Robert J. Vetere (Bob), Senior Director joined C5 in January 2019 after retiring as Corporate Manager of Disability Partnerships at Northrop Grumman. He also most recently served on the DC Metro Business Leadership Network, a non-profit that is led by the Honorable Katherine McCary. President, C5 Consulting and has partnered with the C5 team for many years.
During his forty-one years at Northrop Grumman, Bob made many significant contributions including driving the creation and implementation of the best in class, nationally recognized centralized budget and workplace accommodations function. He has also been instrumental in driving disability inclusive culture change and was a founding member of the Victory Over Impairment & Challenge Enterprise (VOICE) Employee Resource Group (ERG) which is now enterprise-wide with approximately 1000 members across 12 chapters across the country.
Bob is a highly sought-after speaker and is well known for his ability to impact others through his presentations, speeches and keen storytelling skills. His personal journey as a person who acquired his blindness gives him unique strengths from both professional and personal perspectives.
During his career, Bob supported and represented Northrop Grumman with many organizations and government agencies: Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Circle of Champions, US Business Leadership Network (now Disability:IN) Corporate Advisory Board and Mentoring Initiative, Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD), National Industry Liaison Group (NILG), Hearing Loss of America, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Disability Matters, Maryland and Virginia Governor’s Conference on Employment, NACE, US Coast Guard Headquarters and many others. His drive and passion were at the forefront and instrumental in Northrop Grumman’s disability inclusion journey.
Through Bob’s leadership, partnerships and advocacy, Northrop Grumman has been recognized as a model for Disability Inclusion with the following awards:
Disability:IN Employer of the Year (2018), Best Places to Work for People with Disabilities Disability Equality Index (2018), National Organization for Disability (NOD) Leading Disability Employer (2018), 2018 #2 Company that Supports People with Disability (Diversity Inc) and 2018 Top 50 Employers Careers & The Disabled.
Bob was recognized by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and awarded the 2017 Stephen Garff Marriott Award. The Stephan Garff Marriott Award honors a blind or visually impaired individual who has served as an extraordinary mentor and has had a remarkable career. In 2016, Bob was named Mentor of the Year and inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Mentoring Hall of Fame by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition.
Bob resides in PA with his wife, Sue and his guide dog, Waverly.