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Understanding Ableism and Redefining the Human Body with Carson Tueller

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Release Date: 08/15/2022

Bespoke Clothing for Short Stature People with Chamiah Dewey show art Bespoke Clothing for Short Stature People with Chamiah Dewey

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Clothing designer Chamiah Dewey joins the show today to talk with Mai Ling about her work. She created Chamiah Dewey Fashion, the UK’s first clothing brand for people with Dwarfism/short stature. Chamiah tells about the beginnings of her fashion design career, the impetus for launching her company, and her system for breaking up business-related tasks throughout a week. This conversation not only dives into the creation of a business but also some great time management tips that anyone can implement. 

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Empowering Teens with ADHD Through Digital Tools with Bryan Dinner show art Empowering Teens with ADHD Through Digital Tools with Bryan Dinner

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Bryan Dinner is our guest for this episode of Xceptional Leaders. He is the CEO and founder of Clarifi, the desktop app that assists teens with ADHD and attention challenges with completing online homework. Bryan talks with James about his personal experience with ADHD, what led him to found the company, and his process for developing a minimum viable product (MVP). This discussion is a great case study on building a business around a digital product and doing it the right way.

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New Uses and Innovation in Voice Technology with Sara Smolley show art New Uses and Innovation in Voice Technology with Sara Smolley

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

We’re so happy to bring you this insightful and informative episode today about breakthrough voice technology. James chats with co-founder and VP of Strategy at Voiceitt, Sara Smolley. Voiceitt is a speech recognition app for people with speech disabilities, but to fully understand the capabilities and potential, Sara talks about various use cases and how users benefit. She also shares tips for entrepreneurship in the disability space and even a bit about personal experience with a family member with a speech disability.

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Understanding Ableism and Redefining the Human Body with Carson Tueller show art Understanding Ableism and Redefining the Human Body with Carson Tueller

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Mai Ling and James kick off this episode sharing what they are up to lately. Mai Ling talks about her new approach to Tiktok and James reports on his recent work change. After these updates, Mai Ling shares a conversation she had with speaker and personal development coach, Carson Tueller. Carson talks with Mai Ling about the meaning of ableism, his personal journey of coming to grips with a life-changing spinal cord injury, the intersection of sexuality and disability, and his perspectives on what it truly means to be human.

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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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Mai Ling and James kick off this episode sharing what they are up to lately. Mai Ling talks about her new approach to Tiktok and James reports on his recent work change. After these updates, Mai Ling shares a conversation she had with speaker and personal development coach, Carson Tueller. Carson talks with Mai Ling about the meaning of ableism, his personal journey of coming to grips with a life-changing spinal cord injury, the intersection of sexuality and disability, and his perspectives on what it truly means to be human.