061: Blend Business with Social Responsibility and Power Your Charitable Giving with Ty Walrod, CEO and Co-Founder of Bright Funds

061: Blend Business with Social Responsibility and Power Your Charitable Giving with Ty Walrod, CEO and Co-Founder of Bright Funds

Ty Walrod is the CEO and Co-Founder of Bright Funds, an organization that helps leading businesses like Cisco, VMware, Box, and Campbell's Soup Company power their charitable giving. Ty Also serves on the boards of Sustainable Silicon Valley and Startup & Tech Mixer, and he is an active member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Founders Network. Ty’s a real mover and shaker when it comes to blending business with social responsibility, and we are so lucky to have him on the show.

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060: Live from Orlando! Amplify Your Power, Strengthen Relationships, and Celebrate Your Authenticity with MBA Orlando & Central Florida Out Bosses

060: Live from Orlando! Amplify Your Power, Strengthen Relationships, and Celebrate Your Authenticity with MBA Orlando & Central Florida Out Bosses

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 to our corporate allies, especially those who work in the world of supplier diversity.

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059: Unlearn Shame, Process Trauma, and Learn About Sex and Pleasure with Andrea Barrica, CEO & Co-Founder of O.School

059: Unlearn Shame, Process Trauma, and Learn About Sex and Pleasure with Andrea Barrica, CEO & Co-Founder of O.School

Andrea Barrica is CEO and Co-Founder of O.School, an online shame-free platform for pleasure education, powered by live-streaming and chat to help people unlearn shame, process trauma, and learn about sex and pleasure. Previously, Andrea co-founded YC-backed accounting and tax platform, inDinero.com, where she led sales and operations. She also served as a venture partner and entrepreneur-in-residence at 500 Startups, one of the world’s most active, global seed funds.

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058: Lead Boldly by Learning from One of the Best with Bob Witeck, Founder of Witeck Communications

058: Lead Boldly by Learning from One of the Best with Bob Witeck, Founder of Witeck Communications

Bob Witeck founded his Washington, D.C. based firm, Witeck Communications, in 1993. For the past 25 years, he has received countless recognitions as one of the nation’s leading business communicators, strategic consultants, and research experts on many aspects of the lives and households of LGBTQ people, families, and communities. In his work, Bob partners with nonprofit organizations, allies, experts, and business leaders to advise major corporations and advocacy groups on their missions, strategies, messages, and occasional crises.

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057: Learn How to Maximize Your Potential & Be Happy at Work with Ben Brooks, Founder & CEO of PILOT

057: Learn How to Maximize Your Potential & Be Happy at Work with Ben Brooks, Founder & CEO of PILOT

Ben is an executive coach and Founder & CEO of the career improvement startup PILOT. After holding a number of executive and leadership roles at Lockheed Martin, Oliver Wyman, and Marsh & McLennan Companies, Ben decided to utilize his professional development experience and start his own career and executive coaching firm in 2013. PILOT, his new tech startup dedicated to helping people be happy at work, launched in 2016.

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056: Find Your Voice and Share Your Story from a Place of Power with Eduardo Placer, CEO of Fearless Communicators

056: Find Your Voice and Share Your Story from a Place of Power with Eduardo Placer, CEO of Fearless Communicators

Eduardo believes that every person has voice and a story to share. He works with leaders and changemakers at the intersection of voice, body and mind so they share from a place of power and not from a place of panic. He is the CEO and Founder of Fearless Communicators a dynamic public speaking coaching business which seeks to work with those poised to make the biggest impact on the planet and elevate the way they speak and share their message. 

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055: Learn About the First Investment Network Backing LGBTQ Founders with Paul Grossinger, Founder of Gaingels

055: Learn About the First Investment Network Backing LGBTQ Founders with Paul Grossinger, Founder of Gaingels

Paul Grossinger is the Founder of Gaingels, the first investment network backing LGBTQ founders, which has 120 members, and has led to $10 million in investment for LGBTQ founded companies worldwide. He has served as a Board of Governors member for StartOut, advisor to Out in Tech, and Board Member for Marriage Equality USA. A regular speaker and panelist, Paul has spoken for a wide range of organizations including Slush, International CES, and CTIA Wireless. He writes regularly for Inc.com, and is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism and the Johns Hopkins University.

