Mohammed Yousuf, Director, Office of Infrastructure, Safety and Asset Innovation, and Founder and President of the EquallyAble Foundation, joins the program to discuss his career journey and why representation matters. He also discusses his book Ascending Adversity, in which he discusses his story of being a polio survivor dealing with disability and discrimination.
Lauren Presutti, LLMSW, psychotherapist and founder of River Oaks Psychology, joins the program to discuss the intersection of mental health and disability. Lauren discusses her own journey as a person with a disability, and the stereotypes and challenges she faced along the way. Discover the difference between the medical model of disability vs. the social model of disability, and the key questions we need to ask in order to create a more inclusive society.
This episode features an interview with Kisiah Timmons, Principal Product Designer at Verizon Media, as she discusses the importance of disability inclusion in the workplace, particularly in the tech industry. Kisiah provides an overview of Verizon Media, and shares her journey for joining the accessibility team, and what it's been like working at Verizon Media compared to other companies and organizations she has worked for in the past. Kisiah, who is blind, also reveals what her overall experience has been like working in the tech industry.
Maya Zuckerman, speaker, writer and Chief Operating Officer at LUMAN, joins the program to discuss the work that LUMAN does to help unleash the human potential to create. Discover the work that LUMAN does to help create future-ready cultures, as well as creating leaders capable of thriving in times of transformation. Maya also shares her thoughts about the impact that new mobility technologies will have on persons with disabilities.
Debra Ruh is joined by LaMondre Pough, Chief Sustainability Officer at Ruh Global Impact, as they discuss the importance of recognizing the value and worth of every individual, with all of their attributes. Discover the environmental barriers that create challenges for persons with disabilities, and how we can design a world that works for everyone.
In this episode, Debra and her producer, Doug Foresta discuss the disruption that has happened over the past year, and how we can benefit from "creative disruption." Debra shares an example of how 2020 caused her to think differently about celebrating the holidays. Discover how to adapt to change and use it as a catalyst for innovation.
Intimacy Expert Allana Pratt returns to the program to discuss how to navigate our relationship with ourselves and others during these disruptive times. Discover the importance of compassion and curiosity. and how to frame challenges as an invitation for growth.
In this episode, Debra Ruh is joined by her producer, Doug Foresta, as they discuss the topic of being resilient during times of adversity. Discover the difference between resilience and being "positive" and how to find joy even in times of sorrow. Debra also shares her own personal journey of navigating difficult times during the pandemic, and how she has coped.
Psychologist, author and coach Dr. Patti Ashley returns to the program, along with her daughter Elizabeth Herman, who is a school psychologist and parent coach, to discuss how to stay grounded in tumultuous times. They discuss the trauma of the recent events in Washington DC and the dangers of "toxic positivity."
Vernon Sankey and Katey Lockwood return to the program to share their thoughts about how to find peace in turbulent times, and how we can come together to create positive change. Vernon and Katey discuss how to make sure that you are putting your energy into activities that uplift yourself and humanity.
In this episode you'll hear from Iyaana Johson, also know as "Isis" as she discusses her business "Waist Beads by Isis", which was inspired by Black people, Black resilience and Black culture, and aims to bring the beauty of waist beads to the diaspora. Isis also discusses why she has chosen to major in political science and English, and how she plans to use her educational background to help create a more equitable and just society.
LaMondre Pough, Chief Sustainability Officer at Ruh Global IMPACT, joins the program to discuss his show, 3DVU, a podcast about relevant topics, addressed from three completely different perspectives. LaMondre also discusses his journey towards treating Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and an exciting new treatment that holds promise for halting and possibly even reversing symptoms.
James Emmett, Founder and CEO of James Emmett & Company, joins the program to discuss the work that his organization has done with Walgreens to develop a more inclusive workforce, particularly for individuals with intellectual disabilities. James also shares his thoughts about how to close the "great divide", that is, helping diverse talent connect with organizations that need them most.
Mary Dolan, Executive Director of the FDR Memorial Legacy Committee, joins the program to discuss the history and purpose of the Committee. Discover the work that the organization is doing to educate and cultivate future leaders to uphold and expand FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt's principles of equality, opportunity, dignity, and perseverance.
Sarah Stites, author, and communications specialist joins the program to discuss the Emili Aregak Center and the work they do to promote the inclusion and flourishing of youth with disabilities and their families in Gyumri through therapy, socialization, training, and labor market integration. Sarah also discusses the Aregak Bakery & Cafe, Armenia's first cafe to intentionally employ young adults with disabilities and their moms.
Robert Scoble, blogger, technical evangelist, and author, joins the program to discuss technology trends and how tech will shape our lives in the future. Discover how emerging technologies can be used to assist with memory issues, as well as mental illness, as well as some of the challenges that future technologies will bring.
Rory Cooper, PhD, founder, and senior researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Labs (HERL) and a world-renowned expert in wheeled mobility and the pioneer in wheelchair selection and configuration, joins the program. Dr. Cooper discusses that efforts that are underway to increase the independence of people with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) and equipping them with the skills necessary to operate new technology.
In this episode, Debra is joined by her producer, Doug Foresta, as they discuss what companies and organizations need to consider as more of their employees are working remotely. Debra shares what she's learned as a business owner and someone who has been on the forefront of using technology for good.
This episode features an interview with Dr. Christopher Lee, Managing Director at the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and Sam Evans, Certification Manager at IAAP, as they discuss the history of their organization and the work that they do to define, promote and improve the accessibility profession. Discover some of the certifications that are available through the IAAP and the benefits of those certifications.
Len Harac, publisher of Exceptional Parent Magazine, joins the program to discuss his publication, which provides practical advice, emotional support, and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs. Len discusses why they decided to make the magazine available in a digital format only, and the mission of the magazine.
Psychologist, author and coach Dr. Patti Ashley returns to the program, along with her daughter Elizabeth Herman, who is a school psychologist and parent coach, as they discuss some of the challenges that parents have faced with sending their children back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also discuss the struggle that mothers have about not feeling "good enough" and the need for parents to have self-compassion.
In this special episode of Human Potential at Work, Debra Ruh is joined by LaMondre Pough, Chief Sustainability Officer at Ruh Global Impact as they discuss the topic of discrimination. Discover the impact of discrimination both on individuals and on society as a whole, as well as the various forms of discrimination. LaMondre also shares his thoughts about the evolution that is happening as there is an increasing awareness of discrimination, and what needs to happen to create lasting change.
Tim Sutton, veteran law enforcement officer, disability advocate and trainer, and founder of A Better Understanding, joins the program to discuss his experience working with individuals with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Tim shares some of the current laws regarding silver alerts, and safety tips for persons with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, and their caregivers.