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Picture of Ellen Cole a public speaker on dyslexia topics

Having been diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 22, Ellen quickly discovered there was next to no support readily available for newly diagnosed adults. Feeling undeterred, she sought help by approaching a tutor who specialised in teaching dyslexic individuals only to be told that she could not be helped as she was now “a lost cause”.

These words stuck with Ellen for many years which debilitated her confidence and self-esteem and resulted in her being severely ridiculed in the workplace for having a learning difference.

Going self-employed for her own sanity in 2016, Ellen is now armed with several award-winning titles, has built a reputation as one of the leading professionals in independent food, drink and charity marketing. More recently, she was recognised by Business Insider as one of the top 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, her research shows that entrepreneurship amongst dyslexic professionals in the UK has grown by nearly 140% whilst employment amongst UK dyslexic professionals 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 on her talk on Dyslexia in the Workplace as she delves further into her story; past, present and future research, debunks a few dyslexic myths as well as shares information on how businesses can create a positive, friendly and inclusive workplace for dyslexic talent.

Reach out to Ellen to discuss her speaking at your group, event or conference.

Speaking topics

Currently, Ellen only speaks about dyslexia in the workplace and what businesses can do to nurture a better and more positive environment for dyslexic talent.