Find out how to recognise and harness diverse thinking – and turn it to competitive advantage in the workplace. Join key stakeholders, leaders and specialists in neurodiversity training and advocacy for this one-day event. Early bird ticket prices available now.

Through a series of keynote talks, workshops, panel discussions, exhibits and video ‘tiny talks’, the forum will shine a light on the opportunities associated with recognising the strengths of diverse brains in the workplace, and dispel myths associated with neurodiversity.

Hear from highly influential experts, interact with leaders with lived experience, learn tips and tricks to streamline your workplace, and contribute to the development of a New Zealand resource for employers and employees to better navigate the workplace.

Neurodiverse individuals bring extraordinary potential for business breakthroughs to the workplace. For radical, revolutionary, pioneering, cutting edge and trailblazing advances, look to the neurodiverse. In today’s fast changing business environment where disruption is the new normal, creativity is the new currency. Businesses are looking for the next competitive edge; this is it!

Programme in Brief:

Morning session 8:30am-12.15pm (includes 20-minute morning tea break)

Keynote presentations, panel discussion and roundtable activity.

Speakers include:

Paula Tesoriero: Disability Rights Commissioner. Human Rights Commission. (Opening Address)

Guy Pope-Mayell: Co-founder and Managing Director of Cookie Time Limited. Discover how Cookie Time's 'culture of competency' includes, supports, and leverages neurodiversity.

Mike Styles: One of NZ's foremost experts in adult literacy and numeracy, Mike offers consulting services to a wide range of businesses, educators, Non-profits, and Corrections. (Keynote speaker) see more: www.dyslexia-consulting.com

Callum McKirdy: Speaker, author, mentor and facilitator specialising in workplace behaviour. With a successful 20-year career assisting leaders and teams across Australasia develop cultures of engagement, productivity and inclusiveness. In 2019 Callum was diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia, he uses his lived experience as a strength in his workplace training. (Keynote speaker) see more: www.callummckirdy.com

Lunch 12.15pm (included in ticket price)

Afternoon workshop 1.15-3pm Callum McKirdy and Esther Whitehead (Managing Trustee of DFNZ) shine a light on the opportunities and considerations associated with recognising the strengths of diverse brains. The facilitators bring their unique skills to illustrate how to champion neurodiversity in the workplace and create opportunities for attendees to participate in, and contribute to the workshop and to a business resource kit to be developed following the forum.

3-4pm: Making Connections. Mix and mingle, strengthen connections and be part of a pioneering community.


At a glance

Neurodiversity Leadership Forum 2020

Unlocking hidden talent and lifting productivity in the Workplace

  • 8.30-4pm Friday 2 October 2020. InterContinental Wellington
  • Limited spaces available, max room capacity 120 people
  • $180 includes lunch ($94 early bird for bookings in March)