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About Denise Brodey,
her book and

DENISE BRODEY is a Forbes senior contributor and the founder of the Boston-based boutique consulting firm, Rebel Talent, which creates impact reports and interactive workshop materials for Fortune 500 companies championing high-performing teams that embrace neurodiversity. Corporate clients include The Valuable 500, Salesforce, Barclay’s, Getty Images and Landmark College. Brodey pioneered the idea that change starts not at the top, but in the middle, through crucial conversations between managers and coworkers. She writes regularly about the business case for inclusion and draws on insights, trends, and research to make crucial conversations about neurodiversity at work both positive and productive.

Brodey began speaking publicly about her lived experience with anxiety and ADHD in women after 20 years in media, as a deputy editor at Glamour Magazine and general manager at USA TODAY. Her first book, The Elephant in the Playroom (Penguin), includes the stories of 41 families raising and caring for children with invisible illness and was named a Library Journal Best Book upon publication. She was named the 2023 Harrison Sylvester Awardee by the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s (LDAA) in January. Broad Futures, which connects neurodivergent adults to corporate internships, awarded her their 2021 Champions’ Award. For articles, recommendations and work samples visit


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