Áine Maher is an Associate Diversity & Inclusion Consultant based in Dublin, Ireland. Specialising in emotional inclusion and neurodiversity, Áine uses her expertise in neuroscience to enhance her clientele’s learning experience.
With a BSc in Psychology from Dublin City University, she began her career in neuropsychology as a technician in a start-up. Áine worked with clientele from the clinical population as well as peak performers, working through a program focused on training the brain to encourage behavioural change.
She then made the jump to the corporate world by joining the People Operations EMEA Team at Facebook. While focusing on the employee experience in her HR Specialist role, Áine got involved in company culture through the Employee Resource Group (ERG) communities, in particular the Differently Abled ERG. With mental health and neurodiversity as two of the group’s core pillars, Áine joined the Differently Abled ERG committee to engage with these topics in a corporate setting. She decided to follow her passion and further her qualifications with a part time masters, and will be graduating with a MSc in the Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health from King’s College London with a first class honour in August.
ERGs introduced Áine to a new lens to look at mental health through, focusing on diversity of thought and emotional inclusion. She became Co-Lead of the Differently Abled ERG committee for Ireland, as well as a frequent session facilitator and panel member for ERG events. With her main objective as the destigmatizing mental health and neurodivergence, she encouraged education, vulnerability and openness with the aim of growing allyship in the employee community. It was during this work she was introduced to the New Inclusion team, who inspired her to begin her consultancy career.