The Importance of Neurodiversity

Due to the success of our Neurodiversity in the workplace webinar last year, it@cork are delighted to announce our next upcoming Diversity in Tech webinar, ‘The Importance of Neurodiversity’, scheduled for Thursday 7th October from 12-1pm.

The it@cork Diversity in Tech series is proudly sponsored by Deloitte.

This event will be an inspiring, insightful, and informative panel discussion. A number of the panel speakers will share their own experiences of being neurodiverse, provide advice on how best to increase neurodiversity in the workplace, and look at the many benefits that it can bring to an organisation.

Neurodiversity is a concept where neurological differences are recognised and respected in the same way as any other human variation. These differences can include those labelled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, and Autistic Spectrum.

Be sure to join us to for this virtual event that is not to be missed. Hear the various thoughts and opinions of each of the panellists on this topic, including items such as:

  • What companies are doing to promote neurodiversity / encourage inclusiveness
  • What it means to be neurodiverse working in a company
  • Working from home for neurodiverse individuals
  • Self-identification
  • Why companies should hire neurodiverse people
  • Top tips on how to set up a neurodiverse group/committee/programme in your company

Panellists include:


Eoghan Murphy, Director – Deloitte

Registration: We are delighted to announce that this webinar is free for all it@cork members and non-members, however registration is essential. Please click on the following link for registration:

Webinar Registration

Event Sponsors: Deloitte
Deloitte offer a range of services within audit, tax, consulting, and corporate finance to both public and private clients spanning multiple industries. As the world’s largest professional services firm globally, Deloitte have a connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries and currently employ in excess of 150 people in their Cork office.

Overview of panellists

Eoghan Murphy is a Director in Deloitte’s Consulting practice specialising in the provision of business transformation services to clients in the consumer and industrial products, life sciences and public sectors. Eoghan joined Deloitte in 2008 and specialises in Finance & Performance Consulting with a particular focus on Global Business Services (GBS).

Tony Horton is the Vice President, Global Supply Chain Operations at IBM.  He is a Global Executive with a passion for Engagement, Positive Leadership and Inclusion. His roles have included Supply Chain Industry Leadership, AI for Enterprise, Digital Solutions, Product Enablement, Blockchain, Finance, Hybrid Cloud, Sales Operations, Manufacturing and Engineering, Technical Support and Chief Problem Solver.

John Gillman is a Graduate IT Project Manager with Dell Technologies. Neurodiversity is an area John is a passionate about “I understand how being neurodivergent can help shape identity. It’s been a highlight of my time at Dell, to be able to work in the area of Neurodiversity to raise awareness & promote inclusivity.”

Beth Jennings is a job coach with Ability@Work which is a not-for-profit organisation based in Cork. Their aim is to find suitable and sustainable employment for people with intellectual disability and/or autism. They pride themselves on being person centred and focusing on abilities rather than disabilities.  Ability@Work partner with employers on their journey to become inclusive and diverse, offering disability awareness training, tips on recruitment and on the job coaching for anyone successfully placed in employment.  They believe in the concept of ‘nothing about us without us’ and consistently challenge ourselves and others to speak with people rather than for them.

John Power works on the Dell Technologies Talent Acquisition team in Cork and joined Dell in June 2019 as a Marketing Graduate from MTU. John is passionate about the area of neurodiversity because he has first hand experience of going through school and college with having Dyslexia. “Although this learning disability didn’t affect me as much as other people I have always struggled to read and analyze long passages of text in a short space of time. This has opened my eyes to the struggle that other people must be going through as there is approx. 10% of people in the world with some form of neurodiversity disability.”

Shay Nolan is the Employability Project Manager in the UCC Disability Support Service (DSS). Here he co-ordinates a number of programmes that support the development of employability skills for students with a disability. Chief among them are the DSS Mentoring Programme and the DSS Summer Internship Programme. The Mentoring Programme matches students with a disability with mentors in industry, while the Internship Programme provides paid employment opportunities for students. Both programmes engage with locally based graduate employers with a further aim of supporting employers to become more disability confident in their recruitment practices.

Event Details
  • Start Date
    2021-10-07 12:00
  • End Date
    2021-10-07 13:00
  • Status
  • Category