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Neurodiversity in the workplace

Event organised by ICE

Date
20 March 2024
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Overview

This panel discussion aims to celebrate the richness of neurodiversity. The panellists, each with unique neurocognitive profiles, will share their experiences, insights, and visions for a more inclusive world. From autism to ADHD to dyslexia, this discussion will explore the diverse ways our brains function and contribute to society.

The format of the event will be:

  1. Introduction to session and panellists
  2. Discussion 
  3. Questions from the audience
  4. Each panellist will provide one takeaway they would like to give to the audience.

Discussion themes:

  • Understanding neurodiversity: What does neurodiversity mean? How has it shaped the panellists lives and perspectives?
  • Navigating challenges: How can society better accommodate neurodiversity? What support systems are essential?
  • Strengths: How can we harness these strengths to drive innovation and problem-solving?
  • Breaking stigmas: How can we promote acceptance and reduce judgment?
  • Inclusion in education and workplaces: How can workplaces create environments where neurodivergent individuals thrive?
  • Advocacy and allyship: How can we be better advocates for inclusion? What actions can each of us take? 

Speakers

Kate Wardle

Kate Wardle

Neurodiversity in Business

learning and development lead

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Kate Wardle

Kate is based in South Africa and has worked as a volunteer with Neurodiversity in Business (NiB) for the past 14 months. As an autism and ADHD mother to two neurodiverse children, Kate joined the NiB team to promote inclusivity in the workplace.
 
Professionally, Kate works as a consultant for employee engagement and change management programmes. With a keen strategic focus and the ability to ask the right questions, Kate can define and articulate a client’s needs. Kate has a strong understanding of brand strategy, PR and copywriting, which ensures that creative and production teams deliver work that fits the brief.

After completing her MBA in 2010 and receiving a distinction for a thesis in employee engagement, her academic interest remains in change management and employee relations, and she continues to lecture and facilitate programmes for the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business.     

Leora Wilson

Leora Wilson

Mott MacDonald

analyst

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Leora Wilson

Leora Wilson is an analyst in Mott MacDonald’s Venues UK & Europe team working on a variety of sports and events advisory projects. With a background in transport planning, which Leora completed her apprenticeship in, and a passion for venues, sports and events, Leora is really keen to share her experiences of being ‘diverse in a typical world’ with the industry. Leora was diagnosed with autism at the age of 7 and with the right support through school and now from her colleagues, she has been able to thrive. 

Dan Harris

Dan Harris

Neurodiversity in Business

founder and chief executive officer

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Dan Harris

Dan Harris is the founder and chief executive officer of the Neurodiversity in Business charity (NiB). NiB was set up to transform the employment prospects of the 15-to-20% of the population who are neurodivergent.

As a neurodivergent leader and advocate, Dan is passionate about raising awareness and understanding of the strengths and challenges of neurodiversity, and empowering neurodivergent individuals to thrive in their careers.

Founded in 2022, over 600 global corporate members and community partners have joined NiB’s mission. The charity remains powered by a team of 100 volunteers committed to raising awareness across multiple sectors, industries and countries.  

Grisel Calcagno

Grisel Calcagno

AECOM

graduate environmental consultant

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Grisel Calcagno

Grisel Calcagno (BSc, MSc) is a graduate environmental consultant with AECOM, working mainly in Environmental Impact Assessment of developments both in the public and private sectors. As a neurodivergent person herself and coming from a background where friends and family are also neurodivergent, Grisel advocates to bring awareness and understanding to make everyone feel seen, included and supported. Grisel wants to break negative stigmas around neurodivergent people in the workforce.