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Learn from global disability-focused leaders about high profile topics and how they are truly making a difference. Mai Ling and James give you front row access to intimate conversations that are shaping the way the world is supporting people with disabilities. They share their intimate experiences— so you can start, grow, and expand your impact.

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges Xceptional Podcast Network

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 31 Ratings

Learn from global disability-focused leaders about high profile topics and how they are truly making a difference. Mai Ling and James give you front row access to intimate conversations that are shaping the way the world is supporting people with disabilities. They share their intimate experiences— so you can start, grow, and expand your impact.

    Making an Impact through Fiction with Carol Van Den Hende

    Making an Impact through Fiction with Carol Van Den Hende

    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.

    • 30 min
    The Intersection of ADHD, Women, and Asian Culture with Kim To

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

    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.

    • 30 min
    De-Stigmatizing Stuttering & Business Growth Tips with Maya Chupkov

    De-Stigmatizing Stuttering & Business Growth Tips with Maya Chupkov

    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.

    • 39 min
    Building Bridges through Broadcast Media with Zach Damon

    Building Bridges through Broadcast Media with Zach Damon

    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.

    • 27 min
    The Best of 2023 Disability Leadership with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

    The Best of 2023 Disability Leadership 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!

    • 25 min
    Embracing ADHD and Neurodiversity as an Adult with Julia Ovcharenko

    Embracing ADHD and Neurodiversity as an Adult with Julia Ovcharenko

    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 “Unlock Your ADHD Wildness”.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Butterfly Storyteller ,

Amazing platform for motivating stories from powerful voices

It’s so encouraging to hear about all the creative energy flowing through the disability community, especially when so many of us still have to fight to be “seen” by non disabled people!

AzurePress ,

Authentic, inspiring conversations!

Thanks for the authentic, inspiring conversations!

Dorie14 ,

Interesting & Motivating

Enjoyed the upbeat conversation! This topic is new to me yet, the presentation and energy kept me captive. Great job!

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