Neurodiversity - Eliminating Kryptonite ; Enabling Superheroes is the Podcast that brings diversity of thought to life.
In this Podcast we will be hearing from: The Rainmakers: Those people and organisations making the difference! The Advocates: Those people who are supporting Neurodiversity at Work. The Superheroes: Those leaders who are Neurodifferent and proud.
This podcast will be the game changer we are all after.
Theo Smith will be your host, a loud and proud Neurodifferent, Neurodiversity advocate ;O)
This week I meet Gary Baron CEO and Founder YC-DC (Youth Community Development Consultancy) who's transforming lives by removing obstacles and empowering people to be agents of change in their communities.
Who are you and what do you do?
Why is early intervention key to enabling future success?
Why trauma experienced up to the age of 7 has such a big impact in adults in later life.
Some examples of where Gary has seen parents and children both struggle and then succeed.
Hints and tips to help parents and people who are ND who might be struggling?
You can find and contact Gary here:
Love the intro music... it's from a past guest High Contrast: Music is Everything
I just had some big bold conversations with Atif Choudhury over virtual lunch on Neurodiversity.
We talked about:
Intersectionality - there are many parts to our makeup
Who gets to participate in the debate
What does equity mean
What does 'Bring your whole self...' really mean
'Speed of Trust' (an Atif-ism ;) )
Role models , their power and pain
Atif has worked with a number of high profile grassroots social development projects across the UK, the Middle East and Asia. He is the co-founder and CEO of Diversity and Ability (D&A) and Zaytoun CiC (the world’s first Fairtrade Palestinian olive oil cooperative), as well as serving as a trustee for the anti-poverty charity War on Want.
Love the intro music... High Contrast: Music is Everything
I've been 'Offended' good and proper and If you're easily offended don't listen to this podcast episode!
Dan Kelsall talks to us about his approach to marketing. He is an outlier, a man of the people, and produces Fcuking Good Content ;)
He tells us why they don't look to offend but by nature of challenging the status quo, there is always someone who'll find offence, and that's okay. Actually, it makes for good engaging content that helps their customers stand out from the crowd.
This is what thinking and acting differently looks like! #Neurodiversity
Love the intro music... High Contrast: Music is Everything
In today's episode, I speak with Shelley Winner, who found out just before starting her prison sentence for drug dealing that she was pregnant. The federal government had a 10-year sentence in mind, but through Shelley's grit and determination in less than 10 years from that date, she now works successfully for one of the largest global tech giants.
Shelley was stuck in a losers loop, the only way out was through a complete transformation. Her story is the foundation we need to build on. That incredible minds suffer from a loop imposed on them by a poor system and are based on if they were lucky or unlucky enough to be born into a safe environment or a dangerous one.
She is the proof, that educations reform works and that investing in people as early as possible can transform the value they add to society.
Neurodiversity is the last frontier of diversity and inclusion and it includes everybody! Even those who have been to prison and served their sentence.
Love the intro music... High Contrast: Music is Everything
We talk today about the ADHD foundation, what it does, and why. We also discuss three important current initiatives.
*the Petition - Review & fund improved diagnosis and treatment of ADHD
*APPG - the all parliamentary group for ADHD (contact email@example.com )
*the very successful Umbrella Project 2021
Tony also shares some incredible insight into the current state of ADHD.
In today's episode, I speak with CEO and founder of The Do Company David O'Coimin. We talk about the future of workplaces and spaces and how organisations need to think and ACT now on how they design and construct those spaces. Because in David's view, our current predicament is not going away, and rather than plan for post-Covid 19 we need to accept that the future is now.
David has some fascinating insight into the challenges and needs of employees in the workplace and how we can offer them better comfort and accessibility to the workspace.
In this episode, Adam shares his own journey in discovering a passion for Neurodiversity and how he has started to help Universities, Government departments and organisations to lift Neurodiversity off the page and explore what it means and why it's important.
This is another great example of the wide variety of individuals doing what they can to lift the lid on this topic.
In today's episode we discuss how technology can play its part in enabling greater accessibility during the recruitment process.
Roy shares with us how Smart Recruiters are supporting Neurodiversity for it's:
*Recruiters and hiring managers
I believe technology could empower those who are neurodiverse both in work, at home and when applying for jobs. Roy shares with us the positive work Smart Recruiters and its partners are doing to help shift the dial in this area.
