Social Impact, Inclusion, and Empowerment of everyone including Persons with Disabilities. How do we bring out the potential in all people, including those with disabilities? Get ready to be inspired, hear success stories and learn tips and principles for bringing out the best in everyone.
Podcast Episode List
22 March 2018
Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer, and Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, joins the program for this special 100th edition of Human Potential at Work.Discover the work that Vint is doing to help make the internet more useful and accessible.
14 March 2018
In this episode, Debra is joined by Doug Foresta, producer of Human Potential at Work, and Christina Block, who does prison ministry work. Discover the need for prison reform, why persons with disabilities can end up in the prison system, and what needs to happen in order to help bring out the full human potential of ex-offenders.
7 March 2018
Lou Orslene, Co-Director of the Job Accommodation Network, joins the program to discuss some of the various myths about accommodations, and the power of reasonable accommodations to help unleash the human potential of all people, including those with disabilities.
28 February 2018
José M Alvarez joins the program to discuss the efforts that he is making to create programs that make technology more accessible for persons with disabilities. José also shares how he empowers his students by teaching them coding skills and how he has created software and apps that can teach skills in an accessible way. He also shares his most recent efforts which involve starting a foundation to help develop the next generation of programmers.
21 February 2018
Nipun Malhotra joins the program from India to discuss his journey of being diagnosed with a disability called arthrogryposis, which caused the muscles in the arms and legs to be underdeveloped. Nipun shares how he decided to sit up for his rights in 2012, starting the Nipman Foundation that works in the area of health and advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.
14 February 2018
Joyce Bender from Bender Consulting Services discusses the efforts that she has made in providing employers with reliable talent, as well as giving well-trained individuals with disabilities the chance to display their abilities and enhance their lives through solid careers. Joyce also shares how she is using her program “Disability Matters” to document the history of the disability community.
7 February 2018
TEDx speaker and ADA attorney Kate Nicholson discusses her journey with chronic pain, and how opioid treatment helped her in her healing process. Kate discusses how, on the right dose of pain medicine, she drafted the current regulations under the ADA, coordinated with the White House and supervised thousands of cases by hundreds of attorneys across the country from a screen and well-camouflaged bed.
31 January 2018
This episode features a 3-way conversation with Debra, her producer Doug Foresta, and Paige Mayer from Eturi as they discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise from parenting in the digital age. Paige discusses the benefits of Eturi’s parental control app “Our Pact” which allows users to locate their children and block screen time on mobile devices.
24 January 2018
Family Nurse Practitioner and podcaster Cindy Kennedy joins the program to discuss her journey of living with chronic Lyme Disease and the challenges that she had to overcome in getting diagnosed and finding the appropriate treatment.
17 January 2018
Ryan Eder, Founder and CEO of IncludeFitness™, shares the work that his company is doing digitizing physical medicine, rehabilitation and wellness to achieve better outcomes at lower costs.
10 January 2018
Murteza Khan from the Bangladesh Business and Disability Network discusses the efforts the organization is making in bringing together employers who are committed to developing a more disability inclusive workforce in Bangladesh.
3 January 2018
Debra is joined by Doug Foresta, producer of Human Potential at Work, as they reflect on what they are most grateful for over the past year. Doug and Debra also discuss the evolution of the show, and where they see the program heading over the next year. Discover some of the biggest takeaways from the past year’s episodes and topics.
27 December 2017
Claudia Guardiola from Movimiento Congruencia joins the program to discuss the initiatives that they are taking to help increase disability inclusion in Mexico, and to make sure that people with disabilities are included in the conversation. Discover how they are sharing best practices with other countries and which companies are leading the way when it comes to B2B disability inclusion in Mexico.
20 December 2017
Teresa Shea Booher, David Bray and Layli Suel join the program to discuss why we need positive change agents across organizations and sectors. Discover why change that matters is done not by any one person, but by change agents who are willing to step out across sectors and to demonstrate a way to move forward and what you can do to help make a difference.
13 December 2017
David Bray and Mei Lin Fung from People Centered Internet join the program to discuss how the internet can be used for social good and the efforts they are making to help billions of new users connect to the internet. Discover a broader definition of accessibility and the importance of how the internet can be used to bring people together and how the private sector, public sector and individuals can combine forces to humanize the internet.
