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Speaking topics

Our Founder, Ellen Cole, is available to discuss

  • Dyslexia in the Workplace
  • Accessible social media content 

Ellen can be booked for online, or in-person events.

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

Future Talks

Ellen is currently working on the following new talks:

  • Autistic and ADHD Women in the Workplace
  • Irlen Syndrome in the Workplace

To express your organisation’s interest in any of the above future courses, get in touch by clicking here.

Dyslexia in the Workplace (public speaking engagement)

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. To read the Business Insider article, click here.

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.

Upcoming events:

Friday 26 April: Dyslexia in the Workplace (private event)

Tuesday 7 May: Dyslexia in the Workplace (private event)

Friday 17 May: Dyslexia in the Workplace (private event)

Monday 10 June: Dyslexia in the Workplace (private event)


“Ellen presented on dyslexia for one of our ‘lunch & learn’ sessions. Here presentation was clear and concise. She communicated facts about the subject matter and added her own lived-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

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

Upcoming events:

Monday 22 April: Accessible social media content (private event)

Friday 26 April: Accessible social media content (private event) 

Wednesday 5 May: Accessible social media content (private event)

Friday 17 May: Accessible social media content (private event)

Monday 17 June: Accessible social media content (private event)

Wednesday 24 July: Accessible social media content (private event)


“Ellen is not only extremely knowledgeable in content and accessibility best practices but is also a truly engaging speaker.

I came away from her talk knowing more about the issues people face every day and how as businesses, and as an industry, we can be doing more to help make the web more inclusive for everyone.

Ellen made sure to back her points up with statistics and references, as well as bringing it to life through real-life video and audio examples and provided brilliant tips on how to align social media posts and content with accessibility best practices. I came away with some great takeaways to implement straight away and look forward to seeing them in action. Thank you, Ellen, and great work!”

Imogen from Verkeer Digital 


“Ellen spoke clearly and distinctly about the importance of creating accessible content. She presented the subject in a way that was easy to understand no matter your specialism in the industry. Her passion and determination to ensure this subject remains a topic of discussion and becomes understood is evident, and she touched upon some major issues backed up with stats and data.

Not only have I taken lots of tips away from her talk to implement myself, both professional and personally, but so have some members of my wider team after reporting back. No matter your craft, this talk provided ways that we can all work toward creating more accessible content for our audiences.”

Georgia from Reprise Digital