Speaking/Training (& Consulting)

If anyone had ever told Mr. Player, my high school speech communications teacher, that I would one day become an international public speaker and trainer/consultant, I think he would have probably laughed in your face…and I know that I would have! I’m an extreme introvert aside from being a person with a disability in social communication. But life is funny like that sometimes…and here I am. I regularly give presentations and/or develop and provide training for (both in-person and virtual) universities, organizations, libraries, parent groups, schools, researchers, etc. The topics as well as the type of presentation varies from keynote addresses, speeches, panels, individual or group workshops, webinars, podcasts, video conferencing, etc. (Scroll down for a listing of my speaking engagements!)

In the spirit of transparency, I am not a person who follows “conventional” public speaking “rules.” Whether I am speaking in front of ten people or a thousand, I speak from the heart. And whether I’m a guest speaker for a classroom in a local school district or a keynote for an international conference, I’m going to be me. Which means that though I am devoted to giving you my best work and ensuring that it is accurate, credible, “evidence-informed” (when possible/appropriate), and hopefully also engaging, I still have to be authentic Morénike while I’m on stage (or on a podcast, interview, or whatever).

So that means I might incorporate one of my special interests into my material; or I might wear noise canceling headphones and/or sunglasses while presenting; I might cosplay (unless explicitly asked not to); I will most likely have some sort of stimming tool/fidget device with me (it might be a discreet, small one embedded in my fist that’s invisible to the audience…or it might be something wearable that I will only touch as needed); I will probably use fillers such as “um,” or “like,” or “you know,” while speaking; I might not make eye contact with your audience…etc. (as you can see in this short Project Mistag clip of me HERE.).

Although I personalize my content and delivery for each audience, there are certain areas where I have a depth of knowledge/experience/interest, so those tend to make up the bulk of my presentations/keynotes/workshops.  Some of the main topics that I present on are autism, disability, HIV, community engagement, intersectionality, adoption, neurodiversity, education, race, gender, research and treatment advocacy, parenting, intimate partner violence, mental health, trauma, multiculturalism, attachment, advocacy, and leadership, but I am open to other topics…try me!

If I don’t feel that I am well-suited for what you are requesting, I will be candid about that – and will most likely recommend another colleague that might be a better choice; I will not accept an invitation to present if I don’t think I will be able to do a good job. (If you’re interested in booking me, please fill out the contact form!)

In the tabs below you will find a listing of several of my upcoming and past speaking engagements. Also, if you’d like, you can find a few short snippets of me speaking on my (mostly neglected, but technically existing) YouTube channel HERE.

Speaking Engagements, Trainings and/or Appearances

  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

January 2021

Guest, Not an Autism Mom/Ausome Book Club

Co-Guest Presenter (Parenting with COVID-19), National Center for Parents with Disabilities

Presenter, Neurodiversity at Work

Panelist, (Families as Teachers) UT Health Houston’s Lone Star LEND Program

February 2021

Guest Presenter, Uniquely Human Podcast

Guest Presenter, (A Special Community) KFM Making a Difference 

Presenter, Felicity House

Guest Presenter, Rise Above COVID

March 2021

Co-Panelist, DCU Neurodiversity Society

Guest Co-Presenter, Sister’s Time/Women Speak Broadcast on WRFG Radio

Guest Presenter, Autism in Real Life Podcast/Spectrum Strategy Group

Guest Co-Presenter, Positive Women’s Network of Greater Houston

Presenter, Breakthroughs Conference

Panelist, Biomedical Prevention Summit 

Panelist, International Symposium on Cognitive Research & Disorders Summit

Panelist, Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network & New Jersey Autism Center for Excellence

April 2021

Panelist, UT Health Houston’s Lone Star LEND Program

Keynote Presenter, Autism in Black Inaugural Conference

Keynote Presenter, Duke University Annual Autism Acceptance Month

Guest Presenter, La Hora de Cafecito Autismo

Co-Guest Presenter, Neurodiversity Podcast

(Tentative) Co-Presenter, National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Guest Presenter, 23 & Me

Panelist, Felicity House

Panelist, New Jersey Autism Center for Excellence & Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network

Presenter, Panelist, Moderator, Neurodiversity Matters Conference

Keynote Presenter, USF Center for Autism & Related Disparities

Presenter, YAI Conference

Panelist, Interagency Autism Coordinating Center

Keynote Presenter, Brooklyn Inclusive

Keynote, Autism Connections Conference

Guest Presenter, NYL

Moderator, Reeds Fund Leadership Summit

Keynote Presenter, Jersey City Library Services

May 2021

Co-Presenter, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Center

Presenter, Star Institute Sensory Processing Summit

June 2021

Keynote Presenter, Milestones National Conference

(Tentative) Guest Presenter, (Autistics Speaking Day) Autism Society of America  

(Tentative) Moderator, National HIV Testing Day

 

August 2021

Guest Presenter, National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 2021

(Tentative) Student Leadership Symposium

October 2021

Accessibility Committee, Gender Infinity