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Spotlighting Uniqueness with Kendra Gottsleben

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Release Date: 03/23/2020

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

We’re excited to share this great conversation with you! Our guest today is Chris Wenger, aka Speech Dude. He is an SLP, social media influencer, and the creator of the Dynamic Assess of Social Emotional Learning, a neurodiversity-affirming assessment to get a holistic view of a child. Chris talks with James about effectively using humor to educate, developing a winning mindset, and how your health plays a part in your individual success. Don’t miss this high-energy, motivating interview!

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

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Our guest on this edition of the show is author Kendra Gottsleben. Kendra has a rare disorder known as MPS VI and is a wheelchair user, yet she has not allowed this to prevent her from doing incredible things. She is not only an author but also a speaker and disability advocate. Listen in as she shares her story of becoming a published author and gives her tips to help you achieve your goals.