Join us for a conversation with James Deignan, Founder and Managing Director of Neurodiversity Knows. As awareness of and interest in neurodiversity has recently increased, the conversation has largely focused on understanding common types of neurodiversity. The next step is understanding how to better support neurodiversity in the workplace, both in terms of addressing the historical bias around neurodiversity and in leveraging technology that can help everyone—not just those who are neurodivergent.
James works closely with large companies to address neurodiversity and cognitive inclusion. He will be sharing his experience working with organizations embracing neurodiversity and cognitive inclusion in their DEI efforts. We will discuss how bias around neurodiversity has led to lost opportunities to realize the intellectual capital of the diversity of thought, work styles, and creativity in different processing and thinking styles.
Jina is a consultant and speaker on diversity, inclusion, culture, and belonging. She creates training programs and workshops to help clients move forward in their D&I journey. She is a storyteller and speaks candidly about her experiences, hard lessons, and ‘aha’ moments that helped her understand the importance of individuality, the value of curiosity, and the courage it takes to “just” be yourself. Often described as “approachable” and “relatable” by her clients, she works with purpose and the intention of being engaging, practical, and immediately applicable to real-world situations. Jina draws from her unique background and mix of work experiences to offer examples and share insights designed to benefit everyone across the workplace ecosystem – executives, management, employees, and customers.
Previously, she was Principal Consultant at EtiennePartners (EP), a boutique consulting firm that offered a unique strategy development, workshops & coaching to leaders, executives and entrepreneurs. Co-founded with her husband, EP was a full-time partnership in both work and life. Although in different professions, their work often intersected around the importance of self-awareness in leadership and navigating conflict within teams. Combining their experiences, backgrounds, and work led to the development of their unique approach to D&I, which she continues to use in her practice today.
James Deignan is the founder and Managing Director of Neurodiversity Knows. James is a dedicated business leader and neurodiversity advocate with a strong background in fostering inclusive and diverse work environments. Holding an MBA from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Fairfield University, James offers a wealth of expertise and experience.
In his most recent role as Business Development Director for North America at Texthelp Inc., James worked closely with large companies to address neurodiversity and cognitive inclusion. Through these collaborations, he discovered his true calling: promoting neurodiversity inclusion and championing its numerous benefits. With a deep understanding of the unique strengths that neurodivergent individuals bring to the table, James is driven to help organizations unlock the full potential of a diverse workforce.