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Philly SHRM Webinar

There is an emerging awareness among business leaders that the neurodiverse represent an untapped talent pool. However, effective and enlightened leadership is required to empower the neurodiverse to contribute to their employers.  The nascent autism at work movement is exploring how businesses can effectively hire skilled autistic employees, integrate these employees into their companies, and lead them to make important contributions.

Attendees will learn:

  • What is the range of unique contributions that ND employees can make.
  • What is autism-at-work and why is it important
  • What has been learned about interviewing as part of the hiring process
  • What has been learned about integrating the neurodiverse into a neurotypical workplace.
  • What modifications must managers and supervisors make to their leadership approach to empower the neurodiverse

Speaker: Tom Edwards

Tom Edwards is an Associate Professor and Director of the Engineering Management program at Temple University.  He founded and developed a graduate program that combines the best available leadership research with decades of practical experience to guide technical professionals as they transition to organizational leadership positions.  Prior to this, Tom held progressively more responsible positions in the aerospace and capital goods industries culminating in his assignment as the corporate executive for new product development at a NYSE listed firm.  Tom began investigating the effective leadership of the neurodiverse several years ago and has developed and delivered workshops to practicing managers and has spoken on the topic at SAP, Temple, and CHOP. Tom holds bachelors and master’s degrees in engineering from Drexel and Villanova Universities, an MBA from LaSalle University, and recently completed doctoral work in management at Pace University in New York.


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