This episode features an interview with Aidan Healy, Founder and Chairman at Healy Consultants Group , as he reveals why senior leaders should care about neurodiversity. Discover examples of positive adjustments for those with neurodifferences, and how organizations can engage line managers.
In this episode you'll hear from Larry Guterman, co-founder of SonicCloud, as he provides an overview of SonicCloud and how it helps personalize sound for people with all degrees of hearing loss.
This episode is hosted by LaMondre Pough, CEO of Billion Strong, and features a conversation with Morten Bonde, author of the book "Sentenced to Blindness Now What?" as he discusses his journey of being diagnosed with an incurable eye disease that is causing him to go blind. Morten shares tips for how to successfully navigate change as well as how to address and overcome fear.
In this episode, LaMondre Pough who hosts today's episode has a very candid conversation with Alexander Chaverri Carvajal on the nuances of long-term care; they explore the current global state of long-term care and also take a look at what could be the future.
This episode features an interview with Kelly Lovell, Founder & CEO of BridgingTheGap Ventures, as she discusses the work that she is doing helping bridge opportunity gaps for young people and preparing them for the future. Discover why the world needs the contributions of young people more than ever, and why corporations are having difficulty recruiting and retaining the emerging workforce.
Billion Strong CEO LaMondre Pough returns to the program to discuss his own career journey as well as the connection between disability inclusion and black history month. Discover the importance of celebrating and affirming all forms of diversity.
Dr. Sassi is the Founder & CEO of MentorNations, a youth-led digital skills and entrepreneurship movement that enabled tens of thousands of young people to code across twelve countries. In this episode, she outlines how she came to her current work, as well as the work she does as Chief Penguin of Student & Entrepreneur Experience within the IBM Z division of IBM and Global Head of IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator with 100 startups in her portfolio with a focus on enabling early-stage startups to build and scale.
Craig Spence, Chief Brand and Communications Officer for the International Paralympic Committee, joins the program to discuss “We the 15,” which plans to initiate change over the next decade by bringing together the biggest coalition ever of international organizations from the world of sports, human rights, policy, communications, business, arts and entertainment.
This episode features a conversation with Sarah Kovac, accessibility editor for Reviewed, part of the USA Today network. Sarah discusses her own background and how she came to her current position, Sarah reveals the types of products that are reviewed, and how the community has come together to support each other. Sarah also shares about how reviews often come in the shape of stories about a product, and how to potentially become a reviewer.
Kathy Martinez, CEO of Disability Rights Advocates, joins the program to discuss her journey of becoming involved in the disability rights movement and the intersection of diversity dimensions. Kathy also discusses how she intends to expand influence by collaborating with individuals in the legal social justice movement.
Judge Ginger Lerner- Wren discusses how she came to preside over America’s first mental health court and the historical criminalization of people with mental health disorders and neurocognitive disabilities. Discover the international recognition that the court has received, and the need to integrate innovative approaches and technologies into the justice system.
Irene Sarpato, Disability ERG Founder and Chair, as well as Billion Strong Foundation Advisor, joins the program to discuss the power of storytelling to change the narrative around disability and reveals Adidas' commitment to ensuring that sports and fitness opportunities are available to all individuals. Irene also discusses why she decided to become an advisor for Billion Strong and shares advice for employers about how to create a workplace culture that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Di Patterson, Founder of Success in Aging Center, and Mary Barnett, Founder and CEO of Another Brilliant Idea, Inc, join the program to discuss how to help seniors overcome the hopelessness that they may sometimes feel and the need to help older individuals break out of isolation. They also reveal the details about the Success in Aging® Essentials Box collection; a thoughtfully curated, gerontologist-approved gift box designed to empower older adults, people living with disabilities, veterans, and the widowed by giving those who love them an easy way to show their affection and thoughtfulness.
Dr. Dravon James joins the program to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and how to become "creatively curious." Dr. James reveals why men often have an easier time pursuing success than women, and the importance of your attitude in achieving success. Dr. James also shares what leaders need to think about at this time when it comes to diversity and inclusion.
Nic Novicki, actor, director and stand-up comedian, joins the program to discuss why he has decided to become a global advisor for Billion Strong, as well as the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. Nic reveals why he started the film challenge, which gives filmmakers—with and without disabilities—the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms.
Ali Ingersoll, Executive Board Member of Alliance of Disability Advocates of North Carolina (ADANC), joins the program to discuss her journey, which includes becoming a disability advocate after a shallow water diving accident left her in a wheelchair in her late 20's. Ali reveals why she decided to become a board member of Billion Strong, and some of the ways that she will be contributing to the global community.
Author Joti Gata-Aura joins the program to discuss her journey towards self-love and acceptance of vitiligo, a disease that causes loss of skin color in patches. Joti reveals her coping strategies and shares tips and techniques about how she transformed her life by supporting and inspiring others and becoming confident and strong in the skin she is in.
John Mallett, America's Mortgage Coach, joins the program to share his journey of how he got into the work that he does, and the importance of equity when it comes to being able to purchase a home. Discover how virtually anyone can buy a home, regardless of their background or circumstances.
This episode features an interview with Neil Milliken, global head of accessibility and inclusion at Atos, and Mark Wilcock, Global Accessibility Academy & Accessibility Knowledge Lead at Atos as they discuss how apprenticeship programs are helping Atos quickly bring in new and more diverse talent with the in-demand accessible technology skills they need.
Colleen Miller, Executive Director of the disAbility Law Center of Virginia, joins the program to discuss the work that her organization does to advance independence, choice and self-determination; protect legal, human and civil rights; and eliminate abuse, neglect and discrimination of people with disabilities through zealous and uncompromising legal advocacy and representation.
Crosby Cromwell, Chief Partnerships Officer for the Valuable 500, and Stephane Leblois, Director of Partnerships at the Valuable 500, join the program to outline the mission and vision of their organization, and the efforts that the Valuable 500 is making to ensure that disability is on the global business agenda. Discover the Valuable 500 campaign to get 500 national and multinational, private-sector corporations to be the tipping point for change and help unlock the social and economic value of people living with disabilities across the world.
Ruth Glendinning, Founder of Future Story Lab, a platform identifying & activating sense making tools for the unfolding future, joins the program. Ruth shares her journey of becoming passionate about inclusion and accessibility, and how being married to her late husband, who had a form of muscular dystrophy, activated that passion. She also shares the power of "slow tech" and how specific technology can be added to no- or low-tech community-based human-scale businesses to better equip them to thrive.
Dr. Kristen Allott and Natasha Duarte return to the program to discuss the importance of taking care of your body and your brain and share tips and insights for self-care. Kristen and Natasha also share their thoughts about the "great resignation" and how to help individuals process trauma and the support they need to return to the workplace.
Danise Olague, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility and Product Inclusion for Yahoo, joins the program to discuss her career journey and adjusting to having gradual vision loss. Discover the business case for accessibility and inclusion, and why Yahoo is embedding accessibility throughout their company. Danise also shares her thoughts about what companies will need to do to recruit and retain talent in the future.
In this episode you'll hear from Michelle Wlazlo, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for JCPenney, as she discusses their Thereabouts brand, a new inclusive line of kids apparel that celebrates the diversity of shapes, sizes, styles, and abilities. You'll also hear about the efforts that JCPenney has made to create clothing that is adaptive and inclusive for adults as well as children.