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Govt of Massachusetts : PAUL SANER : Subhashish Acharya

  1. 1. CHARLIE BAKER Governor KARYN POLITO Lieutenant Governor MARYLOU SUDDERS Secretary PAUL SANER Commissioner Tel.: 617-727-5550 800-392-6450 TDD: 800-392-6556 Fax: 617-626-7685 www.mass.gov/mcb The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services Commission for the Blind 600 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111 January 8, 2018 RE: Recommedation for Extraordinary Achievement: Mr. Subhashish Acharya To Whom It May Concern, I was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) in August 2013 and serve as the seventh commissioner for the agency. I was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) at an unusually young age of 4 and was declared legally blind in 1991. My personal experiences, extensive volunteer efforts, and advocacy work have made me a strong leader and ambassador for the 26,000 legally blind residents of the Commonwealth. I have worked for several large corporations in the past, hold an MBA, have led Executive positions at several non-profits and am passionate about the cause of employment for blind / visually impaired individuals. I came to know Mr. Acharya's philanthropic work several years back. Currently, Mr. Acharya works at Oracle with exceptional knowledge of the workforce trends of the future. He is also a current working student at Harvard Business School Executive Education working on a leadership program called PLD, which I understand is a “rapid fire” MBA for exceptional business professionals. For the last five years, Mr. Acharya has been teaching and mentoring hundreds of blind/ visually impaired professionals globally, who are unemployed or underemployed and helped create jobs and employment by building an extraordinary “digital” model of training. With his effort in the last five years, I understand over 300+ individuals globally have been able to pivot to contemporary careers such as Sales, Customer service, Business Writing, Recruiting/Sourcing, IT Accessibility and Project Management. Mr. Acharya's work is very important not only considering the benefit of the United States but, globally. The visually impaired community has the highest unemployment rates in the USA and needs innovative employment models in a fast-paced world of skill obsolescence. Mr. Acharya's model is contemporary and digital and equally focused on industry demand for specific jobs that are typically being outsourced, which makes it globally unique. His model has the possibility of scale for this community because individuals who are blind/visually impaired can work from home instead of depending on transportation, as long as they have a computer, screen reader, and the internet. Individuals can be anywhere in the USA as long as they are digitally connected, and post-training they are assisted in connecting with small businesses in the USA to work as remote digital workers. The unique model claims to create new jobs in the country; a second chance for marginalized workers; inclusiveness for a population that has been deprived of opportunities and a springboard to get back to the workforce.
  2. 2. Mr. Acharya serves as a Business, Labor and Industry member of MCB’s Rehabilitation Council. The position is Governor confirmed. From my direct discussions with him, I can only say I am impressed at his passion, knowledge about the future of work and selflessness towards his purpose of helping solve the unemployment in the country for blind and visually impaired professionals and other marginalized people. Mr. Acharya firmly believes in the possibility of transforming unemployed individuals into sales professionals for cloud prospecting, which he believes can soon create 10,000 jobs in the country, considering the presence of five thousand new cloud startups who would need business prospectors. He also thinks writing-as- a service, which is typically outsourced can be brought back to the USA by training workers who are blind. Another sector where Mr. Acharya believes over 10,000 new jobs would be created or brought back to the United States is Recruiting & Sourcing of professional candidates. He has produced several successful pilots and has observed very positive outcomes of visually impaired individuals pivoting to this new career opportunity. Mr. Acharya is extraordinary in his ability to put a unique employment model that is producing results through skill development. He has the vision to build a Knowledge Processing Center staffed with visually impaired individuals, veterans, ex-felons, jobless students, etc. in the USA that will offer several business services to small and medium scaling businesses who need talented workers for short periods. Once these candidates achieve exceptional job skills, they will be integrated with large corporations as employees, who in the past have only hired a few candidates in the past. Changing this low intake is very important, however building the execution strategy to create employment on a large scale will require resources, which he expects to learn at Harvard Business School. This initiative will help small and medium enterprises. It may equally help thousands of unemployed/displaced workers by launching a program very similar to the apprenticeship model, entirely free of cost for trainees. He believes this can be a significant opportunity for the USA to re-skill unemployed population and provide work opportunities at scale and keep jobs in the country. I am proud to be associated with Mr. Acharya, and wish him immense success. Sincerely, Paul Saner Commissioner Massachusetts Commission for the Blind www.mass.gov/mcb

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