130: Grow a Business that Builds a Better World with Vanessa Nichols, Co-Founder of the Trans Love Project

130: Grow a Business that Builds a Better World with Vanessa Nichols, Co-Founder of the Trans Love Project

Vanessa is the co-founder of the Trans Love Project. The project was first conceptualized when actor Don Cheadle appeared on Saturday Night Live, making a bold statement with a T-Shirt that read “Protect Trans Kids.” Vanessa wanted to make it possible to be like Don, to be a proud ally for trans youth and LGBTQ+ people of color. And Vanessa sure is a bad ass ally – she’s the parent of an amazing trans son, she is a business owner, and she’s a describes herself as an “accidental activist and  advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.”

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OH3: Recognize Revenue is Vanity, Profit is Sanity and Cash Flow is Queen

OH3: Recognize Revenue is Vanity, Profit is Sanity and Cash Flow is Queen

This week, Rhodes and Allon open up their office hours to friend of the show and “Wizard of Tax,” Jax Wheatley. Together, the group unpacks why “revenue is vanity, profit is sanity, and cash flow is queen.” Whether you are a seasoned business owner, or just thinking about taking the entrepreneurial leap, you’ll gain fresh and meaningful insights of how to manage money flowing into your business, and evaluate the health and sustainability of your business.

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128: Let Queerly Health Give You Life This Pride Season with Co-Founder + CEO Derrick Reyes

128: Let Queerly Health Give You Life This Pride Season with Co-Founder + CEO Derrick Reyes

Derrick Reyes is the Co-Founder and CEO of Queerly Health. Queerly Health is an online marketplace of LGBTQ+ culturally responsive health and wellness providers, telehealth capabilities, and concierge health services. With a background in LGBTQ+ health, education, and social services, and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Derrick knows firsthand how difficult it is for LGBTQ+ people to access basic health related services. They also deeply understand digital health’s potential to create some much needed change.

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127: Don’t Just Start a Business, Solve a Problem with Martha Pellegrino, Founder + Chief Bravissima of Brava Point

127: Don’t Just Start a Business, Solve a Problem with Martha Pellegrino, Founder + Chief Bravissima of Brava Point

Martha Pellegrino is the Founder and Chief Bravissima Officer of Brava Point LLC, a company that helps clients navigate the complex worlds of public affairs and organizational change. Martha specializes in accelerating strategic outcomes, advancing equity, and creating effective teams. Prior to starting her own company, Martha served as the Director of Government Relations for the City of Portland, where she oversaw state, federal and international affairs. She holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of East Anglia, U.K., and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.  She and her wife Alisa live in SE Portland with their two amazing cats.

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OH1: Office Hours Launch! Manifest a Winning Business Idea

OH1: Office Hours Launch! Manifest a Winning Business Idea

This week’s episode introduces a new chapter for the Out Entrepreneur Podcast, as we are launching the show’s inaugural “Office Hours” Series! The Office Hours series features new episodes of the podcast that dive deeper into some of the many themes guests over the past 2+ years have shared. Some of these themes piqued our curiosity and have inspired us to amplify our guest’s wisdom in order to deliver the best business advice, centered around leveraging our rainbow superpowers.

To make the content more engaging, our faithful sound engineer and nonbinary business owner of PodDream, Allon Bealesoli, will be riffing with Rhodes. Note the Office Hours Series differs from our normal weekly episodes – on the regular show, Rhodes interviews business owners sharing their wisdom and guidance with him, 1:1. If you love these interviews, fear not, they will continue on this platform every other Tuesday. In between these episodes, we will feature engaging Office Hours content.

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126: Take Pride in Your Leadership Prowess with Steve Yacovelli, Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group

126: Take Pride in Your Leadership Prowess with Steve Yacovelli, Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group

Dr. Steve Yacovelli, aka the gay leadership dude, is the Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group, LLC. Steve’s company is a global consulting practice based in Orlando, FL specializing in human learning and performance. Steve is also the author of Pride Leadership, Strategies for the LGBTQ+ Leader to be the King, or Queen of their Jungle.

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123: Getting Comfortable with Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace with Lily Zheng, Author, Consultant and Executive Coach

123: Getting Comfortable with Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace with Lily Zheng, Author, Consultant and Executive Coach

Lily Zheng is an organizational consultant, executive coach, and diversity & inclusion expert who works with organizations to turn positive intentions into positive impact. She works to create just, inclusive, and innovative workplaces for her clients through data-driven assessments, strategic advising, training, and collaborative content creation. A dedicated changemaker and advocate, she has co-authored multiple books and had her work published in the New York Times, Quartz at Work, Entrepreneur, and HR Executive.

