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Supervising Employees with ADHD and Autism

Practical strategies to reduce turnover, strengthen teamwork, and increase productivity

Employee and supervisor fist bumping with coworkers looking on in the background

Friday, March 6, 2020 | Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

For managers, HR professionals, supervisors, senior executives, and more

expectations  ●  social and communication skills  ●  common challenges  ●  biases  ●  inclusion

Gain insight into employees with ADHD and autism

Explore practical strategies to:

  • Enhance mutual respect
  • Improve communication
  • Leverage unique skills

Learn from neurodiversity experts!

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  • 9:15 – 10 a.m.


    Supervisor-supervisee relationships can be complex, tense, and downright uncomfortable. Yet, many such relationships can also be highly rewarding, where both supervisor and supervisee feel respected and validated in their respective roles. Research suggests much depends on perspectives and perspective taking. For example, do supervisees not communicate on-the-job difficulties because they are afraid that it will be interpreted as incompetence? This session will discuss supervisor perspective-taking when working with individuals with both reported and undisclosed ADHD and/or Autism.

    Manju Banerjee, Ph.D., Vice President of Educational Research and Innovation,
    Landmark College

    Presenter Manju Banerjee




  • 10 – 10:45 a.m.


    Employees with ADHD and autism frequently experience co-occurring issues with anxiety. As a result of this anxiety, job performance can suffer. This session will examine common situations in which anxiety can be heightened for individuals with ADHD and autism. Proactive strategies for supporting these employees will be discussed.

    Presenter: Adam Lalor, Ph.D., Director, Landmark College Institute for Research & Training

    Presenter Adam Lalor

  • 11 a.m. – Noon


    There’s a talent shortage coming that affects us, and it affects our customers as they experience digital transformation. There will be 1.1M computing-related job openings in the U.S. by the year 2024. Yet only 45% of these jobs could be filled based on US graduation rates. Expanding the pipeline and bringing in traditionally underrepresented groups is critical for our business. Dell is dedicated to building the most innovative team and culture, which means bringing forward different perspectives and preparing the next generation with the skills for a digital future. The Dell Neurodiversity—Autism Hiring Program was launched with the intent to provide career readiness training and possible full-time career opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum. In partnership with HMEA, the Arc of the Capital Area and Neurodiversity in the Workplace, the program rethinks the traditional interview process and removes barriers that may limit an individual from fully showcasing their true abilities and potential. Dell Technologies believes that everyone has unique strengths and skills to contribute in the workplace.


    Krish Gupta, M.S., J.D., Senior Vice President
    Dell Technologies

    Presenter Krish Gupta

    Lou Candiello, Sr. Manager, Diversity Talent Acquisition Lead, Neurodiversity | Autism Hiring Program
    Dell Technologies

    Presenter Lou Candiello

    Danny Best, MBA, Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion
    Dell Technologies

    Presenter Danny Best

  • 1 – 1:45 p.m.


    It is normal for managers to have many questions before managing their first associate on the spectrum. Together we will discuss how the answers to these questions benefit more than just the manager and the employee on the spectrum. They benefit ALL managers and ALL associates who want to improve their collaboration and to drive innovation through inclusion.


    Parinay Malik, Inclusive Experience Lead
    Fidelity Investments

    Hale Pulsifer, Customer Accessibility Lead
    Fidelity Investments

    Presenter Hal Pulsifer


  • 1:45 – 2:45 p.m.


    Neurodiversity is often excluded from corporate inclusion programs. Neurodiversity refers to neurological differences that exist within our society. This session will provide tools for working with individuals with autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities. A number of corporations recruit neurodiverse talent including JP Morgan Chase, EY, and Microsoft. Participants will learn strategies to equip their clients facing barriers to employment, as well as ideas on employer education and mentorships.


    Jan Coplan, Director of Career Connections, Landmark College

    Presenter Jan Coplan 

    Ernst Vanbergeijk, Ph.D., Director of Threshold Program, Lesley University

    PresenterErnst Vanbergeijk


  • 3 – 4 p.m.


    Join employees with ADHD and autism and managers who have supervised individuals with ADHD and autism for a lively discussion. What do you want to know?!? Bring questions to ask of the true experts!

    Landmark College Alumni plus Lesley University Alumni and Supervisors

Location and Directions

Washburn Auditorium (lower level)
Washburn Hall
Lesley University
10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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We encourage participants to take public transportation to the Harvard MBTA stop on the red line. Enter “10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, Massachusetts” into GPS for directions.

Handicapped-accessible parking is available at the venue.

Non-handicapped parking is not available at the venue.

Options for parking in nearby Harvard Square are:

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