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Lunch & Learn: Neurodiversity in the workplace

SPRINGFIELD – The Leadership Eugene Springfield (LES) neurodiversity task force will be hosting “Lunch & Learn,” an event aimed to foster more inclusive and innovative workplaces by helping employers better attract, recruit, and retain a neurodiverse workforce.

“Neurodiversity encompasses the diverse range of human brain function, recognizing neurocognitive differences like autism, ADHD, and dyslexia as natural variations. Employing neurodivergent individuals offers businesses unique advantages, such as innovative thinking, enhanced problem-solving, and richer team diversity,” wrote Kathy Rasmussen, a member of the task force. “By valuing neurodiversity, companies foster a more inclusive environment and leverage distinct talents that drive competitive advantage and business success.”

LES is a group backed by the Springfield and Eugene chambers which works to enhance leadership skills while allowing participants to network.

Lunch & Learn will be a hybrid event held at 101 South A St. Friday, April 5 from 12-1 p.m., and there will be a complimentary lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Reigster: For online attendees, the LES neurodiversity task force will email the event’s Zoom link on Thursday, April 4. A recording of the program will be emailed to all registrants after the event. Jane Kammerzelt from Great Teams International will lead the Lunch & Learn panel discussion alongside a diverse group of employers, HR professionals, and neurodivergent people who “will share insights and practical advice on supporting neurodivergent talent in the workplace.” 

The LES neurodiversity task force includes members from Eugene Education Foundation, Hunter Communications, Kernutt Stokes, and Breakthrough Co Lab.



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