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Building a Global Business Around Solving a Problem with Rob Smith

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Release Date: 01/13/2020

The Gift of Adversity with Henry Fraser show art The Gift of Adversity with Henry Fraser

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Mai Ling and Marty share what’s been happening in their respective worlds and how things have been different during the current pandemic. Then Martyn takes the mic to have a chat with visual artist, speaker, and author Henry Fraser. Henry shares the story of the accident which disabled him and how he overcame the odds and learned to make something beautiful from the tragedy. He talks about how his speaking led to a book deal, some writing challenges he’s faced, and his newly released book, The Power In

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Our guest on this edition of the show is Christina Abernethy. Christina is an author and advocate for people with disabilities. She talks with Mai Ling about her experiences as a mother of a child with autism, her work heading the Pennsylvania chapter of Changing Spaces, and as the creator of the Love Hope & Autism website. Christina also shares about her passion for encouraging public venues to offer accommodating restrooms with changing tables for all ages, not just toddlers.

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Spotlighting Uniqueness with Kendra Gottsleben show art Spotlighting Uniqueness with Kendra Gottsleben

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

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.

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Opening a Special Coffee Shop (Part 2) with Karin York show art Opening a Special Coffee Shop (Part 2) with Karin York

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Mai Ling checks back in with Karin York to get an update on her progress with opening a coffee shop designed to employ people with special needs. Karin was our guest back in April of 2019 to share about the first steps in this journey. Now she brings us up to date on some of the challenges she’s dealt with since then and how things are going now that the shop is open for business.

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Inclusivity for Disabled Actors in Film and TV with David Proud show art Inclusivity for Disabled Actors in Film and TV with David Proud

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Actor, writer, and director David Proud joins the show today to chat with Martyn about disabled actors in the media. As a wheelchair user, David brings his unique perspectives to this topic. He talks about the importance of media to culture in general, why he feels more disabled actors should be cast in prominent projects, and shares some of his personal experiences in the acting industry in the UK.

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Dating and Intimacy for Persons with Disabilities with Jennie Williams show art Dating and Intimacy for Persons with Disabilities with Jennie Williams

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

We are celebrating the month of love in this episode with our guest Jennie Williams, CEO of Enhance the UK. Martyn chats with Jennie on the topics of dating and intimacy for people with disabilities and the unique challenges that they face in the pursuit of romantic relationships. Jennie has tackled these subjects in her leadership role at Enhance the UK and she shares her thoughts, experiences, and observations on the issues in this very frank and open discussion.

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Author Writes 15 Books AFTER Her Stroke with Chou Hallegra show art Author Writes 15 Books AFTER Her Stroke with Chou Hallegra

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Today, Mai Ling and Martyn chat briefly about Martyn’s World Changers Academy launch and their current book project. Then Mai Ling shares a conversation with author and stroke survivor, Chou Hallegra. Chou is the founder of Grace & Hope Consulting, LLC and she talks about her life as a single mother of children with multiple challenges, the story of her stroke recovery, and how she came to write numerous books in just a few years. She also shares 3 tips for the listener who wants to write a book.

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Building a Global Business Around Solving a Problem with Rob Smith show art Building a Global Business Around Solving a Problem with Rob Smith

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Martyn takes the helm in this episode and shares a conversation with internationally competitive wheelchair racer, Rob Smith. In addition to his racing, Rob is also the creator of Active Hands gripping aids. Martyn asks Rob about his personal story that led to the creation of Active Hands, Rob walks us through his process of product development and how he moved from a personal solution to a global business.

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

The Xceptional Podcast Network hosts came together to record a fun holiday show for you! Matt Hott, co-founder and co-host of the Speech Science podcast leads this fun group through a little show info, 2020 goals, and lots of laughs.

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

We return once again with Mai Ling and the Xceptional Podcast Network team to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association national convention. In this episode, Mai shares some great conversations that she recorded with ASHA19 attendees who write blogs in the SLP space. Featured today are Hallie Sherman, Kristin Cummings, and Whitney Smith.

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Martyn takes the helm in this episode and shares a conversation with internationally competitive wheelchair racer, Rob Smith. In addition to his racing, Rob is also the creator of Active Hands gripping aids, a line of products designed to assist people with disabilities or injuries that affect their ability to grip. Martyn asks Rob about his personal story that led to the creation of Active Hands, Rob walks us through his process of product development and how he moved from a personal solution to a global business.