubleTree Guest Suites and Conference Center, Downers Grove, Illinois. Events sponsors include Nicor, Northern Trust, and Marianjoy; more high visibility sponsorship opportunities are still available starting at only $500. Standard booths for the job fair are $100.

A full day registration, including the luncheon, is $20 for job seekers and family members and $60 for employers and rehabilitation professionals. A limited number of job seeker scholarships will be available based on need.

Visit or contact Ken Skord, AbilityLinks Program Director at or 630-909-7440 to submit an award nomination or get details on sponsorship benefits and opportunities.

Dedicated to increasing employment of qualified persons with disabilities, AbilityLinks is a program of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in partnership with CareerBuilder, disabilityworks at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and Arbita Global Jobs Cross-Posting