Succeed with Neurodiversity with Charlotte Valeur

With so many people being classified today as neurodivergent, our awareness and understanding is rising. Yet common beliefs still exist that not fitting into a so called ‘norm’ is an affliction rather than potentially a real strength.

Why is it that so many successful people in life are neurodivergent?  Yet 40% of the prison population in the UK have also been identified as neurodivergent? Is the system putting many at a great disadvantage and are we missing talent that could elevate our business and society?

Following our recent interview with Paul Graham, Managing Director of Britvic I wanted to explore this hugely important subject further.

I am delighted to introduce you to Charlotte Valeur, a former Investment Banker and FTSE Chair and Non-Executive Director, whose board-level experience spans a host of sectors and industries. Charlotte’s experience also includes the highly prestigious role of Chair of the Institute of Directors (IOD). a recognised international authority and professor in corporate governance and leadership, and author of Effective Directors (Questions to Ask).

As a lifelong human rights advocate, Charlotte is driven to play her part in creating an inclusive society; she advocates for equality and inclusion for all, working at the intersection of Government, Industry, Academia, and the Third Sector. To this effect, she founded and chairs Board Apprentice and the global Institute of Neurodiversity, ION. With a breath-taking Wikipedia entry, and such success in often male dominated business, it came as no surprise to discover that Charlotte is autistic.  

So, let’s discover how we better embrace neurodiversity to ensure that unique talents are identified, cultivated, and embraced.

This episode will be airing live on 21st April 2023 at 8am(PT)/11am(EST)/4pm(GMT). To listen live or later from the archive please visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1959


More about guest Charlotte Valeur:

Charlotte Valeur is a former Investment Banker and experienced FTSE Chair and Non-Executive Director whose long board-level experience spans a host of sectors and industries and covers IPOs, M&A, and restructuring.

Her current directorships include Chair of Blackstone Loan Financing Plc, NED of FTSE250 Bankers Investment Trust, FTSE250 Digital Infrastructure and of the international engineering firm Laing O’Rourke.

She is a recognised international authority and professor in corporate governance and leadership, and author of Effective Directors (Questions to Ask).

A lifelong human rights advocate, Charlotte is driven to play her part in creating an inclusive society; she advocates for equality and inclusion for all, working at the intersection of Government, Industry, Academia, and the Third Sector. To this effect she also founded and chair Board Apprentice and the global Institute of Neurodiversity, ION.

This episode will be airing live on 21st April 2023 at 8am(PT)/11am(EST)/4pm(GMT). To listen live or later from the archive please visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1959


More about host Chris Cooper:

Chris Cooper has over a 30 year career worked with major global brands to small entrepreneurial ventures developing exceptional leaders, teams and highly engaged workforces. Chris has hosted since 2011 the Business Elevation show which in 2019 was the most accessed business show on the world’s leading on-line radio platform ‘Voice America’ .

He is co-Author of The Power To Get Things Done (Whether You Feel Like It Or Not) published by Penguin Random House New York and in 2021 contributed to multiple international best seller ‘Play The Game’.

Chris has a reputation as an exceptional coach, consultant, facilitator and speaker. Chris also founded the Elevation Collective where exceptional people are connected to contribute to a better world. He is a fellow of the Professional Speaking Association, lives in Leicestershire in the UK with his wife and two teenage boys and loves adventure and the natural world.

In 2019, during a mid-life crisis, he competed in Scotland’s toughest one day endurance event.

This episode will be airing live on 21st April 2023 at 8am(PT)/11am(EST)/4pm(GMT). To listen live or later from the archive please visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1959


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