Ultra-enthusiastic TEDx speaker and multi-award winning writer, Jolene Stockman is the author of four books for young adults, winner of media, education, and business awards, and one of the youngest in the world to achieve the Distinguished Toastmaster Leadership Award. She is also tangata whaitakiwātanga; an autistic person.
Since her adult diagnosis, she has gone public with her experience – its challenges and superpowers. As a working, married, autistic with two children and a degree, Jolene inspires and surprises with her vision of the world.
"WOW! Jolene, that was the most inspirational talk about living with Takiwaatanga that I have ever heard. I feel blessed beyond belief that I was present today to HEAR your heart and your journey! This will IMPACT my teaching journey greatly and how I am/work with children with Takiwaatanga. I've always felt like I've worked well with children with Autism, but now I know I was only scratching the surface and I can do and be WAY more to these gifted children!"
“Jolene spoke to our staff for World Autism Day to support our inclusion and diversity strategy. Her time, energy and knowledge left us buzzing, and the feedback from staff following the talk was outstanding! She also helped us create a short, snappy video with really useful information for our staff to take away. It has been such a pleasure working with Jolene.”
"Thank you Jolene- probably the most inspirational and powerful presentation I have heard."
"Thank you for empowering us as teachers, sharing your knowledge, challenges and achievements so openly and positively. My practice and our team will be forever changed thanks to your talk today. I can’t wait to get back with our beautiful tamariki with the learning to improve my practice and grow as a teacher!
You are amazing! Thank you!"