Meet Nancy Ratey

Ed.M., Harvard University
Diplomate, ABDA
Master Certified Coach, ICF
Senior Certified AD/HD Coach

Nancy Ratey and her dog

Nancy A. Ratey is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on personal and professional coaching for adults with and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As one of the founders of the ADHD coaching profession, Ms. Ratey has been active for the last two decades in developing programs and lecturing on issues related to ADHD. Ms. Ratey has served as past President of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA).

In the field of ADHD coaching, she has been influential in designing and implementing the first comprehensive training programs for ADHD coaches. Her work continues to shape and direct the field of ADHD coaching. Ms. Ratey was chair of the national committee that created the Guiding Principles for ADHD Coaching, the pre-eminent document in the field.

Having dyslexia and ADHD herself, Ms. Ratey engineered her own road to success. Ms. Ratey graduated from The Ohio State University in 1982 and, in 1991, she earned a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University, specializing in administration, planning and social policy. While employed as a resident student advisor at Harvard, she began working one-on-one with ADHD students who came to her because they knew she was personally familiar with their struggles. At Harvard, she started a speaker series that not only encouraged students to seek accommodations from the administration, but which also helped shape Harvard’s policies on working with students with learning disabilities and ADHD. She became a leader in the field of disability rights and was invited in 1988 to give expert testimony to a congressional committee concerning the historic Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ms. Ratey is a Master Certified Coach and Senior Disability Analyst. She writes extensively on coaching and ADHD topics and has co-authored two books, Tales from the Workplace and Coaching College Students with AD/HD: Issues and Answers. She has also contributed chapters and articles to numerous publications. Her latest book The Disorganized Mind: Coaching Your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents was published in April of 2008 by St. Martin’s Press.

Apart from serving as the past President of ADDA, Ms. Ratey has served on the professional advisory boards of several leading ADHD organizations, including Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD). She is a current board member of the Edge Foundation. She has also directed her energy at developing and delivering programs and conducting training for various organizations, including Harvard University, Dartmouth College, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ms. Ratey and her work are often profiled in the media, including ABC, CBS, NPR Radio, and national publications such as Wired, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times.

Nancy Ratey’s own experiences living and working with learning disabilities and ADHD enable her to understand her clients’ difficulties from an intuitive level and ito help them move forward to achieve greater success in their own lives. Currently, Ms. Ratey runs a private coaching practice and consults to businesses and educational institutions. She specializes in coaching senior executives, entrepreneurs, and highly motivated professionals with ADHD.

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