Neurodiversity: What It Is and Why It’s Your Volunteer Team’s Superpower – 2022 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

Session Description:

In this engaging, interactive, presentation, Susan Fitzell reveals how volunteer teams may, more effectively, champion neurodiversity, equity, and inclusion to increase problem solving, productivity, and creativity. Neurodiversity reaps significant benefits for volunteer organizations; however, neurodiversity handled poorly may backfire and cause conflict in volunteer organizations.

Session Goals:

By the end of this session, participants will have learned:

  • What neurodiversity is, how to recognize neurodivergence, and why it benefits their volunteer teams;
  • Tools and strategies for working with neurodivergent volunteers to increase innovation, problem solving, and efficiency;
  • How accommodations that benefit neurodivergent volunteers benefit all volunteers.



International speaker and author, Susan Fitzell, M.Ed., CSP has decades of experience working with education and business communities to maximize human potential in the learning & growth space. Susan’s own neurodivergence was diagnosed the same day as one of her children. The doctor said, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Understanding the struggles of someone whose brain is wired differently, she is passionate about creating a world that empowers and values neurodivergent talent. She is a recognized authority in the learning and collaboration space. She can problem-solve work-related matters involving various types of neurodiverse scenarios to bring out the best in people and teams. Susan moves audiences to action with her practical, productive, and positive approach. She works to establish cultures of learning that keep organizations competitive and increase the ROI of their employee investments.