Rank #1: E171: Finding Your Inner Voice- The Power of Employee Resource Groups
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.
Rank #2: E170: Human-Centric Technology- With Frances West
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.
Rank #3: E161: The Journey From Reactivity To Awakened Humans
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.
Rank #4: E159: ADHD and Creativity
Jason Swenk joins the program to discuss the connection between ADHD and creativity, and the mindset shift that we need to make when it comes to how schools respond to students with ADHD. He also talks about the power of social media and his journey of growing his own multi-million dollar agency, and the work his does today helping digital agency owners grow their business.
Rank #5: E164: Technology and Mental 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.
Rank #6: E162: Bridging The Gap Between Disability and Business
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.
Rank #7: E157: Preventing Young People From Getting Involved in Cyber Crime
Detective Sergeant Shelton Newsham joins the program to discuss the innovative work that they are doing in the UK around cybercrime prevention. He has over 17 Years’ experience in law enforcement and is currently a manager at the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit.
Shelton works alongside UK Government agencies, international law enforcement and investigation teams dealing with new attack vector’s. He works at identifying new social engineering tactics and provides Cyber security advice for staff and decision makers alike. Shelton works alongside academia and the community to identify the gifted security experts of the future with a view of educating, developing, supporting them to enhance their skills.
Rank #8: E158: Advancing Disability Inclusion in the Global Business Conversation
Peter Torres Fremlin joins the program to discuss the work that he does internationally on disability rights, as well his interest in languages, equality, and culture. Peter also reveals why having a disability makes him great at his job.
Rank #9: E160: UP Academy- Rethinking Inclusion Education
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.
Rank #10: E163: Disable The Label- Overcoming Stigma and Barriers in Mental Health
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.
Rank #11: E166: The Power of People with Disabilities to Increase Profits and Brand Presence
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.
Rank #12: E167: Virtual Relationships- Are they Real?
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".
Rank #13: E169: Why We Should Treat Accessibility Like Pollution
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.
Rank #14: E168: Making a Legislative Impact- with Ruh Global Impact COO Richard J. Streitz
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.
Rank #15: E122: Digital Inclusion and The Future of Work- With Mike Gifford
Mike Gifford, Founder and President of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, joins the program to discuss the work he has been doing in the area of web accessibility and the importance of that work. Discover how Mike was able to tackle issues of web accessibility through a powerful software tool and how assistive technology will actually help with machine learning and AI.
Rank #16: E165: Disability Inclusion in HIgher Education
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.
Rank #17: E172: Be My Eyes- An App That is Bringing Sight To People Who are Blind and Visually Impaired
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.
Rank #18: E121: Dr. Nasser Siabi- A Global Leader In Tackling Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities
Dr. Nassar Siabi joins the program to discuss his journey of empowering persons with disabilities. For his work, he has been awarded an OBE in 2010 for his contribution in helping over 250,000 disabled people transition from education into work and received the lifetime achievement award from the National Diversity Awards in 2015.
Rank #19: E153: Stepchild, A New Musical With a Deaf Heroine
This episode features an interview with David James Boyd & Chad Kessler, co-creators of the play Stepchild, along with producer Kori Rushton and associate producer Shelly Guy.
About the play:
Inspired by the classic tale of Cinderella, “Stepchild” tells the story of Orella, a deaf girl coming of age during the Italian Renaissance. After a mysterious fortune teller teaches her how to communicate using sign language, Orella discovers a joyous new world. Her bliss is soon shattered by the ignorant and fear-mongering King Octavio, who ruthlessly punishes anyone that dares to embrace what makes them “different.” With her kingdom rapidly succumbing to prejudicial fears, Orella must dig deep for inner strength to combat darkness and save her people from tyranny.
It is believed that American Sign Language (ASL) is the THIRD most commonly used language in the United States. However, the long, grim and extraordinary path towards modern Deaf culture is hardly common knowledge. Through the eyes of a Deaf heroine, this underrepresented historical topic is given a Gothic folktale spin in this sweeping story of empowerment.
Rank #20: E152: 5 Generations at Work in Siemens
Rob Neuhauser, EVP and Global Head of Seimens People and Leadership, joins the program to discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with leading 5 generations in their workforce, and the work that they have done around unconscious bias.