Oxford Women in Business Network (creating Neurodiverse workplaces)

6 December @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Talk by Mel Francis and the founders of B-corp (Alex and Lillie Jamieson), Send it to Alex. Tickets £20.

Mel Francis, Chartered FCIPD, is an accomplished HR Director with over 25 years’ experience gained in the public, private and not for profit sectors. Mel has gained her significant experience working in the HE, Edtech, Publishing and Telecoms sectors.

Mel is also Mum to a brilliant neurodivergent son and, following his diagnosis, she sought to increase her awareness and knowledge of neurodiverse conditions. To this end, she has been taught by Professor Amanda Kirby, a globally renowned neurodiversity specialist and achieved a qualification in neurodiversity.

As a neurodiversity champion, Mel now takes every opportunity to increase awareness and appreciation of the brilliance of neurodiverse talent and supports organisations to become neuroinclusive throughout the employee lifecycle. She is a regular guest speaker, trainer and podcast contributor and her regular content shares on LinkedIn are well received.

Alex and Lillie Jamieson: 

Passionate about social enterprise and championing neurodiversity in the workplace, Alex and Lillie Jamieson have founded the first certified BCorp specialising in virtual administration and executive functioning support services for neurodivergent people. Send it to Alex places the individual at the heart of their strategy, to create an inclusive, diverse, and highly-skilled workforce; one which fosters increased creativity, productivity and innovation.

The two have are disrupting the narrative of negativity that surrounds neurodivergence and disability within the workplace. Send it to Alex advocates the social model of disability which was developed by disabled people and communicates that people are disabled by barriers in society and workplaces, not by their differences. Lillie and Alex’s own lived experiences have been instrumental in informing the direction of this progress. Their dedication to individual empowerment and social betterment has been paramount in creating an inclusive environment in which their team and clients feel comfortable and valued to express their real and authentic selves.

Send it to Alex measures their success on the their impact on the emotional and financial wellbeing of their team and clients as well as their productivity and meeting their business objectives. This in turn creates an environment which improves mental health, self esteem, confidence, and pushes for difference acceptance.

In addition to their core services, Send it to Alex are using their shared experiences and learnings to develop a neurodiversity equity intelligence platform. With the ambition to connect employees, managers and organisations in order to cultivate an appreciation of difference and individuality in the workplace. This has been part-funded by three grants awards from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Ultd, and OxLEP which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


6 December
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