K-3: Embracing Neurodiversity and Creativity: Dani Bowman’s Journey from Animation Aficionado to Social Entrepreneur

In this keynote speech, Dani Bowman, animator, educator, and entrepreneur, takes us on the remarkable journey that began at age three and led her to become the CEO of DaniMation.  From her beginnings as a passionate animator at age of 14 to her present role as an industry leader in diversity-led employment, Dani shares her experiences, challenges, and triumphs and reflects on her responsibility as a leader to inspire and mentor others on the autism spectrum.  She sheds light on the company’s commitment to social impact, emphasizing the positive influence that creative expression can have on the lives of neurodiverse individuals regardless of how they’ve been affected by their condition.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gain insight into the power of creativity and determination: Participants will understand the transformative power of creativity and determination in Dani Bowman’s journey from a young animator to the CEO of DaniMation. They will learn how passion and perseverance drive individuals to overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams.
  2. Understand the importance of embracing early passions: Attendees will learn the significance of recognizing and caregivers nurturing an individual’s early passions.  Through an exploration of Dani’s early passion for art and animation and how it profoundly influenced her future, participants and caregivers will find inspiration to delve into their own passions and discover potential career paths for both themselves and the individuals they support.
  3. Discover the impact of creativity on social change: Dani’s emphasis on the positive influence of creative expression will inspire participants to recognize the potential of art and animation as a means of bringing about social impact. They will learn about the role of artists and animators in shaping conversations and creating a better world through their work.
  4. Explore the significance of mentorship and support: Participants will understand the importance of mentorship and creating a supportive environment for young talents. Dani’s reflection on her role as a leader and mentor will inspire attendees to consider their responsibility in nurturing the next generation of artists and animators.

Financial: Honorarium presenter fee paid plus travel and conference admission. Gainfully employed under DaniMation.

Non-Financial: No non-financial disclosures



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