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Jolene Stockman Autistic Advocate + Leadership Developer + Author

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"The Call for Neurodiversity" - Understanding Autism

Ultra-enthusiastic TEDx speaker and multi-award winning author, Jolene Stockman, gives us a rare view into the world of Autism. Diagnosed as an adult, Jolene has achieved things that this so-called invisible disability has deemed impossible. A Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Jolene is revolutionizing perceptions and encouraging respect for human neurological variation.

 “I tell the world that being wired-up differently is not only okay, it’s maybe even amazing!”

- Jolene Stockman

"The Māori word for Autism – takiwātanga means in his or her own time and space."

Jolene Stockman is an author, speaker, and New Zealand Māori (tangata whenua o Aotearoa). She is also Autistic. Without knowing it, she has achieved things that this so-called invisible disability considers challenging at best, impossible at worst. She is one of the youngest in the world to achieve the Distinguished Toastmaster award for public speaking and leadership.

In 2018, Jolene made the courageous decision to go public with her diagnosis. She delivered a TEDx Talk that resulted in nationwide interest and exposure. Jolene is excited to speak to audiences in health, education, and childcare to break myths and stereotypes around Autism, and to share what Autistics already know: we have challenges, but many of our strengths are actually superpowers.

“When my lack of confidence threatened my dreams, I took action and changed my life! I know what it takes to think big, jump in, and create a dream world. Now I want to help you do it, too!”

“Jolene is a Trustee on the board of innovative New Zealand not-for-profit, Autism Connex, and an Advisor for national organisation Altogether Autism. She is proud to continue to raise understanding, and more importantly, optimism around Autism.”

She is also a Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming, which is the study of communication and human behaviour, meaning how we interpret language to design our lives.

“I love learning about how brain works and how we can use it to make our world more fun and effective! It’s a journey. Getting the diagnosis, learning the traits, adjusting to the new world. But it’s beautiful. It connects you to who you really are. Don’t go looking for the ways that being Autistic makes you wrong or different, go looking to understand more about who you are and what works for you in the world!”

Feeling deeply responsible to make a difference for the little ones who follow after her, she works tirelessly to dispel misconceptions and to shine a light on a new way of seeing an Autism diagnosis. Her goals are to, acknowledge and accept Autism as an opportunity rather than a weakness, show children that it is okay to feel good about yourself, create positivity for parents of newly diagnosed children, and join the call for neurodiversity.

“I’m Jolene, a fast-talking film fan that loves fizzy drinks and shiny things. I was the shy kid. I couldn’t speak but I read a lot, and plotted my world take over by torchlight.”

  • Rewrite Normal: How to be Normal and Why Not to Be

    Jolene Stockman was always the weirdest person in the room. She still is – but now she knows why. Diagnosed with Autism as an adult, Jolene was invited to re-evaluate her life with new eyes. Her presentation explores her experience of Autism, both before and after diagnosis. Jolene's story resonates with anyone looking for a place to belong, and reminds us that ultimately, our existence rewrites normal.

    Jolene will deliver:

    • How she hid her Autism to pass for 'normal.'
    • The advantages and challenges of being diagnosed.
    • Neuro-diversity: The new normal.

    Brain Candy: Inclusivity in the Workplace and the World

    Freckles? ADHD? Blonde? Gifted? Humans are as diverse in brain function as appearance. Neuro-diversity is like running on “Windows,” while everyone else is on “Mac.” When we appreciate the differences, we open doors to greater understanding and inclusion. Let’s learn some new “operating systems!” 

    Since her adult diagnosis, Jolene has been telling her story to increase understanding and optimism around Autism. Because it’s more than a spectrum; it’s a kaleidoscope, a buffet of brain candy that’s changing the world.

    Jolene will deliver:

    • The facts and myths around Autism.
    • The realities of being Autistic in a professional role.
    • How we can support neurodiversity in the workplace and the world.

    Autistic World Domination: How to Thrive in a World Designed for Average

    For autistics finding their place, and loved ones supporting the process; this presentation will light the way and empower listeners to thrive with tips and tricks for Autistic world domination. She will speak to her lived experience and share concepts from her award-winning book for young adults, ‘Total Blueprint for World Domination.’

    Jolene will deliver:

    • Her journey from selective mutism to public speaker.
    • The ways her Autistic traits boosted her success.
    • Design and dominate the world based on your strengths.
  • What People are Saying About Jolene Stockman!

