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.. knowledgeable, genuine, humorous, and engaging!

Kristin was a pleasure to have... Her passion for helping people in their mental health journey shone through!

Joe Teo
CEO, HeyOrca

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Looking for a Panel of Workplace Experts?

Visit WorkplaceNeurodiversity.com for Kristin's collaboration with invisible disabilities expert Jason Reid and psychologist Marjorie Aunos.

Line up of speaker photos from WorkplaceNeurodiversity.com; Jason Reid, Marjorie Aunos, and Kristin Light.

Living Happily Ever Average:
Satisfying Secrets from a Suicidal Showgirl

For those of us living with relentless suicidal ideations, we know that 'happily ever after' is a fictional tale as old as time.

 

In the real-life version, the adversity we face is not one magically overcome by a new dress or a fresh perspective. Our persistent ruminations are not silenced by sunshine or solved by distraction. And well-meaning doctors are no more the heroes than we are the villain.

 

Life is more a multi-volume chronicle than a single story; a choose-your-own-adventure with countless twists and turns, climaxes, and conclusions. If such a tale called for only one satisfactory ending, then would it still be worth reading?

 

With this dynamic and inspirational new presentation, award-winning speaker (and psych ward regular) Kristin Light tackles the trope of the suicide attempt survivor overcoming adversity to live happily ever after – instead exploring the very real possibility of multiple relapses, despite well-intentioned efforts to the contrary. She demystifies major depression and the neurodivergent overlap with a few made up mashups, reframing our measure of achievement from the lofty end goal to instead the very act of pressing on.

 

A theatrical dance specialist and delightful dork, Kristin draws on classic literary tropes and jazz-age flair to share her personal story of persistent survival, unpacking old myths and sharing new secrets so that we may all enjoy a fighting chance at finding balance after breaking down – no matter how many chapters we may face along the way.

* Presentation includes optional audience participation segment involving a vintage dance sampling.

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Keynote/Presentation

60-90 minutes
Available & Optional

KEYWORDS:

Keynote Speaker; Invisible Disabilities; Mental Health; Mental Illness; Mood Disorders; Suicide Prevention; Resilience; Neurotypical; Neurodivergent; Neurodiversity; Self-acceptance; Equity; Inclusion; Diversity; DEI;  Productivity; Inclusivity; Performing Arts

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Attendees will gain a broader understanding of the unique scope of challenges faced by individuals coping with mental illness, suicidal ideations, and other mental health struggles; and the subsequent epidemic of shame felt by survivors in the face of relapse. We will explore specific strategies for embracing these particulars and approaching each day with compassion, empathy, and a new zest for life.

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The Neuro-Safe Advantage:
Expanding Psychological Safety through Workplace Neuro-inclusion

There are many benefits to your entire workforce when all employees feel safe to show up as their authentic selves at work. However, despite genuine intentions, your organization’s disability inclusion and mental health strategies may regrettably be falling short.

 

Building a truly equitable organization requires multiple initiatives overlapping many intersecting dimensions of diversity – and matters of the mind are no exception. A whopping 15-20% of the world's population identifies as neurodivergent, or having a spectrum of brain characteristics different enough from the majority to be categorically disabling. And while such differences can bring unique perspectives, talents, and advantages to an organization, society's many barriers and limitations have added many invisible hurdles for these skilled professionals.

 

It's not about if you'll work with folks facing these challenges; you already do.

And this presents an important opportunity for today's employers.

 

By building on your existing inclusion and mental wellness initiatives to optimize for neuro-inclusion, you hold the potential to not only protect the psychological safety of your valued employees, but to also expand your organization’s output potential without increasing staffing costs.

 

With more than two decades of experience living (and thriving) with both physical and mental disabilities, employee engagement and workplace neuro-inclusion specialist Kristin Light reveals tangible impact for today’s professional environments by bringing genuine perspective, conscientious guidance, and a much-needed dose of levity to this delicate conversation. Sharing strategies and case studies from her CASE Innovation Lab construction inclusion project, Kristin provides real insight and practical solutions for creating neuro-safe workplaces through inspirational (and often hilarious) stories from her own personal and professional journey.

