Meet the TeamWe exist to build solutions with the neurodivergent community through asking, listening and being creative
Elizabeth Plouffe, Chief Minion
As an entrepreneur for the past 12 years, I’ve explored various business options and began Spero Careers Canada in 2018 as a way to build solutions to solve the autism unemployment crisis.
My son was diagnosed at 7 years old and is now a successful college student working towards a career in welding and fabrication. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the autism community through the Autism Job Club, CASDA, MentorAbility Ontario and membership in organizations such as CASE and CERIC.
I believe that being weird is a positive thing. I love Marvel movies, musicals and singing when it best embarrasses my kids. My husband is harder to rattle after 30 years 😉 I’m an avid baker, reader, gardener and collector of action figures.
Paulette Goddard, Chief Ausome
Paulette, through her business Calm Spectrum Consulting, has supported individuals with Autism in gaining employment, job coaching and skills needed to move forward in life: independent living skills, college skills, anxiety management.
She has supported individuals with autism as a coach and consultant for over 30 years.
Jason Little, Chief Product Nerd
I started my career in IT and while studying electronic engineering at DeVry during the day, I worked midnights programming placement machines that placed components on circuit boards. From there, I moved into call centre and desktop support where I started developing website using MS Access, Cold Fusion, and Classic ASP (Active Server Pages). My first major project was replacing binders full of call centre routing information with a web app.
In 1999 I fell victim to the dot-com bubble when the company I was working for went under and I started my own web design and development company. Shortly after that, I became 1 of the 3 first members of a startup that built a platform for selling ringtones and images. There, I created midi ringtones, wallpaper images, and built a backend licensing and content tracking tool with classic ASP.
Jason Bean, Chief AdMan
Neurodiversity in Advanced Manufacturing
In North America alone, there are over 5 million adults with autism, yet 80% to 85% of them are severely underemployed or unemployed. This is a huge waste of valuable talent and skills that businesses need. Autistic employees are known for their strong orientation towards pattern recognition, attention to detail, analytical thinking, and high visualization skills. As an autistic individual with a successful career in advanced manufacturing for over 20 years, my goal is to help organizations understand the value of neurodivergent employees and create an opportunity for employment success.
Diana Hammond, Chief Number Expert
Partnering with executive leadership, I activate strong thought leadership and business acumen to manifest enterprise-wide outcomes. Whether I’m crunching the numbers or calming jitters during market downturns, my ultimate goal is to help everyone in the company be successful.
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