I’m Sarah and I’m the founder of Excel against the Odds. My mission and passion is to support people with chronic illness / disability in the workplace either as an employee or to run their own business.
I live with several chronic illnesses including PoTS, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, ME/CFS and Chronic Migraine and I have experience of working in Corporate Organisations and running my own businesses whilst living with these conditions.
I love advising organisations on how they can better support employees with chronic illnesses, looking at strategy, raising awareness and providing one-to-one mentoring for both managers and employees. As 1 in 3 of the working age population are living with at least one chronic health condition it is critical that disability and chronic illnesses form a big part of an organisation’s diversity, equity and inclusion policy.
I also support business owners with chronic illnesses and offer mentoring and workshops as well as a free community in the amazing Entrepreneurs against the Odds Facebook group. I also host the Excel against the Odds podcast talking about the successes and challenges of working with a chronic illness.
Excel against the Odds was selected to be part of the Small Biz 100 in 2021. I was chosen to be part of the #ialso F:entrepreneur campaign in 2023 celebrating the UK’s 100 most inspiring female business owners. I mentor for Small Business Britain and have been invited to speak to Government and big businesses about how disabled entrepreneurs can be better supported.
Please do get in touch if you would like to work with me or learn more about what I do.