6 December 2017
Richard Schatzberg, Advisory Board Chair for Ruh Global, discusses his thoughts about the need to unite the disability community, and the role that social media can play in doing so. Richard also shares why he thinks it is crucial to make the business case for engaging the disability community, and gives some examples of brands who are doing this effectively, and the payoff for their efforts.
29 November 2017
Cerina Vincent, who stars on the #1 most watched Disney Channel comedy series “Stuck In The Middle” joins the program to discuss the evolution of her career, and the importance of finding a personal definition of success. Cerina also shares her experience of being cast in the film “Broken Memories” a romantic drama centering around the issue of Alzheimers.
22 November 2017
Roy Andersen joins the program to discuss the importance of inclusion in education and how to remove the blocks that keep students from learning. Roy shares his own experiences of struggling as a young student and what it taught him about how education needs to change.
15 November 2017
Jamey Edwards, CEO of Cloudbreak Health, shares the work he’s been doing to humanize and fix the healthcare system in the US. Discover how Cloudbreak is providing innovative solutions that allow for greater ease of access for patients, better communication between providers, and empowerment of patients, providers and hospitals.
8 November 2017
Leadership coach and speaker Kelly Meerbott joins the program to discuss how she helps her clients grow and become the best version of themselves. Kelly also shares the practices that she uses for her own personal growth and discusses her work with Ken’s Krew, an organization that helps persons with disabilities to successfully enter the workforce and find meaningful employment.
1 November 2017
August de los Reyes, head of design and research at Pinterest, discusses accessibility through better design, and why he left his position as the lead designer of XBox to work at Pinterest. August also discusses disability as a design problem and why better design benefits everyone.
25 October 2017
Sensory design consultant and workshop facilitator Alastair Somerville, joins the program to discuss how inclusive design benefits everyone, not only persons with disabilities. Alastair shares his thoughts about how to improve design and make it more responsive for all, as shares stories from his own design projects.
18 October 2017
In this special episode, recorded live in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Debra speaks with Engineer Suhail Al-Almaee as he discusses the efforts that his country is making to become a world-class leader in disability inclusion.
11 October 2017
Doug and Debra discuss the idea of working with “bad” brands who may have corporate practices that others have disagreed with, but are now tackling social change and social good initiatives, and the pros and cons of doing so.
4 October 2017
Dick Traum, founder of Achilles International, shares his inspirational story of becoming the first above the knee amputee to complete the New York City Marathon, and how running and completing marathons can be an empowering experience.
27 September 2017
Patrick J Romzek, LifeChanger Executive Consultant, and Kelly Jones, Talent Acquisition Leader for Cisco Systems, discuss the employment challenges that face people with disabilities and the work that Cisco is doing to employ, empower and transform the lives of persons with disabilities. They also their innovative LifeChanger program and the positive results they are achieving.
21 September 2017
David Banes returns to the program to discuss how technological disruption can benefit persons with disabilities. David discusses his thoughts about dealing with the pros and cons of disruption. David also shares case examples of technological disruption and what we can learn from them.
13 September 2017
Debra and Doug Foresta discuss grief and gratitude and how the two can coexist. Discover how to navigate the stages of grief, and how to incorporate gratitude into your life even during tough times.
7 September 2017
Kevin Ruh, Chief Marketing Officer for Ruh Global Communications, discusses what it was like to grow up with a sibling with a disability. Kevin shares his reflections on what he has learned along the way and how his experiences have shaped his point of view about human potential. He also shares tips for listeners about how to stay positive and motivated even in tough times.
30 August 2017
Debra and her producer, Doug Foresta, discuss the challenges and potential upside of aging, and the connection to human potential. Will a growing population of older people be able to create positive social change? Debra also shares tips for positive aging.
23 August 2017
Vlad Stevens, HR Director at Charles River Community Health, discusses the importance of including a diverse population in the workforce, and the work that he has done as an HR professional with international brands, including Staples and Walgreens. Vlad discusses what needs to happen to achieve real diversity both in the US and abroad.
