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Inclusion, Diversity and encountering something different and unexpected. We all have reacted to different kinds of people and unexpected situations often with fear and unacceptance. Join blind World Trade Center survivor, No. 1 NY Times Bestseller and Chief Vision Officer for accessiBe, Michael Hingson as he talks with thought leaders and others about our often blinding fear of inclusion and our resistance to change. Mike will explore the idea that no matter the situation or different kinds of people we encounter our own fears and prejudices often are the strongest barriers to moving forward.

This podcast is presented by accessCast, an accessiBe initiative.

Unstoppable Mindset Michael Hingson

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Inclusion, Diversity and encountering something different and unexpected. We all have reacted to different kinds of people and unexpected situations often with fear and unacceptance. Join blind World Trade Center survivor, No. 1 NY Times Bestseller and Chief Vision Officer for accessiBe, Michael Hingson as he talks with thought leaders and others about our often blinding fear of inclusion and our resistance to change. Mike will explore the idea that no matter the situation or different kinds of people we encounter our own fears and prejudices often are the strongest barriers to moving forward.

This podcast is presented by accessCast, an accessiBe initiative.

    Unstoppable High Performer and Wise Coach with Danielle Cobo

    Unstoppable High Performer and Wise Coach with Danielle Cobo

    Our guest this time is Danielle Cobo. Danielle began her first entrepreneurial endeavor at the age of seven years of age and never really looked back. Born and raised in Orange County California, Danielle attended college obtaining a BA degree in communication with a minor in psychology.

    After college she began a career in sales where she proved highly successful. Along the way she managed a low performing team she turned into a highly successful one which earned her the title of “Regional Manager of the Year”. She also has won four Sales Excellence awards. Danielle knows how to work and excel even in highly stressful situations.

    In 2020 Danielle made the decision to leave her corporate career as she felt it was best for her life as well as the lives of her husband and twin boys. She will tell us about that and discuss her values of how she feels she, and probably in fact many of us, aught to better make use of our time. As you will hear, she has strong family and personal values.

    At the beginning of 2021 Danielle began to write posts on LinkedIn that soon lead her into a teaching and counselling career she promotes today. She is a coach and a highly knowledgeable leadership and team expert. Danielle is also the author of a book as well as a podcast, Unstoppable Grit. Be sure to check out her podcast and I hope you will purchase her book. It was just released and, even before its release, it has become an Amazon bestseller.

    The business acumen Danielle projects is well worth your time to explore in this episode. I hope you like what Danielle has to say.

    About the Guest:

    Danielle Cobo a former Fortune 500 Senior Sales Manager, is renowned for empowering individuals with the grit, resilience, and courage to thrive professionally and personally.

    With over 15 years of corporate experience, she knows how to build high-performing teams that increase sales, productivity, and employee retention. She propelled her team to the number one national ranking, even amid the upheaval of downsizing, restructuring, and acquisitions. Her commendable leadership earned her Region Manager of the Year. Her resiliency motivated her to earn four consecutive national Sales Excellence Awards.

    Danielle is the best-selling author of Unstoppable Grit and hosts the globally top-rated podcast, Unstoppable Grit Podcast with Danielle Cobo.

    When her husband, a Blackhawk pilot in the Army, was deployed in Iraq for a year, Danielle learned to balance a demanding job while keeping up with her dynamic duo of thrill seeking 1.5-year-old twin boys.

    From a 7-year-old entrepreneur to a two-time 3-day 60-mile walker—she defines relentless ambition.

    Danielle has a bachelor’s in communication with a minor in psychology from the California State University of Fullerton, Certification in Inclusive and Ethical Leadership from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business, and accreditation in DiSC Human Behavior from Personality Insights. Inc., and Leadership from Boston Breakthrough Academy.

