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Intro to Cognitive Sciences, part 2: Innovation, School, Work and more

March 10, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST

ntro. to Cognitive Services part 2: Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Cognitive Services in the School and Workplace.

Join part 2 of 2 of this vibrant series where Marie Smith, CIO of Data 360, and Maureen Dunne, Autism Angels, discussing supporting neurodiversity in schools, the workplace and entrepreneurship.

Maureen will discuss how terms, wording, skill sets that focus on strengths for autistic populations & how models for success can be used in systems for education, employment, entrepreneurship & more. Marie will explain how to we can deploy these in various computer systems to help schools and companies work more successfully with a neurodivergent population.

What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiverse applies to a community of people whose members are neurodivergent.

Neurodiversity is an approach to education, work, business and ability that supports the fact that various neurological conditions are the effect of healthy changes in the human genome.

The conditions of ADHD, Autism, Dyspraxia, and Dyslexia make up ‘Neurodiversity’.

Neuro-differences are recognized and appreciated as a social category on par with ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or disability status.

‘The range of differences in individual brain function and behavioral traits regarded as part of normal variation in the human population.’

Neurodiversity is the idea that neurological variations are known and valued as any other human variation.

These variations can include:
– Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD or dyspraxia)
– Dyslexia
– Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
– Dyscalculia
– Autistic Spectrum (ASD)
– Tourette Syndrome (TS), and others

Put another way, a condition such as Dyslexia is a part of who the person is and to take away the dyslexia is to take away from the person.

Dr. Maureen Dunne is the co-founder & Managing Partner of the Autism Angels Group (AAG) with the mission to bring together capital & talent to aggressively drive economic opportunities & technology-driven solutions that create a positive social impact for the autism community. A former National Science Foundation Fellow & Kauffman Entrepreneurship Fellow, Dr. Dunne has lectured at the local, national, & international levels on neurodiversity, innovation & entrepreneurship.
A lifelong autism advocate, Dr. Dunne has been a foster parent to children with autism. Maureen serves on multiple nonprofit & corporate boards, including Aspiritech, Mental Health Association GC, Advocate Health-Good Samaritan Hospital, Access to Care, & the national ACCT Public Policy Committee, which represents over 11 million community college students nationally. She received her doctorate in cognitive sciences from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

Marie Smith, CIO DATA 360 ambitious entrepreneurial spirit has led her to be a founding contributor in her 20-year career to nearly 50 media, tech & wellness companies & projects which have contributed to over $100 million in transactions. After bringing her talents to work at Warner Brothers in their Consumer Products division, Marie Smith began developing her skills in the areas of advertising, sales, dynamic and automated operations, and marketing, working with companies such as Computer Associates, Electronic Arts, Saatchi & Saatchi, etc.
Additional companies include: United Healthcare, Bausch & Lomb, Mercedes Benz, Oprah Store, Walmart, Macys, Blue Cross Blue Shield, & Aetna. Marie has managed product & services development with both Twitter & Microstrategy. She also prototyped early social media advertising with Facebook & Rakuten.
As CIO of Data 360, she’s collaborated with the ACLU, Microsoft, Accenture, Autodesk, ESRI, city of Los Angeles, MacArthur Foundation, Knight Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, O’Reilly Media, Oracle, Salesforce, Amazon, Google, IKEA, & Morgan Stanley.



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March 10, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST