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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121: Come Out of the Entrepreneurial Closet with Seth Vermilyea, Founder of the ComingOutTarot

121: Come Out of the Entrepreneurial Closet with Seth Vermilyea, Founder of the ComingOutTarot

Seth Vermilyea is a tarot reader with a passion for serving the LGBTQ community. Since launching ComingOutTarot, Seth has helped his queer clients confirm where they are today and gives them the steps they need to achieve their goals tomorrow. He received his first tarot deck at 10, came out of the closet at 19, and officially came out of the tarot closet at 40 with ComingOutTarot. He uses tarot to make sense of his client’s queer experiences in an increasingly challenging hetero-and-cis-normative world. Seth and his husband live in Chicago with their rescue ferrets.

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120: Let Executive Coach, Danny Ceballos, Inspire You to Define Your Personal Values and Align Them with Your Business

120: Let Executive Coach, Danny Ceballos, Inspire You to Define Your Personal Values and Align Them with Your Business

Danny Ceballos, is a leadership consultant, trainer and executive coach helping the nonprofit and healthcare leader to be "the kind of best boss everyone wants to work for." He is the founder and principal for Unleashed Consulting, and he firmly believes that people will bring their best, authentic, and most productive selves to their work when they nurture their own personal "performance operating system" - that unleashes their unique leadership superpowers.

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119: Recognize that Everything You Want is Just on the Other Side of Uncomfortable with Heather Vickery, Founder & CEO of Vickery and Co.

119: Recognize that Everything You Want is Just on the Other Side of Uncomfortable with Heather Vickery, Founder & CEO of Vickery and Co.

Heather Vickery is a Success Coach & Fellow Podcaster with over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur. Heather helps her clients build better business strategies that elevate their lives and businesses to new levels of success. She runs a series of workshops and is a public speaker where she trains other entrepreneur’s on getting to the empowering side of fear, creating balance, time management, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. Working with Heather inspires people to say, “So what, do it scared” and take real action towards their dreams.

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117: Learn How You Can Get Your Story Published with Jenn T. Grace, Founder of Publish Your Purpose Press

117: Learn How You Can Get Your Story Published with Jenn T. Grace, Founder of Publish Your Purpose Press

Jenn T. Grace is a nationally recognized business strategist, speaker and author specializing in the LGBTQ market. Passionate about helping people share their stories of adversity, Jenn is the Founder of Publish Your Purpose Press. Guided by the mantra, “change happens in business,” Jenn believes social change happens first in the workplace before spilling over into mainstream society. She is an Amazon Best Selling author and has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Hartford Courant, and on CNBC.

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115: #OutBosses, Get Your Money Together with Lillian Karabaic, Founder of Oh My Dollar!

115: #OutBosses, Get Your Money Together with Lillian Karabaic, Founder of Oh My Dollar!

Lillian identifies as a Laywoman’s Investing Expert for the Median Wage Earner and she is passionate about helping people create new financial stories. She runs boot camps called, “Get Your Money Together,” helping artists, small business owners, nonprofit worker bees, college students, and millennials SMASH DEBT, save up for their goals, and budget like the bad asses they are. She is also the podcast host of the popular podcast, Oh My Dollar!, which with the Out Entrepreneur was recently featured as a notable LGBTQ+ business & money podcast on Forbes.

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113: Make Your Next Bold Move with Author and Speaker, Rick Clemons, Host of the Life Uncloseted Podcast

113: Make Your Next Bold Move with Author and Speaker, Rick Clemons, Host of the Life Uncloseted Podcast

If you didn’t listen to episode 25, here’s a little background about Rick: He is a well-known culture disruptor (in a good way), “closet buster,” and bad ass bold move strategist. Tapping into his 25 years’ experience in hospitality, technology, branding, marketing, and personal development he’s created a no B.S. approach for success - live your truth with no apologies. As a result, individuals, teams, and organizations embrace his approach, busting out of their suffocating closets to make the bold moves!

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111: Let the Wizard of Tax, Jax Wheatley Founder of Rainbow Tax & Accounting, Expertly Guide You Through the 2018 Tax Season

111: Let the Wizard of Tax, Jax Wheatley Founder of Rainbow Tax & Accounting, Expertly Guide You Through the 2018 Tax Season

First interviewed on episode 85 of the podcast, friend of the show Jax Wheatley returns to help you navigate the challenges of filing your 2018 taxes. Jax is the Chief Financial Officer Every Small Business Owner Needs. With over 18 years running their own business, Rainbow Tax & Accounting, Jax loves providing quality, affordable accounting services to individuals, small business, and non-profit organization. When not busy running their own business, Jax dedicates their free time expanding economic opportunities serving as the board treasurer for PABA, Portland’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce.

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110: Learn What It Takes to Fight for Working People While Fighting for Your Own Rights with Out Transgender Trial Attorney, Marcia Alvey Founder of Alvey Law Group

110: Learn What It Takes to Fight for Working People While Fighting for Your Own Rights with Out Transgender Trial Attorney, Marcia Alvey Founder of Alvey Law Group

For more than 30 years, Marcia Alvey has been fighting powerful insurance companies and government bureaucracies. She has helped thousands of people throughout Oregon with workers’ compensation, social security, and personal injury claims. Marcia has been a small business owner since starting her own law practice back in 1996. She is an active volunteer with the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, and with Basic Rights Oregon, seeking to protect the rights of LGBTQ Oregonians. Outside of her busy law practice, Marcia is a book collector and a dedicated amateur astronomer.

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109: Overcome the Struggle to Live Authentically with Mark D. Gibson, Best-Selling Author of Served in Silence

109: Overcome the Struggle to Live Authentically with Mark D. Gibson, Best-Selling Author of Served in Silence

Retired U.S. Air Force Captain Mark David Gibson currently works in Communications with the U.S. Small Business Administration, helping entrepreneurs like us build and scale our businesses. Mark has also recently made his debut as an author with his best-selling book, Served in Silence, the Struggle to Live Authentically. His book has launched his speaking business which is centered around the, “Authenticity Alignment 360.” On this week’s episode, we discuss Mark’s book, why he wrote it, and how it has led him to build a successful speaking enterprise.

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108: Leverage Entrepreneurship to Expand Economic Opportunities for Transgender & Nonbinary People with Nadia McCullough, Co-Founder of HiR Transcender

108: Leverage Entrepreneurship to Expand Economic Opportunities for Transgender & Nonbinary People with Nadia McCullough, Co-Founder of HiR Transcender

Nadia McCullough is the co-founder of HiR Transcender, a $1M Accelerator program that connects transgender and nonbinary entrepreneurs with investors. The business gives entrepreneurs the mentorship, training, and tools they need to make a great pitch to the investors to get their businesses the funding they deserve to thrive. Nadia and her team see the business as a "Shark Tank" that meets "Ru-Paul's Drag Race." As a trans woman Nadia believes this business is greatly needed to help expand economic opportunities to TNB communities at this crucial time in our movements history.

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107: Embrace your Inner Unicorn with Strother Gaines, Business and Personal Coach

107: Embrace your Inner Unicorn with Strother Gaines, Business and Personal Coach

Strother is a business and personal coach for creative entrepreneurs and those who want to become one. He works with lawyers who just wanna dance, programmers who wish they were potters and undercover Yogi CFO's to integrate their professional life with their authentic creative self. His private practice is called "But I'm a Unicorn, Dammit!” and he is passionately working to help as many people as possible own up to the fact that they're a unique fu*%!@#g snowflake. He is the producing artistic director for DC’s only immersive theatre company - TBD Immersive. He served as the event director for the DC Chapter of Network Under 40 and he recently spoke at the TEDx MidAtlantic Festival on the topic of storytelling.

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106: Begin 2019 with an Evolutionary, Meditational, Inner Journey with Dr. Anna Huff and Dr. Teresa Reyes Castillo, Founders of Being Centered & Authors of Awaken Love

106: Begin 2019 with an Evolutionary, Meditational, Inner Journey with Dr. Anna Huff and Dr. Teresa Reyes Castillo, Founders of Being Centered & Authors of Awaken Love

Dr. Anna Huff and Dr. Teresa Reyes Castillo are married, licensed clinical psychologists running a holistic practice in the big apple. They go one step beyond psychology taking their clients into an evolutionary meditational inner journey through soul-journey coaching in collaboration with a clairvoyant, medium, and energy healer. They are also recent author of Awaken Love, published earlier this year by friend of the show Jenn T. Grace’s company Publish Your Purpose Press. Their book helps readers gain a greater level of intuitive awareness about the soul connection that exists within all relationships.

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