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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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.