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054: Reduce Your Human Footprint to Zero with Best Selling Author & Entrepreneur, Mike Dieterich

054: Reduce Your Human Footprint to Zero with Best Selling Author & Entrepreneur, Mike Dieterich

Mike Dieterich is a LEED Accredited Professional, environmental scientist, best-selling author, speaker, explorer, and entrepreneur determined to bring balance between the environment, people, and profitability. Over the past decade, he has written policies and programs that support sustainable development. His efforts have culminated in the success of passing historic sustainability efforts in Washington, DC.

Dieterich has been called upon as an expert for the US Congress, United Nations Climate Action Forum and has led conversations at Georgetown and Carnegie Mellon Universities. His efforts have been featured in The New York Times and various national broadcast outlets. Most recently, his Tedx talk, “A Zero Energy Water Waste Future” focused on the future of energy, water, and waste in our built environment.

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053: Learn How to Virtually Connect LGBTQ+ Communities with Andy Cramer & Al Farmer, Founders of Alternative Spaces

053: Learn How to Virtually Connect LGBTQ+ Communities with Andy Cramer & Al Farmer, Founders of Alternative Spaces

Andy & Al Cramer are best friends, and partners in business, and in life. Their journey together began nearly 20 years ago when they created the bold vision of developing the website, gay.net. The goal of this business was to pioneer an interactive online service connecting LGBTQ folks virtually for the first time. With some hearts, smarts, guts, and luck powered by the internet, they busted down the walls of social isolation for many LGBTQ folks, connecting millions of rainbow family members. For over 40 years and counting, they continue to remain engaged in the LGBTQ movement for social justice, making positive change through expanding economic opportunities for the community through entrepreneurship ventures.

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052: Do Your Own Thing Because You Know You Can with Melissa DaSilva, Founder of East Coast Mental Wellness

052: Do Your Own Thing Because You Know You Can with Melissa DaSilva, Founder of East Coast Mental Wellness

Melissa DaSilva is a licensed Social Worker and founder of the Rhode Island based mental health agency East Coast Mental Wellness. She specializes in providing therapy and hypnosis services to members of the LGBTQ+ community. She is also the host of the LGBTQ+ podcast Pride Connections. She is an artist on her off times and a proud wife and pet parent.

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051: Achieve Rapid Growth, Market Leadership, and Increased Impact Through the Power of Fortune 500 Branding with Re Perez, Founder of Branding for the People

051: Achieve Rapid Growth, Market Leadership, and Increased Impact Through the Power of Fortune 500 Branding with Re Perez, Founder of Branding for the People

Re is a seasoned Brand Consultant and founder of BRANDING FOR THE PEOPLE, the leading full-service branding agency that helps entrepreneurs and expanding businesses achieve rapid growth, market leadership, and increased impact through the power of Fortune 500 branding. Re’s background includes senior-level positions at top branding firms. Since January 2011, Re’s agency has inspired and helped thousands of entrepreneurs across 45+ different industries around the world—from start-ups, Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies, and established multi-million-dollar businesses.

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050: Celebrate Episode FIFTY with Guest Host Christa King Interviewing Rhodes Perry, Host and Creator of the Out Entrepreneur!

050: Celebrate Episode FIFTY with Guest Host Christa King Interviewing Rhodes Perry, Host and Creator of the Out Entrepreneur!

Celebrate episode FIFTY with guest host Christa King interviewing The Out Entrepreneur host and creator, Rhodes Perry. Rhodes is an award winning social entrepreneur, and a nationally recognized diversity, equity, and inclusion thought leader. Media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, and The Huffington Post have featured his accomplishments in transforming large organizations into ones that are more respectful and inclusive of diverse stakeholders. Rhodes is the founder of a national strategic management firm helping leaders build workplace cultures of belonging. As a part of his inclusion work, he created The Out Entrepreneur to empower thousands of LGBTQ people to pursue building the businesses of their dreams, all while being their authentic selves 100% of the time.

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049: Learn How to Lead from a Place of Authentic Empowerment with Carson Cooper, Founder of CCC

049: Learn How to Lead from a Place of Authentic Empowerment with Carson Cooper, Founder of CCC

Carson Cooper is a leadership development consultant who works with innovative businesses creating social change. Carson has been a coach, trainer, and mediator for 6 years whose passion is to connect leaders to their highest potential. Carson's belief is that everyone is a leader by choice or default, and that when leaders are connected to their highest potential they are most effective and free. His mission is to help high performers lead from a place of authentic empowerment by providing leadership development through adventurous and transformative experiences.

