039: Serve as a Possibility Model for Fellow Out Bosses with Gary Wood, Founder of Integrus Solutions

039: Serve as a Possibility Model for Fellow Out Bosses with Gary Wood, Founder of Integrus Solutions

Gary Wood is the President and Co-Founder of Integrus Solutions, a National Recruiting and Consulting Company specializing in analytical recruiting. When Gary isn’t working on his business, he dedicates his time and talent to several local nonprofit and charitable LGBTQ organizations in Houston, Texas. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Montrose Center, as well as President of Outreach United, and Co-Founder & Co-Chair of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

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038: Embrace Being an Out Boss & Leverage the Power of the Rainbow Family with Tammi Wallace, Founder of EnFocus Strategies

038: Embrace Being an Out Boss & Leverage the Power of the Rainbow Family with Tammi Wallace, Founder of EnFocus Strategies

Tammi Wallace is the Founder & Principal Consultant for EnFocus Strategies. EnFocus Strategies (EFS) offers high quality, customized LGBTQ diversity and inclusion training and consulting. The firm supports organizations that desire to differentiate themselves through an inclusive culture and work environment. Tammi is widely recognized as a strategist and thought partner, working with organizations on strategic counsel and high-quality consulting. Through EnFocus Strategies, she has worked with an array of clients in government, nonprofit and the private sector including one of the largest telecommunications firms in the country, and a number of notable nonprofit organizations and governmental entities.

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037: Evolve from Being an Early Adopter to an Industry Leader with Matt Skallerud, President of Pink Banana Media

037: Evolve from Being an Early Adopter to an Industry Leader with Matt Skallerud, President of Pink Banana Media

Matt Skallarud serves as the President of Pink Banana Media, an online marketing business specializing in targeting LGBTQ consumers via content marketing, social media, programmatic ad banners, mobile smartphone apps and more. With two decades of LGBT online industry experience, Matt started his online career in 1995 with the launch of GayWired.com, which became one of the top 3 LGBTQ websites worldwide. Today, he empowers his clients to reach the LGBTQ market using the most advanced techniques taking hold in the online marketing world today. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Matt at the 2017 National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Conference in Las Vegas to discuss his business, being an out boss, and picking his brain on how the next generation of LGBTQ leaders can bring their whole selves to work.

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036: Consider Joining the Podcast Revolution and Find Your Magic Middle with Christy Haussler, Team Podcast Founder

036: Consider Joining the Podcast Revolution and Find Your Magic Middle with Christy Haussler, Team Podcast Founder

Christy is the founder & CEO of Team Podcast, a full-service podcast production company based in Key West, FL. Since Christy is a podcast host at heart, she set out to build a business enabling her to leave the golden handcuffs of corporate life in South Carolina, and move to a place where she can be out, open, and happy!:) Christy just recently launched a new podcast, entitled Podcast Rescue. The show explores how Christy helps her clients move from the “messy middle” of podcasting to the “magic middle.”

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035: Learn the Basics of Venture Capital Funding for Your Next Business Idea with Ryan Husk, Oddjobb.com Founder

035: Learn the Basics of Venture Capital Funding for Your Next Business Idea with Ryan Husk, Oddjobb.com Founder

Ryan has always been a nerd. Knowing about the latest and greatest technology went from a hobby to a career when he started working at Apple. Leveraging what he learned in the corporate environment, Ryan launched OddJobb.com - a platform that helps businesses ensure their employees feel valued through employee experience services. Ryan also owns a consulting firm where he helps clients like Rich Dad Education, Fresh Start, and InRoute improve all aspects of their tech infrastructure.

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034: Transform Your First Profitable Business Idea into Your Side Hustle with Tracey Minutolo, Side Hustle Haven Founder

034: Transform Your First Profitable Business Idea into Your Side Hustle with Tracey Minutolo, Side Hustle Haven Founder

Tracey Minutolo is a side hustle coach who helps motivated 9 to 5'ers launch and grow profitable side businesses they're passionate about. When she's not coaching, she's probably playing with microorganisms at her day job, checking out the latest craft beer release, or hanging out in the San Diego sunshine.

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033: Discover Your Inner Magnetism and Attract Your Ideal Clients with Thommy Sandvick, Side Hustle Lounge Founder

033: Discover Your Inner Magnetism and Attract Your Ideal Clients with Thommy Sandvick, Side Hustle Lounge Founder

Thommy is a serial entrepreneur with 2 core beliefs – the first, “Go to school, get a job, & retire”…it doesn’t work, and the second, “All humans have greatness and the ability to do what they love.” By combining these 2 principles, Thommy focuses on transforming network marketers from pushy, desperate recruiters into magnetic, confident people you actually want to do business with.

