135: Meet Your Organization’s Digital Engagement Needs with Cat Dawson, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Diver Collective

135: Meet Your Organization’s Digital Engagement Needs with Cat Dawson, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Diver Collective

Cat has over ten years of experience across strategy, operations, and the arts. She is the co-founder and managing partner of Diver Collective, a Brooklyn based tech company. Diver Collective exists to help organizations understand and meet their digital engagement needs in a way that supports their mission and values. Cat also speaks to corporations and groups of professionals about leveraging her lived experiences as an out professional to inspire organizations to develop more LGBTQ+ inclusive workplaces.

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OH 6: Elevate Your Brand & Embrace Professional Growth by Attending Industry Conferences and Trade Shows

OH 6: Elevate Your Brand & Embrace Professional Growth by Attending Industry Conferences and Trade Shows

This week’s office hours session focuses on the importance of attending industry conferences and trade shows. Allon and I specifically talk about how we map out our annual conference schedule, what to consider when planning for them, what to do while attending them, and how to follow-up. We wanted to share this conversation with fellow out bosses to encourage you to invest in yourself, elevate your brand, and then watch your business thrive.

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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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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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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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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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102: Learn Why Diefendorff Is America’s Next Great Watch Company with Founder & CEO, James Reeves

102: Learn Why Diefendorff Is America’s Next Great Watch Company with Founder & CEO, James Reeves

James Reeves is the head watch designer, accountant, supply chain guru, warehouse manager, human resources professional, blog writer, ad copy writer, and chief photographer for Diefendorff. And in his spare time he also takes on other roles for Diefendorff like web site design, database management, public relations, sales, customer fulfillment, customer relationship management, internship program coordinator and leadership development. In other words, he's an entrepreneur at heart at is thrilled that each day - and each hour - is different from the last. He also has an amazing and very old dog.

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099: Join the #BelongingMovement with Rhodes Perry, Founder & CEO of Rhodes Perry Consulting and Author of Belonging at Work

099: Join the #BelongingMovement with Rhodes Perry, Founder & CEO of Rhodes Perry Consulting and Author of Belonging at Work

Learn about Rhodes Perry’s new book, Belonging at Work, as the brilliant Shawn Price, host of the popular podcast Chasing Fifty stars as the show’s guest host. When you tune in, you’ll have the opportunity to join a movement of passionate leaders, change makers, movers, and shakers working together to cultivate workplace cultures where everyone can show up as their authentic selves, where their differences are celebrated as a source of strength, and where their contributions are valued. This episode encourages & empowers you to establish a bold vision of what a healthier workplace could be, and it offers a blueprint for the future of work. Join the #BelongingMovement today!

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098: Live Podcast Recording! Harness Your Rainbow Superpowers & Gain a Competitive Advantage at Work with Panelists from the 2018 NGLCC Business Leaders Conference

098: Live Podcast Recording! Harness Your Rainbow Superpowers & Gain a Competitive Advantage at Work with Panelists from the 2018 NGLCC Business Leaders Conference

During this live podcast recording, hear from some of today’s most inspiring LGBTQ entrepreneurs interviewed at the NGLCC’s annual leadership conference in Philadelphia. The conversation explores what it takes to have an out boss mindset, and how to gauge when to come out to business partners, colleagues, clients, etc. (even for those who are implicitly out). We then spend a good amount of time discussing how to leverage our rainbow superpowers gleaned from years of lived experiences to build a thriving business. If you’ve ever wondered if, or how, your LGBTQ identity offers a competitive edge in the world of business, this live podcast recording is for you!

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097: Fuel Your Social Enterprise with Your Passion & Past Work Experience with Sonia Fay Stolfo, Founder of the Afrikan Clothing Co.

097: Fuel Your Social Enterprise with Your Passion & Past Work Experience with Sonia Fay Stolfo, Founder of the Afrikan Clothing Co.

Sonia Fay Stolfo identifies as a queer entrepreneur who has made Portland, Oregon her adopted home for the past decade. Equipped with a degree in Economics and several years of nonprofit experience, she hatched the idea to start the Afrikan Clothing Co., a social enterprise based in Kenya. The business is dedicated to producing custom fit women’s clothing while investing profits back into the community through projects that support young women and girls. She is currently working to secure seed funding for her business, and believes in its immense potential to lead the way forward for conscious business practices.

