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2024-2025 Leadership Workshop Series: The Innovative Leader's Guide to Neurodiversity

2024-2025 Leadership Workshop Series: The Innovative Leader's Guide to Neurodiversity

Monday, June 10, 2024 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM) (CDT)


In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, the key to groundbreaking innovation lies in harnessing diverse perspectives. This hands-on session is designed to empower leaders with the knowledge and skills to cultivate a thriving, innovative environment that celebrates and leverages the strengths of neurodiverse minds.

 Get ready to:

  • Discover the Power of Neurodivergent Minds: Delve into the world of neurodiversity to understand how executive functions shape our perceptions, ideas, and responses. We will uncover why neurodivergent individuals are natural-born innovators and how they can propel your team towards unprecedented creativity.
  • Master the Art of Leveraging Diversity: Through our interactive Mindset, Skillset, and Toolset framework, you will gain the skills necessary to identify, appreciate, and amplify the unique strengths and abilities within your team.
  • Create an Ecosystem of Innovation: From fostering psychological safety to implementing strategies that encourage creative thinking, we’ll guide you through practical techniques to design a workplace environment where diverse minds thrive.



  • A deep understanding of the neurodiverse mind and its potential for innovation
  • Tools and techniques to evaluate and utilize team strengths effectively
  • Strategies to create a thriving environment for all kinds of thinkers

What is a neurodivergent mind?

Neurodiversity is the range and variation of cognitive functioning, highlighting the unique ways in which people’s brains function differently from those who are considered neurotypical. It comes from the idea that there is not a right way to think, learn, or behave and differences are not deficits but rather strengths to be leveraged.

We are grateful to the  Central Iowa Chapter of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) for partnering with us on this series.

Discounts are available to alumni, ATD members, nonprofit and government professionals, and groups of 5 or 10. 

About the Facilitators

Gina Brown is a devotee and specialist of leadership with successes delivering innovative business solutions. Throughout her career she experienced the impact of leaders on innovation, engagement, mindset, and the overall employee experience. She has a passion for reframing leadership at its core and helping companies reevaluate leadership value.

Her career unintentionally started in IT and throughout her journey, leadership was at the forefront. After twenty+ years her passion burst through, helping leaders create environments where innovation, and therefore employees and companies, thrive. She created Magnify Innovation and Leadership to focus on serving companies who want to increase their capabilities in innovation, leadership, and overall engagement. She also has the incredible honor of sharing her leadership expertise by partnering with 2.0, an innovation company empowering businesses to make bold moves.

Gina earned her undergraduate degrees in psychology and art from Wartburg College and her M.S. in Leadership Development from Drake University. The greatest classroom of all has been the 25+ years of experience and people she has met along the way.

She and her husband live in Ankeny with their three boys and a cute puppy. They love creating new family traditions and exploring new parks, campgrounds and places to visit. They are currently on a multi-summer quest to attend a game in all 30 Major League Baseball parks around the U.S.

Carlos Rojas is a business transformation enabler that helps organizations shape the conditions that make them more adaptive, creative, and prolific when solving for modern business challenges.

A builder at his core, Carlos sees potential in everything and loves to reimagine all aspects of an organization. He is known for his expertise in crafting a compelling business strategy that not only broadens the reach and profitability of current offerings but also paves the way for future growth. His knack for identifying market growth opportunities stems from his keen understanding of emerging technologies, behaviors, and techniques. This knowledge allows him to differentiate offerings and capabilities, positioning companies for both immediate and long-term success. 

Carlos's substantial expertise is underpinned by over two decades of experience spearheading innovation strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Yet, his entrepreneurial drive led him to create 2.0, an innovation company dedicated to empowering businesses of all sizes to make bold moves.

When not immersed in helping clients architect their success, Carlos is a devoted family man who cherishes time spent with his wife and two daughters. He has a zest for life and a penchant for adventure, whether exploring a new city or braving a thrilling roller coaster ride.

A native of Cochabamba, Bolivia, where he spent most of his early life and education, Carlos earned his undergraduate degrees in industrial engineering and marketing from Universidad Privada Boliviana. He further honed his business acumen by pursuing an M.B.A. from the University of Florida.

Thank you to our partner!

C3 Center
1910 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
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Monday, June 10, 2024 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM) (CDT)

Light breakfast & networking 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Workshop Presentation 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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