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Speaker Biographies

Speaker Biographies

Speaker Bios

 

Adrianne Kadzinski, Group Head of Innovation for Credit Suisse

Ms. Kadzinski’s team, Group Global Innovation (GGI), helps senior sponsors and bank teams integrate strategy, innovation, and technology advancement to solve the bank’s “greatest” challenges – problems worth solving!

Adrianne is a curious person, creative problem-solving geek, and human geography nerd. Her chief passion is to help organizations design and operationalize strategy to deliver human goals. Over 28 years, she has pursued intensively the things that have interested her:

  • Investment banking: built multiple new successful bank business lines
  • US government consulting: executive management and technology advancement for Dept. of State, Special Operations Command, Dept. of the Navy, Naval Research Laboratory
  • E-commerce startup co-founder; tech startup consulting
  • Military service: 24 years as a US Army officer; served global special operations and interagency needs at every echelon (small unit to support of Cabinet-level decision-making)

 

Mindy Govan, Transition and Employment Services Director, Autism Society of North Carolina

In this role, Ms. Govan supervises the IGNITE Programs (located in Raleigh and Davidson) serving young adults over the age of 18 with ASD who have graduated from HS with a diploma, Transition Programs located in Greenville and Wilmington serving individuals with ASD ages 16-26, and Employment Services Programs located in the Triad, Triangle, and Cumberland County areas. IGNITE and Transition programs focus on increasing all areas of independence and social skills. All programs have focus on preparing individuals for successful employment.

Prior to working for the Autism Society of North Carolina, Mindy worked as a Certified Advanced Consultant and Adolescent and Adult Autism Specialist for the Chapel Hill TEACCH Center as well as a Rehabilitation Counselor with the Chapel Hill Vocational Rehabilitation office. She holds a BS in psychology and has over 28 years of experience working with Adolescents and Adults with Autism and their families.

 

S. Michael Chapman, Director of Employment Services, TEACCH Autism Program

For over 30 years, he has worked with TEACCH to develop employment opportunities for adults with autism. Mr. Chapman works with agencies and employers both in the USA and abroad to create programs that support employment for people with autism. He has trained audiences both nationally and internationally about the TEACCH model and is a co-author of the TEACCH Transition Assessment Profile (TTAP). He is currently working with a state-led collaborative to engage Businesses in North Carolina, Colleges/Universities, and State organizations to develop and maintain a pipeline of neuro-diverse candidates to businesses in STEM fields.

 

Jennifer Talley, Director of Global Talent Acquisition, Allscripts

Jennifer works at Allscripts, a leading healthcare IT company, where she leads a team of 25+ recruiting professionals filling more than 2,000 positions annually.  She is a member of the Triangle Neurodiversity Advisory Council and was an integral part of launching the neurodiversity program at Credit Suisse prior to joining Allscripts.

Jennifer’s background includes more than 25 years in the recruiting industry and her expertise lies in building global talent acquisition teams from the ground up as well as a constant focus on a consultative and strategic approach to supporting organizations while continually challenging the status quo.  She is a graduate of NC State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Criminal Justice. Go Pack!

 

Rebecca Alley, PMO, Credit Suisse

After completing her BS in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina, Rebecca worked with endangered marine animals, then transitioned to the foodservice industry working as an assistant manager for Domino’s.

In April of 2019, Rebecca applied for and was accepted into the Neurodiversity program at Credit Suisse as an apprentice and converted to full-time employment later that year in October. She works in the Program Management Office where she supports projects by managing their financials and other aspects of project management.

In addition to being neurodiverse, Rebecca has a history of working in the neurodiversity field, working as an assistant in an Autism preschool, leading an afterschool program for Autistic children, and working as a one-on-one support specialist with Autistic adults in college.

 

Emily Zucker, Systems Programmer/Analyst, RTI International

Emily Zucker is a Systems Programmer/Analyst with RTI. She is a 2017 graduate of NC State University where she earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in math and one in statistics.

