Pity Party Over is a podcast for people, teams, and organizations seeking practical ideas for results and happiness. Pity Party Over is a happy place where you can listen to great stories of human development and get inspired to overcome some of your long-term challenges. Hosted by Stephen Matini.


September 18, 2023 28 mins

In today's episode, we'll be shining a light on ableism, a form of discrimination faced by people with disabilities, whether physical, mental, or cognitive.

Our special guest is Caroline Vernon, a business coach and diversity, equity, and inclusion champion. Caroline opens up about her connection to ableism, sparked by her sister with Down syndrome. 

Caroline highlights the importance of cr...

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The guest of this episode of Pity Party Over is Simona Curci, an organizational development practitioner who has honed a practical approach to managing change from many years of helping people, teams, and organizations.

Simona believes that change is a dynamic process that resembles a dance requiring forward and backward movements. Sometimes, the best option is to stay still and let things be as they are...

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Visual impairment and blindness are major public health issues worldwide, especially in low- and middle-income countries, according to the World Health Organization. In West Africa, blindness prevalence is a pressing concern.

Resilience takes many forms. In this episode of Pity Party Over, Dr. Abbey shares his passion for ophthalmology, challenges, and the profound impact on patients through relentless o...

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Are you curious about how organizational culture can foster kindness and transform challenging interactions? Today's guest on the podcast Pity Party Over is Michael G. Neece, a renowned author, speaker, and business strategist.

In the episode, Michael takes us on a journey through his own experiences, where he discovers the value of kindness. He unveils how this remarkable virtue has shaped his understan...

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Despite our differences, what brings all of us together, is our shared desire to be heard, supported, and loved. 

The guest of this episode of the podcast Pity Party Over is Stuart Ross Carlson, a violinist, violist, and music composer with autism who displayed his enormous talent from a young age. 

Stuart shares his unique experience with synesthesia, a condition where he sees colors when ...

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Are you tired of feeling burdened by responsibilities that aren’t yours? 

The guest on the podcast Pity Party Over is Molly McGuigan, a Positive Change Practitioner and Appreciative Inquiry Expert.

Molly discusses the project she co-founded called “Ditch the Ditty,” which aims to help women overcome unnecessary responsibilities and obligations. 

Ditch the Ditty explores ways t...

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Today's guest is Puneet Sachdev, a global people and culture leader passionate about leveraging data, technology, and humanity to create inclusive and innovative workplaces. 

In a world of incremental technological changes, Puneet believes staying close to people is the key to success.  

In this episode, Puneet will share his views on the existing shortfalls in how organizations are develop...

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It's fair to say that most people do not enjoy experiencing conflict. Conflict is uncomfortable, and it's challenging to handle it properly when we are a piece of the equation.

Today's guest is Dr. Liane Davey, bestselling author, keynote speaker, and facilitator on conflict. Liane is a spoonful of sugar in the world of conflict, combining a solid academic background with a wonderful sense of humor.  

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As human beings, we all face difficulties and struggles in life. However, during these moments of darkness, we can often learn valuable lessons that benefit us and those around us.

Our guest for this episode of the podcast Pity Party Over is Andy Frick, Owner and Founder of A Place 2B Recovery Housing. Andy has a background in positive psychology and has provided a place where people recovering from subs...

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In this episode, we'll discuss how leaders can communicate effectively by listening and paying attention to people.

We have an extraordinary guest, Diane Lennard. Diane is a performance coach and faculty member at NYU Stern School of Business. 

With her background in theater and coaching, Diane has honed her exceptional communication skills and has a unique perspective on effective leadersh...

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This episode explores the vitality and richness of a diverse and inclusive leadership approach to help the success of organizations.

The guest of this episode of Pity Party Over is Wagner Denuzzo, a Latino HR leader specializing in the future of work, talent strategy, and leadership development.

Growing up in São Paulo, Brazil, Wagner moved to the United States at 22 with little means and b...

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Is it possible to be competitive and sustainable? Can leaders meet the needs of investors, employees, customers, and the environment? 

The guest of this episode of Pity Party Over is Beate Klingenberg, Professor of Sustainability and Supply Chain Management at FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management in Germany.

Professor Klingenberg’s professional interests combine t...

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Life circumstances may sometimes appear discouraging and far removed from our biggest goals and dreams. That’s when we might feel voiceless, unrepresented, and trapped in a loop that leaves us with no options.

The guest of this episode of Pity Party Over is Kofi Douhadji, an American entrepreneur, executive coach, and airman in the United States Air Force. 

Growing up in the village of Afag...

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In our personal and professional lives, we all spend much time pondering problems, but focusing excessively on them may not help us overcome a challenge as quickly as we wish. 

The guest for this episode of Pity Party Over is Dr. Lindsey Godwin, one of the most influential voices for appreciative inquiry, emotional intelligence, and experiential learning theory.

Whereas problem-solving focu...

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Our past experiences impact our lives, from how we interpret current events to how we view ourselves and others. 

Sometimes our past experiences are responsible for the fear that keeps us trapped in a loop despite our best efforts to move on. 

The guest for this episode of Pity Party Over is Nina Bressler. Nina is the Global Head of Societal Learning for Novartis, a multinational pharmaceut...

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Organizations often view change as something to manage, an unfortunate and inevitable inconvenience that gets in the way of solid performance and results. 

My guest for this episode is Minola Jac, a transformational business professional whose background combines consulting, organizational development, and journalism. 

Minola has worked as a senior consultant for Deloitte and is currently t...

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Excellent communication requires an ongoing effort of self and social awareness to understand both the relationship and the context of the relationship.

My guest for this episode is Brian Hanssen, Director of the Management Communication Program and a Clinical Associate Professor of Management Communication at New York University.

For Brian, storytelling is a vital communication journey tra...

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Living a successful personal and professional life requires a lot of things, including tremendous commitment, strategy, gut feeling, and courage.

This episode's guest is Sergio Azzolari, CEO of DSQUARED2, the high fashion brand launched by twin brothers Dean and Dan Caten.

Sergio embodies the cosmopolitan spirit, combining worldliness, wit, culture, and wisdom imbued with humanity and kindn...

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The word resilience pops up everywhere these days. It has become a catchy term often abused and misused to indicate the importance of being flexible, stern, and adaptable.

My guest today is Dr. Linda Hoopes, which I affectionately refer to as the Goddess of Resilience. Linda represents one of the most influential voices for researching resilience and helping people become resilient. 

For Li...

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Business people tend to think of their jobs as results and efficiency. However, whether we like it or not,  professional and personal relationships strongly affect performance.

This episode explores the best way to care for ourselves and those we love, family members, friends, and colleagues, near the final days of life because of illness or age.

My special guest is Charlene Shaw, a physici...

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