16 August 2017
John Kemp, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center, discusses how he has was able to flourish despite being born with a disability and losing his mother at a young age. John also discusses the success rate that the Viscardi Center has when it comes to educating, employing and empowering persons with disabilities.
9 August 2017
Social marketing strategist Ted Rubin joins Debra for a discussion about the difference between “ROI” (Return on Investment) and “RonR” (Return on Relationship), as well as how social media can be used to have authentic conversations.
2 August 2017
Bestselling author and speaker Lolly Daskal joins the program to discuss her new book “The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You And Your Greatness.” Lolly talks about the importance of discovering who we are, and the 7 archetypes that leaders need to embrace in order to be truly great.
26 July 2017
Debra is joined by her producer, Doug Foresta, and Richard Streitz, COO of Ruh Global Communications, as they discuss the increasing number of people who are aging in place in their homes, and the connection to the disability conversation.
19 July 2017
LaMondre Pough shares his story of living with spinal muscular atrophy and succeeding and thriving despite doctors saying that he would not live to be 5 years old. Lamondre shares advice and inspiration for overcoming obstacles and living life to the fullest.
12 July 2017
David Pérez, Chief Global Strategist at Ruh Global Communications, discusses his perspective on disability and inclusion growing up in Costa Rica.
5 July 2017
Malcom Glenn, Strategic Partnerships Manager at Uber, joins the program to discuss the efforts that Uber is making in terms of diversity and disability inclusion.
28 June 2017
Debra and Doug discuss takeaways and lessons from the event Promoting Disability Inclusion Globally, which took place in Washington DC on June 20th, 2017.
21 June 2017
Tony Coelho, former US Representative and primary sponsor of the ADA, returns to the program to discuss his story of how he overcame the stigma associated with having epilepsy and how he has been able to positively impact millions of lives through his work. Tony also discusses how the disability community can continue to grow and advocate for chan
14 June 2017
Debra is joined by her podcast producer, Doug Foresta, and discusses the upcoming event, Promoting Disability Inclusion Globally, which takes place on June 20th, 2017 in Washington DC and the importance of having global conversations about disability inclusion. Discover the topics and speakers at the event, and why the time is right for a global business-to-business conversation.
7 June 2017
Stefan Tromel, Senior Disability Specialist of the International Labour Organization (ILO) joins the program to discuss how the ILO promotes equality of opportunity and treatment for persons with disabilities in the world of work.
31 May 2017
Karen Curry, author, coach and Human Design Specialist, joins the program to discuss her journey from struggling with bankruptcy and repossession to creating a successful business. Karen shares her thoughts on what it takes to overcome challenges, both external and internal and how to find true peace.
24 May 2017
Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? This special episode features an interview with Rebecca Palpant Shimkets, associate director for the Carter Center’s Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
17 May 2017
Debra and Doug Foresta discuss the connection between disability rights and human rights, and how we can strengthen both. Discover what is possible when we view people through the lens of potential vs. weaknesses.
10 May 2017
David Banes, founder of David Banes Access and Inclusion, discusses how technology is impacting persons with disabilities and some of the opportunities and challenges that remain when it comes to creating assistive technologies. Discover a big shift that is occurring with- mainstream technologies and the implications for the disability community.
3 May 2017
Doug and Debra discuss the most common thinking patterns that keep us stuck, and how to overcome them. Discover tips for moving past “stuckness” and living your full potential.
25 Apr 2017
Debra and Doug discusses the challenges and opportunities that come with aging and disability and the often overlooked issues that come with both. Discover the gifts of aging and how brands can better engage the aging and disability community.
19 Apr 2017
Doug and Debra discuss mistakes that brands make, including the recent incident with United Airlines and what brands can learn from this event. Debra shares her perspective on how brands can make a deep and lasting connection with the community of persons with disabilities. Discover how brands can communicate that they care about the disability community, and how the community can reward brands for their positive efforts.
12 Apr 2017
Sandy Carter, Vice President of Amazon Web Services, is considered one of the leading pioneers in the digital business revolution. In this episode, Sandy and I discuss how technology can empower women. Discover why diversity matters when it comes to developing technology and what companies need to think about when it comes to creating diverse technology teams.