    “Jolene delivers fast-paced presentations filled with action steps and 'lightbulb' moments! Her refreshing perspective will change the way you live and work. We love her energy and passion!” Gaylene Findlay - Advisory Principal, BDO New Zealand

    “Jolene kept the energy high and wow’d the audience with an emotional and thought-provoking presentation. Her exceptional content and stunning delivery knocked our socks off!” Eve Kawana-Brown - Business Development Manager, Venture Taranaki

    “A speaker that thrills the audience, Jolene immerses everyone into the Universe created by her story. You will laugh, cry, feel exhausted and uplifted. You will never be the same.” O. Williams

    “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.”   Anonymous

    "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. You are amazing! Thank you!" Anonymous      

    “The book is easy to read, very enjoyable and leaves you feeling good. Forget about the over-priced "big names" if you are looking for a book to change your outlook on life and give Jolene Stockman a chance to make a change in your life - no matter how old or young you are.” – Reader’s Favorite

    “Jolene Stockman is full of encouragement and motivation and her energy leaps off of the pages.” – Everything About Books

    "If you are serious about living your dreams, read this book to change your life. I loved it!" The Rebecca Review

    "Smart, funny, and truly inspirational, Total Blueprint for World Domination is a self-help book that can win the hearts of individuals who wish to live their life to the fullest." The Examiner

    "This book blew me away with the inspiring message. It's enticing, sweet, and brilliant." Catch the Lune Book Reviews

    "It's a beautifully told story that you'll still be thinking about long after you finish reading it." A Pocket Full of Books

  • Awards

    • 2020 Folio Award Winner: Best Column/Blog for an Association/Nonprofit.
    • 2016 Emerging Business Excellence Award – Taranaki Chamber of Commerce
    • 2013 Five Star Readers Favorite
    • 2012 Five Star Readers Favorite
    • 2011 Flamingnet Top Choice Award
    • 2006 US Digital Video Award Best Educational Video
    • 2005 Nominee: NZ Hospitality Standards Institute’s Innovative Resource
  • Clients

    • Autism Connex, New Zealand
    • TEDx, New Zealand                 
    • European Autism Congress, Budapest
    • Thriving with Autism Conference Singapore
    • Educare, New Zealand
    • BDO NZ, New Zealand
    • Govett Quilliam, New Zealand
    • Venture Taranaki, New Zealand
    • Franchise Association of New Zealand
    • Altogether Autism, New Zealand              
    • Civil Aviation Authority, New Zealand
    • Women Beyond Ordinary, New Zealand

"The Māori word for Autism – takiwātanga means in his or her own time and space."

Jolene Stockman is an author, speaker, and New Zealand Māori (tangata whenua o Aotearoa). She is also Autistic. Without knowing it, she has achieved things that this so-called invisible disability considers challenging at best, impossible at worst. She is one of the youngest in the world to achieve the Distinguished Toastmaster award for public speaking and leadership.

In 2018, Jolene made the courageous decision to go public with her diagnosis. She delivered a TEDx Talk that resulted in nationwide interest and exposure. Jolene is excited to speak to audiences in health, education, and childcare to break myths and stereotypes around Autism, and to share what Autistics already know: we have challenges, but many of our strengths are actually superpowers.

“When my lack of confidence threatened my dreams, I took action and changed my life! I know what it takes to think big, jump in, and create a dream world. Now I want to help you do it, too!”

“Jolene is a Trustee on the board of innovative New Zealand not-for-profit, Autism Connex, and an Advisor for national organisation Altogether Autism. She is proud to continue to raise understanding, and more importantly, optimism around Autism.”

She is also a Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming, which is the study of communication and human behaviour, meaning how we interpret language to design our lives.

“I love learning about how brain works and how we can use it to make our world more fun and effective! It’s a journey. Getting the diagnosis, learning the traits, adjusting to the new world. But it’s beautiful. It connects you to who you really are. Don’t go looking for the ways that being Autistic makes you wrong or different, go looking to understand more about who you are and what works for you in the world!”

Feeling deeply responsible to make a difference for the little ones who follow after her, she works tirelessly to dispel misconceptions and to shine a light on a new way of seeing an Autism diagnosis. Her goals are to, acknowledge and accept Autism as an opportunity rather than a weakness, show children that it is okay to feel good about yourself, create positivity for parents of newly diagnosed children, and join the call for neurodiversity.

“I’m Jolene, a fast-talking film fan that loves fizzy drinks and shiny things. I was the shy kid. I couldn’t speak but I read a lot, and plotted my world take over by torchlight.”

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Language: English

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