Neurodiversity - Eliminating Kryptonite & Enabling Superheroes
By Theo Smith
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) #NeurodiversityAtWork #Neurodiversity #Inclusion
Ep 38: James and Chance - The Bridge of Hope
Today I am lucky to have James and Chance on the show. MEET JAMES ► A ‘corporate refugee’ - formerly a senior international executive at Diageo, Bass and Omnicom – but lost (almost) everything due to a combination of bad luck, bad people and undiagnosed bipolar disorder. MEET Chance ►The Guy That Turned His Life Around, Employed And Runs His Own Business After losing his sister to Cancer, he had a mental breakdown which led to heavy use of drugs and alcohol. His life became reckless. And before he knew it, his life had spiraled out of control and he woke up one day, sat in a prison cell, alone, and with a prison term ahead of him. Today we hear their story and why their mission is to make ALL employment inclusive employment. Why? Because everyone deserves the right to employment, and they were denied that right! Today we discuss: * The extraordinary challenging backgrounds and experiences of Chance and James * How they use their lived experiences to help and support others This episode is supercharged by Dynamis Group https://dynamisgroup.com/ You can buy Amanda and Theo's new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245 Love the intro music... it's from a past guest High Contrast: Music is Everything #NeurodiversityAtWork #Neurodiversity #ADHD
May 11, 2022
Ep 37: Samantha Hiew - Empowering girls & women with ADHD
Today I am blessed to have Samantha Hiew on the show. Samantha is a neurodivergent storyteller and social impact entrepreneur with a dual mission to: 🌟 empower girls and women with ADHD to thrive in society and 🌟 improve societal understanding of adult ADHD. Utilising her background in communications and a medical science PhD, she produces thought-provoking digital campaigns, talks, workshops and events to destigmatise ADHD and inspire positive action within the workforce and educational settings to champion the strengths of ADHD-ers and provide critical tools to support their challenges. Today we discuss: * Samantha's journey * What ADHD Neurodiversity means to Samantha and how it impacts her and other girls and women * Perimenopause, one-brain and co-occurance! * Women having to juggle many life challenges and value much needed representation from other women * Medical model, women discounted, miss diagnosis, vitamin deficiency * Eating disorders or Eggs * Asking people what they want and what will help them * Pivoting and what Samantha now does as part of ADHD Girls * The importance of post-diagnosis support, girls and transition * Technology to support neurodiverse families, The new App Samantha is working with a team to develop * It's a RAP chat ;O) Check out Samantha's profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samanthahiew/ Learn more about the event and sign up here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/adhd-best-practice-work-conference-samantha-hiew-phd/?trackingId=6ovvrumXQNO743Gg0BKPPQ%3D%3D This episode is supercharged by Dynamis Group https://dynamisgroup.com/ You can buy Amanda and Theo's new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245 Love the intro music... it's from a past guest High Contrast: Music is Everything #NeurodiversityAtWork #Neurodiversity #ADHD
March 22, 2022
Ep 36: Clinton Jordan, Vocal Coach - Accessing your best ND self via your voice
Today I am joined by Clinton Jordan: Motivational Vocal Coach - Voice ACTivate Workshops - he helps leaders 10x the productivity of their team and unleash their true voice, to be motivated, energised, and driven every day of the week. He is a passionate believer and advocates that Neurodiversity can power performance and that many of his neurodiverse students have shown they can be exceptional musicians, given the correct support. He's on an awesome mission to help people access their best selves and accelerate their performance through vocal support and coaching. What we discuss: - I always thought as a kid is there something wrong with me? Always trying to catch up. Dyslexia has a big part to play. an island of challenge, surrounded by a sea of opportunity - Music saves me because it allowed me to express myself and find the relationship between other intelligence - Challenges and opportunities of teaching music to young people and the energy of ND kids to go further with their learning - Playing a different tune to others - Understanding yourself to bring more of yourself - Human behavior, pushing back - Music penetrates both parts of the brain without permission - There will always be a person that is not for you, find your people/purpose You can find out more about the work Clinton does here: https://www.clintonjordan.com/ This episode is supercharged by Dynamis Group https://dynamisgroup.com/ You can buy Amanda and Theo's new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245 Love the intro music... it's from a past guest High Contrast: Music is Everything
February 10, 2022
Ep 35: Keith Fraser Chair of the Youth Justice Board - on his diagnosis of Dyslexia & how it impacted on his career
Today I am joined by Keith Fraser who's the Chair of the Youth Justice Board, Commissioner for No 10 Downing Street on Race and Ethnic Disparity as well as a great advocate and supporter of Neurodiversity at Work. We were lucky enough to have Keith feature in our book Neurodiversity at Work and so it's a real pleasure to finally be able to have him on the podcast. His journey is fascinating and he shares the highs and lows of being Neurodiverse/Dyslexic and undiagnosed. He also shares what happened next and how it wasn't all plain sailing and how we still need to break down the stigma that can still exist within our organisations. What we discuss: - Intro who are you and what do you do? - When/why did you get your late diagnosis and was there a eureka moment? - What impact did the diagnosis have on your role as a senior member of the police force? - Keith share how disclosing had a negative impact on him, his role, and his respect as a professional, he became a perceived risk overnight - The challenge he faced getting reasonable adjustments over the line - The need for Neurodiverse talent within the police system and specifically to support young people in the youth justice system - Changing the mindset from a negative focus to a positive strengths-based focus for neurodiverse talent - What's next... This episode is supercharged by Dynamis Group https://dynamisgroup.com/ You can buy Amanda and Theo's new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245 Love the intro music... it's from a past guest High Contrast: Music is Everything
