What you will learn:

What do Steven Spielberg, Greta Thunberg, and Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles all have in common? They're all neurodivergent! While neurodiversity can often feel like a negative trait, that's not the case. Neurodiversity has been proven to create some of the most successful people on the planet. Neurodiversity isn't about being different from others; it's about understanding the specific strengths that make us unique and valuable contributors to society.
  • Did you know that a 2020 study by the University of London shows that 15-20% of the entire workforce is neurodivergent?
  • Did you know that a 2018 report by Deloitte shows that companies with inclusive cultures are six times more likely to be innovative and agile?
  • Did you know that research suggests that teams with neurodivergent professionals can be 30% more productive?
In this Elective, you'll embark on an interactive journey, where we will take a deep dive into how neurodivergent people think and work differently. Then we'll dig into why they are crucial to our future and how you can navigate life with neurodiversity if you're in the same boat! We'll also learn about some of the most influential people who are neurodiverse along the way, so you can see how neurodiversity spans all walks of life.

About the instructor:

Matthew Cicanese is an award-winning fine art wildlife photographer and creative coach helping storytelling and corporate communities unlock the power of creativity. A Florida native, his larger-than-life macro photographs (and a personality to match) celebrate the unseen beauty found right under our noses.

A deaf and partially blind meningitis survivor, Matthew's gravitation and fascination with the creative arts began in his formative years at 14 (2005). His art is imbued with a childlike fascination that invites you to dive deeper into the textural details and playfully explore with the eye. Engrained in all of his work, you will find the themes of wonder and curiosity. Since Matthew's professional journey began, following Duke University's MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program in 2015, he has continued telling stories illuminating Earth's details and inspiring curiosity.

His experiences and creative direction have culminated in two fine art Solo Show exhibitions at the Tampa International Airport (Florida) and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History (Atlanta, Georgia)‍. Matthew's artwork has been exhibited and published worldwide and featured by Canon, National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, Smithsonian Magazine, PDN Magazine, and BBC Earth Online (among others).

In 2021 Matthew was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 for Art and Style and founded The Litmus Collective: an online education and creative coaching community for global storytellers.
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Suggested Length:45 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Format: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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