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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Hear from members of the disability employee resource group (ERG) at Discover as they reflect on the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Kelly Madison
Director, Credit Operations

Being the mother to a child with a disability, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives me hope. Hope for inclusion for my child to participate in activities with her peers. Hope that one day she could lead an independent life. Hope that she’ll thrive in a world where she’s able to show up as her whole self. I’m honored to work with the disability employee resource group (ERG) at Discover to help ensure that all our employees with disabilities, customers  with disabilities and employee caregivers can reach their full potential.

Chaitanya Manchanda
Lead Cybersecurity Analyst

As an individual with hearing loss since childhood, the ADA is a ray of hope for me to grow and prosper. I grew up in a country where accessibility legislature, like the ADA, didn’t exist. Because of my experiences growing up, I have a unique perspective on the importance of the ADA. For example, being independent in an ever-challenging world would not have been possible without the ADA. I wouldn’t have a job, be able to communicate with people or travel the world on my own. Companies wouldn’t be required to pay me equally, compared to those without a disability.

My unique experiences make me stronger with each passing day. My hearing loss is my identity and my strength. The ADA empowers me to be a leader in my own right and gives me an opportunity to make accessibility a top priority. As a proud Discover employee and disability ERG leader, I look forward to driving change and creating an inclusive workplace where employees thrive and truly feel that they belong.


Jessica Hubert
Lead Executive Compensation Consultant

As a mother of a school-age child with Down syndrome, the ADA brings me comfort. I know that my daughter has the right to the same education and experiences as her typically developing sisters. The ADA gives her an opportunity to thrive, not only within the school walls, but within our society to develop critical relationships and independence.




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Diversity and Inclusion is part of our DNA

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Diversity and Inclusion is part of our DNA

At Discover, we strive to create a work environment where unique individuals can come to work each day and make a real difference. Discover’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) efforts in particular are aimed at using the differences in your perspectives and backgrounds to create value and success for the company. Our diversity is one of our greatest assets and we believe it’s one of the main reasons we are able to serve our customers so well.

Since the launch of a dedicated D&I program at Discover, we’ve seen tremendous growth in initiatives  that support an inclusive culture both inside and outside of our office walls. In 2013, we started our efforts with seven Employee Resource Groups (ERG), a number that now stands at 10 Employee Resource Groups and 39 ERG chapters across all of our major locations.

Discover’s ERGs help us recognize that there is strength in our differences and remind us that diversity and inclusion is part of our DNA. In order to help our ERGs make the most impact to employees, our communities, and the business, we make sure the strategic plans for each group align with overall company strategies and include activities that:

  • Build cultural awareness
  • Impact professional development, and
  • Grow our customer base

The Mission of our ERGs

ERG Mission
Accentuating Discover Abilities (ADA) To foster an inclusive environment where individuals with disabilities are valued and respected, thereby maximizing the empowerment of the individual and company performance.
Asian Professionals at Discover (APAD) To enhance Asian cultural awareness by creating and supporting volunteer opportunities while fostering an environment that promotes professional development.
Black Organizational Leadership at Discover (BOLD) To provide a support network for employees at Discover that fosters an inclusive environment that promotes growth, leadership, and talent development.
Generations of Leaders at Discover (GOLD) To create environment that fosters opportunities to collaborate across Discover leveraging employee talent, experience and knowledge to positively impact our leadership and financial well-being.
Honoring Military & Veterans (HMV) To bring awareness and understanding of military-related skills that impact Discover, identify veteran employee needs and work to drive business solutions. HMV strives to act as a focus group evaluating Service member benefits and coordinates activities to highlight and honor the military both at Discover and within the community.
Helping Organize Latino Achievement (¡HOLA!) To be at the center of the Latino community by sharing insights that can help Discover harness the full potential of its employees, partners and customers. ¡HOLA! will create and develop the leaders of tomorrow through professional development, networking, cultural awareness and knowledge sharing.​
Native American Professionals at Discover (N8V) To create an inclusive environment for Native American professionals by promoting Native American heritage through education, networking, cultural and social opportunities. N8V partners with local Native American communities to give exposure about the company’s core values, beliefs, products and services.
PRIDE – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Allies To unite the power and potential of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally employees in their careers and to contribute to Discover customers, employees, suppliers and communities.​​​​​​​
Professional Women Impacting Results (PWIR) To provide development and networking opportunities to further enhance the effectiveness of women across the organization.
Young Professionals of Discover (YPOD) To ignite progress, inspire others and cultivate tomorrow’s leaders. YPOD aims to provide developmental, networking and leadership opportunities for motivated young professionals and their advocates, supports and reinforces Discover’s core business objectives by leveraging personal and professional insights to spark innovation, while enhancing the company’s reputation through voluntary service in our communities.​

Learn more about Discover’s Employee Resource Groups.