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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OH5: Celebrate Your Successes as Your Business Thrives

OH5: Celebrate Your Successes as Your Business Thrives

On a recent Out Entrepreneur interview, Angelic Williams, Founder + CEO of MyUmbrella, mentioned the importance of celebrating both the big and the small successes we entrepreneurs achieve. Since many of us tend to move the goal posts further down the field as our businesses thrive, Angelic underscored why celebration is so important for our future successes. This Office Hours session builds upon Angelic’s word’s of wisdom, exploring what it means to succeed in business, and once achieved, how do we celebrate it. After you listen, let us know how you celebrate your successes!

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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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OH4: Embrace an Abundant Mindset by Visualizing Your Successful Business

OH4: Embrace an Abundant Mindset by Visualizing Your Successful Business

This week’s office hours expands upon our last session regarding money mindsets. Allon and I specifically compared and contrasted the concept of abundant and scarcity thinking. We wanted to share this conversation with fellow out bosses to help you get your mind right so that you can remain focused, persistent and hopeful about growing your business into one that thrives and exceeds your wildest dreams!

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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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