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Jeff Miller and Shawn Fry are both dads who’s mission is to change lives. As a parent of a child with Autism, Jeff has created Potentia workforce to help individuals such as his son find the right job when he is looking. With over 85% of neurodivese individuals being underemployed in the US, Potentia works with to help expand a organization’s neurodiversity programs. At 42, Shawn was diagnosed with autism. He sold his first business business to VC two years ago and helped launch Potentia. During COVID, Shawn and the team at Potentia created the Potentia Health Registry to open schools.

Jeff Miller has spent more than two decades in leadership roles in the human capital industry. He was president of a $350m recruitment firm, Cenergy Partners, which provided over 2,000 engineers and field workers to industries including energy, aerospace, manufacturing and technology. Jeff had full responsibility for day-to-day operations of this international firm, reporting to the board of directors, and successfully completed four acquisitions during his tenure.

Earlier in his career, Jeff was division president for Exxova, an Atlantabased technology consultancy where he built and led the firm’s largest division in providing innovative solutions to the healthcare industry.

Jeff was also a Sr. Vice president for KBR, an $88 EPC where he built and ran the firm’s fastest growing division. He also served as Vice President, Americas for NES, a global recruitment firm, where he built and led an international team responsible for record-setting results. Jeff has launched and led organizations, divisions and teams in the 20 largest markets in North America, as well as in Europe, Asia and Australia.

A native of the Boston area, Jeff remains a loyal Red Sox fan and highly limited former athlete. He lives in the Houston area with his wife Samantha, and son Charlie – an awesomely cool teenager on the autism spectrum.

Shawn Fry, became a successful executive and entrepreneur after being diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 42. He found success in his professional career only after he was afforded the opportunity as the CIO of several hospital systems to exercise a great deal of autonomy in his role.

Shawn’s propensity for detail, hard questions and divergent solutions produced millions in both new revenue opportunity and cost savings for his employer. His innovative approach to the complexity of healthcare data laid the foundation for his entrepreneurial healthcare technology firms centered around analytics, revenue cycle and clinical informatics. Through these ventures, he left corporate America behind, hired nearly 150 employees and created his own “neurodiverse workplace culture”.

Shawn found that by cultivating an environment dependent upon open, honest dialogue, clear communication and vulnerability, the workplace culture was more supportive and accommodating to everyone’s needs. People were happier, more productive and turnover rates were 0% after nearly 15 years. Shawn is a holder of multiple technology patents which he utilized to create dozens of healthcare analytics platforms. He remains a well-respected speaker and author on critical healthcare issues.

Shawn sold his company to private equity in 2019 and has dedicated the rest of his life to embracing neurodiversity and the powers it unlocks through thought leadership, personal security and self esteem in one’s uniqueness.

During our conversation, Jeff and Shawn talked about:

– Some background about Potentia, how they met and how they help the neurodiverse community
– Some of their memories growing up
– If they had any mentors when they were growing up
– Memories of when they first became a father
– How there role as a father changed over the years
– That if the traditions that they learned from their father been passed on to their kids
– If today’s young fathers have it more difficult than when they were young fathers
– A tough moment being a father and why was it hard
– The pandemic’s impact on their role as a father
– The three happiest moments in their life so far
– The greatest thing about being a father
– Their message for fathers

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