Join us for the third event in the "Conversations with Extraordinary Leaders" speaker series. This event will be moderated by Michael Fox, CIO for Land, Buildings and Real Estate and co-sponsor for the Neurodiversity in IT Program. The panel will consist of leaders who are passionate about changing the employment landscape for our neurodiverse friends and colleagues.
Neurodiversity Pathways, Goodwill of Silicon Valley
Ranga’s current passion is to empower neurodivergent individuals with the desire and ability to contribute to find meaningful, rewarding, and sustained employment and to help organizations in their journey to embracing neurodiversity inclusion in their workplaces.
In his past life, Ranga was an accomplished senior executive of digital transformation, with expertise in providing innovative and cost-effective solutions and services to enable and support business strategy and growth in the Higher Education and Information Technology industry.
Google Cloud RelInfra Team
Paulette Penzvalto is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion, helps lead the Google DLAB (Disabled Leaders Advisory Board), AutisicWomen@Google and is active in the Google Disability Alliance. Paulette presents internationally as a keynote speaker on issues pertaining to Autism and Employment in tech and has served on the New York and San Francisco Mayor's Council for People with Disabilities. Paulette also studied Computer Science while a student at Columbia University and also has two graduate degrees in Opera.
Founder and CEO
Prior to launching Zavikon Rebecca was a founding advisory team member launching MindSpark, Inc. whose mission was to train and employ adults on the autism spectrum in technology careers. After MindSpark’s acquisition by auticon, Rebecca became President of the US operations leading the US expansion and driving growth.
As a veteran of the tech sector, Rebecca’s career has included senior leadership roles sourcing and developing human capital with high-demand skill sets for the area’s leading tech firms, including Fortune 100 and 500 brands. Rebecca believes there is a job out there for everyone to apply their talents and skills in a meaningful way and she is dedicated to being a bridge to an inclusive working world. She is passionate about opening doors for all individuals with disabilities or those who are neurodivergent to achieve career success. In 2019, Rebecca won the prestigious Milestones Visionary Employer Award.
Global NCoE Community Engagement/Ecosystem Leader
Jamell G. Mitchell serves as the Neuro-Diverse Centers of Excellence Global Community Engagement/Ecosystem Leader at EY.
His experience relative to market trend analysis and business strategies spans close to two decades internally. He is a well sought-after conference orator that challenges organizations to consider cognitive diversity as a competitive advantage to further drive business solutions. He is a leader who adapts to various cultural, linguistic and personal styles which promotes inclusive teaming. His contributions create a culture in which timely consistent coaching is provided while demonstrating a passion in promoting strategy, service delivery and core values.
Jamell is responsible for securing talent, driving awareness, identifying learning opportunities and aligning the Neuro-Diverse CoEs to the firm’s service line while curating the broader ecosystem. He manages teams across the US, has developed training procedures, analyzed budget reports and implemented best practices within and outside of the space of Neurodiversity. Jamell sits on the Board of Trustees for Hill-Top Preparatory School in Rosemont PA. He has an MBA with specific focus on Leadership and Finance from Walden University, Minneapolis and holds a BS in Criminal Justice Administration and Planning from John Jay College in New York.
Through a facilitated discussion and Q&A, these extraordinary leaders will share their career journeys and lessons learned along the way. Please register using the form below.
Hosted by the Stanford CIO Council sponsored Neurodiversity in IT Program, this all-virtual event is open to the IT communities at Stanford and beyond, and will include opportunities for participants to ask questions.