Lauren-Rochelle Fernandez

Lauren-Rochelle Fernandez

Founder of Mask Off and Consultant by Lived Experience, Mask Off

Lauren is an experienced Business Development Consultant within the hospitality industry. After receiving diagnoses for both Autism and ADHD at the age of 26, Lauren experienced an array of emotions, mental challenges and a growing need for appropriate support. Lauren found a lack of representation, inclusion and culturally appropriate support services available to her, post diagnosis. Two years later, she was wrongly detained and sectioned under the mental health act amidst the "Black Lives Matter" movement, at the height of a global pandemic, in 2020.
Lauren's experience consists of a lack of being understood, accepted and supported, along with continued prejudice and implicit bias endured daily, not just by Lauren, but by many others that look like or can relate to Lauren.