Neurodiversity strategies that propel inclusivity
and engagement, unlock access to innovative talent, and drive the bottom line.
what is neurodiversity, and why should we care?
What is neurodiversity? Do I even have neurodiverse people in my company? Can people with Autism, ADHD, or Dyslexia even work here? If they need help, won’t they just ask? Isn’t having D&I enough? We have already talked about inclusion. And if nobody is complaining, does it really even matter?
These are common questions, issues, and challenges that companies often have when the topic of neurodiversity is discussed. The truth is, over 30% of the world is neurodivergent, and these people exist at every level of your organization. They are surviving, but not thriving. They bring extraordinary talents that can be maximized when they are supported. Supporting neurodiversity actually helps everyone in the company to be more engaged, happier, and more productive.
After the session your company will:
- Take advantage of preferences to create an environment that enables top performance
- Identify the challenges that neurodivergent people experience in their day-to-day
- Value the positives that a neuroinclusive culture brings to the organization
- Separate performance from performative
The Neurodiverse Workplace
Neurodiversity is a hot topic in Diversity and Inclusion. What is neurodiversity? Why is it critical to the success of your business?
By sharing her experiences as a late-in-life diagnosed neurodivergent with Autism and ADHD, Jessica will deliver an inspiring session to your employees that will motivate them to drive inclusion through no-cost actions easily added to their daily conversations.
After the session, your employees will be able to:
- Understand what neurodiversity is and what it means to each employee
- Apply a neurodiversity mindset to understand differences in communication and information processing among their employees and colleagues
- Adopt a no-cost neurodiverse approach to their day-to-day workflow that increases engagement, psychological safety, and retention of all employees
one size fits nobody
As educators, we design sessions to appeal to our learners, to drive participation, and cause a behavior change. Without taking neurodiversity into consideration, however, we’ve created a one-size-fits-all solution that truly fits no one at all.
As an expert in both neurodiversity and corporate education, Jessica will use her experience as a late-in-life diagnosed neurodivergent with Autism and ADHD, as well as her passion for facilitation and instructional design to transform your Talent Development to be neuro-inclusive for all learners.
After the session your Talent Development Team will be able to:
- Identify how neurodivergence shows up in the corporate training environment
- Explain why addressing neurodiversity in learning is critical to overall Talent Development success
- Generate content and other team activities neuroinclusive
- Overcome their own biased picture of what an “engaged learner” looks like
Hiring for Neurodiversity
Neurodiversity is a hot topic in recruiting. Autistic, ADHD, and Dyslexic candidates represent an underutilized talent pool. Traditional hiring processes keep neurodivergents from entering the talent pipeline and pose unnecessary challenges to others. Using her experience as a neurodivergent professional, her recruiting background, and experience educating managers and employees, Jessica will demystify hiring these excellent recruits.
After the session, your Talent Acquisition Team will be able to:
- Write neuroinclusive job descriptions and ads
- Source neurodivergent job seekers
- Create a comfortable and supportive interview process, from phone screen to final offer
Who’s Jessica Michaels?
Jessica Michaels spent 20 years of her career hearing the same thing: “You’re meeting all your goals, but you’re still failing because you can’t get along with people.” For years, she had no idea how this could be true. Still, she worked through her challenges and became a recognized facilitator, speaker, and corporate trainer.
Finally, at age 40, she received a diagnosis that explained those early struggles – Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD.
She now uses her lived experience as a neurodiverse professional to coach others that have challenges in the workplace or in a job search, as well as provides consulting and training to businesses across the US.
Interested in creating a neurodiverse culture?
All keynotes can be customized to fit your company needs. All keynotes can be delivered in-person or virtually.