#LGBTBizTech Conference Schedule 2015/2016

#LGBTBizTech Conference Speakers (All Conferences in 2015)

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Alexis Dee - Southern Comfort Conference Inc. (President Board of Directors)

  - Website: http://southerncomfortconference.org/
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Amy Jones - The Jones Communications Company (CEO)
Amy Jones is CEO of The Jones Communications Company, a national strategic communications company that focuses on developing effective marketing and PR strategies for clients throughout the United States. Examples of clientele served includes the Green Bay Packers, the NBA Retired Players Associatio...
  - Website: www.hijones.com
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Andrea Minkow
Andrea is an entrepreneur, connector, and marketer with deep roots in live events and tech and a passion for helping brands tell their story. She has founded several successful companies and has a passion for working with startups on how to avoid the pitfalls that can tank an early stage venture. ...
  - Website: http://andreaminkow.com
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Anthony Shop - Social Driver (Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder)
Currently works closely with DC-based NGLCC [National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce], including managing their interactive website.
Anthony Shop is a pioneer in the field of digital media and online advocacy. A former journalist and press secretary, Anthony is the first new media professional to be elected to the prestigious National Press Club’s Board of Governors. He founded the Club’s popular “Get It Online” digital media ser...
  - Website: SocialDriver.com
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Apoorva Gandhi - Marriott International (Vice President, Multi-Cultural Affairs)
As Vice President for Multi-Cultural Affairs for Marriott International, Apoorva Gandhi is responsible for creating and executing an externally-focused global strategy that builds preference and loyalty from diverse customer segments for the Marriott portfolio of brands. He helps ensure the company...
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Auston Matta - TwoBadTourists.com
Gay travel events, tips and stories. Follow their adventure as they travel the world together.
They're married. They travel, blog, & enjoy too much wine. They're bad tourists because being a good tourist just isn't as fun! But they learn & share the experience. TwoBadTourists is a travel blog created by David Brown and Auston Matta. They ditched their lives in Chicago as a microbiologist an...
  - Website: www.TwoBadTourists.com
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Billy Kolber - ManAboutWorld (Co-Founder)
Billy Kolber graduated from Yale with a B.S. in biology. In his senior year, he was elected Business Manager of the Whiffenpoofs, and organized their traditional round-the-world tour. Upon his return, he started a career in travel, managing the American Express travel agency in New Haven, Connectic...
  - Website: http://bit.ly/WP2013FREE
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Brian Rosenberg - GaysWithKids.com (Co-Founder)
Brian is passionate about growing Gays With Kids into the world’s leading content portal to help gay dads navigate fatherhood. In addition to sharing stories and information on how gay men create and raise their families, Gays With Kids will also address anything and everything else deemed relevant ...
  - Website: www.gayswithkids.com
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Carl Huelsman and Alex Harvilla - AskTell: An LGBT Communication Agency
With backgrounds in advertising, strategy and graphic design, they came together to start a new type of agency. Creating strong relationships between companies and the LGBT audience, they help brands become successful through being part of a movement. They grow their client's business, and do so thr...
  - Website: www.AskTellAgency.com
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Cathy Renna - Target Cue (Vice President)
Renna is nationally recognized as a media relations expert and as a leader within the LGBT community. As a major force behind the success and growth of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [GLAAD), where she worked for 14 years, Cathy served as a primary spokesperson for GLAAD, as well as...
  - Website: www.targetcue.com
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Crystal Ward - OutDoc (Co-Founder)
Crystal Palmero Ward is the co­-founder of OutDoc, an online platform that connects patients to LGBT­-friendly doctors. Motivated by doctors’ visits that felt incomplete and inept to her needs as a lesbian, Crystal wants to improve the healthcare experience for those that also defy the heteronormati...
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Damian Pelliccione - Make.TV (Head of Business Development)
Damian is head of North American business development for a live streaming German based company Make.tv. Make.tv specializes in new cloud based software's for Youtube creators and national broadcasters specializing in multi-cam live streaming. Damian has worked with brands like Chevrolet and Cadilla...
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David Bosley - PBJ Marketing (Principal & Digital Strategist)
As Principal and digital strategist for NYC and Washington, D.C. based digital marketing company PBJ Marketing, David leads a smart, young, and talented group of 20+ individuals across a variety of disciplines from Digital Consultancy, Web Production, Pay-Per-Click execution, SEO strategy, Content W...
  - Website: http://pbjmarketing.com/team/david-bosley/
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David Foucher - Edge Media Network (Publisher & Chief Executive Officer)