December 15, 2021
Ep 34: Jacki Edry reflects on becoming an author, her family, autism, neurodiversity & brain surgery
Today I am joined by Jacki Edry who is the author of Moving Forward which presents an informative, emotional, and empowering account of the challenges and struggles on the road to recovery from complicated brain surgery ‒ as well as the search for understanding, meaning, and faith. She shares with us her personal experiences as an author, an employee, and a parent. What we discuss: - Who is Jacki and why does she care about Neurodiversity - The global impact of being a parent of a neurodiverse child - The education system, democratic schools, alternative teaching methods - Why Jacki set about writing the book and who is it for - Why there is so much confusion for parents, and a lack of support - Moving the discussion from a negative mindset to a positive one - The importance of more parents having a voice to share with others - Brains work like different technology processing systems - Covid has provided some opportunities for change - Where you can contact and connect with Jacki This episode is supercharged by Dynamis Group https://dynamisgroup.com/ You can buy Amanda and Theo's new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245 Love the intro music... it's from a past guest High Contrast: Music is Everything
November 11, 2021
Ep 33: Zoe & Laura discussing supported Internships into the workplace
Today I have the pleasure of being joined by Zoe Macey from Cheshire East Council and Laura Armitage from Springfield School, to discuss supported internships and how you can use access to work to hire incredible talent. I came across their work when I read and watched a news article on Granada reports. It just goes to show there is no reason why we can't re-imagine the way we supported people into work, when previously they would have been locked out of the system. What we discuss: -Who are you and what do you do? -We learn specifically about the springboard project and what it means for the students -We discuss Adam and their other success stories -What types of work suits the students, it's more varied than you'd think not just the usual Tech and Maths! -What is the hope moving forwards -How is it funded, how do employers get involved, how can we all do our bit to help To get in contact, if you are in Cheshire East email SupportedEmployment@cheshireeast.gov.uk - and depending on where you are located, what the role is, who the employer is etc - you could then be allocated to a specific Education Provider. This is a UK wide scheme, so please make sure you contact your local provider for support. IMPORTANT Info for employers: They would only place an intern with an employer if it was right. It is important that employers feel confident in this approach and understand that they wouldn’t just place anybody there because there is an ‘opportunity’. It is just as important to get it right for the employer, as it is for the young person. It is also important that employers understand that a supported internship is not just work experience… it’s about learning ‘real skills’ for a ‘real job'. You can buy Amanda and Theo's new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245 Love the intro music... it's from a past guest High Contrast: Music is Everything
September 24, 2021
Ep 32: 10min Q&A with Amanda & Theo on our new book release
Neurodiversity At Work is here! Today we have a special addition of the podcast where we cover six key questions in under 10 minutes. 1. Why we wrote the book 2. The definition for Neurodiversity 3. Why we are failing at the recruitment process 4. Why employers should care 5. Where are we losing talent 6. What are Spiky Profiles You can now buy it from most bookstores including Amazon, Waterstones and directly from the publishers Kogan Page. You can Amanda and Theo's new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245 Love the intro music... it's from a past guest High Contrast: Music is Everything #neurodiversityatwork #neurodiversity
August 01, 2021
Ep 31: Josh Stallings an acclaimed crime writer, Dyslexic and new book Tricky has an ND protagonist
Today I am joined by none other than crime novelist Josh Stallings. TRICKY (one of the most anticipated crime books of 2021), the book that he's probably the most proud of so far. Josh Stallings—an already acclaimed crime writer—used the experiences of his son Dylan (who is neurodiverse) to inform one of his protagonists, and it is truly brilliant and affecting. Since publication he’s written a couple of essays about it, you can see one here: https://t.co/YhH6gnuong?amp=1, and he's spreading the word, how things like SMART teams can save lives. We talk about *His early life and career *His challenges with Dyslexia *How Dyslexia made him a great writer *The techniques he uses to write *How his and his sons experiences influenced his recent book Tricky *What's next for Josh and why his new book is set in 1984 Los Angeles, California Find out more info on Josh and his novels and how to order a copy of Tricky here: https://joshstallings.com/ You can Amanda and Theo's new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245 Love the intro music... it's from a past guest High Contrast: Music is Everything
July 09, 2021
Ep 30: Natalia Lyckowski, the Global Chair for IBM's Neurodiversity Business Resource Group (BRG)
Today I am lucky enough to be joined By Natalia, who along with others from IBM feature in my upcoming book with Prof Amanda Kirby 'Neurodiversity at Work'. Natalia Lyckowski, is the Global Chair for IBM's Neurodiversity Business Resource Group (BRG). Natalia is a self-advocate who has led several global initiatives at IBM leading to increased awareness and acceptance for neurodivergent individuals. IBM has improved hiring practices in 5 continents and 9 countries, provided neurodiversity acceptance training in 30+ countries, and educated over 1,900 IBMers for their Neurodiverity101 educational course. We discuss: - How do we create safe spaces and helping others embrace the power of diversity of thought. - What is the role of a Global Neurodiversity BRG Lead at IBM - What resources can business leaders implement to support neurodivergent professionals. - What does a company-wide neurodiversity global program look like and what are the benefits and outcomes. You can find Natalia here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalia-lyckowski/ You can order our new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245 Love the intro music... it's from a past guest High Contrast: Music is Everything
May 28, 2021
Ep 29: Gary Baron CEO YC-DC - Neurodiversity and Trauma; it runs deep!
