DIVERSE MINDS: Insight into Action
Wed, 13 March 2019 08:45 – 17:00
Havas London, N1C 4AG
HOW DO WE UNLOCK THE POWER OF DIVERGENT THINKERS IN THE WORKPLACE?
What are the benefits of #diverseminds in the workplace? How do we create welcoming environments where different types of brains can thrive? What are the barriers those with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and more face when it comes to recruitment, retention and promotion?
These are the type of questions that weren’t being asked or talked about this time last year, so we decided to do something about it. In March 2018, #DiverseMinds, the first ever neurodiversity conference for the creative industries hit the scene.
#DiverseMinds is back, this time bigger and better. Our theme this year will be about ‘providing support’. We feel that 2018’s event got the conversation started, enhanced understanding and helped reduce stigma. We didn’t spend much time talking about the very real challenges that some people are facing in the workplace and beyond. We want to provide support to:
People who are actually ND
Parents of children who are ND
Those managing ND people in their teams
This is a conference about ‘neurodiversity’ and our working definition of what this encompasses is ADHD, ADD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and Tourettes. We recognise that the boundaries of what neurodiversity constitutes are not universally agreed and likely to change over time. We are open to alternative perspectives for future events and recognise that the topics discussed in March may well be relevant to some of these groups of people too.
ACT I - HOSTED BY AFUA BASOAH (VICE PRESIDENT, RABIN MARTIN)
Ali Hanan (Creative Equals), Sam Phillips (Omnicom Media Group) and Roxanne Hobbs (The Hobbs Consultancy)
0915 - 1015: UNDERSTANDING THE LIVED EXPERIENCE
From school room to board room - Victoria Buchanan (ECD, Tribal)
Finding out I was autistic in my 40s - Laura James (Author + Journalist)
My journey as a parent - Xavier Rees (CEO Havas London + Havas Helia)
Faking normal - Emma Case (Author, Faking Normal)
1015 - 1045: COMMITTING TO THE CHANGE M/SIX AND THE AUTISM EXCHANGE
Alistair MacCallum (UK CEO m/SIX) and Amy Walker (Diversity and Inclusion co-ordinator GroupM)
1045 - 1100: BREAK
ACT II - HOSTED BY ELLIE GERSZT (SENIOR PARTNERSHIPS EXEC, NABS)
1100 - 1130: PANEL II DIVERSEMINDS IN OUR INDUSTRY
Lizzi Clubb (Digital Design Lead, Wunderman UK)
Wayne Deakin (ECD, Huge Inc)
Akama Davies (Director of Global Solutions, Xaxis, Co-founder, We Are Stripes)
Lucy Barbor (Strategy Partner, Carat Global)
with Nicky Kemp (Trends Editor, Campaign) as panel host
1130 - 1200: FIRESIDE CHAT
Ali Hanan (Founder, Creative Equals) and Steve Hatch (VP, Facebook Northern Europe
1200 - 1300: WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOP 1 - ND Futures: Why we must embrace neurodiversity in the workplace
Lucy Hobbs (Freelance Creative Director and Founder of The Future is ND)
Advertising and marketing thrive on thinking differently, which is why neurally diverse people have so much to offer the industry. In this thought-provoking talk and workshop, you will discover the benefits and challenges of neurodiversity in the workplace. With stories from members of The Future is ND plus insights into autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and more.
Together we will explore how small changes and a commitment to neuro-inclusivity can make a big difference to an industry that prides itself on creativity and an alternative perspective.
WORKSHOP 2 - ND Workplaces: Creating an office environment that supports ND
Oil Monks and Anna Farley (Co-founders, Place with Purpose)
So, you get the role of neurodiversity in your workforce but what can you do in your organisation about it? Does your office environment reflect the diversity of your company?
Join us for this workshop where we look into the current challenges facing neurodivergent staff and suggest some practical solutions to take back with you.
WORKSHOP 3 - How to raise a Happy Autistic Child
Jessie Hewitson (Author + Times Journalist) with support from Roxanne Hobbs
WORKSHOP 4 - Dyslexics: How to be even more successful
Margaret Malpas, MBE and Joint Chair of British Dyslexia Association
FISHBOWL 1 - How do we create change?
Mark Evans, CMO Direct Line Group
1300 - 1400: LUNCH
ACT III - HOSTED BY ALI HANAN (FOUNDER, CREATIVE EQUALS)
1400 - 1500: WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOP 1 - Support ND in the workplace
Irina Marenica (Occupational Psychologist, Genius Within)
WORKSHOP 2 - Coaching Neurodiversity, a paradigm shift
Roxanne Hobbs and Hilary Lees (The Hobbs Consultancy)
WORKSHOP 3 - Dyslexia: From taboo to creative force
Lennie Varvarides (DYSPLAPR)
TALK - My manager and I: What really happens when an NT manages an ND
Ellie Gerszt (Senior Partnerships Executive) and Jo Bolger (Senior Partnerships Manager, NABS) followed by Q&A
FISHBOWL 2 -
DisAbility: How does business move from DIVERSish to truly inclusive?
Sam Phillips, Diversity champion for the advertising sector
WORKSHOP 6 - Reasonable adjustments to make to support a neurodiverse workforce
Matthew Trerise (DMA Talent in association with Autismo)
1500 - 1545: PANEL, RETHINKING RECRUITMENT
Matt Davis (Co-founder, ECD, Red Brick Road, Founder 3rdWay Recruitment)
Nat Hawley (Exceptional Individuals)
Margaret Malpas MBE (Joint Chair, BDA)
Matthew Trerise (DMA Talent in association with Autismo)
hosted by Leila Siddiqi (Head of Diversity, IPA)
1545 - 1600: BREAK
ACT IV - HOSTED BY ROXANNE HOBBS (FOUNDER, THE HOBBS CONSULTANCY)
1600 - 1630: UNDERSTANDING STIMMING, OVERLOAD AND MELTDOWNS
I’m autistic and I’ve been invited to DiverseMinds 2.0 to speak about ‘autistic overloads’ and how embracing stimming has provided a toolkit of emotional and sensory support.
My talk will explore why the overload even occurs, how to support an autistic person in overload and the consideration of ‘safe stims’ as an alternative to self-harm.
1700 - 1730: CLOSING AND 5 KEY TAKEAWAYS
Nicky Kemp (Trends Editor, Campaign)