077: Start Here, Start Out, and Stay True to Your Authentic Self with Bernadette Smith, Founder and President of the Equality Institute

Bernadette Smith is the Founder and President of the Equality Institute, and an award-winning author of three books. She’s a long-time friend of the show, and kicked off the very first episode of The Out EntrepreneurOn today’s show, you have the opportunity to learn from a seasoned entrepreneur who shares some of the challenges and blessings of being your own boss. If you’ve ever thought about taking the entrepreneurial leap, start here, start out, and stay true to being your authentic self 100% of the time!

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Questions Answered in this Episode

  • Who is Bernadette Smith, and what does her business do?                                                                                       
  • What’s changed in Bernadette’s business since we last chatted with her?                                                                                       
  • How does Bernadette empower LGBTQ communities?                                                                                       
  • How can you get in touch with Bernadette?

Resources Shared in this Episode

  • Learn more about the Equality Institute                                                                                       
  • Send Bernadette an email                                                                                                             
  • Follow Bernadette on LinkedIn

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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.