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Speaking topics

Our Founder, Ellen Cole, is available for public speaking and training events on

  • Dyslexia in the Workplace (public speaking)
  • How to create accessible social media content (training event)

Ellen can be booked for online, or in-person across Yorkshire and further afield.

To speak to Ellen about a public speaking engagement or training event, get in touch by clicking here.

Dyslexia in the Workplace

Having been diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 22, Ellen discovered there was next to no support available for newly diagnosed adults. But refusing to give up, she approached a tutor who specialised in teaching dyslexic individuals. However, she was told that she was “a lost cause”.

These words stuck with Ellen for many years, knocking her confidence. After going self-employed for her own sanity in 2016, Ellen is now armed with several award-winning titles. Subsequently, she has built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading professionals in independent food, drink and charity marketing. Ellen is one of Business Insider‘s top ten female social media professionals in the UK.

Despite her successes, Ellen is not alone with her experiences in the workplace. Having compiled over ten years’ worth of surveys, Ellen found that entrepreneurship amongst dyslexic professionals in the UK has grown by nearly 140%. Meanwhile, the number of dyslexic professionals in employment has decreased by nearly 65%.

So, why are more dyslexic professionals choosing self-employment over employment? And what can businesses do to attract and retain dyslexic talent, who are highly sought after by companies such as NASA, Google and the GCHQ?

Join Ellen for her talk on Dyslexia in the Workplace as she delves further into her story. Reflecting on past, present and future research, she will debunk a few dyslexic myths and share how businesses can create a positive and inclusive workplace for dyslexic talent.

How to create accessible social media content

The 2010 Equality Act states that providers of services need to take steps to make their communications accessible, including on social media.

Evidence currently available shows that over 80% of disabled people and those with learning differences cannot easily access organisations’ social media channels. Many cite that accessibility is possible, however, the content needs to be modified.

During this event, Ellen will help you to better understand:

  • what social media accessibility is
  • the impact that inaccessibility can have on your organisation
  • the challenges users face on your social media channels
  • how to improve social media accessibility

This talk and training event is ideal for organisations that genuinely want to create better accessibility in their on and offline communications. 

Upcoming talks

Wednesday 27 April: How to create accessible social media content (private event)

Monday 16 May: Dyslexia in the Workplace (private event)

Wednesday 18 May: Dyslexia in the Workplace (private event)

Wednesday 1 June: Dyslexia in the Workplace (private event – morning)

Wednesday 1 June: Learning Differences in the Workplace (private event – afternoon)

Wednesday 22 June: Learning Differences in the Workplace (private event)

Wednesday 13 July: Learning Differences in the Workplace (private event)

Wednesday 20 July: How to create accessible social media content (private event)

Friday 9 September: Learning Differences in the Workplace (private event)


“Ellen presented on dyslexia for one of our ‘lunch & learn’ sessions. Her presentation was clear and concise. She communicated facts about the subject matter and added her own lived-in experiences which brought the topic of dyslexia to life. 

Ellen came across as a seasoned speaker and the feedback received from staff was extremely positive citing her presentation as ‘valuable, solution focused and sincere’.

I would engage Ellen again without hesitation and highly recommend her as a subject matter expert on dyslexia.”

Federation of Small Businesses