United Talent Agency (UTA): Commitment To Inclusion In The Workplace

Photography by Stephen Simons

Photography by Stephen Simons

For the past 17 years UTA has inspired and challenged other employers to look past labels and focus on creating meaningful job opportunities for people that are often times excluded from society.

On June 11, 2013 over 100 people attended the Vanguard Reception including Best Buddies champions Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Brian Grazer, Jeff Skoll, Bobby Kotick, Ted Sarandos, Nicole Avant, Kevin Riley, and David Spade. A total of $80,000 was raised on behalf of the Jobs Program.

With the backdrop of United Talent Agency’s brand new campus in Beverly Hills, Best Buddies Jobs California honored United Talent Agency (UTA) with the Vanguard Award for being the first employer in Los Angeles to hire a participant from our supported employment program. For the past 17 years UTA has inspired and challenged other employers to look past labels and focus on creating meaningful job opportunities for people that are often times excluded from society.

UTA’s Best Buddies Jobs participant, Colleen Moriarty, shared how her job at UTA has positively impacted her life in California and brought back her smile during a tough transition. UTA’s Chief Administrative Officer, Michael Conway, spoke about his personal desire to help someone once he became established within the entertainment industry.

Conway mentioned that working with Moriarty and Best Buddies Jobs has been a fantastic experience. During the program, Anthony Kennedy Shriver also honored 23 Best Buddies Jobs participants that had been working in their jobs for 5, 10, and 15 years.

The Vanguard Reception provided an opportunity to gather and thank esteemed Employer Partners for their commitment to inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in the workplace.

2013 Best Buddies Jobs Employer Partners
Access Hollywood
Allan Company
Banana Republic
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Entertainment Tonight
Equinox Century City
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
FIJI Water
Fox Networks Engineering and Operations
20th Century Fox
Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, LLP
Goldline International
Guess? Inc.
Hilton LAX
Imperial Capital, LLC
Kehillat Israel
Los Angeles Mayor’s Office
Latham & Watkins, LLP
Long Beach Mayor’s Office
Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips, LLP
Relativity Media, LLC
Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
Sprouts Farmers Market
TBWA/ Chiat/Day
Team One
TJ Maxx
Trader Joe’s Torrance
United Talent Agency
William Morris Endeavor

Flowers were generously donated by Sherene Hulugalle from Wisteria Lane Flower Shop while food and beverages were provided by UTA.

About Best Buddies Jobs

Best Buddies Jobs continues the integration of people with IDD into the community through supported employment. The program helps individuals attain and maintain jobs of their own choosing by providing ongoing support and training, enabling people with IDD to earn an income, pay taxes, and work in an environment alongside others in the community. Since its inception, Best Buddies Jobs has placed more than 500 individuals in integrated employment positions.

To learn more about Best Buddies Jobs or to hire a person with IDD in California, contact:

Rachel Spooner | Program Supervisor, Jobs
Best Buddies California
Phone: (310) 642-2620
E-mail: RachelSpooner@bestbuddies.org.

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About Rachel Spooner

Originally from Carmichael, California, Rachel has been with Best Buddies Jobs Los Angeles since 2008. She spends her days sourcing competitive, integrated jobs for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Before coming to Best Buddies Jobs, Rachel was an anchor and reporter for local news stations in Washington and California.

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