097: Maggie Bond—ambassador for inclusion
Maggie Bond advocates for people in the disability community to help them live a high-quality life. Her passion comes from her life experience as a quadruplet living with two brothers on the autistic spectrum. Now, she is a program lead for Best Buddies, International, an organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Maggie performs as often as possible, singing in productions and groups. She is involved in the Miss America Organization, having been a contestant in the Miss Oklahoma Pageant competition numerous times representing local titles of Miss Oklahoma City University, Miss Broken Arrow, Miss Tulsa, and Miss Bricktown. She remains active as a contestant coach and mentor to young women.
Maggie joins me on this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast to share her story of servant leadership and her aspiration to continue her mission to improve the quality of life for the millions who live with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Maggie with her family at the friendship walk: (LR)- Tyler, Britt, Addy, Mak, Maggie, Carol, CJ, Brad. Tyler and CJ are Maggie’s brothers who live with autism.
Maggie sang at an event honoring WW2 veterans. (L-R) Maggie, Dennis, a Vietnam veteran, and Vickie. Dennis received a quilt that doubled as a quilt of valor.
Maggie with her two Miss Oklahoma Stars, Mek (left) and Kate (right) at a WW2 Veteran Parade with Junior, a WW2 veteran.
Maggie served as a volunteer music director with “Stars on Stage,” an adaptive musical theatre group for kids who live with disabilities. Right, Maggie hugs Hope, one of the artists.