138: Find Opportunities in Unexpected Places with Todd Brown, Professional Audible Narrator

138: Find Opportunities in Unexpected Places with Todd Brown, Professional Audible Narrator

Todd Brown, better known to his fans as Kenneth Obi, is an acclaimed narrator of many best-selling fiction books. He started his career thinking he would be the “voice of horror” until an offer came his way that he didn’t really read beyond the books sales figures. With almost 80 titles available on Audible in the M/M romance genre he has put voicing horror aside to go full-time in a genre he never even considered.  

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137: Hire a Marketing Team Fit for the Gig Economy with Jennifer Houston, Co-Founder of The Bench

137: Hire a Marketing Team Fit for the Gig Economy with Jennifer Houston, Co-Founder of The Bench

Too many stories of burn out, layoff’s, low margins, the inability to never say no, missed vacationed, loss of passion and zero work life balance compelled Jennifer Houston, a 20+ year veteran in the marketing space, to build the business of her dreams. She and her business partner, Sarah Musgrove, problem solvers at heart, created the bench, "your marketing team for the gig economy." The Bench is a deconstructed marketing and branding agency that businesses with in house agency teams, and start-ups with placing fully vetted teams constructed of all freelance talent. 

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136: Scale Your Business and Spend More Time Doing What You Love with Jef Strauss, Founder + Co-Owner of Wag N’ Wash

136: Scale Your Business and Spend More Time Doing What You Love with Jef Strauss, Founder + Co-Owner of Wag N’ Wash

Jef Strauss is the founder and co-owner of Wag N' Wash, a natural pet food and grooming store. He and his partner, Dan Remus, started the business 20 years ago so they could spend more time with their beloved Dalmatian, Geni. Wag N’ Wash Natural Pet Food & Grooming, a full-line specialty retail destination for cats and dogs, has a mission to recognize, promote and foster the positive impact that companion pets and their humans have on each other. Wag N’ Wash provides fresh-baked dog treats, natural food, supplements, full-service grooming and self-wash facilities and toys. Today, there are 18 Wag N’ Wash locations in eight states.

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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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133: Promote Employee Well-Being with Jessi Purdy, Founder of Fostering Inclusive Cultures

133: Promote Employee Well-Being with Jessi Purdy, Founder of Fostering Inclusive Cultures

Jessi Purdy is the founder of Fostering Inclusive Cultures, a consulting firm dedicated to improving working cultures through policy design, workforce development and facilitated discussions. Jessi’s experience as a transgender woman transitioning on the job in a customer forward position while living and working in rural communities of Western PA has given her a unique perspective on the ways in which HR and Culture issues intersect with coworkers, vendors & clients. Jessi has published three books of poetry Jessi Purdy is the founder of Fostering Inclusive Cultures, a consulting firm dedicated to improving working cultures through policy design, workforce development and facilitated discussions. Jessi’s experience as a transgender woman transitioning on the job in a customer forward position while living and working in rural communities of Western PA has given her a unique perspective on the ways in which HR and Culture issues intersect with coworkers, vendors & clients. Jessi has published three books of poetry, is a founding member of the Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition, the first Board Chair of the Lancaster Pride Association, and a member of the Central PA LGBTQ Leaders' Roundtable.

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131: Scale Community Building & Mentorship Through Social Networking with Angelic Williams, Founder + CEO MyUmbrella

131: Scale Community Building & Mentorship Through Social Networking with Angelic Williams, Founder + CEO MyUmbrella

Angelic is the Founder and CEO of MyUmbrella, a social networking platform for the LGBTQ+ community rooted in Wellness, Inclusion, Social and Education. She is a third-generation entrepreneur and grew up in a family of small business owners and was intimately involved with the day to day operations. As a result, she’s well versed in the grit and perseverance required to start, sustain and grow a business. Prior to founding her company, she was an architectural designer involved in a variety of projects. She is a San Francisco native and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from California College of the Arts, and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.

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