27 Leaders, Athletes & Celebrities You Wouldn’t Know Have Learning Disabilities

In your job search journey, it can be helpful and inspirational to look to leaders in the professions you are passionate about or want to learn more about who came across challenges as students and, through those challenges discovered their talents and passions and have found meaning in their lives and careers. 

Learn more about how Nike’s Chief of Design, John Hoke, uses his Dyslexia to better understand himself and how he has built his career through using his talent and passion for doodling.

Explore a list of 13 celebrities in sports, movies, and music who have Dyslexia, ADHD, and Dyscalculia and have used these as driving forces of hard work and success.

Check out a list of 13 entrepreneurs who discuss their learning and attention challenges and how these have been opportunities for creativity, innovation, and problem solving.


By Katie Sandberg

Academic Counselor, Learning Effectiveness Program

University of Denver


By Beth Wade
Beth Wade Assistant Director, Career & Professional Development