Article and photo by Samuel Long | The Daily Tar Heel | March 30, 2022

“Extraordinary Ventures, a company with the goal of creating businesses employed by a neurodiverse workforce, hired Lisa Kaylie as their new executive director on March 1.

The organization has invested in multiple programs, including dog walking and laundry services, according to their website.

Before accepting the position, Kaylie said she served on the Extraordinary Ventures board for two years. She was motivated to get into local community activism after her first son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

‘We needed someone who had a business background, who understood how nonprofits work, who had connections in the community and who understood autism, said Kaylie, who graduated from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and has prior experience working for nonprofit organizations. ‘As we were talking, I started to realize I was probably that person’…

‘While Extraordinary Ventures will never grow big enough to fully employ the entire neurodiverse workforce, it can work to promote other businesses looking to hire diverse individuals,’ Kaylie said.”