    Ways to connect with Danielle:

    Unstoppable Grit Book: https://amzn.to/3tqhr4t

    Connect with Danielle Cobo https://linktr.ee/DanielleCobo

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniellecobo/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedaniellecobo/?hl=en

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheDanielleCobo/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanielleCobo

    Website: www.DanielleCobo.com

    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@daniellecobo

    Unstoppable Grit YouTube: https://youtube.com/@UnstoppableGritPodcast?si=EeZHgq4cyZ3PbT9Q

    Unstoppable Grit Podcast with Danielle Cobo on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0ROM7ru95TF06XzKhTcO5V?si=M1eyb3ZvS8C_sjlz2EGbGg

    Unstoppable Grit Podcast with Danielle Cobo on Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/unstoppable-grit-podcast-with-danielle-cobo/id1571797640

    About the Host:
    Michael Hingson is a New York Times best-selling author, international lecturer, and Chief Vision Officer for accessiBe. Michael, blind sin

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Unstoppable Board-Certified Pediatrician and Master Certified Physician Development Coach with Dr. Joe Sherman

    Unstoppable Board-Certified Pediatrician and Master Certified Physician Development Coach with Dr. Joe Sherman

    Yes, a long title but absolutely appropriate and worth it for this guest. Meet Joe Sherman. Joe grew up in a family being the youngest of seven siblings. His parents who had not gone to college wanted their children to do better than they in part by getting a college education. Joe pretty much always wanted to go into medicine, but first obtained a bachelor’s degree in Engineering. As he said, in case what he really wanted to do didn’t pan out he had something to fall back on.

    Joe, however, did go on and obtain his MD and chose Pediatrics. Wait until you hear his reasoning of why he wanted to help child patients over adults.

    Much of my time with Joe revolves around discussing the current status and future of medicine. Spoiler alert! I already invited Joe back for a second episode. He had a lot of good and interesting material to share and there was simply no way to get it all into one episode. I hope you will find my discussion with Joe Sherman beneficial, productive and helpful to you, especially if you are a doctor.

    About the Guest:

    Dr. Joe Sherman helps health professionals transform their relationship with the unrelenting demands of their jobs and discover a path toward meaning, professional fulfillment, and career longevity. He believes the key to personal and professional success lies in bringing “soul to role” in your medical practice.

    Dr. Sherman is a paediatrician, coach and consultant to physicians and healthcare organizations in the areas of cross-cultural medicine, leadership, and provider well-being. He is a facilitator with the Center for Courage & Renewal and a Master Certified Physician Development Coach with the Physician Coaching Institute.

    Dr. Sherman has been in pediatric practice for over 35 years concentrating on healthcare delivery to underserved and medically complex children in the District of Columbia, Tacoma, Seattle, Uganda, and Bolivia. He has held numerous faculty positions and is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington.
    Learn more at skyeteam.com

    Ways to connect with Dr.Joe:

    My website is:
    https://joeshermanmd.com/

    LinkedIn:
    www.linkedin.com/in/joeshermanmd

    Direct email connection:
    joe@joeshermanmd.com

    About the Host:
    Michael Hingson is a New York Times best-selling author, international lecturer, and Chief Vision Officer for accessiBe. Michael, blind since birth, survived the 9/11 attacks with the help of his guide dog Roselle. This story is the subject of his best-selling book, Thunder Dog.

    Michael gives over 100 presentations around the world each year speaking to influential groups such as Exxon Mobile, AT&T, Federal Express, Scripps College, Rutgers University, Children’s Hospital, and the American Red Cross just to name a few. He is Ambassador for the National Braille Literacy Campaign for the National Federation of the Blind and also serves as Ambassador for the American Humane Association’s 2012 Hero Dog Awards.

    https://michaelhingson.com
    https://www.facebook.com/michael.hingson.author.speaker/
    https://twitter.com/mhingson
    https://www.youtube.com/user/mhingson
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelhingson/

    accessiBe Links
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    https://www.youtube.com/c/accessiBe
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/accessibe/mycompany/

    https://www.facebook.com/accessibe/

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Unstoppable Financial Services CEO with Shawn Smith

    Unstoppable Financial Services CEO with Shawn Smith

    Our guest this week, Shawn Smith, is a 20-year veteran in the financial services industry. In 2015 he founded and still is the chairman and CEO of Dedicated Financial GBC. As he will tell us, he founded the company on a new and innovative model that is designed to do a much better job of connecting with those who are in financial trouble. While many people say they have a new and different widget or model, Shawn proves his worth and will show all of us his successes and he gladly discusses his leadership strategies.

