NEURODIVERSITY TRAINING THAT DRIVES BUSINESS PERFORMANCE

We founded Uptimize in 2016 to help employers attract, hire and retain talent from across the full human spectrum of thinking styles.

Our clients leverage our training solutions to build more inclusive, more effective, and more innovative teams – and drive maximum value from their human capital.

Our vision

To change how the world thinks about Neurodiversity

Meet our team

ED THOMPSON
CEO & FOUNDER

Ed founded Uptimize to bring slick online learning tools to critical areas of education and employment. He became passionate about not just diversity – but its business impact – while developing diversity initiatives in the London tech sector, notably co-founding the successful apprenticeships program ‘Tech City Stars’. He is a graduate of Oxford University.

JOHN SAMUELSEN
OPERATIONS MANAGER

John brings a background in corporate strategy and finance to his role as operations manager at Uptimize. He has spent his career driving informed decisions for companies from startups to the Fortune 500 as both an employee and consultant. John holds both a bachelor’s degree in finance and MBA from the University of Colorado. Outside of the office he enjoys skiing, traveling and exploring the outdoors with his wife and two kids.

Our key advisors

NICK WALKER
SCHOLOAR, SPEAKER & AUTHOR

Nick Walker is an autistic author, educator, speaker, and aikido teacher. He is a faculty member at Sofia University and California Institute of Integral Studies, senior instructor of the Aikido Shusekai dojo in Berkeley, California, and Managing Editor at the independent publishing house Autonomous Press. Nick has been an influential figure in shaping autistic community and culture since 2004, and is widely recognized as one of the leading thinkers on neurodiversity.

JACQUI WILMSHURST
WELLBEING & NEURODIVERSITY EXPERT

An applied psychologist, Jacqui has over two decades of experience in facilitating the development of more effective and resilient people, relationships and organisations. She has led, managed and collaborated on multi-stakeholder programmes, policies and interventions at all levels within organisations, as well as across diverse cultures internationally. Her primary focus now is organisational learning, wellbeing & development; especially resilience building, mental health and understanding and promoting neurodiversity.

TIM GOLDSTEIN
NEURODIVERSE COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST

Diagnosed with Asperger’s at 54, Denver-based Tim Goldstein is a “Neurodiverse Communications Specialist“ with a unique approach to helping leaders and employees better understand how coworkers who are on the autism spectrum function. Using his “Cloud Neurodiversity” idea, Tim explains the Spock-like logical approach of the techie. Tim has taught his concepts at Cornell and to professors at Stanford Medical. His book, Geeks Guide to Interviews: 15 Critical Items for the Technical Type, is available to those looking to better understand autism in the workplace.

CHRISTINE BARRETT
LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT COACH

Christine is an experienced, AoEC- qualified executive skills coach and founder of leadership development consultancy Velocity at Work. Christine leverages her 30 years business experience – much of it seniormanagement – to provide commercial, results-oriented business coaching and mentoring. She focuses on leadership development.

MARCIE CIAMPI
AUTHOR & COMMUNITY ADVOCATE

Marcie is best known for her writings found in the well-received blog and book “Everyday Aspergers”. A professional educator, she has been featured in various literature, including peer-reviewed journals, Aspien Women, Autism Parenting Magazine, The Mighty, Project Aspie, Art & Autism, and Different Brains. Marcie serves as a Diversity and Inclusion Consultant at Spectrum Suite LLC and as the Senior Recruiter and Outreach Specialist at ULTRA Testing, a technology company with a neurodiversity hiring initiative. She is a coauthor of Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat of Autism and speaks globally on the topic of neurodiversity as it relates to employment and self-empowerment. To date she has corresponded with over 10,000 autistics around the world. She resides in Olympia, Washington, USA.

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