005: Start your business heart first with Aidan Key from Gender Diversity

Aidan Key is the founder of Gender Diversity, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support and educational services with respect to transgender and gender diverse children. He leads a support program for parents of trans youth that is the largest in the U.S. and offers trainings and policy development for school districts, organizations, and other youth-based agencies across the nation.

Since 2001, Aidan Key has produced the annual international Gender Odyssey conference for families raising trans children, professionals seeking to expand their knowledge, and for adults exploring and celebrating their gender. 

He regularly presents at college campuses and has been featured on national and international television, radio, online and print articles. Aidan Key is an identical twin, a father, and lives in Seattle with his wife Kristin.

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Questions Answered in this Episode

·      Who is Aidan Key?

·      What does his business do?

·      Why is creating an inclusive workplace culture important to him?

·      How does he leverage his LGBTQ identity to grow his business?

·      What does it mean to “start heart first”?

·      How can you get in touch with Aidan?

Resources Shared in this Episode

·      Aidan Key’s Contact: info@genderdiversity.org

·      Gender Diversity: 1-855-4-GENDER (1-855-443-6337)

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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.