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    October 2019 Luncheon: Neurodiversity Now: How to tap into the talent pool of the autistic workforce

    Date: October 9, 2019, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Mt. Baker Chapter of SHRM
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
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    Neurodiversity Now: How to tap into the talent pool of the autistic workforce 

    A Drexel study reports that 53.4 percent of young adults on the autism spectrum become employed after high school—the lowest rate among all disabilities.  CIPD research indicates nearly 75% of employers did not include neurodiversity inclusion in their managerial practices. How can thought leaders shift these statistics? How might the autistic workforce benefit an organization? How do workplace practices affect universal inclusion? What are the essential elements of a neurodiversity-friendly recruitment process? What ought every hiring agent know now about living on the spectrum? Get answers to these questions, and more, from leading experts in the field of neurodiversity, who happen to be autistic! A senior recruiter for a technology company, with contact with over 10,000 autistics around the globe, joins forces with the CEO of NeuroGuides, a consulting firm that works with autistics and employers. Join us and bring inclusion smarts back to your organization!

    About the Speakers:

    Marcie Ciampi, M.Ed. (aka Samantha Craft) 

    Marcie is best known for her writings found in the well-received blog and book Everyday Aspergers. A professional educator, she has been featured in various literature including peer-reviewed journals, Aspien Women, Autism Parenting Magazine, The Mighty, Project Aspie, Art & Autism, and Different Brains. Marcie serves as a Senior Recruiter and Outreach Specialist at ULTRA Testing, a technology company with a neurodiversity hiring initiative, and serves as a consultant for Uptimize and NeuroGuides. She is a coauthor of Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism and speaks globally on the topic of neurodiversity as it relates to employment and self-empowerment. Her company is Spectrum Suite LLC. She resides in Olympia, Washington, USA. Marcie can be reached at and

    J. David Hall, M.Th.

    David is the founder of NeuroGuides, a non-profit organization that provides business consultations and life coaching for autistic people around the globe. His team works closely with autistic individuals to assist in vocational and relationship skills and access to services and accommodations. A father to three autistic persons, and on the autism spectrum himself, David is passionately focused on guiding neurodivergent persons to discover their strengths and to enjoy meaningful lives. Known as a relentless optimist and encourager, David speaks together with autistic advocate Samantha Craft at various national events. David’s organization is partnered with the Aspergian, a writers’ platform that documents the autistic experience through the lens and work of autistic individuals. A fifth generation native Texan, David is enjoying his new found home in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. David can be reached at and

    Generously Sponsored by: Career Services Center, Western Washington University. 

    It is our mission and passion to connect companies and organizations with talented students and alumni.

    For a full description, visit our Career Services Center sponsor page.


    Please register by 5:00pm, October 7th 

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    • Member Lunch & Program (pre-registered): $22.00
    • Non-member Lunch & Program (pre-registered): $28.00
    • Program Only (pre-registered): $15.00 (includes refreshments)
    • Non-registered/At the door/Day of price: $31.00 (member or non-member)
    • Student Lunch & Program: $15.00
    • Student Program Only: FREE

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    Registration and lunch begin at 11:45, and include time for networking with other members and chapter announcements. The presentation/program begins around 12:00pm and lasts until approximately 1:30pm (includes a question/answer period).

    Cancellation policy: Registrants will be billed the full price of the event if a cancellation is not received by 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to the luncheon.

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