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.
Gregg Vanderheiden, Professor and Director of the Trace R&D Center and Richard Streitz, COO of Ruh Global Impact join the program to discuss Morphic, a technology that makes computers easier and more accessible to use. Discover the unique features behind this powerful program and why it is so crucial to ensure that computers are accessible to all.
Jewel Okwechime, global environmental leader and expert in change management strategies for oil and gas companies, joins the program to discuss her career journey and why she chose to become a global advisor and country partner for Billion Strong.
Emily Golden, Master Certified Coach, Speaker and Career Performance Expert, returns to the program to discuss her own journey of overcoming learning difficulties, as well as anxiety and depression, and how that journey informs the work that she does today. Discover the importance of normalizing challenges and how organizations can incorporate coaching into their workforce.
Kate Nash, Founder and Chief Executive of PurpleSpace, returns to the program to discuss the mission and vision of her organization and discuss details about #PurpleLightUp, a global movement that celebrates and draws attention to the economic contribution of the 386 million disabled employees around the world.
Kate Nicholson, President & Founder, National Pain Advocacy Center, joins the program to discuss equity issues as they relate to pain management. Discover the connection between pain and disability, and the vulnerable populations that are adversely affected by pain.
Contemporary expressionist painter Amadea Bailey discusses her career journey, and how she came to be a full-time artist after turning 50. Amadea reveals her artistic process and how meditation helps her to create. Discover the connection between spirituality and creativity.
In this episode, Debra is joined by her producer, Doug Foresta, as they discuss the challenges that people are facing in this "new normal" phase of the pandemic. Discover what we need to do to be compassionate with ourselves, and how to consistently engage in self-care.
This special episode of Human Potential at Work features a panel of experts discussing the issue of bullying of Asian Americans and what companies can do to be inclusive towards the AAPI community with disabilities. You’ll also learn about SCADA, the Southern California Asian Deaf Association, why it was formed, and how it has benefited the Asian deaf community.
Elaine Katz, Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications for the Kessler Foundation, joins the program to discuss how her organization drives positive change for people with disabilities. Discover how the Kessler Foundation conducts groundbreaking rehabilitation and disability employment research and fund innovative initiatives to provide access to job opportunities.
Hyungsoo Kim joins the program to discuss his journey of creating the Bradley Timepeace, which features raised hour markers that allow you to feel the time by touch.
Guided by the conviction that everyone has a right to time, Kim collaborated with designers and persons with vision impairments to create a watch that everyone—sighted or blind—can use and enjoy.
Meghan McLean, Senior Vice President, Sports, for the Special Olympics joins the program to discuss the history of the Special Olympics, and share details about the upcoming 2022 games. Discover the various events happening at the games and the preparation that goes into making sure that the games are a success.
In this episode, Debra Ruh is joined by her producer, Doug Foresta, as they discuss Billion Strong, an identity and empowerment organization designed to bring the billions of voices of persons with disabilities together. Discover the mission and vision of Billion Strong and how to get involved.
Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. joins the program to discuss her journey of becoming paralyzed after a tree fell down on her. She discusses her subsequent efforts to create a home that was accessible and reveals how she and her husband are on a personal mission to influence those associated with the housing industry, government policymakers, and the public at large, to address and meet the needs of all individuals, including those with lived experiences with disabilities.
Maria Scazzero joins the program to discuss how organizations can support individuals who face mental health challenges and shares her own journey of being diagnosed with ADHD and borderline personality disorder (BPD). Discover how to overcome stigma and how individuals diagnosed with mental illness can find support and live their truth.
Psychologist, author, and coach Dr. Patti Ashley returns to the program, along with her daughter Elizabeth Herman, to discuss the importance of celebrating diversity and difference, and how to support our children in noticing their feelings and engaging in self-care. Discover how to activate your curiosity and creativity.
Disability Inclusion Consultant, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Founder and CEO of The Resource Key, Jourdan Saunders, joins the program to discuss how to create inclusive branding. She also discusses the importance of advocating for social media platforms to be more accessible and inclusive.
Executive coach, author, speaker and consultant Drew Aversa joins the program to discuss his own journey with disability, including having a career ending injury while working as a firefighter. Drew shares his thoughts about bridging the gap between the physical health disability community and the mental health disability community, as well the need to honor and acknowledge invisible disabilities that are not mental-health related.
Bestselling author and human rights advocate Tara Moss joins the program to discuss her latest book, an internationally bestselling crime novel, The War Widow, and her unique process of developing the characters in that story. Discover the importance of being sensitive to accurate representations of diverse characters in stories. Tara also shares her own journey of being injured and living with chronic pain, and what’s she’s learned from that experience.
Traveling on an airplane with a wheelchair is incredibly inaccessible and impossible for the millions of people around the world who use a wheelchair. Many do not even fly because of bad experiences and stories they have heard from others. Wheelchairs get damaged constantly and even sent to the wrong airport and airlines spend millions every year repairing them. In this episode, Michele Erwin, President of All Wheels Up, joins the program to discuss the work that her organization is doing to make air travel more accessible.
Debra Ruh is joined by LaMondre Pough, Chief Sustainability Officer at Ruh Global Impact, as they discuss the power of creating a global community to celebrate and empower people in the disability community. You'll hear about Billion Strong, a global community that is combining the efforts of people all over the world, and changing the narrative about disability and disability inclusion.