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Learn from 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 • 27 Ratings

Learn from 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.

    Breakthrough Mental Health Treatments with Carlene MacMillan

    Breakthrough Mental Health Treatments with Carlene MacMillan

    Our guest for this episode is Dr. Carlene MacMillan, an expert in mental health and VP of Clinical Innovation at Osmind. Carlene’s area of focus is exploring innovative mental health treatments for anxiety and depression, among other conditions. She talks with James about some of these treatments such as psychedelic assisted therapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy. Over the course of the conversation, Carlene helps us to define some of these newer therapies and addresses some of the misconceptions around them.

    • 40 min
    Building a Brand and Community on TikTok with August Rocha

    Building a Brand and Community on TikTok with August Rocha

    Today, James and Mai Ling share some updates on their journeys and then Mai Ling brings us an insightful conversation with speaker, writer, and social media influencer, August Rocha. August talks about the value of participating in and even building your own online communities in today’s culture. Intersectionality, advice for starting a TikTok account to build a brand, and life with Behçet’s disease are just a few of the other topics covered in this upbeat interview.

    • 41 min
    AAC and Speech Therapy Perspectives with Rachel Madel

    AAC and Speech Therapy Perspectives with Rachel Madel

    We’re excited to bring this week’s guest to you today. Rachel Madel joins James for an insightful discussion from her wealth of experience. Rachel is a speech-language pathologist, AAC specialist, podcast host, and international presenter who shares about the value of networking and building relationships, her mantra “inspire don’t require”, some of her approaches to speech therapy, thoughts on Gestalt Language Processing, and her experiences as an entrepreneur in this engaging conversation. Tune in and get your notepad ready!

    • 41 min
    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Metaverse with Giselle Mota

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Metaverse with Giselle Mota

    Our guest this week is futurist and thought leader, Giselle Mota, who focuses on enabling inclusion as it relates to product design, the future of work, and all things emerging tech including web3 and metaverse. She joins Mai Ling to talk about her work as the creator of NFTY Collective, which aims to ensure that people of diverse representation are included, represented, and able to access web3 and metaverse by creating avatars that represent people with both seen and unseen disabilities for use in games, websites, and other applications. Giselle shares her vision behind NFTY Collective, her perspectives on building a team around a vision, and more.

    • 32 min
    Bespoke Clothing for Short Stature People with Chamiah Dewey

    Bespoke Clothing for Short Stature People with Chamiah Dewey

    Clothing designer Chamiah Dewey joins the show today to talk with Mai Ling about her work. She created Chamiah Dewey Fashion, the UK’s first clothing brand for people with Dwarfism/short stature. Chamiah tells about the beginnings of her fashion design career, the impetus for launching her company, and her system for breaking up business-related tasks throughout a week. This conversation not only dives into the creation of a business but also some great time management tips that anyone can implement. 

    • 28 min
    Empowering Teens with ADHD Through Digital Tools with Bryan Dinner

    Empowering Teens with ADHD Through Digital Tools with Bryan Dinner

    Bryan Dinner is our guest for this episode of Xceptional Leaders. He is the CEO and founder of Clarifi, the desktop app that assists teens with ADHD and attention challenges with completing online homework. Bryan talks with James about his personal experience with ADHD, what led him to found the company, and his process for developing a minimum viable product (MVP). This discussion is a great case study on building a business around a digital product and doing it the right way.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Dorie14 ,

Interesting & Motivating

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

Dcvgvvhhh ,

Wonderful host - such a pro!

Love to hear more from Mai Ling, we need more people who focus on people who are successful with helping others! Loved the John Gomez episode!

cdl732 ,

For the ‘Outside the Box’ Mindset

This podcast is as informative as it is enjoyable. I’ve often thought of ways to improve how we practice, now I have the inspiration to implement my ideas!

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