    Shawn never went to college and took a career path somewhat different than that of his parents and grandparents. However, as you will see, he made life and career choices that built him and his life philosophy to where he is today.

    I found my time with Shawn not only informative, but I found his philosophy and thoughts worth listening to more than once. I hope you will agree.

    About the Guest:

    Shawn Smith is chairman and CEO of Dedicated Financial GBC. When Shawn founded the company in 2015, his vision was to create a new kind of commercial loan portfolio management company, combining both a new model of connecting on a personal level with those in financial trouble and a new corporate philanthropy model.

    Shawn created a model of philanthropy that leverages the resources of Dedicated Financial GBC to improve communities around the world, donating both money and time to help nonprofits achieve their missions. Shawn and his wife, Stephanie, have focused their personal philanthropy on children's health and well-being, education, hunger, and other social issues.

    Shawn believes that businesses have the greatest opportunity to change the world and Dedicated is taking steps to prove that. He has embraced a multi-stakeholder approach to leadership, serving all stakeholders including clients, team members, business partners, and communities-to make the world a better place. Shawn also inspires fellow business leaders to do the same by sponsoring client service trips to underdeveloped countries and ensuring that, at Dedicated Financial GBC, men and women are paid equally for comparable work.

    Shawn is a 20-year veteran of the financial services industry. Prior to launching Dedicated Financial GBC, he worked at various companies where team members were devalued and unappreciated, thus fueling his passion for justice and equality in business as well as in life.

    Ways to connect with Shawn:
    www.DedicatedGBC.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawn-r-smith-a2439241/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/6383546/admin/feed/posts/
    https://www.facebook.com/dedicatedgbc
    www.Twitter/DedicatedGBC.com

    About the Host:
    Michael Hingson is a New York Times best-selling author, international lecturer, and Chief Vision Officer for accessiBe. Michael, blind since birth, survived the 9/11 attacks with the help of his guide dog Roselle. This story is the subject of his best-selling book, Thunder Dog.

    Michael gives over 100 presentations around the world each year speaking to influential groups such as Exxon Mobile, AT&T, Federal Express, Scripps College, Rutgers University, Children’s Hospital, and the American Red Cross just to name a few. He is Ambassador for the National Braille Literacy Campaign for the National Federation of the Blind and also serves as Ambassador for the American Humane Association’s 2012 Hero Dog Awards.

    https://michaelhingson.com
    https://www.facebook.com/michael.hingson.author.speaker/
    https://twitter.com/mhingson
    https://www.youtube.com/user/mhingson
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelhingson/

    accessiBe Links
    https://accessibe.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/c/accessiBe
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/accessibe/mycompany/

    https://www.facebook.com/accessibe/

    Thanks for listening!

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Unstoppable Professional Relationship Expert with Morag Barrett

    Unstoppable Professional Relationship Expert with Morag Barrett

    Morag Barrett was born and grew up in England where she had what she would say is a “normal childhood”. She climbed trees, rode her bike and did all those things kids do. After high school., she went into the workforce at a bank. Although she did advance in her jobs, she grew more interested in professional development and human resources issues.

    She received a Master’s degree in human resources and changed careers from banking and finance to a more human resource arena. In 2005 she, her husband moved from England to Colorado, both for job opportunities. In 2007 Morag founded SkyeTeam where, at last count, she and her team have supported the development of more than 10,000 leaders from 20 countries and on 6 continents. She focuses on professional development and relationships.

    Morag is the author of three books as you will learn. As you will see elsewhere in these notes, Morag offers free books to the first 50 people who request them.

    I found the many lessons and observations Morag offers during our conversation to be sensible and practical tidbits we all can use. I hope you find them to be the same.

