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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041: Create the career you want and work from wherever you want with Dorie Clark, Author of Entrepreneurial You

041: Create the career you want and work from wherever you want with Dorie Clark, Author of Entrepreneurial You

Dorie Clark is an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, the New York Times described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives.” A frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, she consults and speaks for clients including Google, Microsoft, and the World Bank.

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040: Step Away from Limiting Beliefs and Commit to Your Business Dreams with Nik Kacy, Founder of Nik Kacy Footwear

040: Step Away from Limiting Beliefs and Commit to Your Business Dreams with Nik Kacy, Founder of Nik Kacy Footwear

NiK Kacy Footwear is a fashion line inspired by the needs of both its founder and the larger LGBTQ community. NiK Kacy, who identifies as gender-fluid, queer and trans, designed their first collection of "masculine of center," gender-neutral shoes in order to provide a solution for the on-going problem of individuals unable to purchase men's styled shoes due to limitations in sizing set by the shoe industry based on gender. Their first collection, named "Fortune," consists of 5 classically masculine looking styles, now modernized with colorful contrasts and re-proportioned to fit those who identify in whatever spirit they deem fit.

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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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