David Bray and Mei Lin Fung from People Centered Internet join the program to discuss how the internet can be used for social good and the efforts they are making to help billions of new users connect to the internet. Discover a broader definition of accessibility and the importance of how the internet can be used to bring people together and how the private sector, public sector and individuals can combine forces to humanize the internet.
Richard Schatzberg, Advisory Board Chair for Ruh Global, discusses his thoughts about the need to unite the disability community, and the role that social media can play in doing so. Richard also shares why he thinks it is crucial to make the business case for engaging the disability community, and gives some examples of brands who are doing this effectively, and the payoff for their efforts.
Cerina Vincent, who stars on the #1 most watched Disney Channel comedy series "Stuck In The Middle" joins the program to discuss the evolution of her career, and the importance of finding a personal definition of success. Cerina also shares her experience of being cast in the film "Broken Memories" a romantic drama centering around the issue of Alzheimers.
Roy Andersen joins the program to discuss the importance of inclusion in education and how to remove the blocks that keep students from learning. Roy shares his own experiences of struggling as a young student and what it taught him about how education needs to change. Roy explains his perspective on what intelligence is, how children learn and why and how we must change the school experience to provide the future global society with a new model citizen.
Jamey Edwards, CEO of Cloudbreak Health, shares the work he's been doing to humanize and fix the healthcare system in the US. Discover how Cloudbreak is providing innovative solutions that allow for greater ease of access for patients, better communication between providers, and empowerment of patients, providers and hospitals.
Leadership coach and speaker Kelly Meerbott joins the program to discuss how she helps her clients grow and become the best version of themselves. Kelly also shares the practices that she uses for her own personal growth and discusses her work with Ken's Krew, an organization that helps persons with disabilities to successfully enter the workforce and find meaningful employment.
August de los Reyes, head of design and research at Pinterest, discusses accessibility through better design, and why he left his position as the lead designer of XBox to work at Pinterest. August discusses the ways in which Pinterest empowers its users, and shares real world examples and stories that illustrate the transformative power of Pinterest. August also discusses disability as a design problem and why better design benefits everyone.
This episode features a conversation with Engineer Suhail Al-Almaee as he describes the innovative efforts that Saudi Arabia is undertaking in the area of disability inclusion. Discover how Saudi Arabia is changing the paradigm and becoming a world class leader when it comes to creating a culture of disability inclusion.
Doug and Debra discuss the idea of working with "bad" brands who may have corporate practices that others have disagreed with, but are now tackling social change and social good initiatives, and the pros and cons of doing so.
Dick Traum, founder of Achilles International, shares his inspirational story of becoming the first above the knee amputee to complete the New York City Marathon, and how running and completing marathons can be an empowering experience. He also shares how Achilles has developed specialized programs for children, teens, adults and veterans.
Patrick J Romzek, LifeChanger Executive Consultant, and Kelly Jones, Talent Acquisition Leader for Cisco Systems, discuss the employment challenges that face people with disabilities and the work that Cisco is doing to employ, empower and transform the lives of persons with disabilities. They also their innovative LifeChanger program and the positive results they are achieving.
David Banes returns to the program to discuss how technological disruption can benefit persons with disabilities. David discusses his thoughts about dealing with the pros and cons of disruption. David also shares case examples of technological disruption and what we can learn from them.
Debra and Doug Foresta discuss grief and gratitude and how the two can coexist. Discover how to navigate the stages of grief, and how to incorporate gratitude into your life even during tough times.
Kevin Ruh, Chief Marketing Office for Ruh Global Communications, discusses what it was like to grow up with a sibling with a disability. Kevin shares his reflections on what he has learned along the way and how his experiences have shaped his point of view about human potential. He also shares tips for listeners about how to stay positive and motivated even in tough times.
Debra and her producer, Doug Foresta, discuss the challenges and potential upside of aging, and the connection to human potential. Will a growing population of older people be able to create positive social change? Debra also shares tips for positive aging.
Vlad Stevens, HR Director at Charles River Community Health, discusses the importance of including a diverse population in the workforce, and the work that he has done as an HR professional with international brands, including Staples and Walgreens. Vlad discusses what needs to happen to achieve real diversity both in the US and abroad.
John Kemp, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center, discusses how he has was able to flourish despite being born with a disability and losing his mother at a young age. John shares how his father was able to help him become more resilient, and discusses what needs to change when it comes to improving employment outcomes for persons with disabilities. John also discusses the success rate that the Viscardi Center has when it comes to educating, employing and empowering persons with disabilities.
Social marketing strategist Ted Rubin joins Debra for a discussion about the difference between "ROI" (Return on Investment) and "RonR" (Return on Relationship), as well as how social media can be used to have authentic conversations.
Bestselling author and speaker Lolly Daskal joins the program to discuss her new book "The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You And Your Greatness." Lolly talks about the importance of discovering who we are, and the 7 archetypes that leaders need to embrace in order to be truly great.
Debra is joined by her producer, Doug Foresta, and Richard Streitz, COO of Ruh Global Communications, as they discuss the increasing number of people who are aging in place in their homes, and the connection to the disability conversation. Discover how technology is changing the way that people age, and how other cultures and countries are finding innovative solutions to help people stay in their home as long as possible.
LaMondre Pough shares his story of living with spinal muscular atrophy and succeeding and thriving despite doctors saying that he would not live to be 5 years old. Lamondre shares advice and inspiration for overcoming obstacles and living life to the fullest.
David Pérez, Chief Global Strategist at Ruh Global Communications, discusses his perspective on disability and inclusion growing up in Costa Rica. David also shares his experience of being diagnosed with ADHD and how he has been able to thrive and earn a masters degree in Diplomacy.
Malcom Glenn, Strategic Partnerships Manager at Uber, joins the program to discuss the efforts that Uber is making in terms of diversity and disability inclusion. Malcom discusses diversity and inclusion both in terms of the culture of Uber and their hiring practices, as well as the ways in which they are working on making their platform as accessible as possible to persons with disabilities, and the implications for the future of transportation and car ownership.
Debra and Doug discuss takeaways and lessons from the event Promoting Disability Inclusion Globally, which took place in Washington DC on June 20th, 2017. Debra shares which brands and corporations attended the event, and why corporations are interested in the global conversation about disability inclusion. Debra also shares what surprised her the most about the event, and the crucial next steps that need to happen to keep the conversation going.
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