Debra Ruh is a Global Disability Inclusion Strategist, Market Influencer, internationally recognized keynote speaker, published author, branding expert, successful entrepreneur, and an exceptional mother. Debra is the host of a popular program, Human Potential at Work, with an audience from 86 countries.
Debra found her calling when she learned that her daughter was born with Down Syndrome which she would never walk or talk. She refused to accept the prognosis and perception of this condition, which led her to dedicate her life to create a path of empowerment and success for all those with disabilities.
Debra built a multi-million dollar firm focused on ICT accessibility. She founded Ruh Global Communications based on the belief that "the real disability is being unable to see human potential". Other than running her company, she also consults with multinationals and the United Nations. In 2018, the U.S. State Department selected Debra as a global speaker and ambassador for the United States when visiting foreign nations and speaking on inclusion and disability. She was selected as a Global Goodwill Ambassador the same year.
It requires continuous awareness and education in society to truly embrace inclusion. In this episode, you will learn how Debra is closing the gap on this agenda. Inclusion plays a big part in developing new technologies such as AI. If we don’t pay attention to unconscious bias, we will program it into the technology. It can continue to hold back millions of people. Imagine a young girl playing with a toy that is trained by male programmers. The toy asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The girl said, “I want to build cars.” The toy replied, “how about fashion design?” This is just one example of unconscious bias, there are more in other areas of our daily lives. Tune in to learn more about inclusion and diversity. Awareness is the first step to close any gap and build a better future for everyone.
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Quote from Debra Ruh
“We have to really take a look at our unconscious bias, otherwise we are going to be programming it right into the artificial intelligence and it is going to continue to hold back millions and millions, well, estimates say billions of people. So it's something we have to be very conscious of when we're building this new technology.”
“So a lot of the largest problems that we are trying to solve as a society includes climate change and making sure that we are all looking at the sustainable development goals that the United Nations has laid out for us. There are 17 of them. We all have to come together and work together to make sure that the world works for as many people, if not, can I say all people, to the best of our abilities and society will support those efforts. So I think it's a very interesting time right now. Very disruptive, very innovative, very also stressful around the world.”