Wednesday, May 3, 2023
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Event Description

The Neurodiverse Workplace: Overcoming the Neurodivide

Jessica Michaels, The Neurodiverse Workplace, LLC

What is neurodiversity? Are you or others you work with neurodivergent? How does this affect you, and how does it affect your organization? Neurodiversity expert and corporate trainer Jessica Michaels answers these questions and more. By sharing her experiences as a late-in-life diagnosed neurodivergent with Autism and ADHD, Jessica will deliver an inspiring session to motivate participants to drive neuroinclusion through no-cost actions easily added to their daily conversations.

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About the Presenter

Jessica Michaels, The Neurodiverse Workplace, LLC

Jessica Michaels spent the first two decades of her career hearing: “You’re meeting all your goals, but you’re still failing. You can’t get along with people.” Her performance was fantastic, but she rubbed people the wrong way - and she didn’t know how to fix it. Still, she leaned on her strengths and powered her way from recruiting and sales to leadership.

When she wasn’t training, managing, or selling, she toured the midwest as a standup comic. She became a recognized facilitator and speaker. However, the pattern repeated: Be a great individual contributor, get promoted to manager, and have things blow up spectacularly. Finally, she received a diagnosis that explained those struggles – Autism Spectrum Disorder 1  and ADHD.

Thus began the process of figuring out how and where someone who is “too much” could fit into the professional world and succeed. Along the way, she discovered how outdated and narrow ideas of what a “professional” person looked like, sounded like, and acted hurt both people and profits. She also found managers and leaders brave enough to open their minds and hearts to people who live and work differently. She now uses her passion, humor, and unique perspective as a neurodivergent professional to help employers and leaders bridge the Corporate Neurodivide©. 

Jessica and her wife, Ellie, live in Colorado with their aptly-named dog, Detritus. They are proud aunties of 3 niblings, and love to do all things geeky and nerdy. Befitting her neurodivergence, Jessica also collects gnomes, bells, elephants, seasonal decorations, and franchise merch. Current favorites include Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and Bob’s Burgers. Her book, One Size Fits No One: A Guide to Neurodiversity in Employee Training and Growth, will be available on Amazon and Audible in 2023.


Thank You Funders

Funders: Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, & M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


$15 NAO Member 
$30 Nonmember

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May 3rd, 2023 from 12:00 PM to  1:00 PM
Online Event
Event Fee(s)
Price $30.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Mental Health
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding