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Neurodiversity in the Workplace, Part II


Join Dr. Holmes as she interviews Clay M. Westbrook about Neurodiversity in the workplace. Dr. Holmes wrote the forward for Clay’s book, “Best Places To Work: An Autistic Adventure in Corporate America.” Clay talks about his journey with autism and his experience in the corporate workplace.

About Clay:
Clay M. Westbrook is a lifelong resident of the state of Georgia. He was born in Athens and attended the University of Georgia, earning a bachelor’s degree in History and a law degree, with honors, from the University of Georgia School of Law. After graduation, he moved to Atlanta with a carload of belongings, a Labrador Retriever, and dreams of wealth and success. After the real world swiftly crushed those dreams, he practiced law for many years, developing expertise in business law, corporate finance, and commercial real estate, while working with many of the most talented and/or insufferable attorneys this country has ever produced.

Clay and the practice of law parted ways for good in 2009. The breakup was amicable, with both Clay and the legal profession drastically improved as a result. He then spent many years in consulting, developing expertise in corporate finance, financial restructuring, and litigation and bankruptcy strategy consulting. In 2016, he wrote his first book, “Debt & Circuses: Protecting Business Owners From Their Enemies, Their Allies, and Themselves,” as both a memoir of his experiences as a consultant in the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, and a business-how-to guide for financially troubled businesses and their advisors.
Later that same year, he self-diagnosed then was professionally diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Shortly thereafter, he transitioned into a research director role with a global commercial real estate services company. In 2020, he published “Best Places To Work: An Autistic Adventure in Corporate America,” as a fictionalized memoir of his experience returning to the corporate world post-diagnosis.

Clay most enjoys helping people in complicated situations that require original thought, and working with talented professionals who wish to better serve their clients, with a focus on research, marketing, and information technology. When not writing or working, He enjoys history, sports, reading, and the outdoors. Ideally, he would hike in the mountains all day, and then stay in a nice hotel. Clay resides in Atlanta with his wife and two sons.
Clay recommends: Human: Finding myself in the Autism Spectrum, for those wanting to learn more about themselves or others on the spectrum.

Books written by Clay:
Best Places to Work: An Autistic’s Adventure in Corporate America
and Debt & Circuses: Protecting Business Owners From Their Enemies, Their Allies, and Themselves

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