Neil Barnett


Director of Inclusive Hiring, Microsoft

Since the announcement at World Autism Day in 2015, Neil Barnett has been responsible for the program design and development of the Microsoft Autism Hiring Program. He is the leader of the inclusive hiring strategy for people with disabilities across Microsoft.

Neil is responsible for conducting hiring academies for the program and enabling corporate accessibility training for hiring managers and teams. Neil is also responsible for the strategy and operational performance of Microsoft’s consumer and enterprise Disability Answer Desk that provides specialist customer support to people with disabilities.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Neil worked at a startup in San Francisco and also for Avis Rent Car. He is a graduate from Georgia Tech and is an avid tennis player. 


  Podcasts on ITSP Radio

Neil Barnett, Microsoft and Marian Merritt, NICE Shatter the Myths around Cybersecurity and Autism

Neil Barnett, Director of Inclusive Hiring at Microsoft, and Marian Merritt, Lead for Industry Engagement at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, chat with ITSPmagazine’s Selena Templeton for the Diverse IT podcast about cybersecurity and autism. Tune in to hear about Microsoft’s Autism Hiring Program and their inclusive, non-traditional interview process for autistic job candidates, which skills make autistic people ideal for certain jobs in IT or cybersecurity, and what to expect in the October 18th NICE webinar on cybersecurity and autism.