She will be responsible for supporting Aspiritech’s growth strategy, building relationships with clients, and expanding a remote training program to allow the organization to scale. May has spent her career transforming companies into digital leaders, most recently as EVP of Media & Chief Digital Officer of Winsight, LLC.
Evanston, Ill. — Aspiritech, one of the country’s largest employers of autistic individuals in technology, is announcing Tara May as its new CEO.
“Leading Aspiritech allows me to marry my strength in growing and scaling tech-driven businesses with my personal passion for embracing neurodiversity,” May said. “I am so honored to be joining this team.”
May succeeds Moshe and Brenda Weitzberg, who founded Aspiritech in 2008 and have grown the organization to employ more than 100 autistic team members. Aspiritech is a quality assurance, testing and data services company that aims to enrich the lives of autistic team members by providing meaningful employment coupled with social opportunity.
“Tara will be a wonderful leader for our team and do great things taking Aspiritech to its next stage,” Moshe and Brenda Weitzberg said. “Retiring is so much easier knowing the organization will be in such capable hands.”
Prior to joining Aspiritech, Tara was EVP of Media & Chief Digital Officer at Winsight as well as VP of Content and Product Strategy for Patch Media. She helped launch 900 hyperlocal sites for the AOL network as well as a digital reverse-published local news product for the Chicago Tribune. Tara’s career is focused on using technology and digital transformation to drive revenue. She’s overseen large and small teams with a focus on career development and leading with kindness. She resides in Lake County with her husband and children. Her youngest son is autistic and is enthusiastically preparing to start middle school!
With a client portfolio ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 clients, Aspiritech harnesses the unique strengths of autism such as attention-to-detail, focus and strong visual processing skills to provide manual and automated testing, hardware and software testing, and data integrity and migration services to renowned brands such as JPMorgan Chase, Abbvie and Bose.
The Aspiritech Board of Directors conducted an extensive search led by Noetic Executive Search to find the best possible candidates to lead Aspiritech into the future.
“Tara is an innovative thinker with incredible passion for Aspiritech’s mission,” Board President Ester Stein said. “She will take Aspiritech to the next level. We are so excited to have her join this amazing organization.”
Brenda and Moshe Weitzberg will be working closely with May in the coming months to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.
“We are so very grateful to Moshe and Brenda for all their selfless contributions to the autism community and all they have done to increase neurodiversity awareness,” Stein said.
Aspiritech makes it a priority to support the autistic team members in a variety of ways, including employment support specialists, quiet focus rooms in the office, noise-canceling headphones, flexibility in scheduling and more.
Through support from its generous donors, the organization also offers its Stepping Up and Out program to reduce isolation and build friendships, and an ACE Fund to support team members in financial need.
Aspiritech works in partnership with many other organizations celebrating neurodiversity, including the Neurodiversity @ Work Employer Roundtable, Neurowrx and the new Evanston-based Neurodiversity Hub.
The Weitzbergs and May will be present together at the ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. on April 24 to celebrate Aspiritech’s purchase of “A Home of Our Own” in Evanston.