    About the Guest:

    Morag Barrett is a sought-out executive coach and leadership expert who helps leaders achieve outstanding results through the power of their professional relationships. At last count Morag and her company SkyeTeam have supported the development of more than 10,000 leaders from 20 countries and on 6 continents.
    She’s the award-winning author of three books: Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships; The Future-Proof Workplace; and her latest book You, Me, We: Why we all need a friend at work (and how to show up as one!). She’s been recognized by Thinkers360 and PeopleHum as an HR Thought Leader to Watch.
    Learn more at skyeteam.com

    Ways to connect with Morag:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/moragbarrett/
    Website: SkyeTeam.com
    Ally Mindset Profile: skyeteam.cloud/youmewe

    About the Host:
    Michael Hingson is a New York Times best-selling author, international lecturer, and Chief Vision Officer for accessiBe. Michael, blind since birth, survived the 9/11 attacks with the help of his guide dog Roselle. This story is the subject of his best-selling book, Thunder Dog.

    Michael gives over 100 presentations around the world each year speaking to influential groups such as Exxon Mobile, AT&T, Federal Express, Scripps College, Rutgers University, Children’s Hospital, and the American Red Cross just to name a few. He is Ambassador for the National Braille Literacy Campaign for the National Federation of the Blind and also serves as Ambassador for the American Humane Association’s 2012 Hero Dog Awards.

    https://michaelhingson.com
    https://www.facebook.com/michael.hingson.author.speaker/
    https://twitter.com/mhingson
    https://www.youtube.com/user/mhingson
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelhingson/

    accessiBe Links
    https://accessibe.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/c/accessiBe
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/accessibe/mycompany/

    https://www.facebook.com/accessibe/

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    Transcription Notes

    Michael Hingson ** 00:00
    Access Cast and accessiBe Initiative presents Unstoppable Mindset. The podcas

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Unstoppable Trilingual Presentation Coach and International Speaker, Part Two with Brian Drury

    Unstoppable Trilingual Presentation Coach and International Speaker, Part Two with Brian Drury

    Welcome to the first time we continue an interview with a second episode. You met Brian in August of 2023. He had so much to say and so many of you expressed an interest in hearing more that I invited him back for a second go around.

    Brian offered us so many life lessons in our first episode together that it was hard to end so abruptly. This time we will delve more into how his talk went viral as well as some of the physical and mental challenges he has faced during his life’s journey. We get to learn more about Brian the person and why he is the way he is.

    This time he discusses in depth his speech that went“viral”in 2018. He tells us much more about his journey including more about why he left the supply chain world to go out on his own.

    Once again Brian offers us many lessons about being unstoppable and how to live life. I love listening to him possibly because he, like me, tells stories to illustrate points. I hope you love this second episode with Brian as much as everyone seemed to like his first time on Unstoppable Mindset.

    About the Guest:

    Brian Drury is a trilingual (English, Spanish, Portuguese) international speaker and presentation coach who helps his clients to master the skills of public speaking and effective communication to improve their:speeches, interviewing, networking, presentations, sales pitches, and more!

    Working with executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations around the world, Brian provides proven frameworks and strategies that help his clients know they can confidently present in any scenario, even on short notice.

    One of Brian’s speeches went viral with over 20 million views on Facebook alone.

    Additionally, he is a best-selling author, podcaster, content creator, and former Fortune 300 internal consultant.

    He offers 1-on-1 coaching, group coaching, workshops and keynote speeches for entrepreneurs, executives, and working professionals alike.

    Ways to connect with Brian:

    Craft Your Keynote event,
    https://thebriandrury.com/craft-your-keynote/

    Website:
    https://thebriandrury.com/

    LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/briancdrury/

    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/thebriandrury/

    Free Facebook Group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/powerfulpublicspeaker

    Book Link:
    https://www.amazon.com/First-Step-Brian-C-Drury/dp/151921538X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1689899768&sr=8-1

    About the Host:
    Michael Hingson is a New York Times best-selling author, international lecturer, and Chief Vision Officer for accessiBe. Michael, blind since birth, survived the 9/11 attacks with the help of his guide dog Roselle. This story is the subject of his best-selling book, Thunder Dog.

