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First impressions can take only 6 seconds to make! But if you’re neurodivergent, those quick judgments about you can be misleading.

That’s where the Beyond 6 Seconds podcast comes in! Join me, Carolyn Kiel, as I talk with neurodivergent entrepreneurs, creators, advocates & more about their lives and identities. Their stories shatter misconceptions, break stigma and showcase the vibrance of neurodiversity.

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Jun 27, 2022

Jennifer Opal is a DevOps Engineer with the HelloSign Team at Dropbox, a multi-award winning neurodiversity & inclusion advocate, blogger & keynote speaker. She also has dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD. Jennifer has worked with clients such as Bloomberg, Google and HackAJob, providing insight on being a neurodivergent queer Black woman engineer in tech, in the hopes of educating & inspiring others.

During this episode, you will hear Jennifer talk about:

  • How she got diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD as a university student
  • What inspired her to get into coding and tech as a career
  • The challenges she’s faced as a neurodivergent employee, and as the only Black person at one of her first tech jobs
  • The importance of inclusive work environments
  • How she shares her story and tech career journey to educate and inspire others

To find out more about Jennifer and her work, you can follow her on LinkedIn, Twitter, and TikTok. You can also find her on


This episode features a promo for All About Change hosted by Jay Ruderman. All About Change is a podcast about people who have leveraged the hardship they faced to better the lives of others. For your dose of hope and inspiration, check out All About Change on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.


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