5 Apr 2017
Doug and Debra share their reflections on how brands can maximize their efforts in communicating their stories to customers in order to increase loyalty and engagement. Debra discusses what brands get right and wrong when it comes to speaking to persons with disabilities and takeaways for brands about how they can maximize their efforts.
29 Mar 2017
This episode features an interview with globally-recognized business and marketing innovator, international speaker, and Author, Ekaterina Walter. Ekaterina discusses the importance of brand storytelling for increased profitability and social impact, and how organizations can humanize their brand through storytelling.
22 Mar 2017
Debra and Doug discuss a recent viral video and the response to it, and the connection to “cutting ourselves some slack.” Debra shares her perspective and advice on how to have more compassion for ourselves and others and what to do when things don’t go as planned.
15 Mar 2017
This episode features David Carroll, Director of Democracy at the Carter Center, and Avery Davis-Roberts who manages the Center’s Democratic Election Standards Project. David and Avery discuss why strengthening democracy matters, some of the biggest challenges when it comes to building democracy and the connection between democracy and human potential.
08 Mar 2017
In this episode Doug and Debra discuss the importance of taking care of ourselves, tips on how to do that, and the connection to human potential. Discover a simple but powerful exercise for changing your mental state from negative to positive, and also how to notice when you are going into a “flight or fight” response.
01 Mar 2017
Doug Foresta, producer of Human Potential at Work, joins Debra for a conversation about the benefits of social media, and how social media can be used for great social good. Debra shares why and when she first came online, and the first social media platforms that she used. Discover how to choose the right social media platforms for you, and how to use social media for positive social change.
22 Feb 2017
Debra discusses her recent experiences trying to get counseling for her daughter, Sara, and the lessons about labels and fear. Debra and Doug Foresta (the show’s producer) explore how labels get in the way, and how we begin to overcome fears and limiting beliefs.
15 Feb 2017
Debra Ruh and Doug Foresta discuss the positives and negatives of technology, and how we can effectively navigate technology and social media. Doug and Debra discuss how we can use technology to the fullest, but also unplug and make sure to connect to a deeper, calmer place within ourselves.
08 Feb 2017
Michael Schwartz, President of Trailhead Productions, LLC, discusses how he continues to make films despite losing his vision. Michael discusses the lessons for all of us about the dangers of labeling others and making assumptions about what others are capable of.
01 Jan 2017
Paul Smyth, Head of IT Accessibility at Barclays Bank, discusses the importance of digital and technological accessibility. Paul discusses the business advantages of accessibility, beyond mere compliance, and how Barclays is building their accessibility efforts into their brand.
25 Jan 2017
Jennie Mustafa Julock, AKA “The Audacity Coach” joins the program to talk about her new book “Hilda” and shares tips for how to overcome the negative beliefs that keep us stuck from reaching our full human potential. Discover how to develop a more compassionate relationship with yourself and what to do when you feel stuck in overwhelm or fear.
18 Jan 2017
Disability rights advocate Stephane Leblois joins Debra and producer Doug Foresta as they discuss the difference in attitude towards persons with disabilities between the Boomer, Gen X and Millennial generations, and what still needs to change in terms of social attitudes.
11 Jan 2017
Jenny Lay-Flurrie, the Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft, discusses how Microsoft creates a culture of accessibility. Jenny shares her own journey of accessibility as someone who has hearing loss and how she uses technology in her personal and professional life.
04 Jan 2017
Michael Pirron, the founder of Impact Makers, discusses the “B Corporation” and how it can be used to have greater social impact. Michael shares how his own story of how he came to create a new business model that takes social entrepreneurship to a new level.
28 Dec 2016
Kim Ades, CEO of Frame of Mind Coaching, shares her perspective on how to discover the limiting thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back and how to shift those beliefs in order to achieve success. Kim addresses the notion that one of the biggest disabilities is our limited thinking about who we are and what we can do in the world.
21 Dec 2016
Dr. Joe Vitale discusses his new book “The Miracle” and the “missing secret” of the law of attraction. Learn how to clear out beliefs that keep you stuck, and how we can manifest collective change through individual transformation.
