Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion – Redefining Autism

Join Maisie Soetantyo, founder and principal of Autism Career Pathways, in her discussion with Thomas Houck of Thomson Reuters as she redefines the concept of meaningful employment for neurodivergent coworkers and discusses how organizations can embrace an authentic inclusivity culture.  For more information, visit www.autismcareerpathways.org.

Featuring: Maisie Soetantyo, Founder & Principal, Autism Career Pathways

Hosted by: Thomas Houck, Thomson Reuters

Maisie Soetantyo is an openly autistic advocate and inclusivity trainer. In 2019, Maisie started the nonprofit Autism Career Pathways with a mission to increase hiring and long-term retention rates for autistic individuals seeking careers in all types of businesses. Maisie believes that autistic individuals can redefine meaningful employment as small business owners.


Maisie has been working with neurodivergent children, teens and adults since her undergraduate study at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991. She moved away from a behavioral approach because she realized that supporting each one of her client’s authenticity as an autistic individual needed to be the center of any therapeutic goals. Her role as a family coach is to foster a meaningful understanding and acceptance of an autism diagnosis as a unique pathway to self advocacy and a fulfilling life. She believes that every autistic person has a story to share with the world, and it is her passion to prepare the world to embrace and take part in his/her/their story.

Thomas Houck is a subject matter expert in regulatory compliance for insurance and financial services at Thomson Reuters, where he is currently celebrating his 25th anniversary of employment.  He’s a graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota and Georgetown Law in Washington, DC. He has worked for Thomson Reuters in virtually every region of the US and currently – and hopefully permanently – resides in San Diego, California.  He currently helps coordinate the activities of the AICP’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.