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Getting to Know Our New Xceptional Leaders Co-host, James Berges

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Release Date: 02/28/2022

Accessible Online Marketplace & Purple Tuesday with Mike Adams show art Accessible Online Marketplace & Purple Tuesday with Mike Adams

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Today Mai Ling chats with Mike Adams, the CEO of Purple, a disability organization working to bring disabled people and businesses together. Mike talks about his work building a fully accessible online marketplace, why he and his team took the build-from-scratch approach, and what brought him to start a career in the disability sector to begin with. He also shares about the success of the Purple Tuesday initiative and how it’s become a global movement. But before this fantastic conversation, Mai Ling and James bring you up to date with what’s been going on in their lives. This is a packed...

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Rehab Tech and Networking with Raheema Hemraj show art Rehab Tech and Networking with Raheema Hemraj

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Our guest for this episode is Occupational Therapist and Gerontologist, Raheema Hemraj. Mai Ling speaks with her about her work as the co-creator of the Rehab Tech Summit and they dive into how the event started, who it is for, and some of the spin-off events. Rahemma also tackles the question of whether or not one needs to have clinical experience to move into the health tech/product development field. She shares some great insights from her years of experience as a company founder and passionate voice in the health tech space.

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How Tech Will Transform Aging with Keren Etkin show art How Tech Will Transform Aging with Keren Etkin

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Our spotlighted guest for this episode is The Gerontechnologist, Keren Etkin! She is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and self-described age tech evangelist. Keren is the founder/director of AgeLabIL and she also runs the AgeTech Academy. She sat down with James to discuss some of the technological advances in the very specialized arena of tech for the aging, how this tech fits into the user’s daily life, and where she’d like to see things go in the future. From robotics to voice assistants, they cover it all!

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Disability and Inclusion in the Entertainment Industry with Jake Linn show art Disability and Inclusion in the Entertainment Industry with Jake Linn

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Our guest today is disability advocate Jake Linn, who launched the Disability in Hollywood initiative to bring awareness to the inequities in Hollywood surrounding people in the entertainment industry with disabilities. Jake talks with Mai Ling about how he got started with the project, the issues he and his team are addressing, and some of his personal experiences. He is passionate about raising awareness and changing the culture of Hollywood to one that embraces people with disabilities.

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Redirecting Your Life and Career with Mattie Murrey-Tegels show art Redirecting Your Life and Career with Mattie Murrey-Tegels

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Our guest today is the founder of FreshSLP and host of The Missing Link for SLPs podcast, Mattie Murrey-Tegels. Mattie chats with James about how to reinvent yourself and your career, the value and importance of self-care, and the difference between burnout and just being tired. In addition to this value-packed interview, Mai Ling and James share some updates from their own journeys. This episode is one you don’t want to miss!

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Winning Mindset and Social Media Impact with Speech Dude show art Winning Mindset and Social Media Impact with Speech Dude

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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From CODA to Professional ASL Interpreter with Lanette Pinkard show art From CODA to Professional ASL Interpreter with Lanette Pinkard

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Mai Ling and James are bringing a great interview for you this week. Our guest is professional American Sign Language interpreter and coach, Lanette Pinkard, who grew up as a child of deaf adults (CODA). Lanette has been the lead interpreter of teams for high-profile events all over the world and is the founder of My Hands Your Heart, LLC, a team of master interpreters specializing in customized ASL services for all types of organizations. Lanette talks with James about her experiences as a CODA, how they inspired her to pursue ASL as a career, how she launched her coaching services, and more....

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VR Stuttering Therapy with Gareth Walkom show art VR Stuttering Therapy with Gareth Walkom

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

In this packed episode, Mai Ling and James share some exciting updates and tidbits about what is happening in the disability space and then James has a great conversation with today’s guest. Gareth Walkom is subject matter expert on using virtual reality as a therapy for speech disability or difference and has spoken at events around the world on the topic. He is the founder of withVR, a company that develops custom VR environments specifically for speech therapy. He talks about what VR is, explains VR exposure therapy, and describes how users interact with these programs in this insightful...

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The Importance of Online Accessibility with Joe Devon show art The Importance of Online Accessibility with Joe Devon

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Our guest today is Joe Devon, the co-founder of the Global Accessibility Awareness Day and a co-founder of Diamond, an inclusive digital agency specializing in assisting clients to develop and implement accessible products. Joe talks with Mai Ling and shares some highlights from Diamond’s annual State of Accessibility Report, tells how his father was the inspiration for his accessibility work, and why accessibility online is so vital. 

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Dyslexia and Neurodivergence in the Workplace with Jeannette Roberes show art Dyslexia and Neurodivergence in the Workplace with Jeannette Roberes

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

We kick off this episode with Mai Ling and James both sharing about events they recently participated in and the takeaways from them. Then James has a great conversation with speech-language pathologist and author, Jeannette Roberes. She has extensive experience working with dyslexic learners and consults with tech companies on dyslexia inclusivity. Jeannette shares about her work running the disability inclusion think tank, Bearly Articulating, and why she's made it her mission to educate the tech community about the unique value neurodiverse people can bring to the table.

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In our first episode of 2022, we kick off Season 4 of the show with a new co-host! James Berges joins the Xceptional Leaders podcast for the first time, so Mai Ling takes this opportunity to introduce him to you. James is a speech-language pathologist and copywriter who uses his diverse skillset to support and enable SLPs and other clinicians as they work toward their individual goals. Through his SLP Transitions project, he also assists SLPs who are looking to expand their horizons by providing information, tools, and case studies to facilitate their journey. We’re thrilled to have him on the team!