Diversity of Thought and Dyslexia at Work

Event date/time: Wed, 24 May 2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST
Method: Zoom

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Dyslexia is a neurobiological learning disability that can make it difficult to recognise words, make sense of numbers, or spell accurately. Dyslexia does not have a cure, but simple tools can help people with dyslexia to be more successful in all areas of life.

According to the Australian Dyslexia Association, around 10% of the Australian population are dyslexic – that means 1 in 10 of your colleagues may be affected and may require accommodations in the workplace.

In recent years, there has been an increasing awareness of the challenges faced by people with dyslexia in the workplace, and many companies are taking steps to create more inclusive environments. With that in mind, it’s important to know what dyslexia is, what it is not, and how you can help employees with dyslexia to do their best work.

We invite you to join us on Wednesday 24 May 2023 at 11 am for our webinar, as we discuss:-


Shae Wissell – Principal Coach and Consultant – re:think dyslexia

Shae Wissell is a respected dyslexic leader, researcher and award-winning advocate for adults with dyslexia, with a background in speech pathology, and a Master of Public Health and Health Administration. A seasoned entrepreneur Shae has extensive experience in health, not-for-profit and social enterprise industries using her business acumen to create successful ventures.

As a doctoral candidate at La Trobe University’s School of Psychology and Public Health, Shae’s research centres on the lived experiences of adults with dyslexia in Australia. Her work explores the social inequalities faced by young people and adults with dyslexia and has published her research locally and internationally.

Shae is accomplished workplace advisory offering consulting and learning and development programs that provide invaluable guidance to businesses seeking to create more inclusive workplaces. Her expertise in dyslexia and other learning differences has been instrumental in shaping workplace policies and training programs that foster greater diversity, equity, and inclusion. Helping organisations unlock the full potential of their neurodiverse employees. Through her innovative approaches to dyslexia advocacy and education, Shae is creating a brighter future for individuals with dyslexia, while helping businesses thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Sally Close – Business and Leadership Improvement (OD) Consultant – Acronem Consulting Australia

Sally is an accomplished business leader and Organisational Development consultant with experience leading teams and developing leaders. Sally’s career spans public, private and non-profit organisations. In 2018, she left her corporate career armed with 20+ years of leadership experience to apply her business improvement prowess to her own consultancy – helping clients with organisational development, culture and change.

Sally is a parent of a dyslexic child and has a deep understanding of the challenges and benefits learning differences can create within the workplace. Sally imparts knowledge of learning differences and thinking preferences in safe learning environments. Facilitating growth mindset and diversity of thought to enable creative solutions to complex problems and effective change. Learning transfer is supported through the practical application of new skills via the implementation of business improvement projects. Sally works with companies who believe “our people are our biggest asset” and value investing in their people to bring strategic business plans to life.

Katrina North – Chief Inclusion Officer – Inclusion by Design | Inclusion, Diversity and Belonging Leader – Avanade

Katrina is MBA qualified with a background in General Management and HR that has helped shape her career in DEI.

Katrina set up her own business in 2018, Inclusion by Design, where she specialised in governance and strategy development to help companies create deliberately inclusive environments. With an evidence-based approach incorporating design thinking, Katrina mixes great intent with impact. Katrina has worked with the likes of EY, Queensland Law Society, NIB Health Fund, and was recently lured back to the corporate world joining Avanade as their Inclusion, Diversity and Belonging Leader in Growth  Markets.

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