    Michael gives over 100 presentations around the world each year speaking to influential groups such as Exxon Mobile, AT&T, Federal Express, Scripps College, Rutgers University, Children’s Hospital, and the American Red Cross just to name a few. He is Ambassador for the National Braille Literacy Campaign for the National Federation of the Blind and also serves as Ambassador for the American Humane Association’s 2012 Hero Dog Awards.

    https://michaelhingson.com
    https://www.facebook.com/michael.hingson.author.speaker/
    https://twitter.com/mhingson
    https://www.youtube.com/user/mhingson
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelhingson/

    accessiBe Links
    https://accessibe.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/c/accessiBe
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/accessibe/mycompany/

    https://www.facebook.com/accessibe/

    Thanks for listening!

    Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page. Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!

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    Lea

    • 59 min
    Unstoppable Shaman in Journey with Aaron Waldron

    Unstoppable Shaman in Journey with Aaron Waldron

    I think I am safe in saying that my conversation with our guest, Aaron Waldron is one of the most unique and stimulating one I have had the honor to have. Aaron has, through their life, had a number of run-ins with parts of organized religion which, as they says, left them quite traumatized. Even so, they firmly believes in God and knows that God is in and all around us as they will tell us.

    In their life, they spent five years in the military. They also have spent much time searching for what they feel is their life’s direction. As you will learn, they currently are pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry degree.

    One of the fascinating things about Aaron is that they have determined that they need to refer to themselves in the third person which they feels God is leading them to do in order that they remove more of the “I” out of their world. They will talk about their dissertation and their creation of the concept of Public Space Communities. I leave it to Aaron to explain this.

    I hope you find our session today as fascinating and thought provoking, as do I. It is always wonderful to learn about different points of view and how we should explore integrating them into our own thought processes.

    About the Guest:

    My name is Aaron Waldron; we are a 36-year-old religiously traumatized Theopoet: a Shaman in Journey. Our pronouns are they, their and them. We do not identify in the singular first-person pronoun (I), but instead, we identify as a collective third person pronoun (we). As a we continue to develop into a Path-Maker trekking unfollowable paths that take us on a Journey towards Self; we are currently in a doctoral process at the New York Theological Seminary seeking to develop spaces between larger spaces that offers community for religiously traumatized people and study a complicated form of suffering called, "religious trauma." It’s my own religious trauma that inspires me to empathize and study religious trauma among humans in the 21st century. We seek to understand our Self through suffering entangled in religious trauma.

    We were born and raised under a Full Balsamic Moon (Often relied upon as a source for inspiration and energy) in Brooklyn, New York on March 15th (My Zodiac is Pisces) in the year 1987 C.E.; surviving the NYC shelter systems since we could walk with our Mother and younger brother. We have experienced religious trauma all our life. My Mother, a primal relationship embodying the Mother archetype, was colonized by a hateful religion (colonized Christianity) that forced her to be an extension of an invisible oppressor. We grew up hearing things like: "Aaron, I am your Mother and God commands you to obey me." We typically were punished by reading the Bible in my underwear while kneeling on rice with my face in a corner. Barriers of religious hatred prevented me from being my natural Self. Living under this imprisonment and oppression caused me to develop suicidal thoughts while attending the High School of Art & Design. After attempting and failing twice, we settled to venture into college with the support and encouragement of our Nana.

    During my first year at college, my girlfriend at the time was pregnant; we decided to drop out of college and joined the Army to provide for my beautiful daughter Serenity. During the time the "9/11 Attacks" made joining the military very enticing and patriotic. After serving about five years (2007-2012) and deploying to Iraq in 2010 for a year; we closed that chapter of our life and transitioned back into civilian life in 2012. We were homeless for a while, living in our car and going to school. It was an interesting time in my life, the friends we made got us through some dark times and we are eternally grateful. Ended up in Atlanta, GA helping homeless veterans get housing and employment as a "case manager and recruiter." We loved helping people who were in situations we have been in- we were able to empathize in ways others couldn't at the time. One day we

    • 1 hr 4 min

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