#TakeFiveWith Amy Walker
Could you tell us about yourself and your job role? And one hobby/fun fact?
I am a neurodiverse changemaker! I work as the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at GroupM, which is a media investment company within the Marketing industry. I also run Neurodiversity Works, which campaigns for greater access to employment for neurodiverse people, and connects suitable opportunities with neurodiverse people.
What is a typical day like for you?
A typical day is managing the social media channels for our diversity and inclusion brand, All Means All. I look for relevant articles and conversations going on each day about D&I, I also create image based content.
I develop long term projects for awareness raising, for example at the time of writing I am working on a video project for Autism Awareness Week, interviewing autistic people who are in work.
I coordinate the D&I offer from our five Employee Resource Groups, GenderM, CultureM, PrideM, GenerationM and EnableM. I project manage a calendar of events which are run by these groups.
I also coordinate with the operating companies which GroupM owns, MediaCom, Mindshare, Wavemaker, m/SIX and Essence on their D&I events and offers. I also consult on policies and deal with day to day questions.
Could you tell us how you got into your role?
I got into my role through taking an internship with Ambitious About Autism for three months in one of our Operating Companies, m/SIX. At the end of the three months I was offered a role, but during that time I had been consulting with the parent company on how to make their recruitment processes more inclusive, and I was told that the D&I coordinator role was coming up. As I had already developed these relationships and had a strong knowledge of their company, I was able to secure the role. I had been applying for professional roles for over 3 years, with limited interviews and never securing a role.
What motivates you to do a good job?
I am highly conscientious and like to excel in everything I do. Therefore I am always motivated to do well, but I can actually be a bit too motivated and take on too much! I think my disabilities and experience of dropping out of school with no qualifications have led me to want to prove myself, but I have always been a high achiever before I dropped out of school and in my further and higher education.
How do you learn at work?
I learn best from a mixture of strategies. Having written information, images for somethings, and being physically shown how to do something.
What are your aims for the next year? For example, if you work in accessibility do you have any plans to help make workplaces more inclusive? If you work in Learning and Development how are you going to promote workplace learning?
I have plans to make work more inclusive and accessible at GroupM and in the wider world through my campaigning with Neurodiversity Works. I also have plans to raise awareness of autism and neurodiversity within the business.
YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT NEURODIVERSITY WORKS ON THE FOLLOWING PLATFORMS:
Neurodiversity Works website: http://www.neurodiversityworks.uk/
Neurodiversity Works Twitter Account: @_Neurodiversity
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