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Keynote/Presentation

60-90 minutes
Available & Optional

KEYWORDS:

Keynote Speaker; Invisible Disabilities; Mental Health; Mental Illness; Mood Disorders; Suicide Prevention; Resilience; Neurotypical; Neurodivergent; Neurodiversity; Self-acceptance; Equity; Inclusion; Diversity; DEI;  Psychological Safety; Productivity; Inclusivity; Health & Safety

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Attendees will gain basic knowledge of neurodiversity, neurodivergent challenges, and psychological safety within modern workplaces; explore the correlation between neurodiversity and the importance of effective suicide prevention initiatives; understand the effect unaccommodated neurodivergent challenges can have on workplace deliverables and overall employee engagement; and embrace practical strategies to protect your workforce and expand output potential without increasing staffing costs.

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Inclusive Invitations for Equitable Events:
Promoting Accessibility for Guests with Invisible Disabilities

“This event is fully accessible.” – This much-lauded phrase is undoubtedly a welcome addition to event marketing, however most planners are shocked to learn that the accessibility it generally infers only covers about 4% of guests with disabilities; namely those using wheelchairs or other visible mobility aids. The other 96% with chronic medical conditions live with invisible disabilities; including physical, mental, and neurological challenges.

 

With 1 in 10 falling into this latter category, they represent an enormous population of untapped potential event attendees that planners and promoters may be inadvertently excluding.

 

Kristin Light, event marketing veteran and invisible disabilities advocate, shares the tangible tweaks and subtle changes we can all make to improve the inclusiveness and accessibility of our live events for folks with invisible disabilities, thus welcoming the other 96% to the party!

* Presentation is available with either broad accessibility in mind, or strictly neurodivergent accessibility.

FORMAT:
LENGTH:
SLIDES: 

Keynote/Presentation

45-60 minutes
Available & Optional

KEYWORDS:

Invisible Disabilities; Accessibility; Mental Health; Mental Illness; Mood Disorders; Neurodivergent; Accommodations; Acceptance; Inclusivity; Leadership; Event Planning; Event Marketing

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Attendees will gain a broader understanding of the unique scope of challenges faced by adults living with invisible disabilities; steps to address these challenges in event design; and subtle marketing tweaks to improve accessibility and inclusivity during the pre-event sales process.

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Minding Matters of the Mind:
Embracing Mental Illness & Neurodiversity at Work

ASD, MDD, GAD, OMG! That alphabet soup refers to my little corner of the equity and inclusion landscape; invisible disabilities of the mind.

 

Up to 20% of folks are in someway neurodivergent, while nearly 50% of all mid-career professionals have, or have had, a mental illness; yet the majority still aren’t comfortable disclosing either to their employer or colleagues, fearing judgement, exclusion, and even job loss as a result – and the repercussions can be devastating. 

 

The path to building an inclusive and sustainable workplace must include embracing differences of the mind in all forms; from the neurotypical to neurodivergent characteristics such as ADHD, dyslexia, and the Autism spectrum; plus mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress disorders. But how can we navigate this turbulent new landscape while preserving our own ability to keep going?

 

Regardless of your mind’s unique particulars, all 100% of us have mental health to consider; and yours matters at every single point of life’s spicy spectrum. This engaging presentation is designed to help us appreciate and embrace our colourful cognitive variances to achieve more balanced, productive, and fulfilling professional relationships.

 

With decades of experience living (and thriving) with both mental and cognitive disabilities, workplace neuroinclusion specialist Kristin Light reveals tangible impact in today’s professional environments by bringing genuine perspective, conscientious guidance, and a much-needed dose of levity to this delicate and timely conversation.

