Photo of Ellen A. Roth, award-winning author of Ten Fingers Touching.

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Ellen A. Roth’s love of fairy tales inspired her to write one for grown-ups ― Ten Fingers Touching. This spellbinding, romantic escape transports adults to an imaginary world with the same pleasure they experienced in reading fairy tales as youths.

The genesis of Ten Fingers Touching  has rested within Ellen for some time. As a child, she was enchanted by fairy tales and spent countless hours reading and dreaming.

Her creative impulses inspired her to major in art and art history at Goucher College where she received her BA. She devoted the early years of her professional career to the arts, studying museum curatorship and obtaining an MFA from Syracuse University. After moving to Pittsburgh, PA, she became a registered art therapist and worked with emotionally disturbed and developmentally disabled children. Subsequently she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her experience as a mental health professional showed her how the power of imagination unlocks emotions in individuals of all ages.

Ellen’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to co-found Getting to the Point, Inc., a premier relocation consulting firm that specializes in assisting corporations attract high level executive talent to Pittsburgh.

Ellen was named one of the Best 50 Women in Business in Pennsylvania, honored as a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, and is a recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Women Leadership Award in the category of Entrepreneur.

Her award winning book won first place for Fantasy Fiction at the TAZ  awards (2016).  It received the Benjamin Franklin Digital Silver Award for exceptional content, design and use of technology (June, 2016). It was also named the Travel Size Good Read of the Month by the Fairytale Traveler (July 2015).

She is currently writing the screenplay adaptation of Ten Fingers Touching.

An accomplished presenter, Ellen’s speaking engagements feature the same unique perspectives and infectious enthusiasm that drive her success as an entrepreneur.

She shares her life with her husband, Dr. Loren Roth, and her children.


Speaker and author, Ellen A. Roth, sweeps audiences into a timeless world of fantasy that entertains as it imparts simple truths and fundamental life lessons.  Audiences will learn to apply these lessons for greater personal growth and happiness.

TOPIC:  Truth in Fiction: Lessons Learned from Fairy Tales

Fairy tales endure not only because they are engaging and magical stories, but also because they impart messages that resonate with audiences and linger beyond the story. Truth in Fiction explores the many ways fairy tales permeate and influence our culture, and their deeper meanings for society and for life.

Audiences will learn to view fairy tales in an entirely new way, find new messages in timeless stories, and apply these lessons for greater personal growth and happiness.

Ellen’s presentation is both substantive and entertaining.  Throughout, she uses enchanting illustrations to reinforce key points. Her presentation offers important lessons for businesses, associations, social and community organizations, women’s groups and families. Professional communicators, in particular, will understand the power of storytelling and fairy tales to engage consumers.


“Ellen Roth is an enchantress – as if she came out of one of her stories.   She reminds us that fairy tales are not just childhood fantasies, but can engage, delight, surprise and inspire us at any age, and make us all dream again.”  
—Carl Kurlander, Screenwriter, “St. Elmo’s Fire,” President/CEO of the Steeltown Entertainment Project.

“Ellen Roth’s words take you on an exciting journey into the magical world of possibilities. She engages and inspires her audiences to discover the hopeful and playful child within who now, as an adult, needs to tap upon that creative spirit to deal with the complexities of today’s world.”
— Aradhna M Oliphant,  President & CEO, Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.

“I succeed as a family business consultant when I help clients change behaviors that impede family relationships. I adapted messages that Ellen Roth shared in her presentation, and used them to help family members improve personal and business relationships with one another. The lessons your attendees learn from Ellen’s discussion of fairy tales can be applied to a wide range of business – and personal – situations. They will leave her presentation with great ideas and fresh thinking.”
—Ann Dugan, Senior Managing Director, Consulting, Family Office Exchange

To schedule a speaking engagement, contact Ellen:
Call:  412-362-3363

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