Meet Your Mentors – Visit Blind Professionals on the Job

Over the years you’ve probably heard of successful blind engineers, business people, researchers, managers, teachers and a whole galaxy of other professions. Wouldn’t you like to meet them at their job and find out how they do it?

Beginning in June the LightHouse’s new Jobsite Conversation Series will be providing blind or visually impaired jobseekers the real-world opportunity to meet and learn from some of the Bay Area’s most successful blind professionals.

Our intention is to show Bay Area jobseekers how important ambition and dedication are to any successful employee—and more so for blind ones.

Starting June 22, each week we will be coordinating a group of 15 to 20 individuals to meet with their employed counterparts working in the Bay Area’s leading businesses and institutions. There will be 25 visits, mostly on Wednesdays, which will consist of facility tours, an opportunity to hear the triumphs and hardships experienced by each professional, the chance for some Q&A, and conclude with a talk with the blind professional’s supervisor when applicable.

We’ll pick you up in our vehicle from a number of points in the Bay Area or sometimes meet at BART and go together as a group. And just to make it easy, we’ll provide a complimentary lunch to all participants. It’s all made possible through a generous grant from the BlackRock Foundation, which believes in the importance of employment for Bay Area blind and visually impaired residents.

The LightHouse has assembled an all-star cast of people to visit, from wealth managers to architects, from software developers to educators, and everything in between. Our goal is that participants who sign up for the free series attend their choice of at least half of this year’s 25 jobsite visits.

We’ll tie the growing group together with a common listserv, where you can continue to dialog with the employed blind people you meet and the circle of participants you’ll encounter along the way.  More than merely educational, this series will be a whole lot of fun.

To sign up, please contact Rich Russo, LightHouse Community Services Program Assistant at 415-694-7352 or

Space is going to be tight on these popular visits, so we encourage you to sign up for the series today.  Once you’re registered, you’ll receive our emails about upcoming visits, dates and locations.