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LENGTH:
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Presentation/Session

60 minutes
Available & Optional

KEYWORDS:

Keynote Speaker; Invisible Disabilities; Mental Health; Mental Illness; Mood Disorders; Neuroatypical; Neurodivergent; Neurodiversity; Workplace Accommodations; Acceptance; Equity; Inclusion; Diversity; DEI;  Productivity; Inclusivity; Forward-Thinking; Leadership

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Attendees will gain a broader understanding of the unique scope of challenges faced by professionals coping with mental illness and/or neurodiversity, with specific strategies for embracing these particulars and supporting their employees and colleagues with trust, respect, and creative innovation.

Talking Heads: Discussing Mental Health
Conversation Starters for Professional Environments

Nearly 50% of all mid-career professionals have, or have had, a mental illness; yet the majority aren’t comfortable disclosing this to their employer, fearing judgement, exclusion, and even job loss as a result. While those of us navigating mental- or neuro-diversity face significant daily challenges and obstacles, we have so much to offer today’s workforce if permitted to flourish around those barriers. 

 

How can employees best communicate their unique needs while respecting their health privacy boundaries; and how can managers proactively support the diverse requirements of their talented team to sustainably encourage both productivity and morale?

 

Does the classic stigma against mental illness still hold power over our career trajectories, or is it truly all in our head?

 

With decades of experience living (and thriving) with both physical and mental disabilities, former-CMO and business-owner Kristin Light reveals tangible impact in today’s professional workforce by bringing genuine perspective, conscientious guidance, and a much-needed dose of levity to this delicate conversation.

FORMAT:
LENGTH:
SLIDES: 

Workshop/Session

45-60 minutes
Available & Optional

KEYWORDS:

Invisible Disabilities; Mental Health; Mental Illness; Mood Disorders; Neuroatypical; Neurodivergent; Workplace Accommodations; Acceptance; Productivity; Inclusivity; Forward-Thinking; Leadership

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Attendees will gain a broader understanding of the unique scope of challenges faced by professionals coping with mental illness and/or neurodiversity, with specific strategies for embracing these particulars and supporting their employees and colleagues with trust, respect, and creative innovation.

Embracing Neurodiversity at Work
Universal Design for Minds of All Kinds

A whopping 15-20% of the world's population identifies as neurodivergent, or having a spectrum of brain characteristics different enough from the majority to be categorically disabling. And while such differences can bring unique perspectives, talents, and advantages to an organization, society's many barriers and limitations have added many invisible hurdles for these skilled professionals.

 

But how do we navigate a landscape that is so new for so many people?

 

This session was created to shed light on the types of challenges experienced by adults living with neurodivergent characteristics, to provide an update on current terminology and debates, and to share tried and true tips on how to tweak communication styles to ensure more inclusive and respectful discussions.

 

With more than two decades of experience living (and thriving) with both physical and cognitive disabilities, workplace neuroinclusion specialist Kristin Light reveals tangible impact in today’s professional environments by bringing genuine perspective, conscientious guidance, and a much-needed dose of levity to this delicate conversation.

* Presentation includes optional audience participation using the LEGO® Serious Play methodology. LEGO® bricks carry an extra charge, and may be kept by audience members as a memento.

FORMAT:
LENGTH:
SLIDES: 

Workshop/Session

45-60 minutes
Available & Optional

KEYWORDS:

Invisible Disabilities; Mental Health; Neuroatypical; Neurodivergent; Workplace Accommodations; Acceptance; Productivity; Inclusivity; Forward-Thinking; Leadership

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Attendees will gain a broader understanding of the unique scope of challenges faced by professionals coping with neurodivergent challenges, with specific strategies for embracing these particulars and supporting their employees and colleagues with trust, respect, and creative innovation.

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LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®

Kristin is a certified facilitator in this ground-breaking methodology; a powerful tool designed to enhance innovation and business performance, transforming insight and awareness into commitment and shared goals. Click to learn more.

  • Session Icebreakers

  • Conference Openings

  • Neuroinclusive Meetings

  • Team Building

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Difficult Discussions

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