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. We discuss: 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: www.yc-dc.co.uk You can order our new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245 Love the intro music... it's from a past guest High Contrast: Music is Everything
May 06, 2021
Ep 28: Atif Choudhury CEO D&A - Bringing your whole self to work and more...
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 Superpowers '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. You can order our new book 'Neurodiversity At Work here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245 Love the intro music... High Contrast: Music is Everything
March 24, 2021
Ep 27: Dan Kelsall - Co-founder Offended.marketing: Diversifying opinion through disruptive marketing
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 You can order our new book 'Neurodiversity At Work' here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurodiversity-Work-Performance-Productivity-Neurodiverse/dp/1398600245 Love the intro music... High Contrast: Music is Everything
February 18, 2021
Ep 26: Shelley Winner - A Winners Story, from prison to tech giant
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
November 29, 2020
Ep 25: Dr Tony Lloyd - the ADHD Foundation on the incredible work they do
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ) *the very successful Umbrella Project 2021 Tony also shares some incredible insight into the current state of ADHD.
November 06, 2020
Ep 24: David O'Coimin - CEO The Do Company: Dynamic workplaces of the future
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.
October 09, 2020
Ep 23: Adam Corre - Neurodiversity Superhero, Speaker and Copywriter
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.
September 07, 2020
Ep 22: Roy Baladi - Smart Recruiters on accessible recruitment technology
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: *Candidates *Recruiters and hiring managers *Its employees 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.
August 10, 2020
Ep 21: Dr Anne Cockayne - Research into the experiences of line managers who manage Autistic employees
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.
July 17, 2020
Ep 20: Prof Amanda Kirby - ND Hero; helping us through the transition of getting our kids back to school
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/
June 26, 2020
Ep 19: High Contrast - Leading Global Drum & Bass Producer and Remixer
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. Truly amazing! "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!
May 21, 2020
Ep 18: Bill Boorman - The Master of Ceremonies and hero of Superhero's
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.
May 07, 2020
Ep 17: Lucy Hobbs - Superhero & Founder of the Future is ND
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.
April 19, 2020
Ep 16: Yonah Welker - Open Ecosystems, Data, AI, Tech for 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 :)
April 03, 2020
Ep 15: Julie Sowash - Disability Solutions & Co-Host, Crazy and The King Podcast
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.
March 23, 2020
Ep 14: Robbie-Lee Valentine - Superhero, writer and TV presenter
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.
March 08, 2020
Ep 13: Stanislaw Wasowicz - Superhero at Smart Recruiters
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 https://udder.rocks/
February 20, 2020
Ep 12: Christos Tsaprounis - Enabling Superheroes at Autotrader
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!
February 20, 2020
Ep 11: Joe Franklin - Superhero at 5upplied
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.
January 26, 2020
Ep 10: Rachel Morgan-Trimmer - Superhero at Sparkleclass
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.
January 19, 2020
Ep 9: Leena & Sean - Enabling Superheroes at The BBC
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.
January 06, 2020
Ep 8: Nemo D'Qrill - Sigma Polaris
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.
December 11, 2019
Ep 7: Chris Wray - Superhero at Sainsbury's
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!
December 02, 2019
Ep 6: Simon Clements at IBM #IGNITE
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 ;)
November 07, 2019
Ep 5: Lauren Beasley - Superhero at Cabinet Office
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.
October 17, 2019
Ep 4: Jenny Hossen - Creating Magic at Heathrow
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)
October 17, 2019
Ep 3: Clare Corrie - Superhero at Linkedin
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' Enjoy! ;)
September 26, 2019
Ep 2: Ed Thompson - Uptimize
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.
September 26, 2019
Ep 1: Jamie Leonard - Neurodiversity Advocate
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. Enjoy ;o)
September 12, 2019