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Observing Without Eyesight with Dr. Mona Minkara

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Release Date: 09/11/2023

Resilient Leadership and AAC Advocacy with Kim Vuong show art Resilient Leadership and AAC Advocacy with Kim Vuong

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Oanh "Kim" Vuong is our guest for today’s episode. As a person with cerebral palsy and an AAC user who is an active advocate, she offers a unique and valuable perspective on disability leadership. Mai Ling chats with Kim about the independent confidence she developed at a young age, her advocacy work in southern California, and some of the initiatives she’s currently undertaking. From curriculum development to beach accessibility issues, Kim is an example of a leader who tackles the task despite the challenges.

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Integrating AI into Your Business with Mai Ling & James show art Integrating AI into Your Business with Mai Ling & James

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

In this episode, our hosts tackle the timely topic of using Artificial Intelligence tools in your disability-focused business. Mai Ling and James give you a crash course on AI, covering this subject from various angles including ethical considerations, practical uses of tools like ChatGPT, integrating AI into your entrepreneurship efforts, tips for writing prompts, and more!

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Connecting Neurodivergent Jobseekers and Employers with Jhillika Kumar & Conner Reinhardt show art Connecting Neurodivergent Jobseekers and Employers with Jhillika Kumar & Conner Reinhardt

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

We have two great guests in this episode! James sits down for a conversation with Jhillika Kumar and Conner Reinhardt, the CEO, and COO respectively, of Mentra. As a neurodiversity employment network, one of the goals of Mentra is to connect neurodivergent jobseekers with jobs, but it goes beyond that. Jhillika and Conner talk in depth about all the problems that Mentra aims to solve, why a neurodiverse workforce is an advantage, and how universal design fits into this discussion. They also share a bit about their own experiences with neurodiversity.

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Accessibility in Space with Anna Voelker show art Accessibility in Space with Anna Voelker

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

In this episode, Mai Ling is joined by guest Anna Voelker, founder and Executive Director of SciAccess, Inc. SciAccess is an international nonprofit that promotes disability inclusion in STEM education, outreach, and research and Anna speaks with Mai Ling about the beginnings of the non-profit, what universal design is, and having an early interest in space that led to later endeavors. They also chat about what accessibility really means and the AstroAccess initiative, a program focused on furthering disability inclusion in space exploration.

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Our guest today is speaker and award-winning author Carol Van Den Hende. She talks with Mai Ling about her novels which are helping both people with disabilities and their loved ones.  These fictional stories draw from Carol’s Chinese American heritage and in addition to telling heart-warming, genuine narratives, they also explore themes such as accessibility, inclusive design, and how cultural background affects relationships. She also shares some of her experiences around book publishing as well.

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The Intersection of ADHD, Women, and Asian Culture with Kim To show art The Intersection of ADHD, Women, and Asian Culture with Kim To

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Certified ADHD Coach, public speaker, and entrepreneur, Kim To, joins Mai Ling Chan on this episode to share her thoughts and experiences with ADHD. Kim talks about the journey to her diagnosis and why she moved into coaching others with this same challenge. She also talks about the unique situation of being an Asian woman with an ADHD diagnosis, which Mai Ling has also experienced. This insightful conversation offers an oft-overlooked perspective on ADHD from two women who are living it every day.

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De-Stigmatizing Stuttering & Business Growth Tips with Maya Chupkov show art De-Stigmatizing Stuttering & Business Growth Tips with Maya Chupkov

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Today’s guest on the podcast is fellow podcaster, Maya Chupkov. Maya is the Executive Director, Producer and Host of Proud Stutter, an award winning and multi-nominated podcast and advocacy nonprofit organization that is de-stigmatizing stuttering and embracing speech diversity. She speaks with James about her story of growing up with a stutter, what prompted her to launch the podcast, and how her PR experience has benefitted what she’s doing now. This conversation is full of tips that you can apply to your own disability-focused business today.

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Our guest for the very first episode of 2024 is award-winning professional actor, voice actor, and broadcaster Zach Damon. We’re thrilled to kick off the new year talking to Zach about his advocacy work in the disability space using his skills and experience in media production. Zach has developed a TV show that he also hosts, along with numerous other projects in the broadcast media arena. He also does advocacy work at the city government level as well as with the Boy Scouts. This great conversation is the perfect way to start 2024 and inspire you in your efforts.

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The Best of 2023 Disability Leadership with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges show art The Best of 2023 Disability Leadership with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Don’t miss the final episode of the Xceptional Leaders podcast for 2023! Our hosts, Mai Ling and James, share some valuable information as they look back over this past year. They talk about the strides that were made in the area of disability in 2023, highlights from some of this year’s guests, and success stories from around the world. They also share some areas that still need improvement as well as a look at what’s coming down the road too. Join us for this special wrap-up of 2023!

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Our guest today is neurodivergent Ukrainian entrepreneur and mental health enthusiast, Julia Ovcharenko. She talks with Mai Ling about the stigma around ADHD and adjusting to ADHD and neurodiversity diagnoses as an adult, which is a very personal topic for Mai Ling, as she shares in the introduction segment before the interview. As the CEO and Founder of Numo ADHD, a new app for adults with ADHD, Julia is dedicated to creating a thriving community and vital resources for those with ADHD. The app has productivity aids, support groups, and many other features to assist users and help them...

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Dr. Mona Minkara chats with James in today’s episode about how to use other senses beyond eyesight to observe scientifically. Mona is a blind assistant professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University and a travel vlogger who lives by the maxim that vision is more than sight. In this fascinating conversation with James, she talks about her interest in science at an early age, how she uses other senses in her scientific work, and how curiosity is an integral part of her personality. She also shares her passion for traveling the world and thoughts on overcoming the doubts that so many of us face.