Event by The Orange County Asperger's Support Group

OCASG ONLINE: Neurodiversity @ Work (AKA Autism@Work) - 4-18-22

OCASG ONLINE: Neurodiversity @ Work (AKA Autism@Work) - 4-18-22

Monday, April 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
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For the third year, OCASG will be hosting a Neurodiversity@Work (aka Autism@Work) conversation. Join Tiffany Jameson, founder of Grit and Flow, Jessica Lee, founder of NeuroTalent Works, and Judi Uttal, president of The Orange County Asperger's Support Group (OCASG) as they provide insight into Neurodiversity@Work activities in Southern California. Tiffany will interview Gina Ramirez, Plant Manager for Plant Manager for a Penn Emblem manufacturing plant in Mira Loma where they have been actively recruiting neurodiverse talent. Jessica Lee will discuss the Neurodiversity journey at  Capital Group with associates, Kevin Young and Meena Chockalingam, who are also parents of children with different abilities.

Tiffany Jameson, Managing Partner, Grit & Flow

Tiffany Jameson holds degrees in business administration and computer information systems, a master’s in business administration with an emphasis in finance, accounting, and e-business strategy, and a PhD. in organizational psychology.

Tiffany is a certified professional in Human Resources (PHR) and holds a Cornell Certified Diversity & Inclusion. Tiffany is a LinkedIn Learning Instructor, presently creating the modules for Human Resource practitioners on Neurodiversity. Tiffany is also the Neurodiversity Faculty lead at Executive Institute on Inclusion. Tiffany has spoken internationally on the topic of Neurodiversity in the workplace.

Tiffany is a co-founder, and global steward for the NDGiFTS Movement created in 2020. Though Tiffany’s work as the team manager, head editor, and writer to the first issue of the NDGiFTS Movement paper, she has had the opportunity to expand her network globally.

Jessica Lee, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The NeuroTalent Works
Jessica Lee is Executive Director and Co-Founder of The NeuroTalent Works, a non-profit organization transitioning gifted adults on the autism spectrum into meaningful talent for corporations.  Through this organization, Jessica is eager to change business and society’s perceptions about autism and focus on integration and neurodiversity (a diversity of minds) in the workplace as an impetus for greater societal change.  Prior to starting The Spectrum Works, Jessica was a management consultant for 8 years, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business and International Relations at the University of Southern California and an Executive Certificate in Social Impact Strategy through the University of Pennsylvania. 

Gina Ramirez, Plant Manager, Penn Emblem’s Mira Loma
Gina has been with Penn Emblem Companies for 30 years. Initially, she started in the art department but is now the plant manager for the whole facility. Gina is a champion for inclusive hiring, and her dedication to the effort has been the #1 factor for the continued success of a fully included neurodivergent and disabled workforce.

Judi Uttal, President, Orange County Asperger's Support Group
Judi Uttal is president of the Orange County Asperger’s Support Group (OCASG) a nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life for individuals and families dealing with high-functioning autism. For the last nineteen years, OCASG has offered an array of educational, social and support programs that have helped hundreds of families. 

One of OCASG's important initiatives is the Neurodiversity@Work Orange County project. Neurodiversity@Work is a worldwide movement where companies are eliminating barriers to hiring individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Judi, working with the Thompson Policy Group Orange County Transition Initiative which is leveraging business-to-business marketing techniques to increase the active hiring of people with ASD in Orange County. To help drive this action, Ms. Uttal  has created a  OC-Autism@Work LinkedIn group. Additionally, Judi, with the assistance of  Zavikon's Rebecca Beam (CEO) And Hilary Kokenka (COO) established OCASG Career Club, a holistic program that focuses on providing training and support to enable college-graduates with ASD preemployment, during employment, and postemployment services designed to enable short and long-term career success. 

Judi has retired from a successful career as a high technology marketing executive. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Math/Computer Science from UCLA (where she graduated Cum Laude) and an MBA from the Tepper School of Management, Carnegie Mellon University (where she graduated at the top of her class). Judi is married and is the mother of a 30-year-old son with High-Functioning Autism who graduated with a BA in Cinema and Television from California State University, Fullerton.


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The Orange County Asperger's Support Group
P.O. Box 17785
Irvine, CA, 92623-7785

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