Neurodiversity in Action
- When: April 29, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
- Where: eTOWN HALL / 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
- Cost: $100 || $250 (Plus Applicable Service Fees)
The Temple Grandin School is excited to present our Fourth Annual Meeting of the Minds in Boulder. Continuing with our exploration of neurodiversity, this year’s panelists will delve into “Neurodiversity in Action.” Along with Dr. Temple Grandin, thought leaders Danny Combs, Tiffany Fixter and Bryn Fosburgh will share how their Front Range organizations are making a real difference in the lives of their neurodiverse employees – and how those employees are impacting local communities through their service. Join us for an insightful evening as we cultivate and celebrate the contributions of all kinds of minds.
Doors open at 5:30pm – Join us before the panel for a silent auction, beer, wine and appetizers from Frasca Food & Wine. The silent auction will remain open after the program for final bidding. You must be present to win. VIP tickets include refreshments, a private reception with all four guest speakers and reserved seating in the hall.
The world knows Temple Grandin as the face of autism. Her accomplishments as a speaker, author and advocate earned her a place among TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2010. Her life story was detailed in the acclaimed HBO biopic, Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin continues to speak and write about autism, most recently in her book Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor. Dr. Grandin has been professor of animal science at Colorado State for over 20 years and has made enormous contributions to the livestock industry. Her insights into animal behavior shaped innovative approaches to livestock handling that have become the industry standard.
Bryn A. Fosburgh,
Senior Vice President
Bryn Fosburgh has spent the last 34+ years in the surveying, engineering, and construction industries. Throughout his career, Mr. Fosburgh has been involved in the conceptualizing and development of innovative solutions. He joined Trimble in 1994, and currently serves as senior vice president with profit and loss (P&L) responsibility for Trimble's joint venture businesses, government sales, construction OEM, and key customer relationships. He is an avid supporter of Project Spectrum, an outreach program (with a focus on SketchUp software) that includes skills development and job creation, with Trimble and other employers, for young adults on the autism spectrum. During his career at Trimble, Mr. Fosburgh has held a number of vice president and general manager roles with direct P&L responsibility across the surveying, construction, transportation and logistics, and agricultural groups. He was an active founding architect of Trimble's Civil Engineering, Buildings, and Transportation and Logistics industry segments and the founding member of Trimble's Caterpillar, Hilti, and Nikon join ventures. Mr. Fosburgh received a Master’s of Science from Purdue University in 1989 and a Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin - Green Bay in 1985.
Tiffany Fixter is an educator-turned-entrepreneur who is passionate about creating life-changing careers for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Tiffany has spent her life balancing business with helping others in the community as a volunteer, working with Special Olympics and other philanthropy as part of her sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha, and doing at home therapy with children with autism (under a BCBA therapist). Tiffany has a BS in Special Education and Elementary Education from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master’s in Education from the University of Kansas in Special Education, with an emphasis on Autism Spectrum Disorders. She was a teacher for 11 years in the inner-city Kansas City Missouri Schools. After moving to Denver, her work as a day program director made her realize the employment crisis that many adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) face. She launched Brewability Lab in 2016, employing adults with I/DD to brew and serve beer. She followed this with Pizzability in 2018, a turn-key pizzeria also employing adults with I/DD. With the assistance of Rocky Mountain Human Services Mill Levy funding, Pizzability creates a workspace with research-based support that includes many features that make it inviting to people of all abilities. Both businesses are in Denver, Colorado.
Founder and CEO
Danny is a fourth-generation woodworker and mechanical tinkerer who grew up building and making things with his family. However, he decided to follow his own path and went to Nashville to play music. He was extremely fortunate to have a vibrant career working with various platinum album-selling Grammy and Oscar-winning recording artists. After 10 years in the music industry he began to cultivate his passion for education. He left the music industry to start teaching private lessons and run the music program at an inner-city high school in Nashville, TN. He was granted several awards in teaching, including a Grammy Enterprise Award for the program he designed in the Nashville schools, became a published educational author, arranger and songwriter. Danny has a Master’s Degree in Education, is a Board Certified Cognitive Specialist, a Certified Autism Specialist and a classic car junkie. He has two incredible children, Dylan and Ellie. When his son Dylan was diagnosed with Autism he pulled from his family legacy and put together T.A.C.T. (Teaching the Autism Community Trades - buildwithtact.org).
ABOUT OUR MODERATOR
Jason is the chair of the Temple Grandin School Board of Directors, and one of his two children is a student entering his fourth year at TGS. Professionally, Jason has practiced law for more than 16 years and serves as the General Counsel of Foundry Group, a Boulder-based venture capital firm that invests in technology companies throughout the U.S. and Canada.