In this episode we explore Dr Anne Cockayne's research and examination of the experiences of line managers who manage employees with Asperger syndrome, exploring how these are shaped by contemporary HRM policies.
I recently spoke at a global talent acquisition event and referenced the brilliant work and research that Ann has done. A fascinating episode and a great opportunity for us to consider how we can support our managers.
It feels right that my 20th episode is with Amanda. She is an amazing supporter of Neurodiversity in all its forms. She's created tech to support us and she also shares loads of research, help, guides and resources for a wide audience. I've been following her closely as a Dad, because of the wonderful information she's been sharing to help and support parents.
In this episode she gives us her thoughts on the transition back to school and some things we can consider and action we can take to help us all through this process. An invaluable session from an incredible woman.
Is your child anxious about going back to school? Some further tips to help and lots more here ... https://doitprofiler.com/survive-revive-thrive/
High Contrast this weeks guest is one of the leading music producers in the world. He's from Wales, our Dads were best mates back in the day and he hears in colour. What!?! Yes you heard it, the way he produces his music is incredible and clearly he has a brilliant mind for music production. A good ear, you might say ;o)
This is such a fascinating look into how one of the foremost electronic music producers creates sounds that are nominated for a Grammy, played across the globe on TV live as part of the Olympics and at some of the best music venues across the world.
"THE ABILITY TO MAKE TRACKS ON YOUR OWN IN A SHORT SPACE OF TIME IS VERY SEDUCTIVE, AN INSTANT RUSH, THAT'S MY DRUG" High Contrast
You can also hear one of his tracks as the intro to my podcasts 'Music is Everything'. This is the sound of Neurodiversity!
Bill tells us about his thoughts on Neurodiversity and more broadly D&I and tech. He is an all-in type of guy and immerses himself in the subject, getting to the heart of what's important.
And speaking of hearts, Bill, in my opinion, is all heart! He genuinely wants to understand people and offer his support, to help and encourage others.
He's also a tech startup guru, helping organisations fly within our industry. I think he's a great guy and it was a real pleasure to have him on.
This episode sponsors the work he's doing to support rough sleepers in his area. Contact me or Bill directly to see how you can help.
In today's episode I interview Lucy Hobbs. Lucy has lead the awareness raising of 'Neurodiversity at Work' across the digital and creative sector. An area that should by all accounts be full of neurodiverse minds. However as Lucy explains that doesn't mean there are not challenges for those in the sector who are neruodiverse.
She gives a personal account of what it means to be neurodiverse and some of the great work she's doing to raise the profile of Neurodiversity.
Yonah Welker today's guest is an explorer and influencer known for his contribution to the tech and creative landscapes. We discuss his journey as somebody who is Neurodiverse, his interest and influence in open ecosystems and platforms which empower individual ability, diversity access, adaptive learning and well-being, circularity and sustainability. His technology focus encompasses AI, robotics, data science, computer science, engineering.
But Yonah is also somebody who has faced significant personal challenges and through those challenges he's emerged as a highly skilled, capable and influential superhero :)
In this episode a speak with Julie Sowash on her mental health, well-being and neurodiversity journey.
Julie works with federal contractors to assess outreach, hiring, and retention systems and policies in a company that impacts the organization’s ability to successfully engage/retain qualified jobseekers w/ disabilities.
She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area both personally and professionally.
In today's episode, I meet Robbie-Lee Valentine a TV presenter who came to prominence on the Turkish ATV's talk show Elin Oğlu. He has 1.5+ million views on his youtube channel and still has a following from his time in Turkey.
He's back in the UK and just in talks with a production company and Channel 4 on creating a new TV show.
He's also Neurodiverse and shares his personal story and journey. We also get to hear a snippet from his new book.
I met Stan at a TRU event in Manchester and was instantly drawn to him because of his high intellect, positive energy and enthusiasm. In this podcast he shares how ADHD helps him to be an incredible sales leader.
He also shares some of his trials and tribulations and why he thinks organisations should be focusing on the strengths of their employees and forgetting about any perceived weaknesses!
Thanks to Udder Talent Technology for sponsoring this episode
Autotrader are the first company in the world to be recognised as Autism friendly by NAS (National Autistic Society).