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122: Believe in Plenty, and Believe in Enough with Georgia Lee Hussey, Founder + CEO of Modernist Financial

122: Believe in Plenty, and Believe in Enough with Georgia Lee Hussey, Founder + CEO of Modernist Financial

Georgia Lee Hussey is the Founder and CEO of Modernist Financial, a B Corp wealth management firm dedicated to helping progressive people structure their wealth around their values. Her mission is to build a world where smart, creative people feel permission to enjoy today while providing a stable financial base for our common future. Before launching Modernist, Georgia worked for national and local financial firms as a CFP. Prior to working in finance, she was a sculptor and writer.

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121: Come Out of the Entrepreneurial Closet with Seth Vermilyea, Founder of the ComingOutTarot

121: Come Out of the Entrepreneurial Closet with Seth Vermilyea, Founder of the ComingOutTarot

Seth Vermilyea is a tarot reader with a passion for serving the LGBTQ community. Since launching ComingOutTarot, Seth has helped his queer clients confirm where they are today and gives them the steps they need to achieve their goals tomorrow. He received his first tarot deck at 10, came out of the closet at 19, and officially came out of the tarot closet at 40 with ComingOutTarot. He uses tarot to make sense of his client’s queer experiences in an increasingly challenging hetero-and-cis-normative world. Seth and his husband live in Chicago with their rescue ferrets.

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117: Learn How You Can Get Your Story Published with Jenn T. Grace, Founder of Publish Your Purpose Press

117: Learn How You Can Get Your Story Published with Jenn T. Grace, Founder of Publish Your Purpose Press

Jenn T. Grace is a nationally recognized business strategist, speaker and author specializing in the LGBTQ market. Passionate about helping people share their stories of adversity, Jenn is the Founder of Publish Your Purpose Press. 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.

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115: #OutBosses, Get Your Money Together with Lillian Karabaic, Founder of Oh My Dollar!

115: #OutBosses, Get Your Money Together with Lillian Karabaic, Founder of Oh My Dollar!

Lillian identifies as a Laywoman’s Investing Expert for the Median Wage Earner and she is passionate about helping people create new financial stories. She runs boot camps called, “Get Your Money Together,” helping artists, small business owners, nonprofit worker bees, college students, and millennials SMASH DEBT, save up for their goals, and budget like the bad asses they are. She is also the podcast host of the popular podcast, Oh My Dollar!, which with the Out Entrepreneur was recently featured as a notable LGBTQ+ business & money podcast on Forbes.

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114: Learn about the History of the LGBTQ Movement 50 Years After the Stonewall Riots with Wes Enos, Executive Director of the Generations Project

114: Learn about the History of the LGBTQ Movement 50 Years After the Stonewall Riots with Wes Enos, Executive Director of the Generations Project

Wes Enos is the founder and Executive Director of The Generations Project, a nonprofit based in NYC that preserves the history of the LGBTQ Movement and promotes intergenerational support through storytelling. While the organization is a charity, there is a bit of overlap between starting a social enterprise, regardless of the tax structure, and given that most of the listeners run purpose driven businesses, I thought it made good sense to sit down and chat with Wes about his organization.

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113: Make Your Next Bold Move with Author and Speaker, Rick Clemons, Host of the Life Uncloseted Podcast

113: Make Your Next Bold Move with Author and Speaker, Rick Clemons, Host of the Life Uncloseted Podcast

If you didn’t listen to episode 25, here’s a little background about Rick: He is a well-known culture disruptor (in a good way), “closet buster,” and bad ass bold move strategist. Tapping into his 25 years’ experience in hospitality, technology, branding, marketing, and personal development he’s created a no B.S. approach for success - live your truth with no apologies. As a result, individuals, teams, and organizations embrace his approach, busting out of their suffocating closets to make the bold moves!

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111: Let the Wizard of Tax, Jax Wheatley Founder of Rainbow Tax & Accounting, Expertly Guide You Through the 2018 Tax Season

111: Let the Wizard of Tax, Jax Wheatley Founder of Rainbow Tax & Accounting, Expertly Guide You Through the 2018 Tax Season

First interviewed on episode 85 of the podcast, friend of the show Jax Wheatley returns to help you navigate the challenges of filing your 2018 taxes. Jax is the Chief Financial Officer Every Small Business Owner Needs. With over 18 years running their own business, Rainbow Tax & Accounting, Jax loves providing quality, affordable accounting services to individuals, small business, and non-profit organization. When not busy running their own business, Jax dedicates their free time expanding economic opportunities serving as the board treasurer for PABA, Portland’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce.

