013: Let Jonathan Lovitz Share the Secrets on How to Grow Your Business by Earning Certification Through the NGLCC

Jonathan Lovitz is a Senior Vice President at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), as well as Director of the New York LGBTQ and Allied Business Network of NGLCC. In addition to leading public affairs, media relations, supplier diversity, and advocacy efforts out of our New York office, he regularly speaks at conferences and to the press about LGBT economic empowerment and the vital role business plays in creating equity for the LGBTQ community.

He is a regular commentator on MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, The Advocate, Out Magazine, among others, and has often spoken/fundraised for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, The Trevor Project, GLSEN, the Democratic party, and more. Jonathan previously served as Director of Communications + Operations for StartOut, a national nonprofit empowering LGBT entrepreneurs; as Media Director and lead news anchor at NetworkGlobal, a leading digital news and entertainment site; and as a respected openly gay actor and news anchor for Logo TV and other major networks.

Jonathan regularly speaks to colleges and universities encouraging young people to get involved in public service and use the internet to make a difference for their communities. While business and LGBT youth causes are his primary focus, Jonathan looks for any chance to serve any community in need of a voice, including serving on multiple nonprofit Boards of Directors. Jonathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida and proudly returned to give the keynote address at their Pride Awareness Month opening ceremony in 2014.

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Questions Answered in this Episode

·      Who is Jonathan Lovitz?

·      What does he do on behalf of out bosses?

·      What is the economic and social impact of LGBTQ owned businesses?

·      How can you get in touch with Jonathan?

Resources Shared in this Episode

·      Visit NGLCC’s website & certify you LGBTQ-owned business website

·      Connect with Jonathan on LinkedIn

·      Read more about the NGLCC’s groundbreaking report

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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.