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Episode #317 Inspiring Inclusivity Through Innovation, with Pierre Paul

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Turning dreams into reality and using those dreams to help people is truly possible, and that's what Pierre Paul, Founder & CEO of We Hear You LLC, proves to us in this episode of the PHEC Podcast. Pierre's path from a diverse upbringing, spanning the landscapes of Guyana, South America, and the bustling streets of Ohio, United States, has shaped him into a visionary entrepreneur and a passionate advocate for change. His passion for innovation and helping people, especially those with various disabilities or exceptionalities, led him to create We Hear You, a company focused on accessible technology. Get ready for an engaging conversation highlighting the intersection of public health, technology and inclusivity. And make sure to watch out for all the amazing gems that Pierre imparts throughout the entire conversation, as it will definitely leave you not just inspired but also deeply encouraged to move towards your journey of positive change.


Meet Pierre Paul


Pierre Paul is a young entrepreneur and leader who has dedicated his career to creating positive change in the world. Born in Brazil and spending much of his early years in Guyana, Pierre's personal experience after immigrating to the US was met with extreme poverty, xenophobia, and racism. These challenges shaped his unwavering determination to ensure inclusivity and empowerment for all individuals. Pierre earned his Master's degree in Nonprofit Leadership in 2021 and holds a D&I certification from Cornell University. Armed with this knowledge and expertise, he has become an established and respected speaker and trainer, conducting diversity and inclusion workshops for various companies across the US.


Driven by his experience and immigrant journey to the United States, Pierre established We Hear You®, a company focused on creating accessible technology for individuals whose concerns often go unheard. Through his entrepreneurial journey, Pierre strives to dismantle barriers, foster a more accessible and equitable world, and create opportunities for individuals who have historically been marginalized.


OTHER ACCOLADES:

  • Forbes 30 Under 30 semifinalist | 2022

  • Children’s book author: “Carden: The Wheelchair Warrior” | 2022

  • NPR How I Built This Fellow | 2021

  • Illinois Innovation Networks Innovation of the Year | 2022

  • Turner School of Entrepreneurship Innovation of the Year award recipient | 2021

SPEAKING EXPERIENCE:

  • IDEAcon 2023 Keynote speaker and thought leader | 2023

  • American College Health Association DEI trainer | 2023

  • EOH University of Illinois Tech Innovation Keynote Speaker | 2023

  • NAACP Annual Banquet MC and Speaker | 2022


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Conversation Highlights


  • Pierre's unique background and journey that instilled value for change and for positivity

  • The birth of We Hear You: How Pierre turned his dreams into reality by creating a sign language translator for the deaf community

  • The evolution of accessible technology: From the sign language translator to Push, a device that turns handicap-accessible doors into automatic doors

  • The importance of listening and understanding: Pierre emphasizes the need for allies who are willing to listen and learn from

  • How people can support his advocacies aside from the monetary aspect

  • Public health's role in inclusivity: Pierre highlights how public health extends a helping hand to bring more people into the fold and addresses the unique needs of different groups

  • Pierre’s encouraging and inspiring advice to anyone who’s interested in learning his field


“Innovation does not happen overnight. It is a process that you have to be willing to dedicate your time and energy to and believe in what you've created.” - Pierre Paul

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DrCHHuntley LLC is a public health consulting firm that specializes in epidemiology consulting, supporting large nonprofit organizations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida that serve Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). We also provide nationwide public health consulting and epidemiology consulting support to BIPOC organizations across the United States.

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