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110: Learn What It Takes to Fight for Working People While Fighting for Your Own Rights with Out Transgender Trial Attorney, Marcia Alvey Founder of Alvey Law Group

110: Learn What It Takes to Fight for Working People While Fighting for Your Own Rights with Out Transgender Trial Attorney, Marcia Alvey Founder of Alvey Law Group

For more than 30 years, Marcia Alvey has been fighting powerful insurance companies and government bureaucracies. She has helped thousands of people throughout Oregon with workers’ compensation, social security, and personal injury claims. Marcia has been a small business owner since starting her own law practice back in 1996. She is an active volunteer with the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, and with Basic Rights Oregon, seeking to protect the rights of LGBTQ Oregonians. Outside of her busy law practice, Marcia is a book collector and a dedicated amateur astronomer.

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108: Leverage Entrepreneurship to Expand Economic Opportunities for Transgender & Nonbinary People with Nadia McCullough, Co-Founder of HiR Transcender

108: Leverage Entrepreneurship to Expand Economic Opportunities for Transgender & Nonbinary People with Nadia McCullough, Co-Founder of HiR Transcender

Nadia McCullough is the co-founder of HiR Transcender, a $1M Accelerator program that connects transgender and nonbinary entrepreneurs with investors. The business gives entrepreneurs the mentorship, training, and tools they need to make a great pitch to the investors to get their businesses the funding they deserve to thrive. Nadia and her team see the business as a "Shark Tank" that meets "Ru-Paul's Drag Race." As a trans woman Nadia believes this business is greatly needed to help expand economic opportunities to TNB communities at this crucial time in our movements history.

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106: Begin 2019 with an Evolutionary, Meditational, Inner Journey with Dr. Anna Huff and Dr. Teresa Reyes Castillo, Founders of Being Centered & Authors of Awaken Love

106: Begin 2019 with an Evolutionary, Meditational, Inner Journey with Dr. Anna Huff and Dr. Teresa Reyes Castillo, Founders of Being Centered & Authors of Awaken Love

Dr. Anna Huff and Dr. Teresa Reyes Castillo are married, licensed clinical psychologists running a holistic practice in the big apple. They go one step beyond psychology taking their clients into an evolutionary meditational inner journey through soul-journey coaching in collaboration with a clairvoyant, medium, and energy healer. They are also recent author of Awaken Love, published earlier this year by friend of the show Jenn T. Grace’s company Publish Your Purpose Press. Their book helps readers gain a greater level of intuitive awareness about the soul connection that exists within all relationships.

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105: Celebrate 50 Years of the Advocate Proudly with David Millbern, Emmy Nominated Actor-Producer

105: Celebrate 50 Years of the Advocate Proudly with David Millbern, Emmy Nominated Actor-Producer

David Millbern is an Emmy nominated actor-producer delivering thrillers like, The Nurse, comedies like Hush Up Sweet Charlotte, and sit-coms like From here! starring EMMY-winner Juliet Mills. He has won the prestigious Sabre Award for producing Live from the Daytime Emmy’s Red Carpet and is the producer of the critically acclaimed documentary, A Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years narrated by Laverne Cox, which chronicles a half-century of the fight for equality, as well as the publication that covered it all.

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104: In a World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Kind with Molly Adele Brown, Singer-Songwriter

104: In a World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Kind with Molly Adele Brown, Singer-Songwriter

Molly Adele Brown is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who works actively in her community, devoting time and energy to helping the local homeless community. After becoming an advocate for the Only Human Organization, she was inspired to write a song based on their mission of kindness and social entrepreneurship. The song is entitled, “Only Human,” and like all of her other songs, it underscores her belief that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and feel loved – a message that she says is, “pure and simple.”

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103: Stitch Social Responsibility into the Fabric of Your Business with Michael Kajubi, McBern Tours & Travel Founder

103: Stitch Social Responsibility into the Fabric of Your Business with Michael Kajubi, McBern Tours & Travel Founder

Michael Kajubi is the founder of McBern Tours and Travel, an inclusive tour company providing premium tour services in Uganda and throughout East Africa. He started his business in 2013 with the intention of supporting the McBern Foundation which helps marginalized aging adults and young people who have survived some form of family rejection because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Michael’s business mantra is TRIP – transparency, responsibility, integrity, and professionalism.

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