Autism@Work Virtual Summit 2023 a great success

27 Mar 2023

Over forty local and international speakers – many of whom are neurodivergent – provided their expertise and shared their experiences at this year's Autism​ @​ Work Virtual Summit, held on 22-23 March.

Thank you to the almost 1,000 people who registered for the event, and the engaged audience who joined us over the two days asking impactful questions across the 16 sessions. It was an inspiring and thought-provoking summit and we thank everyone who shared their knowledge, skills and stories to make this such a successful event. Special thanks to event host, Orion Kelly, who gave his own insightful perspective to session topics and facilitated many great discussions.

Here are some event highlights from our keynote speakers:

  • Tom D’Eri, CEO of Rising Tide Carwash shared how his team “reframed how leaders think” to build a business that operates across America, employing a predominantly neurodiverse workforce.
  • Jessica Kaaden gave an honest and personal account of how she went from struggling through university and burning out in her first job, to where she is now – a Human Resources Executive and leader in her field.
  • Rajesh Anandan and Nicole Radiziwill from Ultranauts, demonstrated how inclusion must be addressed both at the team and executive level. In fact, Orion Kelly remarked that Nicole’s talk on inclusion was “the best he’s ever heard”.
  • Vanessa Castaneda Gill and Lucy Stevens from Social Cipher described their social-emotional learning (SEL) platform that connects youth of all neurotypes and their advocates in an immersive virtual world, and how Vanessa navigates building the capacity of her business as a neurodivergent CEO.

A huge thanks to our event sponsors: DXC, GHD Engineering, La Trobe University, Untapped, ANZ and SAP. Our thanks also to session sponsors AIG and SunPork Group.

Watch on demand

The full playlist can be viewed on the official Autism CRC YouTube channel

You can also choose to listen to the sessions on the official Autism CRC Podcast