Neurodiversity - understanding your exceptional Autistic and ADHD colleagues
Mark Ainsworth | Wednesday 25 October 12pm (via Zoom)
Drawing on his lived experience with neurodivergent friends, family and colleagues, Mark will give an overview of the neurodiversity movement, and how this is shaping a new understanding of how conditions like dyslexia, Autism and ADHD are not only disabilities but can also be strengths if they can be better understood and accommodated. He'll explain the essence of each of these conditions, and how they can be seen similarly to other forms of cognitive diversity, such as personality differences.
There will be time for Q&A at the end, in which he will draw on his experience as a manager of OR, Insight and Data Science professionals to comment on how to use these ideas, particularly within data teams.
Mark's 25 year career has been all about helping people make decisions with data, starting from his degrees in Psychology from Oxford and O.R. from Southampton, and then applied in various industries. These include British Airways, race strategy at the McLaren F1 team, Tesco's Customer Insight and Site Research teams, as Technology Director of Talent Innovations (a psychometrics business), and as Head of Analytics at Smart Steps the Big Data business in Telefonica. Most recently, from 2014 to 2022, he set up and grew a 30-strong data science function in Schroders, the Investment Manager.
Over recent years Mark discovered that many members of his family and his team had neurodiverse conditions including dyslexia, ADHD and Autism, and in educating himself on these discovered the power of understanding and harnessing neurodiversity in life and work, as well as establishing a deeper understanding of himself.