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032: Recognize the Unique Perspective You Bring to Business with Jason Behrmann, from Queer Tech Montreal

032: Recognize the Unique Perspective You Bring to Business with Jason Behrmann, from Queer Tech Montreal

Jason Behrmann serves as the Vice-President and Chief of Communications for Queer Tech Montreal, a community advocacy group for LGBTQ professionals in the tech startup sector. He completed his doctorate in biomedical science from the University of Montréal and a post-doctorate at McGill. His research focused on assessing the social and ethical implications of technologies in healthcare for LGBTQ populations and Queer rights in medicine. A long-time out entrepreneur, he currently is a communications strategist in science and technology.

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031: Do things differently and create a business that bucks group think with Davis Senseman, Founder of DLO

031: Do things differently and create a business that bucks group think with Davis Senseman, Founder of DLO

Davis founded Davis Law Office in 2010 after nearly a decade of practicing in the corporate department of a larger law firm. Armed with this experience and knowledge of legal solutions used by large entities, Davis set out to bring the same level of service to smaller organizations and individuals. The mission was three-fold: provide top-notch legal work, charge fair prices for it, and never stop evolving to meet the changing needs of clients. Over seven years and more than 900 clients later, Davis is proud of the assistance DLO provides for companies large and small, and the expanding service they now offer for individuals and families.

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030: Conquer Self-Sabotaging Thoughts, Keep Trucking, and Make Your Dreams Come True with Gina Pecoraro, Founder of 7E Clothing

030: Conquer Self-Sabotaging Thoughts, Keep Trucking, and Make Your Dreams Come True with Gina Pecoraro, Founder of 7E Clothing

Gina Pecoraro is the creator of the LGBTQ clothing line, Seven Even Clothing. Her company provides LGBTQ merchandise that differs from items that typically marketed to the rainbow family. And to be clear, Seven Even Clothing is not about rainbows – instead, it's about representing our LGBTQ Pride through the logo, 7E. Gina Resides in the Big Apple, and we are thrilled to welcome this creative entrepreneur to the show. Check out the show notes, and enjoy a generous 25% discount on your next purchase of Seven Even Clothing.

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029: Seek Out the Seed of Triumph in Every Adversity, and Become a Better Business Owner w/Kedma Ough, SBDC Director

029: Seek Out the Seed of Triumph in Every Adversity, and Become a Better Business Owner w/Kedma Ough, SBDC Director

Kedma Ough serves as the Director of Innovation for Small Business Development Centers across the state of Oregon. In her role, she supports inventors from vision setting and execution all the way to achievement and success. Kedma regularly contributes to Entrepreneur Magazine, and has received many distinguished recognitions including the SBA’s Women Champion of the Year, Small Business State Champion Award, and National Small Business Influencer Leadership Award. Kedma definitely is a true powerhouse and someone you want in your corner as a proven champion to out entrepreneurs just like us.

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028: Expire Out of Pretending, and Step Into Your Miraculous, Unapologetic Self with Davide Di Giorgio, The Experience Alchemist

028: Expire Out of Pretending, and Step Into Your Miraculous, Unapologetic Self with Davide Di Giorgio, The Experience Alchemist

Davide Di Giorgio is a longtime theater producer, creator, director, educator and audacious entrepreneur. His unapologetic approach that shatters the mold of following blueprints, formulas, and systems has quickly made him the go-to creative expert for on purpose coaches, entrepreneurs, and speakers who want to deliver their message unforgettably so they can transform their audiences forever! Simply put, Davide produces unique signature talks, keynotes, TED talks, and audience experiences that make speakers UNFORGETTABLE!

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027: "So What? Do it Scared," and Embrace the Empowering Side of Fear with Heather Vickery, Success Coach with Vickery & Co.

027: "So What? Do it Scared," and Embrace the Empowering Side of Fear with Heather Vickery, Success Coach with Vickery & Co.

Heather Vickery is a Success Coach & Event Planner with over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur. Heather helps her clients build better business strategies and identify boundaries that together help elevate their lives and businesses to new levels of success. She runs a series of workshops and is a public speaker where she trains other entrepreneur’s on getting to the empowering side of fear, creating balance, time management, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. Working with Heather inspires people to say, “So what, do it scared” and take real action towards their dreams.

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026: Convert Your Side Hustle into Your Full-Time Business with Author, Jeff Adams, Host of the Big Gay Fiction Podcast

026: Convert Your Side Hustle into Your Full-Time Business with Author, Jeff Adams, Host of the Big Gay Fiction Podcast

When not working his day job as a regional director of project management for a tech services company, Jeff authors books in the m/m romance genre as well as LGBTQ+ young adult fiction. Jeff lives in rural Northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Along with Will, Jeff hosts the weekly show, Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast. Since 2016, Jeff’s treated the writing as a business rather than a hobby with the goal to have it be the primary source of income by 2020. If you are seeking a pathway to transform you side hustle into a full-time business enterprise, this is the episode for you!

