Thank You, Orlando!

Thank you MBA Orlando, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and the greater Orlando business community for your support in helping launch The Out Entrepreneur's inaugural live podcast recording and LGBTQ marketplace event. With your support, the event was an enormous success! The stories shared about the power of LGBTQ businesses offered encouragement and support for those of us in the rainbow family, and for our corporate allies, especially those who work in the world of supplier diversity.

If you were unable to attend or participate in the live event, fear not! You can enjoy all of the wisdom and inspiration shared by Deb Ofsowitz from edgefactory, Ashley Brundage from PNC Bank, and Thomas Yaegers from Ackerman LLP. Thanks to the amazing work of Livd+Produced, an archived video recording of the discussion is now available on YouTube, and included above. If you're on the go, and don't have time to watch online, you can listen to the audio version of the discussion, which will be published on February 13, 2018 located here:

After the panel discussion, guests had the opportunity to win several raffle prizes featuring products and services from local businesses, including:

  1. An Out Entrepreneur limited t-shirt won by Dina Proto, Author of Identity Impact
  2. A copy of Dori Clark's Entrepreneurial You won by Thor Faulk, from Faulk Research Associates, Inc.
  3. A dinner on the House courtesy of Michael Rogier from Hamburger Mary's won by Debo from edgefactory
  4. A fancy pair of sunglasses thanks to Bay Hill Eyecare won by Ashley Brundage from PNC Bank
  5. A special E2E coaching package from my company won by Kathryn Neel from Sappho Chocolates. Check out some of the images below from all of the raffle prize winners!

Last, and certainly not least, a deep bow of gratitude to all of the event's sponsors including:

And another bow of gratitude to Kathyrn Neel and the Sappho Chocolates team for this incredible gift!

Rhodes Perry

Rhodes Perry is a nationally recognized expert on LGBTQ and social justice public policy matters, with two decades of leadership experience innovating strategy management, policy and program solutions for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. At his core, Rhodes is an entrepreneur, where he most recently established Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC, a national diversity and inclusion consulting firm that uses an intersectional approach to collaborate with leaders on creating solutions in the practice areas of strategy management, issue advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. Previously, Rhodes founded the Office of LGBTQ Policy & Practice at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and prior to this assignment he served as the founding Director of Policy at PFLAG National where he led the policy strategy and advocacy efforts for the organization’s 350 chapters. He cut his teeth serving as a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management & Budget, where he improved upon federal benefit programs designed to provide assistance to low-income communities. Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and obtained a Master of Public Administration from New York University.