Human Potential At Work hosted by Debra Ruh

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 the people in your organization.

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Podcast Episode List

#49: Humanizing Your Brand Through Storytelling

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.

#48: Cutting Ourselves Some Slack

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.

#47: How Strengthening Democracy Helps Unleash Human Potential

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.

#46: Taking Care of Ourselves

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.

#45: How Social Media can be Used for Good

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.

#44: Moving Past Labels and Overcoming Fear

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.

#43: Does Technology Help or Hinder Us ?

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.

#42: Lessons from a Blind Filmmaker

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.

#41: How Accessibility Helps Your Bottom Line

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.

#40: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

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.

#39: Social Attitudes Towards Persons with Disabilities – What Needs to Change

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.

#38: Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer, Jenny Lay-Flurrie

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.

#37: Creating a Business Model for Greater Social Impact

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.

#36: Is Your Thinking Holding You Back

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.

#35: The Missing Secret: with Dr. Joe Vitale

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.

Rebecca Tinsley
#34: Waging Peace and Unlocking Human Potential

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”.

Sara Ruh
#33: Listening More Deeply:A Conversation With Sarah Ruh

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.

Lainey Feingold
#32: The Power of Structured Negotation

30 Nov 2016

Author and civil rights lawyer Lainey Feingold discusses the power of structured negotiation to increase access for persons with disabilities.

Emma Claire
#31: Staying Body Positive Through Cancer

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.

Deb Doggit
#30: The Importance of Diversity

16 Nov 2016

This episode features an interview with Deb Dagit, as she discusses how inclusion and diversity help to unlock human potential.

Dennis Palumbo
#29: Disability and Creativity

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.

Rosemary Musachio
#28: Unlocking Our Gifts and Talents

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.

Axel Lublois
#27: Creating Policies that Work

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.

Tony Coehlo
#26: Tony Coelho on Sponsoring the ADA

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.

Jennifer Brown
#25: Creating Inclusive Leadership and Valuing Diversity

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.

#24: Bringing Your Best Self to Work

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.

Bruce Van Horn
#23: Doing What You Love and Overcoming Limitations

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.

Doug Foresta
#22: Walking Through Challenges and Honoring
Where We Are

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.

Doug Foresta
#21: Should We Be Paid Well for Social Good

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.

Matthew Shapiro
#20: Creating Your Own Opportunities

7 Sep 2016

What do you do if you can’t find your way in the workforce due to discrimination or other factors?

Neil Milliken
#19: Dyslexia, Inclusion, and Success

31 Aug 2016

This episode features an interview with Neil Milliken as he shares his story and journey of discovering that he had dyslexia.

Doug Foresto
#18: The Upside of Disability

24 Aug 2016

This episode features a conversation between Doug Foresta and Debra Ruh .

Rick Sizemore
#17: The Benefits of Vocational Rehabilitation

17 Aug 2016

This episode features an interview with Rick Sizemore, director of the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.

Lance Secretan
#16: The Power of Inspiration 

10 Aug 2016

This episode features an interview with author, speaker and coach Lance.

Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson
#15: Moving from Trauma to Triumph

3 Aug 2016

This episode features an interview with Elizabeth Akua-Nyarko Patterson, the Founder and Executive Director of Girls Education Initiative of Ghana.

John Donvan
#14: The History of Autism in America:
with John Donvan

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.

Doug Foresta
#13: Tapping Into Hidden Human Potential

20 July 2016

How do we fully tap into the hidden human potential in the workplace?

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#12: Millennial Series #1: Project Starfish

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.

Millenials Working Together
#11: How Millennials Are Changing The World:
A New Series

6 July 2016

In this episode, Debra discusses a new series which will feature millennials who are changing the world for persons with disabilities.

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#10: Best Practices in Inclusion

29 June 2016

In this episode Debra shares stories from her journey speaking at the UN.

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#9: Follow Up From 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.

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#8: My Journey to the UN

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.

Talking with employees with disabilities
#7: How to Speak So Employers Will Understand

8 June 2016

What kind of language are you using when you speak to employers about persons with disabilities?

#6: Inclusion Lessons from an ex-Imagineer

1 June 2016

What lessons can we learn about inclusion from an ex-Disney Imagineer?

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#5: Who Gets to Define “Normal”?

25 May 2016

In this episode Debra discusses the question of who gets to define normal in the workplace.

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#4: Why Does Global Accessibility Awareness Day Matter?

16 May 2016

In this episode Debra talks about Global Accessibility Awareness Day, what it is and why it matters.

#3: Compliance Versus Innovation

4 May 2016

In this episode Debra shares tips about how to go beyond compliance to maximize the potential of your workforce.

sarah ruh
#2: Meet Sara Ruh, Chief Inspiration Officer of Ruh Global

4 May 2016

In this episode you’ll meet Sara Ruh, Chief Inspiration Officer of Ruh Global.

debra ruh
#1: Why Employers Need to Care about Human Potential

4 May 2016

In this episode Debra Ruh, CEO of Ruh Global, discusses the importance of human potential.