Kunal Mahajan, Vice President, Leveraged Finance / Financial Sponsors at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, joins the program. As a child growing up, Kunal began stuttering at the age of three and continued to stutter throughout his life. Kunal shares his journey of spending much of his life feeling insecure about his stutter and struggling to gain acceptance. Kunal shares tips about what to keep in mind when speaking to someone with a stutter, and lessons he has learned from his own journey.
Nick Corby, Director at Equal International, joins the program to discuss his experience co-creating the Disability Consultant's Group, and what led him to create the group. Nick shares his thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing those doing disability inclusion work, and the benefits of creating a community of practice.
Most recently, Dr. Vanderheiden initiated and co-leads an international effort to create a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) that focuses on lowering the cost to develop, deploy and support access technologies and to make special access features available on demand, anywhere, any time, on any device.
This episode features an interview with Shaholly Ayers , Model, Activist, Brand Ambassador for Global Disability Inclusion, and Meg O'Connell, CEO and Founder, Global Disability Inclusion. Shaholly shares her story of breaking into the modeling industry as a person with a visible disability, and the work that she is doing to change the way that society views and perceives persons with disabilities. Meg shares her thoughts on the work her company is doing to break down the barriers of exclusion.
This episode features an interview with Caroline Casey. Caroline is the founder of The Valuable 500, BINC, Kanchi and the O2 Ability Awards, and is also an international speaker and adventurer. A social entrepreneur, Caroline set up The Aisling Foundation (known today as Kanchi) in 2000, with the aim of changing the way people think about disability.
In this episode, Caroline discusses the importance of accountability for leaders and the need for leaders to tackle disability inclusion in every organization. She also reveals her own journey towards becoming a business disability inclusion advocate.
This episode features an interview with Samanta Bullock, Activist, Ambassador, Model & Influencer.
Dedicated to inclusivity and with a background in fashion, Samanta is actively seeking to improve the presence of minorities in the media, with personal projects and collaborative campaigns geared towards raising awareness.
Sam has been a paraplegic wheelchair user since 1992, after being struck by a bullet in Brazil as a teenager. Undeterred by her obstacle, the model and sportswoman continued to work in fashion, fronting brand campaigns, featuring in magazines and modelling collections on the catwalk.
Samanta discusses some of the unique challenges of inclusive fashion design, as well as the challenges and opportunities of her work in general.
This episode features an interview with Karen Tamley, Commissioner for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) under the Mayor of Chicago. Discover the ways in which we can use technology and data to make cities more inclusive and accessible to all.
In this episode, Debra Ruh is joined by her producer, Doug Foresta, as they discuss the connection between climate change, climate action, and disability inclusion. Discover the connection between climate action and inclusion, and the important role that we all need to play in creating positive change.
In the second part of this two-part series, Debra continues the conversation with Doug Foresta about the impact of technological and social disruption. They discuss trends as well as what organizations can do to stay ahead of the curve.
This episode features an interview with Ileana Rodriguez. Ileana was born and raised in Matanzas, Cuba where she was diagnosed at the age of 13 with a malformation of the spine that left her paralyzed from the waist down. In the year 2000 she moved to United States with her family looking for better medical treatments than those offered in Cuba.
Ileana shares her story of going to college and eventually pursuing her passion of swimming and participating in the London Paralympic Games in 2012.
Today Ileana is the founder of I Design Access, LLC, a design and accessibility consultancy for architects and clients that see inclusion and accessibility at the core of their business.
In the first part of a 2-part conversation, Debra is joined by her producer, Doug Foresta, as they discuss the impact of disruption on the conversation about accessibility. Discover some of the positives and negatives of disruption and how companies are adapting to change.
Alexander Hauerslev Jensen, CCO of Be My Eyes joins the program. Be My Eyes is a free mobile app designed to bring sight to the blind and visually impaired. With the press of a button, the app establishes a live video connection between blind and visually impaired users and sighted volunteers and company representatives. With over 2.2 million users across 150 countries, Be My Eyes has grown to become the largest online community for the blind and visually impaired.
Jeff Wissel, Co-Lead of the Fidelity Office of Customer Accessibility at Fidelity Investments, joins the program to discuss the impact that Fidelity Enable Employee Resource Group has had for helping employees with disabilities to find their inner voice. He also shares takeaways and lessons learned from his experiences so far.
This episode features an interview with Frances West, an internationally recognized thought leader, keynote speaker, strategy advisor and women-in-technology executive. Discover what it takes to integrate technology and humanity.
Neil Milliken, Global Head of Accessibility for Atos, and co-founder of AXSChat, joins the program to discuss the social and economic cost of failing to make products and services accessible to persons with disabilities. He also reveals why we should treat a lack of accessibility like pollution, and what that would mean for companies.
Ruh Global Impact COO Richard Streitz joins the program to discuss the successful efforts to delay CA bill AB1395, a bill regarding the collection of information from smart speaker devices. There was concern that the bill would potentially have a negative impact on people with disabilities and that further study was needed before potentially passing the bill.
Debra is joined by her producer Doug Foresta as they discuss virtual relationships, and the pros and cons of connecting with others online. Listen in as Doug and Debra share their thoughts on whether virtual relationships are "real".
Steve McEvoy has lived with spastic diplegia cerebral palsy and learning disabilities since birth, and currently works as a consultant helping persons with and without disabilities. In this episode, Steve shares his conviction that economic empowerment, proactive support, a solid professional network and education, are the four tools people with disabilities need to secure benefits-eligible employment.
Speaker, Educator, and Disability Inclusion Advocate, Edmund Asiedu, joins the program, to discuss disability inclusion in higher education. Edmund is the Assistant Director of Career Services for Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
In this episode, Debra and Doug Foresta, producer of Human Potential at Work, discuss trends in mental health, and challenges that arise both in and out of the workplace. They also share their thoughts about what employers can do to encourage mental wellness and some of the biggest challenges and opportunities that technology poses to our emotional well-being.
Sarah P. Hancock, psychiatric recovery consultant, certified rehabilitation counselor, podcaster and author, joins the program to discuss her own mental health journey, and the work she does today helping others to move beyond stigmatizing labels and achieve recovery.
Deb Russell, founder of Deb Russell, Inc, joins the program to discuss a model that bridges the gap between disability and business, and how to create a win for everyone involved. Discover how to create productive partnerships between business and the disability communities.
Garry Turner joins the program to discuss his journey of being bullied when he was younger, and how that helped him develop more empathy for himself and others. He reveals the power of vulnerability and explores what it means to be truly human.
Tanya Sheckley joins the program to share her powerful story of how her daughter Eliza inspired her to found UP Academy, a progressive elementary lab school in San Mateo, California. The school will have a mix of students with and without disabilities, and encourages students' sense of wonder and curiousity by focusing on their academic, emotional and physical growth through a differentiated learning and project-based curriculum.