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Diversity & Inclusion 1-On-1: Unlocking Neurodiversity in the Workplace


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateMay 19, 2023
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaPersonal Development
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the definition of neurodiversity and cognitive diversity 

  • Define the advantages of cognitive understanding and inclusion in the workplace 

  • Outline universal technology that can help everyone, not just the neurodiverse

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Jina Etienne, CPA, CGMA

Etienne Consulting
Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Speaker & Trainer
(301) 778-5510


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.

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James Deignan

Neurodiversity Knows
Founder & Managing Director
(978) 821-5953

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.

About Our Presenter

Etienne Consulting's passion is diversity & inclusion. The company helps organizations and businesses, large and small, wherever they are on their journey to fearless inclusion. 

Etienne Consulting's work is informed by their unique mix of experience in public accounting & business consulting, association management & member engagement, and diversity & inclusion consulting and training. Although in a variety of roles and industries, their work has always intersected around the importance of self-awareness in leadership, clarity of purpose, and navigating conflict within teams.

This led them to develop techniques to deepen awareness and strengthen communication — core skills necessary for driving meaningful change in organizations. They work with businesses and firms to infuse diversity, equity, and inclusion across all aspects of people experience, operations, policy, communications, branding, and community & social responsibility. Their training programs and workshops are designed to bridge the gap between diversity and inclusion by offering concrete skills and communication strategies teams and use to build teams capable of leveraging their full diversity to drive innovation, growth, and lasting cultural change. They also offer support in developing, implementing, executing, and reporting on D&I strategy.