Emily was also a Career Ambassador in the Career Development Center at NC State and was known as a leader on campus. She is part of a Native American Sorority, has traveled to Ghana, visits her second family in Zimbabwe every two years, loves murder mystery parties, is passionate about authenticity and community where people can be free to be as they are.

 

Dan Beall, Software Developer, IBM

Dan Beall is a software developer and autistic self-advocate currently at IBM. He joined IBM soon after he graduated from NC State in 2018 and has been at IBM for a year and a half.

As part of IBM’s Wazi team, he works to create and maintain integrated development environments for mainframe developers.

 

Chris Rackley, User Experience Designer, SAS

Chris Rackley is an autistic User Experience Designer at SAS. He had a computer science and web development background before joining SAS in February of 2019 as an intern in SAS’ Autism Spectrum Technical Internship Program.

After joining SAS as a full-time employee, Chris has worked on several different teams and projects. Most recently, he has begun working on Model Studio to enhance its usability. In Chris’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, exploring the world of photography, playing video games, and helping others achieve transformation in their lives.

 

Tara Boldrin – Skills Consultant, IBM Human Resources

Ms. Boldrin graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2018, where she studied English, Political Science, and Spanish.

Tara is passionate about creating a community of support for people of all abilities and backgrounds. She was a founding member of the People with Disabilities Business Resource Group on IBM’s RTP campus, where she helped to plan a Neurodiversity conference and several Mental Health-related initiatives.

 

Caroline Sullivan, Executive Director of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education, (NCBCE), Office of the Governor

NCBCE is a business-led, nonpartisan education nonprofit that operates out of the Office of the Governor. Since 1983, NCBCE has provided a critical link between North Carolina’s business leaders and the state’s education decision-makers, helping to create connections between the education systems and NC employers to strengthen our talent pipeline and provide opportunities for our students.

Caroline brings a unique combination of 25 years of experience and leadership in local, state, and the federal government. She was elected in 2012 to the Wake County Board of Commissioners. She served as Vice-Chair of the Board as well as Chair of the Budget, Audit, and Finance Committee and Education Committee. Caroline has served in a leadership capacity in local, state, and national Associations relating to her position, including serving as Chair of the Public Education Committee of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.

She has been very active in the community and has served on the boards of Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, Capital Area Workforce Development, Passage Home, Triangle Family Services, Wake County Smart Start, NAMI Wake, Poe Center for Health Education, Wake County Commission for Women, Wake County Task Force for Women’s Employment Issues, Wake County Continuum of Care, as well as the NC Interagency Coordinating Council for Children with Disabilities, WakeEd Partnership Leadership Council and the Rex Cancer Center Patient Advisory Council. She currently serves on the Duke Autism Center for Excellence Community Advisory Board, the SafeChild Board of Directors, and the Wake Invests in Women Advisory Council.

Prior to moving to Raleigh, Caroline worked for almost a decade in Washington, holding positions on Capitol Hill, in trade associations, and in political and advocacy organizations. Caroline was born and raised in Charlotte and graduated with Honors from UNC-Chapel Hill. She and her husband have two children who are in college and attended NC public schools.

 

Todd Lineberger, Vice President and Team Lead in Program Management for Hosting and Data Services, Credit Suisse

Mr. Lineberger is an advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, a founding member of the Triangle Neurodiversity Advisory Council and member of the Black Professional Network Senior Committee.

Todd joined Credit Suisse in 2017 after spending 20+ years bringing new technology and enhancements to market for IBM, BlackBerry, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab. These included leading-edge products used in supercomputers noted for performance benchmark awards, labs leading the world in technological advancements, high tech battleships, and secure communication devices trusted by the Department of Defense.

Todd holds a certification in Project Management from PMI and completed his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, with concentrations in Physics and History at Appalachian State University.

 

Danielle Pavliv, Senior Diversity & Inclusion Manager, SAS

Ms. Pavliv serves as a thought leader and strategist in promoting and executing global workforce diversity & inclusion strategies. She is passionate about creating positive change, advocacy, and inclusion of underrepresented groups in the workplace and community. Danielle has two bachelor’s degrees in Spanish & French from NC State University, and recently completed her Master’s in Human Resource Management from the University of Southern California. She is also a Certified Diversity Professional. Danielle lives in Apex, North Carolina with her fur babies: dog, Sugar; cats, Smokey and Mr. Man; and her partner, Matt.

