Speaker: Working with a Hearing Loss

Nancy M. Williams is a motivational speaker, business executive, and a person with hearing loss who delivers workshops on "Working with a Hearing Loss."

Nancy M. Williams’ keynotes and workshops on Succeeding at Work…with a Hearing Loss validate participants’ experiences with hearing loss as a springboard to deliver proven strategies for succeeding in the workplace. A nationally recognized hearing health advocate, she is also a successful business executive (currently Vice President at the healthcare services company, HPOne) and a person with hearing loss (genetic, severe in the high frequencies), making her uniquely suited to empower others. She has addressed thousands across North America, been published extensively on hearing loss, and served on the board of the Hearing Health Foundation. Her co-facilitator Holly Cohen is a Past President of the Hearing Loss Association of America’s New York City Chapter and has worked as a career coach and workshop facilitator.


Working with a Hearing Loss

“It is a must for working professionals, whether they have acknowledged their hearing loss in the workplace or not. The workshop was interactive, allowing the participants to reflect on their own personal triggers of stigma and encouraged each person to commit to one sustainable and meaningful tool to take home with them.”

—Shari Eberts, Hearing Loss Advocate, Writer, and Founder, LivingWithHearingLoss.com

The Opportunity: Professionals living with a hearing loss often experience stigma and other barriers to success in the workplace. Both those with hearing loss and those who work with them may be unintentionally contributing to this negative dynamic.

The Solution: Nancy M. Williams and Holly Cohen, who both have firsthand experience with wearing hearing aids in professional settings, have teamed up to lead a workshop that guides participants in uncovering the root causes of the stigma of hearing loss among colleagues. They blend personal stories and interactive exercises so that participants come away with a deeper understanding of hearing loss in the workplace as well as an action plan for mitigating stigma.

The Results: Exploring the dynamics of hearing loss in the workplace helps colleagues build a supportive working environment and mutually beneficial professional relationships between those with hearing loss and those who work with them.

Nancy M. Williams’ and Holly Cohen’s workshop at the Hearing Loss Association of America’s 2016 National Convention was met with rave reviews:

  • 100% of workshop participants said they learned something they could use.
  • 100% of attendees stated they would want to hear the speakers again in the future.
  • 100% of participants agreed that the presenters’ mastery of the topic was good or exceptional (79% exceptional).

     

Selected Engagements

  • Stigma: Tales, Triggers and Tools, Workshop, Hearing Loss Association of America National Convention, Washington, DC, June 25, 2016

Testimonials

“At the 2016 national HLAA meeting, Nancy and Holly presented to a packed room. They’re a lively team with a wealth of insights into the challenges of living with hearing loss. They gave an engaging and interactive talk. Their diverse audience was energized, involved, positive, and inspired. I highly recommend these two professionals to audiences of professionals who want to understand hearing loss—either those who personally live with hearing loss, or those who want to understand how to work with those who do.”
—Jan Blustein, Professor of Health Policy and Medicine, NYU Wagner

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“An inspiring and actionable presentation. I had the pleasure of seeing Nancy Williams and Holly Cohen present STIGMA: Tales, Triggers and Tools at HLAA’s 2016 Convention. They made a terrific pair—tag teaming as they shared their personal stories of hearing loss stigma and presented 10 tools (plus a bonus tool) to fight back against it. The interactive session explored stigma in family, social and workplace environments, but also internal, self-directed stigma. It is a must for working professionals, whether they have acknowledged their hearing loss in the workplace or not. The workshop was interactive, allowing the participants to reflect on their own personal triggers of stigma and encouraged each person to commit to one sustainable and meaningful tool to take home with them. The session was well received, with numerous comments and questions from the audience. Many participants expressed the commitment to return home with an empowered approach to combating hearing loss stigma. Time very well spent.”
—Shari Eberts, Hearing Loss Advocate, Writer, and Founder, LivingWithHearingLoss.com

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More testimonials from workshop participants at the Hearing Loss Association of America’s 2016 National Convention:

  • “The eight tools provided I can use immediately.”
  • “Really great talk. They work well together. Shared personal experiences and great audience interaction.”
  • “Excellent presentation on a topic that is not addressed often enough.”
  • “Very informative and an eye-opener.”
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