Tara Cunningham

  • Leading American Neurodiversity and Disability Inclusion Employment Specialist
  • Award-Winning Disability Advocate, Social Entrepreneur, and Ashoka Fellow
  • Founder and CEO of Beyond-Impact - an inaugural Member of the Valuable Business Disability Experts Directory
  • Co-Founder, Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship - NYU School of Law



Tara Cunningham is one of America, the UK, and Ireland's best known neurodiversity and disability diversity, equity, inclusion, and access employment specialists. As CEO of Beyond-Impact, an inaugural member of the Valuable Business Disability Experts Directory, Tara's work focuses on inclusion for all disenfranchised communities. Tara started autism@work and neurodiversity@work programs with Bloomberg, Salesforce, Goldman Sachs, TDBank, Deloitte, PwC, P&G, IPG Mediabrands / Kinesso, BNY Mellon, Boeing, and MITRE.

While living in Ireland for 16 years, Tara was named one of the "Top 100 Irish Americans" and "Social Entrepreneur of the Year." Ireland's Prime Minister, An Taoiseach Brian Cowen, appointed Tara to the National Disability Authority, where she promoted disability inclusion policies and laws. She represented Ireland in the European Commission for Healthcare Innovation and was an Irish Representative for disability inclusion at the White House.

As the Executive Director of the Grunin Foundation, she used her position as a globally recognized social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow to Co-Found the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Law, where she remains on the Advisory Board.

Tara is a contributing author to the recently published academic book Generation A. She completed her master's dissertation on "Successes and Failures in Social Movements: Lessons from Irish LGBTQ and Disability Communities,"  which focused on the parallels between the Irish LGBTQ+ and disability communities.

Tara has keynoted, moderated, and spoken on panels worldwide, including Moderator at the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day.

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Tara Cunningham
  • Harkin Inclusion Summit
  • United Nations
  • N.J. Conference on Disability and Employment
  • Kennedy Krieger
  • Autism@Work
  • Academy of Management
  • ASD Nest Support Project
  • Sustainatopia
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Actionable Insights for Disability and Neurodiversity Inclusion in the Workplace

In this informative and inspiring panel, individuals and organizations will learn how workplaces can shift to a more inclusive culture, the compelling business case for expanding inclusion, and the significant benefits of a neurodynamic workplace culture for all people. ...

In this informative and inspiring panel, individuals and organizations will learn how workplaces can shift to a more inclusive culture, the compelling business case for expanding inclusion, and the significant benefits of a neurodynamic workplace culture for all people.

How to Win the War for Talent: Employing Neurodiverse People & People with Disabilities

As competition increases for top talent at organizations and companies of all kinds, individuals and groups can increase not only productivity but also employee satisfaction by recruiting neurodiverse and disabled employees. In this high-impact panel, organizations will tackle how to create a more n ...

As competition increases for top talent at organizations and companies of all kinds, individuals and groups can increase not only productivity but also employee satisfaction by recruiting neurodiverse and disabled employees. In this high-impact panel, organizations will tackle how to create a more neurodynamic culture for true inclusion.

Hidden Disabilities, Hidden Opportunities

In this informative and impactful panel, audiences will be inspired and informed about how to recruit and welcome neurodynamic individuals for stronger teams, companies, and workplace cultures. ...

In this informative and impactful panel, audiences will be inspired and informed about how to recruit and welcome neurodynamic individuals for stronger teams, companies, and workplace cultures.

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Tara Cunningham is one of America, the UK, and Ireland's best known neurodiversity and disability diversity, equity, inclusion, and access employment specialists. As CEO of Beyond-Impact, an inaugural member of the Valuable Business Disability Experts Directory, Tara's work focuses on inclusion for all disenfranchised communities. Tara started autism@work and neurodiversity@work programs with Bloomberg, Salesforce, Goldman Sachs, TDBank, Deloitte, PwC, P&G, IPG Mediabrands / Kinesso, BNY Mellon, Boeing, and MITRE.

While living in Ireland for 16 years, Tara was named one of the "Top 100 Irish Americans" and "Social Entrepreneur of the Year." Ireland's Prime Minister, An Taoiseach Brian Cowen, appointed Tara to the National Disability Authority, where she promoted disability inclusion policies and laws. She represented Ireland in the European Commission for Healthcare Innovation and was an Irish Representative for disability inclusion at the White House.

As the Executive Director of the Grunin Foundation, she used her position as a globally recognized social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow to Co-Found the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Law, where she remains on the Advisory Board.

Tara is a contributing author to the recently published academic book Generation A. She completed her master's dissertation on "Successes and Failures in Social Movements: Lessons from Irish LGBTQ and Disability Communities,"  which focused on the parallels between the Irish LGBTQ+ and disability communities.

Tara has keynoted, moderated, and spoken on panels worldwide, including Moderator at the United Nations "World Autism Awareness Day.