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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134: Create Space for Magic to Happen in Your Business with Noam Kotucki, Founder of HIR Transcenders

134: Create Space for Magic to Happen in Your Business with Noam Kotucki, Founder of HIR Transcenders

Noam Kotucki creates spaces for magic to happen. He does this through his coaching practice where he has already coached over 25,000 people lead more purpose driven lives. Among his successes, he helped fellow entrepreneur, Patryk Wezowski raise over $500,000 in startup funds in less than two months, and supported Ether Perel deliver the 30th most viewed TED Talk. As a university dropout, he has surprised himself when his first book became required reading at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, earning the UK Business Speaker of the Year runner up award, and receiving an honorary degree in Business from Hofstra University.

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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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132: Bring People Together, Create a Movement and Raise Support for Your Mission with Swaim Strategies

132: Bring People Together, Create a Movement and Raise Support for Your Mission with Swaim Strategies

Kristin and Sam are the founders of Swaim Strategies, a fundraising event business that focuses on the power of bringing people together to move missions forward, raise awareness, educate and of course raise serious money. Kristin has a storytelling background as a writer and teacher, and Sam has a production background in theatre and television. Together, they both share a deep passion and history for supporting the nonprofit sector…AND something worth celebrating -- Swaim Strategies celebrates 15 years of business supporting social justice causes with events for a purpose!

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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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130: Grow a Business that Builds a Better World with Vanessa Nichols, Co-Founder of the Trans Love Project

130: Grow a Business that Builds a Better World with Vanessa Nichols, Co-Founder of the Trans Love Project

Vanessa is the co-founder of the Trans Love Project. The project was first conceptualized when actor Don Cheadle appeared on Saturday Night Live, making a bold statement with a T-Shirt that read “Protect Trans Kids.” Vanessa wanted to make it possible to be like Don, to be a proud ally for trans youth and LGBTQ+ people of color. And Vanessa sure is a bad ass ally – she’s the parent of an amazing trans son, she is a business owner, and she’s a describes herself as an “accidental activist and  advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.”

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129: Transform Your Life Through Building a Dream Business with Dan Clements, Co-Owner of Sin-able Sweets

129: Transform Your Life Through Building a Dream Business with Dan Clements, Co-Owner of Sin-able Sweets

Dan Clements is the co-owner of Sin-able Sweets, a dietetic bakery in which all of the delicious baked goods fit into the American Diabetes Association guidelines for people living with Diabetes. After surviving gastric bypass surgery, Dan recommitted to improving his health sparking the motivation for opening up his bakery with his partner in 2017. Just shy of their two year anniversary, the bakery is rapidly growing and serves customers here in Oregon as well as across the United States.

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OH3: Recognize Revenue is Vanity, Profit is Sanity and Cash Flow is Queen

OH3: Recognize Revenue is Vanity, Profit is Sanity and Cash Flow is Queen

This week, Rhodes and Allon open up their office hours to friend of the show and “Wizard of Tax,” Jax Wheatley. Together, the group unpacks why “revenue is vanity, profit is sanity, and cash flow is queen.” Whether you are a seasoned business owner, or just thinking about taking the entrepreneurial leap, you’ll gain fresh and meaningful insights of how to manage money flowing into your business, and evaluate the health and sustainability of your business.

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128: Let Queerly Health Give You Life This Pride Season with Co-Founder + CEO Derrick Reyes

128: Let Queerly Health Give You Life This Pride Season with Co-Founder + CEO Derrick Reyes

Derrick Reyes is the Co-Founder and CEO of Queerly Health. Queerly Health is an online marketplace of LGBTQ+ culturally responsive health and wellness providers, telehealth capabilities, and concierge health services. With a background in LGBTQ+ health, education, and social services, and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Derrick knows firsthand how difficult it is for LGBTQ+ people to access basic health related services. They also deeply understand digital health’s potential to create some much needed change.

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OH2: Gracefully Transitioning Your Mindset from Employee to Entrepreneur

OH2: Gracefully Transitioning Your Mindset from Employee to Entrepreneur

On this week’s episode, we continue with the show’s Office Hours to support those of us thinking about, starting or growing a business. This week we’ll be discussing how to gracefully transition from an employee to entrepreneur mindset. During the episode, Allon and I discuss strategies on how to shift our mindset to begin thinking like the CEOs and business leaders we were meant to be. Please note the Office Hours Series differs from our normal weekly episodes – on the regular show, I continue to interview business owners sharing their wisdom and guidance with me. If you love these interviews, please know they will continue on this platform every other Tuesday.