  - Website: http://www.edgemedianetwork.com
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David Paisley - Community Marketing & Insights (Senior Research Director)
David Paisley is the Senior Research Director with Community Marketing & Insights [CMI]. He has been with CMI for over 20 years. David coordinates the company’s quantitative and qualitative client research projects and professional educational programs. With decades of experience, organizations util...
  - Website: http://www.communitymarketinginc.com
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Denise Spivak - CenterLink (Director of Member Relations & External Affairs)
Denise Spivak joined CenterLink after working in the private sector for over twenty years. She has extensive experience in team management, talent acquisition and program development. Prior to joining CenterLink, Denise was a corporate executive recruiter. Her background also includes on-air and ...
  - Website: www.lgbtcenters.org
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Diane Conklin - Complete Marketing Systems
Diane Conklin is an internationally known author, entrepreneur, coach, consultant, speaker, copywriter, and implementation specialist. Diane is a direct response marketing expert who specializes in showing LGBT and other business owners how to integrate their online and offline marketing strategies,...
  - Website: www.CompleteMarketingSystems.com
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Diego Antista - Google Inc. (US Hispanic Agency Head)
He has been on the Internet advertising industry for over 16 years. Diego Antista joined Google in September of 2007 working in different Latin American countries and the US. Today he is one of the main point of contact for all media agencies and helps to activate Hispanic engagement opportunities f...
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Dionne Joyner-Weems - Visit Baltimore (Vice President of Marketing)
Dionne Joyner-Weems joined Visit Baltimore in August 2005 as the Marketing Manager for Advertising and Promotions. In the three years following, she facilitated all leisure and convention marketing and advertising programs, as well as coordinated all seasonal promotions, including the city’s highly ...
  - Website: www.baltimore.org
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Djuan Trent - Former Miss Kentucky
Djuan Trent is a motivational speaker, writer and advocate for equality and empowerment. Crowned Miss Kentucky in the summer of 2010, Trent went on to compete in the 2011 Miss America Pageant, where she was voted Contestant's Choice and finished as a top ten semi-finalist. In 2014, Trent she chose t...
  - Website: www.djuanTRENT.com
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Donna Keren, Ph.D. - NYC & Company (Senior Vice President, Research & Analysis)
Donna J. Keren joined NYC & Company, New York City’s official tourism, marketing and partnership organization in 2002. She directs one of the travel industry’s most comprehensive and forward-looking research programs.

Research & Analysis at NYC & Company is the office of record for vital stati...
  - Website: www.nycgo.com
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Dustin Woehrmann - Communify
Dustin Woehrmann has a unique background in design, marketing, and experimental animation which shapes his unique st...
  - Website: www.communify.me
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Ed Hogikyan - NYC & Company (Senior Vice President, Marketing)
Edward Hogikyan, an attorney by training, is an accomplished marketing and advertising professional with extensive experience in building global brands. Since 2008, Ed has worked at NYC & Company, the official Destination Marketing Organization for New York City, where he is the Senior Vice-Presiden...
  - Website: www.nycgo.com
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Ed Salvato - ManAboutWorld (Co-Founder)
Ed Salvato is co-founder and editor in chief of ManAboutWorld, an immersive digital publication with well-researched and written articles; video; audio; and gorgeous high-resolution images bringing a rich world of gay travel opportunities to our readers’ tablet in 10 beautiful issues a year. It’s no...
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Elizabeth Kohm - PFLAG (Deputy Executive Director)
Elizabeth Kohm joined PFLAG in July of 2011 and manages support of the grassroots chapter network through our field and policy operations as well as oversees development and communications. She brought more than twenty years experience as a senior manager in different nonprofit organizations and als...
  - Website: www.pflag.org
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Fred Dixon - NYC & Company (President & CEO)
On March, 14, 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of Fred Dixon as President & CEO of NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization. With more than 23 years of experience in the travel industry, Dixon has the overall responsibility for devel...
  - Website: www.nycgo.com
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Gabriel Blau - Family Equality Council (Executive Director)
Specialties: LGBTQ Civil Rights, Community Building and Engagement, Organizational Management, Fundraising Strategy Capital Campaigns, Foundations. Events
  - Website: www.familyequality.org
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Geng Le - Blued
Geng Le is the founder and CEO of Danlan.org and Blued in China. In the past few years, he made up his mind to “Change LGBTQ people’s life with science and technology” and started from a personal website only managed by himself to an entrepreneur team of dozens of people and a gay internet company a...
  - Website: http://www.blued.cn
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Jenn T. Grace - Professional Lesbian (CEO)
Jenn T. Grace teaches straight people how to market to gay people and gay people how to market themselves.
Upon noticing a need in the marketplace for educational tools aimed at well meaning straight allies, she set out to fill the void in 2012. In addition to educating straight audiences, she also coaches LGBT entrepreneurs in one-on-one settings to help them grow their businesses. She has written two ...
  - Website: www.jenntgrace.com
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Jennifer Brown - Jennifer Brown Consulting (CEO and Founder)
Diversity | Leadership | Innovation
Jennifer Brown is a passionate advocate and social entrepreneur committed to guiding leaders and organizations to create healthier workplace cultures that resonate with current and incoming leaders.

