If anyone had ever told Mr. Player, my high school speech communications teacher, that I would one day become an international public speaker, 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 present regularly at a wide range of places on a wide range of topics in various forms: keynote addresses, speeches, panels, individual or group workshops, webinars, podcasts, video conferencing, trainings, 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 and/or Appearances

  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

(Note: For safety reasons, I typically do not publicly list exact locations nor add associated event hyperlinks until after an event has passed. Please contact me directly if you would like more details on any of my upcoming speaking engagements.) 

February: LoneStar LEND Autism PanelistTX

February:  Matthew Reardon Autism Conference Presenter; GA

February:  Matthew Reardon Autism Conference Panelist; GA

March: DIR Conference Keynote; NY

March: Neurodiversity PopupCA

March: Research Symposium; TX

March: Education Panel; PA

April: Educational Strategies Training; TX

April: Disability Summit Keynote; KY 

May: Learning and the Brain Panel, NY

May: Inclusive Services Keynote; NY

May: Actually Autistic Podcast

July: Spectrumly Speaking Podcast

August: NPR’s “Same Same Different”/Believed Podcast

September: US Conference on AIDS. The Future is Female: WoC Leadership in the HIV Movement; DC

September: US Conference on AIDS: All About Us: Women & Biomed in HIV Prevention; DC

September: Autism & Neurodiversity (TBA)

September: Guest Lecture; MI

October: Gender Infinity Conference: Intersectionality, Neurodiversity, & Gender Identity; TX

October: Education & Leadership Conference; TX (tentative)

November: Autism and Parenting Panel; TX

December: Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit Program Committee