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025: Know that You Already Have Everything in Your Closet to Help You Get Out with Rick Clemons, The Coming Out Coach

025: Know that You Already Have Everything in Your Closet to Help You Get Out with Rick Clemons, The Coming Out Coach

Rick Clemons is the Author of Frankly My Dear I’m Gay, Host of The Coming Out Lounge podcast, certified life coach, TEDx Speaker, world record holder, and a guy who’s helped 1000’s of people in over 50 countries across the globe come out of the closets of their lives to escape their BS, explore their fears, and elevate their authentic self-expression. Rick’s signature mantra is “make your quirk work,” whatever that beautiful quirk is. Tune into the episode, and check a special offer listed in the detailed show notes.

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024: Travel Beyond the Rainbow and Find Your Business Superpowers with Jenn T. Grace, Founder of Purpose Driven Publishing

024: Travel Beyond the Rainbow and Find Your Business Superpowers with Jenn T. Grace, Founder of Purpose Driven Publishing

Jenn T. Grace is a nationally recognized business strategist, speaker and author specializing in the LGBTQ market. Guided by the mantra, “change happens in business,” Jenn believes social change happens first in the workplace before spilling over into mainstream society. She is an Amazon Best Selling author and has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Hartford Courant, and on CNBC. Passionate about helping people share their stories of adversity, Jenn is the Founder of the Purpose Driven Authors Academy and Purpose Driving Publishing. On this episode, Jenn offers powerful insights on how you can leverage your superpowers to crush it in business beyond the rainbow.

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023: Embrace Your Intrapreneurial Spirit & Side Hustle with Katie Barnes, ESPNW.com Journalist

023: Embrace Your Intrapreneurial Spirit & Side Hustle with Katie Barnes, ESPNW.com Journalist

Katie Barnes is a pop-culture obsessed writer for espnW.com, covering culture, LGBTQ issues, women’s basketball, and whatever else is thrown at them. Since joining ESPN in August 2015, they have written on myriad topics, such as campus sexual assault, the sports world’s response to North Carolina’s controversial law, HB2, "American Ninja Warrior," "Pitch," and more. In addition to Katie’s TV obsession, they are known to argue about the redeeming qualities of "Bring It On" (the first one), and play copious amounts of video games (including Mafia III). Tune into this episode and learn about Katie’s intrapreneurial superpowers, and how they are transforming workplace culture from within ESPN and beyond.

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022: Step Away from the Pack and Create a Purpose Driven Business with Dr. Jon Higgins, QPOC Media Curator

022: Step Away from the Pack and Create a Purpose Driven Business with Dr. Jon Higgins, QPOC Media Curator

Dr. Jonathan Higgins is an educator, speaker, and social media influencer proudly hailing from Southern California. He serves as a LGBTQ media curator focusing on the needs of queer people of color (QPOC), and his work has been featured in Mused Magazine, Contrast Magazine, and on sites like Blavity, TheRoot, and Attn. A mutual friend and colleague highly recommended that I interview Dr. Jon because of the knowledge bombs he was sure to throw on the show. I am thrilled he accepted the invitation to be a guest, and I am proud to say he delivered on the promise of inspiring a thoughtful conversation that will no doubt keep you hungry on the path of entrepreneurship. Tune in and prepare to learn what Dr. Jon’s authentic truth looks like.

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021: Let Writer and Coach, Nabill Idrisi, Remind You that People Need You and Your Unique Gifts to Heal the World!

021: Let Writer and Coach, Nabill Idrisi, Remind You that People Need You and Your Unique Gifts to Heal the World!

Nabill Idrisi studied math, computer science, and Chinese at Stanford University and previously worked at the United Nations Global Compact. Realizing he had a deeper calling, he left the comfortable and familiar four years ago to purse his own adventures. He has been excavating family history, the journey around which has taken him to India and Germany. Moreover, his written travel reflections form Bangladesh, Palestine, and Germany have been published in the Huffington PostJaggery, and Muftah. As the founder of Nabill Idrisi Coaching, he works with fellow wanderers to create adventurous, passionate, and productive lives. Learn more about his belief that through healing yourself, you can heal the world on this latest episode of The Out Entrepreneur!

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020: Bust Through the Struggles of Being a Minority Woman Entrepreneur with Annie Weller from the Leadership Lab

 020: Bust Through the Struggles of Being a Minority Woman Entrepreneur with Annie Weller from the Leadership Lab

Annie is a business coach, consultant, author, and passionate serial entrepreneur. She identifies as a proud Spudder from Ridgefield, Washington, and is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Annie has more than 16 years of experience as a small business owner, and has extensive experience with workplace strategic development, brand management, and marketing among may other talents. I had the pleasure of meeting Annie at the world's first ever Podcast (Un)conference last year in Portland, Oregon. Annie will be releasing her first book, The ‘E’ Word – Struggles of a Minority Woman Entrepreneur (THIS IS NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK) later this year. This episode is for anyone seeking guidance on how to unapologetically be themselves in the world. 

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