Jennifer founded JBC in 2006, with two Masters degrees [Organizational Development, Vocal Perf...
  - Website: www.jenniferbrownconsulting.com
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Jerome Bader - Blue Guardrail (Senior Marketing Strategist)
Putting the punch in the power of your message!
Jerome is the President of Blue Guardrail and has devoted his career to helping businesses locally and nationally access the power of the LGBTQ and allied communities. With degrees in visual communications and graphic design Jerome has piloted a career path with positions such as Production Artist, ...
  - Website: www.blueguardrail.com
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Joe Keenan - MWW Group (Vice President, LGBT Practice)
Joe Keenan is an industry leader with over twenty years in marketing for blue-chip brands and key non-profit organizations reaching both the LGBTQ and mainstream markets with areas of expertise in gay/lesbian market strategy and consulting, strategic integrated marketing, experiential marketing, eve...
  - Website: http://www.mww.com
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Joe Landry - Here Media (EVP, Publishing)
With more than 19+ years in LGBT marketing and media, Joe Landry has worked extensively with top Fortune 500 marketers and hundreds of marketing partners targeting the LGBT community. Throughout his career, Joe Landry has been a leading pioneer in the development and successful implementation of res...
  - Website: http://www.heremedia.com
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John Livesay - Selling Secrets for Funding (Funding Strategist for Tech CEOs seeking VC investment)
Livesay Consulting and Sales Coaching
As a business consultant and coach, John Livesay helps CEOs craft a compelling message that allows the right people to say yes and make their business soar.

After a successful 20 year career in media sales with Conde Nast where he worked across all 22 brands in their corporate division [GQ, Va...
  - Website: www.sellingsecretsforfunding.com
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John Rubino - GreenRubino (President)
John is president of GreenRubino—a Brandidextrous™ creative and marketing firm. More than 30 years of experience, growth and results have established GreenRubino as one of the Northwest’s most successful and respected agencies. The comprehensive list of GreenRubino services includes advertising, bra...
  - Website: www.greenrubino.com
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Jonathan Lovitz - StartOut (Director of Communications & Operations)
Jonathan D. Lovitz currently serves as Director of Communications + Operations, as well as the official spokesman for StartOut, the national nonprofit educating, inspiring, and networking thousands of LGBT entrepreneurs and business leaders. He travels the country speaking to conferences and the med...
  - Website: www.startout.org
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Josh Rimer
Josh Rimer is a content creator and social media influencer with 25 thousand subscribers on his main YouTube channel and more than 10 million video views. He uploads three videos a week, two of which are also shown multiple times a day across Canada on OUTtv to over 1.2 million subscribers. Josh's...
  - Website: www.JoshRimer.com
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Kaitlin Bishop - Rivendell Media
Kaitlin Bishop is a sales representative at Rivendell Media, working primarily on Curve Magazine and the Lesbian Market.
  - Website: www.rivendellmedia.com
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Kate Schaefer - H&H Weddings
Born and raised in the land of 10,000 lakes, Kate moved to New York to study photography at the School of Visual Arts. While developing a discerning eye, Kate realized a few things; there are not many problems that beer can't fix, bar­b­que potato chips can constitute a meal, and running along the E...
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Kelli Carpenter - R Family Vacations and The Broadway Cruise (Co-Founder)
Kelli Carpenter has always loved musical theater and travel. She sailed on a cruise every year growing up with her family and in 2003 she co-founded R Family Vacations with her business partner Gregg. Her family was featured in HBO's "All Aboard" and Kelli was nominated for an Emmy as one of the pro...
  - Website: www.rfamilyvacations.com
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Leanne Pittsford - LesbiansWhoTech.org
Leanne Pittsford is an entrepreneur, investor, risk taker, queer and women's rights activist. She's the CEO and founder Lesbians Who Tech, the community of queer women in tech [and allies]. And she's launching a new project called Social Good Tech Week, which will help connect the world's best techn...
  - Website: www.LesbiansWhoTech.org
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Lenore Horton - LFH "ESQ" (Founder)
Lenore Horton is an attorney on a mission to help entrepreneurs, business owners, investors and visionaries avoid needless failure in their ventures. She hails from the Deep South [Alabama and Louisiana), holds two law degrees from two heavy-hitter universities [Howard and Fordham), has been trained...
  - Website: www.lenorehorton.com
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Louise Chernin - GSBA - Greater Seattle Business Association (President and CEO)
Over 25 years of executive level nonprofit management experience.
Specialties:Board Development, Membership Development, Fundraising, Nonprofit Administration.
  - Website: www.thegsba.org
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Lu Xun - Community Marketing & Insights
With extensive experience across tourism, sport and event industries, Lu joined Community Marketing & Insights as a Research Manager in early 2014. Coming from China, Lu not only adds international flair and youthful energy to the CMI team, but holds the key to unlock the largest LGBT market in the ...
  - Website: www.CommunityMarketingInc.com
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Matt Skallerud - Pink Banana Media (President)
Currently heading up the new New York City office
Matt Skallerud began his online career in May 1995 with the launch of GayWired.com, which became one of the top 3 LGBT websites worldwide. Having worked with companies, large and small, for more than 19 years to reach the LGBT online consumer through this site and others, he is now focused on the mo...
  - Website: PinkBananaMedia.com
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Maureen Erokwu - Vosmap (Co-Founder)
Maureen Erokwu, Founder and CEO of Vosmap, is New York's leading Google Business View Provider. Since 2011, Vosmap has helped Google expand street view technology inside of businesses. Maureen's passion for photo­technology have allowed her to find entrepreneurial success despite the male­dominated ...
  - Website: www.vosmap.com
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Merryn Johns - Curve Magazine (Editor in Chief)
Merryn Johns is the editor in chief of Curve, America’s best-selling magazine for lesbians. She was the founding editor of BOUND magazine, an international travel and lifestyle magazine for queer women and their friends, and editor in chief of LOTL, Australia’s national magazine...
  - Website: www.curvemag.com
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Michi Suzuki - Radarworks
Michi has 15+ years of experience in PR, Marketing, Business Development, Client Services, Management and Communications.. She is VP of Client Services for Flip, the LGBT division of ion+radarworks, with offices in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York. Michi has worked on a variety of projects and bran...
  - Website: http://www.thisisflip.com
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Mike Hayward - Copacino + Fujikado (Creative Director)
Currently the Creative Director at Copacino + Fujikado, Mike Hayward has spent the last 17 years in Seattle working with brands large and small, including McDonald's, Amazon, the Seattle Mariners, REI, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Astroglide [true], Frito Lay, Visit Seattle, Homestreet Bank, Seattle ...
  - Website: www.copacino.com
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Paul Grossinger - Gaingels (Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and Adviser, Early-Stage VC)