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127: Don’t Just Start a Business, Solve a Problem with Martha Pellegrino, Founder + Chief Bravissima of Brava Point

127: Don’t Just Start a Business, Solve a Problem with Martha Pellegrino, Founder + Chief Bravissima of Brava Point

Martha Pellegrino is the Founder and Chief Bravissima Officer of Brava Point LLC, a company that helps clients navigate the complex worlds of public affairs and organizational change. Martha specializes in accelerating strategic outcomes, advancing equity, and creating effective teams. Prior to starting her own company, Martha served as the Director of Government Relations for the City of Portland, where she oversaw state, federal and international affairs. She holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of East Anglia, U.K., and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.  She and her wife Alisa live in SE Portland with their two amazing cats.

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OH1: Office Hours Launch! Manifest a Winning Business Idea

OH1: Office Hours Launch! Manifest a Winning Business Idea

This week’s episode introduces a new chapter for the Out Entrepreneur Podcast, as we are launching the show’s inaugural “Office Hours” Series! The Office Hours series features new episodes of the podcast that dive deeper into some of the many themes guests over the past 2+ years have shared. Some of these themes piqued our curiosity and have inspired us to amplify our guest’s wisdom in order to deliver the best business advice, centered around leveraging our rainbow superpowers.

To make the content more engaging, our faithful sound engineer and nonbinary business owner of PodDream, Allon Bealesoli, will be riffing with Rhodes. Note the Office Hours Series differs from our normal weekly episodes – on the regular show, Rhodes interviews business owners sharing their wisdom and guidance with him, 1:1. If you love these interviews, fear not, they will continue on this platform every other Tuesday. In between these episodes, we will feature engaging Office Hours content.

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126: Take Pride in Your Leadership Prowess with Steve Yacovelli, Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group

126: Take Pride in Your Leadership Prowess with Steve Yacovelli, Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group

Dr. Steve Yacovelli, aka the gay leadership dude, is the Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group, LLC. Steve’s company is a global consulting practice based in Orlando, FL specializing in human learning and performance. Steve is also the author of Pride Leadership, Strategies for the LGBTQ+ Leader to be the King, or Queen of their Jungle.

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125: Forge Authentic Relationships with Robert Turvey, Founder of Connecting Your Customers

125: Forge Authentic Relationships with Robert Turvey, Founder of Connecting Your Customers

Robert Turvey has two decades working as a marketing expert. In 2015, he started his business Connecting Your Customers, a marketing agency that connects your ideal and dream customers with your business. Robert appreciates concrete, data driven strategies, and incorporates them into his practice to help his clients’ businesses grow and thrive.

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124: Find Your Entrepreneurial Voice and Kick Start Your Audio Career with Ginni Saraswati, Founder of Ginni Media

124: Find Your Entrepreneurial Voice and Kick Start Your Audio Career with Ginni Saraswati, Founder of Ginni Media

Ginni is the founder of Ginni Media, a boutique Podcast Production Company serving the vision of entrepreneurs, celebrities and influential organizations around the world. She is an award-winning journalist known to stun many a personality – including Paula Abdul, Havan Brown, k.d. lang, Jennifer Beals, and many more - with her quick-witted introductions and on-air antics. She recently launched her brand new podcast The Ginni Show—Curry, Comedy & Connectivity, which invites listeners to follow the hilarious journey life of a young Sri Lankan, gay, immigrant woman growing up in Australia.

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123: Getting Comfortable with Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace with Lily Zheng, Author, Consultant and Executive Coach

123: Getting Comfortable with Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace with Lily Zheng, Author, Consultant and Executive Coach

Lily Zheng is an organizational consultant, executive coach, and diversity & inclusion expert who works with organizations to turn positive intentions into positive impact. She works to create just, inclusive, and innovative workplaces for her clients through data-driven assessments, strategic advising, training, and collaborative content creation. A dedicated changemaker and advocate, she has co-authored multiple books and had her work published in the New York Times, Quartz at Work, Entrepreneur, and HR Executive.

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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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