 

Diane Delaney – Program Manager, IBM Neurodiversity Initiatives

Ms. Delaney leads the global program that focuses on education, advocacy, and neurodivergent hiring. Having started her career in coding and systems engineering and eventually switching to program management, Diane has a unique perspective on the importance of building diverse and inclusive programs. Today, she applies her vast knowledge and leadership experience to build IBM’s neurodivergent-friendly hiring program around the globe.

 

Ro Lissenden, Director in Information Technology, Credit Suisse

Ms. Lissenden has a BSc degree from the University of London and started her IT career at Unilever, then EDS, before joining Credit Suisse London in 1996. She has managed global application development & support teams; process improvement programs; and offshoring & efficiency initiatives.

In 2006 Ro relocated to Credit Suisse Raleigh, where she was the IT site lead for 5 years, helping to develop capability, culture, brand, and engagement in support of Credit Suisse’s workforce strategy. In 2018 Ro moved into Global Operations Solutions as a Production Support Relationship Manager and GOS Americas Regional lead.

Ro is passionate about Talent Development, Diversity & Inclusion, and Community outreach – running marathons and shaving her head being her most extreme philanthropic activities.

 

Morgan Crawford, Deputy Director, North Carolina Business Committee for Education

Morgan is the Deputy Director at the North Carolina Business Committee for Education, the business-led educational non-profit in the Governor’s Office. She has a BSEd degree in Special Education from the University of Georgia as well as an MEd from North Carolina State University. Morgan’s past experience of 15 plus years teaching students with special needs brings an education perspective to the non-profit and its various initiatives such as LiNC-IT (Linking North Carolina with Innovative Talent). LiNC-IT is an internship program for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and leverages the partnership of government, nonprofits, and employers.

 

Alice Farrar, Chief of Employment Services and Program Development, North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Ms. Farrar has a long tenure in the field of vocational rehabilitation with over 30 years in the profession. Alice values the importance of meeting the business needs of an employer and working in tandem with other partners to ensure North Carolina has an effective and diverse workforce. She is passionate about helping North Carolinians with disabilities achieve their goals for employment and independence.

Alice has played an integral role in the Division’s implementation of the Workforce Innovations Opportunity Act which resulted in a major overhaul of policy and practice. She contributed to the coordination of internship services and other employment initiatives that have resulted in success for individuals with disabilities and leads a team of Business Relations Representatives who assist individuals with disabilities prepare for and achieve their employment goals along with increasing disability awareness in the workplace to dispel myths and misconceptions about disability and to help create inclusive work cultures.

 

Wesley J. Wade, Career Counselor, Career Development Center at NC State University

Mr. Wade is also a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) and a licensed clinical addiction specialist (LCAS). He is a fierce advocate for underrepresented students and serves on multiple advisory committees and leads several programmatic initiatives on campus and in surrounding communities. During the 2019-2020 academic year, Wesley won the Chancellor’s Excellence in Creating Community award, which has one winner for each category; Wesley won for “Outstanding Staff.”

Wesley is also the founder and leader of a career-focused program at NC State University called Students Moving Forward (SMF), which is specifically designed for autistic students at NC State. In addition, last fall he launched an Autistic Career Summit that featured a career fair for autistic students across the entire state of North Carolina. Over 110 were in attendance, including 67 students who identify as autistic from 17 different institutions, and 11 organizations for the career fair portion of the summit. SMF is currently entering its fourth year of operation and the career summit is now an annual event.

Wesley holds an M.A. in career counseling and an M.A. in clinical mental health counseling from North Carolina Central University in addition to a B.A. in sociology from NC State University. In addition to his full-time role in the Career Development Center at NC State, Wesley is a third-year doctoral student in counseling and counselor education, also at NC State University.