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048: JFDI & Master the Secrets of Leveraging Meetup.com to Grow and Scale Your Business with Kat Halushka, Founder of Meetup Tribe

048: JFDI & Master the Secrets of Leveraging Meetup.com to Grow and Scale Your Business with Kat Halushka, Founder of Meetup Tribe

Kat Halushka has spent the past several years creating and mastering Meetup.com groups, which led to the creation of her business, Meetup Tribe. Meetup Tribe helps entrepreneurs generate more leads and convert them into paying clients through hosting live events via Meetup.com. She has successfully used this online platform to build her business, sell her products and services, become a pillar in her community, and even secure major sponsorships to fund her events. Hailing from Edmonton, Canada, let Kat share the secrets of leveraging live events to attract and generate more leads for your business.

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047: Take Control of Your Future and Find Joy in Your Purpose with Genesis Fisher, Founder of Fisher Law Practice

047: Take Control of Your Future and Find Joy in Your Purpose with Genesis Fisher, Founder of Fisher Law Practice

Genesis Fisher is the founder of Fisher Law Practice, P.C., which helps businesses and organizations keep talented employees and avoid costly lawsuits by addressing internal conflict before it gets out of control. FLP also helps people who have been arrested avoid jail time and keep their record clean. Genesis graduated from Smith College and New York University School of Law. After law school, she worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center before returning to NYC to become a public defender. Genesis spends her free time making industrial furniture and competing as a powerlifter.

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046: Reinvent the Way You Think About Branding and Marketing with Entrepreneurial Powerhouse Robyn Streisand, Founder of The Mixx

046: Reinvent the Way You Think About Branding and Marketing with Entrepreneurial Powerhouse Robyn Streisand, Founder of The Mixx

Robyn Streisand is a 30-year veteran in the world of marketing. Her full-service agency, The Mixx, just celebrated its 20th anniversary, and her business instincts and passion for diversity led to the creation of her second venture, Titanium Worldwide, launched in 2014. How effective is Robyn? Well, her clients have her on speed-dial and appreciate that they can always count on her for ideation sessions; among them are Mercedes-Benz, Disney, and Deloitte. Away from working on her businesses, Robyn and her partner Linda have raised two beautiful girls together, and reside in the Big Apple.

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045: Learn How to Start Your Own Small Business from Idea to Success with Judy Hissong from Nesso Strategies

045: Learn How to Start Your Own Small Business from Idea to Success with Judy Hissong from Nesso Strategies

Judy Hissong is President of Nesso Strategies and founder of the Legal Leadership Institute. Her businesses focus on maximizing human potential, particularly in developing leadership skills including self-awareness, communication, teams, accountability, and other-awareness. Judy dreamed of starting a small business at an early age that centered around leadership development. Tune into this conversation, and hear directly from Judy about how to manifest your business dreams into reality.

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044: Follow Your Heart and Be a Change Agent in Your Business with Author and Speaker, Dina Proto

044: Follow Your Heart and Be a Change Agent in Your Business with Author and Speaker, Dina Proto

As a Registered Nurse, Author, and Speaker, Dina Proto offers compelling insight into the health issues of those within the LGBTQ community. Dina’s spirited approach motivates engagement to foster change by creating compassionate awareness of the health care inequalities faced by those in the LGBTQ community, how they are created, and how to overcome them. When Dina isn’t busy with her business, she’s focused on supporting other business owners affiliated with the Las Vegas LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce.

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043: Change Your Story, Clarify Your Dreams, and Visualize Your Success w/ Amanda Blake, Co-Founder of Kinsey Academy

043: Change Your Story, Clarify Your Dreams, and Visualize Your Success w/ Amanda Blake, Co-Founder of Kinsey Academy

Amanda Blake is a co-founder of Kinsey Academy. She is passionate about learning and teaching others how to optimize their life, reduce stress and harness their inner strength and wellbeing. Kinsey Academy was created to positively impact the LGBT community by providing tools, resources and programs to connect to our authentic selves and live more intentional lives. 

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042: Cultivate Respect and Equity in Business and the World with Leah Kayio, Founder of With Respect, LLC

042: Cultivate Respect and Equity in Business and the World with Leah Kayio, Founder of With Respect, LLC

Leah Kyaio's business, With Respect, provides personal, professional, and organizational development training and solutions to reduce and eliminate racism and sexism. She is also a master trainer of trainers, offering experiences for those who want a blueprint of how to design and deliver professional development trainings that lead to true change. Leah is the author of a number of diversity and inclusion books, with her most recent is entitled Mind Scaffolding: The Art of Changing Their Mind.

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