Member Webinar: Neurodiversity Seminar

April 6, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm EDT Virtual
DBP Member Webinar
Event Information

Join Seramount for our first-ever Neurodiversity web seminar! Our program will be equal parts inspiration and practical tips and tools to empower individuals, ERGs, organizations, and communities to do their best work.

This program will feature stories that amplify and uplift the efforts of individuals and organizations working to support neurodivergent people both at their organizations and in the communities in which they serve.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a live Q&A session with the speakers to gain the insights they need to further their own work.

This event is open to all employees of Seramount’s Diversity Best Practices member companies.

Who Should Attend

    • Employee Resource Group Leaders and Members

    • D&I Practitioners and Champions

    • HR and Talent Leaders

    • Business leaders committed to supporting and advancing neurodivergent talent

Participants Will Hear

Keynote Lydia X.Z. Brown, who is an autistic self-advocate, organizer, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work focuses on interpersonal and state violence against disabled people at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, faith, language, and nation. They will share a powerful keynote Why Disability Justice is an Intersectional Imperative for Our Futures and Our Freedom.

Rajesh Anandan, CEO and Co-Founder Ultranauts, an award-winning data and software quality engineering firm with employees in 30 states, 75% of whom are neurodivergent. He will share strategies of success from building the world’s first fully remote workplace for cognitively diverse teams; how Ultranauts embeds universal design principles to create an inclusive culture; and how they support recruitment, retention, and productivity of neurodivergent people.

EY’s Global Neuro-Diverse Center of Excellence (NCoE) Ecosystem Leader Jamell G. Mitchell who will share success strategies for neurodivergent recruitment and retention. The NCoEs employ neurodivergent individuals and facilitate inclusive hiring, training, onboarding and development practices for neurodivergent individuals through upskilling and process redesign. Since launching in 2016, there have been NCoEs established across 8 countries in 19 cities, with 400 neurodivergent team members hired and trained. The results include a 92% retention rate of individuals hired through NCoEs and 1.2-1.4 times greater productivity, quality and timeliness of output from teams with NCoE members than teams without NCoE members.

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Rajesh Anandan
Ultranauts Inc
Lydia smiles and tilts their head slightly to the side, looking confidently at the camera. They are a young-ish East Asian person with a streak of teal in their short black hair, wearing glasses, a cobalt blue jacket and navy tie, with a blue copper wall behind them. Photo by Sarah Tundermann
Lydia X. Z. Brown
Disability Justice Advocate, Attorney, Writer
Jess Kramer
Associate Director, Event Programming
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Jamell G. Mitchell
Global Neuro-Diverse Center of Excellence Ecosystem Leader
Christian R Santillo
Christian Santillo
Director, Digital Marketing