Ep 11 - Nip Wijewickrema of GG's Flowers

Now here is someone who’s a little different to the other guests that I’ve had on the show to-date.

Nip doesn’t work for some large corporate and isn’t a self advocate paving her own way.

However, she is one driven individual with a big heart and a big dream and she’s certainly making amazing inroads towards that dream!

Nip and her mother along with support from her family opened a floristry business with the underlying purpose of providing an employment opportunity for her sister. This is a real family affair and a very personal mission that is touching the lives of so many other people in Nip’s community.

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Ep 10 - Matt Ormiston, Autism@Work and ANZ Bank

In this week’s episode I get to spend some time discussing the ANZ Bank foray into neurodiversity employment.

After a period of assessment and evaluation ANZ made the leap with a partner, DXC Technology, (check out my interview with Michael Fieldhouse of DXC to hear their story) and have gone from strength to strength since.

It’s encouraging to hear the progress that prominent Australian companies are making when it comes to setting the pace for neurodiverse inclusion at work.

If you’re interested in learning more about hiring a broader range of people, connect with me on LinkedIn and let’s start a conversation.

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Ep9 - Chris Varney, Founder of the I-Can Network

Chris is a an inspirational guy. Someone who saw a serious gap in the way that young autistic people were being supported to self advocate and see their strengths and what they ‘can do’. In a world where too many young autistic people are told what they can’t do (by often well meaning people), like all young people they need to be encourage to discover and focus on the things they can do.

The I-Can Network works hard to empower young people across primary, secondary and tertiary education settings and also provides a range of speakers and mentoring opportunities.

Check them out and take a look at the various profiles of speakers and staff, many of whom are autistic themselves.

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Ep 8 - Rob Austin, Professor Ivey School of Business

Rob has worked extensively with a number of organisations in the US who have been paving the way when it comes to neurodiverse recruitment and realising the value and benefits of having a more diverse workforce. Rob published an article entitled “Neurodiversity as a Competitive Advantage” following his study of the programs being adopted by a number of US corporates for the recruitment of individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Ep 6 - Tim Goldstein, autism advocate and public speaker

In this episode I talk through the opportunities for employers to leverage the unique talents of neurodiverse employees. We also talk about a framework that Tim has established for assisting neurodiverse people to better breakdown their messaging, and frankly this is a nice simple way of helping to level set your messaging for anyone to use.

To see more on Tim and to connect check out Tim’s website at:

www.timgoldstein.com

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A Journey Into The Unknown With Sean Langton of Bankwest

In this episode Sean Langton, the Chief Technology Office of Bankwest shares his experiences of facing the fears of the unknown and how embracing neurodiversity was key part of their organisational approach to broadening the available talent pool they could draw on.

Sean also talks about the importance of connecting with local support organisations who can bring knowledge of recruitment process adaptations and to provide education and support as required to staff and managers.

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Innovation, Creativity & Neurodiversity with Laurel Lau

In this episode I speak with Laurel Lau on the both her back story but also the amazingly innovative and creative minds of neuorodiverse people.

It’s a firm reminder to not underestimate the ability of someone who is different to you to bring real value to a problem or opportunity.

Creating the right environment that encourages that creativity and provides the opportunity to express the thoughts they carry around is critical to including neurodiverse people.

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