I AM BIO Patient Story: Vincenzo Piscopo, United Spinal Association

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT), Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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Vincenzo Piscopo will began his tenure as United Spinal’s president and CEO on November 16, 2020 replacing James Weisman, who retired after 40 years of service to the disability community as an advocate for disability rights and accessible transportation.

“I’m honored to lead United Spinal’s important mission to improve the quality of life and independence of people with spinal cord injuries and disorders and to ensure the inclusion of wheelchair users in all facets of our society,” Piscopo said. “When we do this, not only do people with disabilities win, but our communities, employers, and all of society wins.”

Piscopo, a wheelchair-user who was paralyzed from a herniated disk in 2010, previously worked at The Coca-Cola Company for 25 years in a variety of strategic roles both in the US and internationally.

In his most recent position as the Community and Stakeholder Relations Director at The Coca-Cola Company, Piscopo managed and cultivated company relationships with disability, veteran and Hispanic organizations and advocates for these communities.

“With the help of United Spinal’s talented staff and dedicated chapter leaders, I remain committed to advancing opportunities for people with disabilities, strengthening their voice and empowering them to have a positive impact in their community,” Piscopo added. “I’m looking forward to continue building on the amazing work James did to take this organization to the next level.”

Piscopo has based much of his work on the belief that people with disabilities are assets for corporations because of their resilience, perseverance, and creative problem-solving skills. “For corporations to hire us is not only right, but also smart,” he said.

Piscopo is also the founder and Executive Director of the Wheels of Happiness Foundation which helps people with motor disabilities in disadvantaged areas of the world, and a member of the board of directors of the organizations Respectability and Friends of the Disabled Adults and Children.

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