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Empowering girls and women with ADHD to thrive in society

Samantha Hiew

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Director, ADHD Girls | Neurodiversity Speaker, Consultant & Presenter | Empower Girls & Women with ADHD to Thrive in Society | Improve Neurodiversity

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5 out of 5 stars

"I collaborated with Sam at an event to mark International Women’s Day and I was highly impressed by her as were all the attendees. She is a consummate professional and a fantastic public speaker. Her knowledge and experience on ADHD and Neurodiversity is insightful and thought provoking. Her advocacy work empowering ADHD Girls & Women is an inspiration for many and she is a great role model for Neurodivergent women."

Leena Haque, Neurodiversity Programme Lead, BBC CAPE See all references

Why you should book Samantha Hiew for your next event

  • Samantha often speaks at virtual and LIVE events, challenging the perception of normal and is celebrated for her words that inspire hope and serve as catalysts for change and understanding.
  • She also runs workshops with actionable insights to create more neuroinclusive workplaces.
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Sam founded ADHD Girls in 2020 before her own ADHD diagnosis at 40, and identifying as an autistic, dyspraxic, and Touretter. She is passionate about reframing the medical labels given to neurodivergents, where we see each individual as more than their diagnosis, through intersectional lens of culture, class, race, and life stage as a parent.

Why you should book Samantha Hiew for your next event

  • Samantha often speaks at virtual and LIVE events, challenging the perception of normal and is celebrated for her words that inspire hope and serve as catalysts for change and understanding.
  • She also runs workshops with actionable insights to create more neuroinclusive workplaces.

Dr Samantha Hiew began her career as a cancer research scientist on her way to Harvard, until the education trauma from her undiagnosed neurodivergence set her on a very different path.

She became the only commercial model onset to have a PhD – her clients jokingly calls her Dr Sam. She would laugh along, but deep down, there was a growing existential anxiety from not knowing where she fit into, so she explored across 16 sectors. Here she built a communications consultancy and identified her passion for creative expression.

Sam sealed her dual mission for ADHD Girls to empower girls and women with ADHD to thrive in society; and bridge the gap in knowledge between her community and our work & education ecosystems.

Because she’d spent a lifetime working out what it takes to stay in a job, and to pivot, she learned the elements that are indispensable to find our places in the world of work.

Sam has given talks and spoken on panels for SAP, Deutsche Bank, Virgin Active, Bloomberg, BBC, Arm, PodPoint, This Can Happen Global Conference, and recently brought ADHDers and the world of work together at the first ADHD Best Practice at Work conference. She received multiple nominations of Stereotype Buster and Community Choice Awards at the 2022 Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards.

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ADHD Workplace Adjustments & Wellbeing

Sam is an accomplished public speaker on all topics related to ADHD, and delivers a holistic ADHD management programme for ADHDers in the workplace that promote a better understanding of their strengths and challenges, so they can learn how to succeed at work through managing their ADHD and working as a team. This programme includes the ADHD Owner’s Manual workbook, 100 reasonable adjustments for ADHD at work and is suitable for neurodivergents with ADHD looking for support within employee resource groups.

This keynote will helps you:

  • Learn how to self advocate
  • Know what support you can get & the right way to ask for it, so conversations with your manager is not met with crickets
  • Get a toolkit to pursue your diagnosis & protect your wellbeing
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Raising Girls with ADHD

Sam grew up in a family with neurodivergent partens, and is a parent of neurodivergent children herself. She has created this programme aimed at parents and caters of girls with ADHD.

This keynote helps you:

  • Understanding the process of getting your child a diagnosis
  • How to advocate for them to a healthcare professional and protect their self esteem
  • What usually happens during an ADHD assessment
  • What kind of support truly makes a difference in their school and home lives
  • How you can get them the accommodation they need at school
  • What the law says when applying for SEN support
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Neurodiversity in the Workplace

No two brains are the same. But what if you were born with a brain that constantly makes you feel like everything you do differentiates you from everyone else? Her Neurodiversity in the Workplace talk introduces Neurodiversity in the context of society, casting light on ADHD, autism, dyslexia, Tourette Syndrome and how this impacts the workplace. The keynote will go into the female experience in the world of work through an intersectional lens, and the areas to focus on so we can build a compassionate culture, starting with the conversations we have at work. Sam delivers a more comprehensive Neurodiversity workplace programme that demystifies the roadmap to neuroinclusive culture built on insights from her ADHD Best Practice at Work conference and workplace surveys with her online community of neurodivergents. The programme focuses on creating a culture that feels safe for all neurotypes to thrive on a day to day, improving retention and sense of belonging at work, and stabilising the workforce. This programme is intended for managers, HR, hiring, and the DEI teams.

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"From the first moment of contact with Sam I was struck by her commitment, passion and professionalism. Sam wanted context, she wanted to talk to our members and find out what they wanted and needed other people to know about their experiences - and what needed to change and why. Sam really cares, and wanted to make the talk we asked her to give as relevant, impactful and powerful as possible. Which she did."

Ed Dupree, Neurodiversity Support, Co-Lead

ARM

"Dr Samantha Hiew supported our business in a speaking event on neurodiversity in the workplace last week. This is a topic earmarked as part of our I&D agenda and to assist the education and awareness of our management team, in support of our people. Wow! What an eye-opening and inspiring piece that has got many a conversation going - exactly what we'd hoped for. Thank you Dr Hiew for sharing your thoughts, recommendations and a truly thought provoking lived experience that many of us can identify with. Definitely recommend!"

Caroline Simoes, Human Resources Director

Virgin Active

"Sam’s talk was incredibly powerful and I believe many attendees got a lot out of it. It was part of a half-day event and many of the points Sam raised in her presentation were brought up in the remainder of the sessions. She was an engaging and inspiring speaker, who expertly wove her lived experience and professional experience into her presentation in a way that added depth and complexity. She discussed the intersections of co-occurring conditions, gender, race, socio-economic privilege and neurodivergence. She provided practical steps and advice around next steps in intersectional neurodivergence. She used great examples to highlight how cultural background, gender, sexuality etc. could impact how neurodivergence would present and why this was a particular issue in terms of diagnosis. Sam's talk was thorough and pitched at an appropriate level."

Pk Kulasegram, EDI Manager

University of Oxford

"I had the pleasure of working with Samantha on a recent webinar around Neurodiversity and ADHD. Sam led the webinar and the feedback we have received from attendees has been phenomenal. Sam was engaging and knowledgeable and her passion for the subject came through. She had both myself and the rest of the audience completely invested for the whole webinar - for me personally, it was one of the best learning experiences of my career so far. I would highly recommend Sam - so much so, we are planning webinar number 2! Thank you Sam!"

Kulbir Kaur, Partnerships Manager

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5 out of 5 stars

"I collaborated with Sam at an event to mark International Women’s Day and I was highly impressed by her as were all the attendees. She is a consummate professional and a fantastic public speaker. Her knowledge and experience on ADHD and Neurodiversity is insightful and thought provoking. Her advocacy work empowering ADHD Girls & Women is an inspiration for many and she is a great role model for Neurodivergent women."

Leena Haque, Neurodiversity Programme Lead, BBC CAPE See all references

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