Christos who's their Head of People and Culture shares with us how that came about. He also discussed with us some of the wonderful work they've been doing to empower there people to help improve their working environment for all.
Top work by a great a person and a fantastic organisation that puts inclusion and belonging front and centre of its business strategy!
Joe is 17 and turns over between £5,000 - £10,000 a week selling high-end collectable trainers to the rich and famous. He's Neurodiverse and dropped out of school to follow his passion.
A great example that by focusing on your strengths and your special interests you can be highly successful.
Joe is all over the news at the moment and this is your opportunity to hear his story.
In today's episode I speak with Rachel Morgan-Trimmer from Sparkleclass. She shares with me the challenges of spending a life being neurodiverse and not knowing.
This is a very personal story and one that struck a cord with me as you'll hear in the podcast. We are constantly learning and evolving and this episode is another example of the power of talking about and sharing our individual experiences.
Rachel now does some fantastic work supporting others so they can benefit from her life's journey.
In today's episode I meet the amazing Leena Haque and Sean Gilroy from the BBC.
I've been following their work around Neurodiversity for some time and they've been creating some wonderful content that can be accessed by all.
They share their journey, how it all started and current and future plans at the BBC.
This is one not to be missed as it's a great example of a grassroots movement that has been backed by the BBC and has grown into a beautiful employee led initiative.
In today's episode I'm joined by Nemo D'Qrill CEO and founder of Sigma Polaris.
Nemo has travelled many paths driven by a passion to discover, understand, and solve worthy problems. From Mathematician to Tech-Ambassador to Partner Acrobat to Entrepreneur.
He shares with me how he's trying to now achieve a real world impact through his organisation and what part Neurodiversity has to play on that journey.
In today's episode I went over to Sainsbury's support centre in Manchester Arndale to record this live with Chris Wray, their Head of Recruitment Strategy and a Neurodiversity Superhero.
Chris discusses his personal journey as somebody who is Neurodiverse and how it's not always been easy.
This is such a personal story and a wonderful example of how your Neurodifference can be an incredible superpower when enabled to do so.
This is one not be be missed.
A real life Superhero!
Simon talks to me on his personal interest in Neurodiversity and how the #IBM #IGNITE program, is recruiting awesome talent with an autism spectrum condition into their workforce.
They have plans to hire 150+ over the next year and he also shares how they've got to this point.
This episode is filled full of interesting and insightful idea's to help you on your journey to Neurodiversity at Work ;)
Lauren Beasley joins me in this episode to share with me her challenges around being neurodiverse, but also how she has been successful and found a role where she can support others.
I think Lauren is a wonderful neurodiversity superhero and a great example of the wonderful work people our doing beneath the radar.
I'm so pleased to give Lauren a platform to share her experiences and positive support of others.
Today I meet with Jenny Hossen from Heathrow.
Her canopy of brightly coloured umbrellas was a sight not to be missed and she shares her journey with us.
She identifies her Superpowers as being energetic and thinking differently, but boredom is her kryptonite.
Quote of the episode:
"Don’t allow anybody to put your sparkly self into a square box"
Love it! ;o)
Today I have a special guest as part of Dyslexia awareness week, Clare Corrie Account Director at Linkedin and a Dyslexic Superhero.
I spoke with Clare's manager Chris and he had this to say:
'Clare is a consistent high performer at Linkedin... and in my view it's to do with a lot of the areas around her dyslexia.
Her verbal, oral communication is outstanding!
Her drive, tenacity and ambition is something that contributes to her being a world class sales professional'
For our second episode, I meet Ed Thompson the CEO and founder of Uptimize.
12 months ago I came upon a new term that was to blow my mind! That term was Neurodiversity
Ed works with organisations across the globe to support them with Neurodiversity in the workplace.
He was also the first person to introduce me to the term Neurodiversity.
Hope you enjoy the show.
For our first episode, I meet Jamie Leonard the CEO and founder of The Recruitment Events Company.
He's been a key supporter and advocate for Neurodiversity at Work and if it wasn't for Jamie's amazing events with the Resourcing Leaders 100, I wouldn't be running this podcast.
Jamie shares with us his view and vision for Neurodiversity at Work and beyond. It's a personal and inspiring story.