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Inclusive Impact Day 2024
May 1

Third Annual LeBow Inclusive Impact Day: Hiring and Retaining Neurodivergent Employees

This event is part of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series.

Delivery Method: In Person
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Gerri C. LeBow Hall
3220 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Join Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business for the third annual Inclusive Impact Day, Hiring and Retaining Neurodivergent Employees, with the support of Donald Braun ’84 of Bernstein Private Wealth Management.

Overcoming stigma, promoting acceptance and awareness, and establishing suitable infrastructure are essential in mitigating the exclusion faced by our neurodivergent colleagues. Drexel LeBow is deeply committed to supporting neurodivergent individuals and creating opportunities to excel in the workforce. This year, Inclusive Impact Day is an opportunity for both neurodivergent and neurotypical students, faculty, staff, alumni, employers and families to come together to learn how to best prepare and support our neurodivergent coworkers in the workforce and to share best practices and success stories.

The event will feature a keynote by Ernie Dianastasis, founder and CEO of The Precisionists, Inc. (TPI) and Mike Innocenzo, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Exelon, at lunch.

Event Schedule

9–9:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30–10:15 a.m. Welcome and panel discussion moderated by Donald Braun ’84, national managing director, Bernstein Wealth Management

  • Kristen Betts, EdD, clinical professor, School of Education, Drexel
  • Jacob Gadd, data steward, Salesforce
  • Sophia Gordon, student, Drexel
  • Ava Gurba, senior research associate, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel
  • Matthew Lerner, PhD, associate professor and life course outcomes program leader, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel
  • Peg Monaghan, associate director for neurodiversity, Center for Autism and Neurodiversity, Drexel
  • Megan Weyler ’96, ’02, SVP and chief human resources officer, Drexel

10:30–11:10 a.m. Workshop 1 — Creating a positive and accepting workforce for neurodiverse and non-neurodiverse employees
11:15–11:50 a.m. Workshop 2 — Strategies for preparing neurodiverse individuals and their families for the workforce
12–1 p.m. Lunch — Keynote talk in directors’ dialogue style with Ernie Dianastasis, founder and CEO of The Precisionists Inc., and Mike Innocenzo, executive vice president and COO of Exelon; moderated by Donald Braun ’84
1–2:30 p.m. Case Competition, supported by Donald Braun ’84
3–5 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception, Announcement of Case Competition Winners

The entire day of programming, including meals and the reception, is free thanks to the largesse of Donald Braun ’84 of Bernstein Private Wealth Management.

Ernie Dianastasis

Founder and CEO, The Precisionists, Inc.

A global administrative services and information technology company focused on employing 10,000 neurodiverse professionals over the next several years.

Michael Innocenzo

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Exelon

The nation’s largest utility company, serving more than 10 million customers through six fully regulated transmission and distribution utilities.


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Have Questions?

Trina Larsen Andras, PhD

Assistant Dean for Societal Impact

(215) 895-4995

Gerri C. LeBow Hall 822