By Rebecca Rickert
Audit Partner Dana Foote was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) at the age of 24, when she was starting her career in accounting. She kept it hidden during the early years of her working life because she didn’t want her disease to define her. When she became a partner at KPMG, she felt called to be open about her journey and to lead by example.
In 2007, Foote co-founded the Abilities in Motion (AIM) Network at KPMG, which supports employees who have a special need or who have family members with one. Additionally, she serves on the board of the National MS Society.
In September 2018, Foote participated in an MS challenge walk to celebrate having MS for 20 years. When she started training, she quickly realized how difficult it would be to walk 50 miles. If she took too many breaks, she wasn't going to finish. Foote walked 40 of the 50 miles, and ended up using a wheelchair for part of it. And she crossed the finish line triumphantly.
Hear Dana’s voice.
KPMG’s Abilities in Motion Network (AIM) is committed to providing guidance on, and raising awareness of, how the workplace environment can support our people who have a disability themselves or who have a family member with special needs. The network promotes an environment of mutual respect and teamwork, while providing an avenue for those seeking the guidance, encouragement, and camaraderie of others who have navigated similar challenges.
Through heartwarming and personal testimonials, Voices is a series that tells stories of how KPMG people are making a difference in their communities. For more information, please contact Rebecca Rickert on KPMG's Corporate Communications team.