14 Dec 2016
This episode features an interview with author, journalist and human rights activist Rebecca Tinsley as she discusses her work in Darfur, as well as her book “When the Stars Fall to Earth”.
7 Dec 2016
This episode features an interview between Debra Ruh and her daughter Sarah, as they discuss Sarah’s feelings about Down syndrome and how society talks about people with Down syndrome.
30 Nov 2016
Author and civil rights lawyer Lainey Feingold discusses the power of structured negotiation to increase access for persons with disabilities.
23 Nov 2016
This episode features an interview with breast cancer survivor Emma Claire as she discusses her journey of staying body positive and the lessons she has learned along the way.
16 Nov 2016
This episode features an interview with Deb Dagit, as she discusses how inclusion and diversity help to unlock human potential.
9 Nov 2016
This episode features an interview with Dennis Palumbo, a former Hollywood screenwriter (Welcome Back Kotter, My Favorite Year) turned psychotherapist and novelist.
2 Nov 2016
This episode features an interview with Rosemary Musachio, Chief Accessibility Officer at Ruh Global Communications, as she discusses her many accomplishments as a technologist and disability advocate, despite having a disability.
26 Oct 2016
This episode features an interview with Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director of G3iCT as he discusses his journey of running multiple businesses and eventually creating a nonprofit dedicated to disability inclusion.
19 Oct 2016
In this episode the Honorable Tony Coelho shares his journey of overcoming the stigma of disability, moving into politics, and eventually becoming the primary sponsor of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
12 Oct 2016
This episode features an interview with speaker, author and consultant Jennifer Brown as she discusses how to lead in a way that values inclusion and diversity.
5 Oct 2016
Authentic marketing expert and business coach George Kao joins the program to discuss how to bring your best self to work, and the importance of love in business.
28 Sept 2016
This episode features an interview with writer, speaker, teacher and coach Bruce Van Horn as he discusses his own journey of finding what he truly loves to do.
21 Sept 2016
In this episode Debra discusses some recent challenges she’s been having with her daughter, Sara, and also about how to walk through challenging times.
14 Sep 2016
This episode features a conversation between Debra and her producer Doug Foresta as they discuss whether we should be paid well for doing work that contributes to the social good.
7 Sep 2016
What do you do if you can’t find your way in the workforce due to discrimination or other factors?
31 Aug 2016
This episode features an interview with Neil Milliken as he shares his story and journey of discovering that he had dyslexia.
24 Aug 2016
This episode features a conversation between Doug Foresta and Debra Ruh .
17 Aug 2016
This episode features an interview with Rick Sizemore, director of the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.
10 Aug 2016
This episode features an interview with author, speaker and coach Lance.
3 Aug 2016
This episode features an interview with Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson, the Founder and Executive Director of Girls Education Initiative of Ghana.
27 July 2016
This episode features an interview with John Donvan, the co-author of “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism,” the New York Times bestseller published in 2016 by Crown Books.
20 July 2016
How do we fully tap into the hidden human potential in the workplace?
13 July 2016
This episode, the first in a series about how young people are changing the world for persons with disabilities, features an interview with Subs Acharya, founder of Project Starfish.
6 July 2016
In this episode, Debra discusses a new series which will feature millennials who are changing the world for persons with disabilities.
29 June 2016
In this episode Debra shares stories from her journey speaking at the UN.
22 June 2016
In this episode Debra shares updates about her visit to the United Nations and what other countries are doing when it comes to disability inclusion.
15 June 2016
In this episode Debra shares how she went from a mother of a person with a disability (which she still is!) to global speaker and most recently was invited to speak at the United Nations.
8 June 2016
What kind of language are you using when you speak to employers about persons with disabilities?
1 June 2016
What lessons can we learn about inclusion from an ex-Disney Imagineer?
25 May 2016
In this episode Debra discusses the question of who gets to define normal in the workplace.
16 May 2016
In this episode Debra talks about Global Accessibility Awareness Day, what it is and why it matters.
4 May 2016
In this episode Debra shares tips about how to go beyond compliance to maximize the potential of your workforce.
4 May 2016
In this episode you’ll meet Sara Ruh, Chief Inspiration Officer of Ruh Global.