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093: Eradicate Pay Discrimination in the Workplace and Watch Your Business Grow with Rebecca Channer, Founder & CEO of ProsperCity

093: Eradicate Pay Discrimination in the Workplace and Watch Your Business Grow with Rebecca Channer, Founder & CEO of ProsperCity

Rebecca is the Founder & CEO of PropsperCity, a business born from her imagination in response to growing evidence that pay discrimination and disparity still exit in most workplaces. Having endured adversity, trauma and significant stress during her childhood and young adult years, Rebecca funneled these early learning opportunities into her work as an advocate, activist, teacher, manager, director and eventual social entrepreneur. She believes that resilience is the secret ingredient that increases the surface area of one’s heart.

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087: Startup a New Business and Put Your Entrepreneurship Wisdom to the Test with Ingrid and Shannon, Founders of Levio Travel

087: Startup a New Business and Put Your Entrepreneurship Wisdom to the Test with Ingrid and Shannon, Founders of Levio Travel

Ingrid and Shannon recently graduated with their MBAs from Boston University and MIT. Now, they're putting their entrepreneurship education to the test with their new startup Levio, a diverse community of LGBTQ+ travelers who swap homes to feel welcomed and accepted, get relevant recommendations, and save money. Not only are they building a startup together, but they're also building a life together; they've been dating since 2014 and live in Boston's South End with their French Bulldog Stella.

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082: Learn What It Takes to Startup a Passion Driven Business with Karen D. Orr, Founder + CEO of PAWS by O-no, LLC

082: Learn What It Takes to Startup a Passion Driven Business with Karen D. Orr, Founder + CEO of PAWS by O-no, LLC

Karen D. Orr is the Founder and CEO of PAWS by O-no, LLC. Her company makes iMyK9- a portable, cellular "baby monitor" in cars for dogs. Tragically, thousands of dogs die every year in America from heat stroke due to being unattended in a vehicle, and the iMyK9-monitor works to reduce this sad reality. When Karen isn’t working on her business, she parents two human kids, a dog, two cats and a horse.

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079: Don’t Compete, Be Unique with Norma Jean Maloney, Founder of Red Rider Studios

079: Don’t Compete, Be Unique with Norma Jean Maloney, Founder of Red Rider Studios

Norma Jeanne Maloney is the founder of Red Rider Studios, where she hones her skills as a sign painter and muralist. With three decades of painting experience, she works closely with clients from small brick and mortar stores to tech titans like FaceBook. Norma Jean started her business when it seemed like everyone else had quit. Hand painted everything is what allows her business to offer a unique service for her clients. Today she has one of the most successful sign painting studios in the country, where she leads an industry now in a renaissance.

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Learn How To Leverage Your LGBTQ Superpowers at Work

Learn How To Leverage Your LGBTQ Superpowers at Work

On Thursday, June 28 at 9 am PT/12 pm ET, join Rhodes Perry - host and creator of The Out Entrepreneur - and learn from some of the 1.4 million #OutBosses crushing it in business all while bringing their whole selves to work. During the live webinar, participants will gain concrete strategies from some of the ~100 #OutBosses interviewed on the podcast who shared what their LGBTQ superpowers are, and how they leveraged them in their businesses. The conversation will explore what it takes to be more authentic in your work, no matter if you are an employee or entrepreneur. By learning from LGBTQ entrepreneurs, you’ll move into your own rainbow superpowers, and gain a competitive edge. If you’ve ever wondered if, or how, your work could benefit from leveraging your LGBTQ superpowers, then this live webinar is for you!

Register here.

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076: Reach the Right People Through Social Media with Thomas Sanchez, CEO + Founder of Social Driver

076: Reach the Right People Through Social Media with Thomas Sanchez, CEO + Founder of Social Driver

Thomas Sanchez, CEO + Founder of Social Driver, a business providing website, social media, and digital advertising solutions to global clients including Honda, Salesforce.com, and the American Heart Association. Thomas has been credited as one of the “most innovative people in Washington, DC” and a top “minority business leader” by the Washington Business Journal. His company’s collaborative culture and cutting-edge strategies have been featured in media appearances on CBS, the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, and now, The Out Entrepreneur.

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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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