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Phillip Reinhardt - PBJ Marketing (Principal & Lead Strategist)
As Principal and lead strategist for NYC and Washington, D.C. based digital marketing company PB&J; Phillip has the privilege of leading a smart, young, and talented group of 20+ individuals across a variety of disciplines from Digital Consultancy, Web Production, SEO strategy and execution, Content...
  - Website: http://pbjmarketing.com/team/phillip-reinhardt/
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Rachael Brister - GSBA - Greater Seattle Business Association (Vice President, Marketing & Tourism)
Rachael Brister has been working in the LGBT community for almost 20 years starting as the Director of the Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in Rochester, NY just after graduating college. In 2004, Rachael moved to Seattle to become the Executive Director of Three Dollar Bill Cinema, the organiz...
  - Website: http://www.thegsba.org
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Reginald Osborne - Walton Isaacson (LGBT and Black Cultural Expert)
Reginald is a marketing professional with over 20 years of experience Reginald is currently the LGBT and Black cultural expert at Walton Isaacson and also manages the agencies' New York office. Reginald has a wealth of experience in increasingly responsible roles within account management at variou...
  - Website: www.waltonisaacson.com
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Ross D. Levi - Empire State Development / New York State Division of Tourism (Vice President, Marketing Initiatives)
Ross D. Levi is Vice President, Marketing Initiatives for Empire State Development / New York State Division of Tourism where he helps coordinate the state’s tourism efforts, with a particular emphasis on specialized marketing events and campaigns. After joining ESD in 2012, Ross was instrumental i...
  - Website: www.iloveny.com
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Ryan Davis - NJOY (Global Head of Social Commerce)
Prior to NJOY, he was the VP of Community at the news startup Vocativ where he spearheaded LGBT content. Ryan was the Co-Founder and Digital Director of the successful marriage equality campaign The Four 2012, and as Social Media Director at Blue State Digital, he consulted with LGBT organizations i...
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Sarah Hodkinson - PayPal (Director of Marketing)
In her role as Director of Marketing at PayPal, Sarah oversees marketing operations for consumer marketing in North America. Previously she headed up marketing of PayPal’s demand generation solutions for merchants. She plays a key role in evangelizing data-driven, multi-channel marketing and is a s...
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Sarah Pappalardo - Reductress (Digital Strategist, Co­-Founder)
Sarah is a digital strategist and co­-founder of Reductress, the one and only satirical women’s magazine. With over 10 years experience in comedy writing, UX design and digital strategy, Sarah worked as an interactive producer and consultant before launching Reductress with partner Beth Newell. Redu...
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Sarah Prager - Quist
Sarah Prager is best known for the creation of Quist, the free mobile app that brings LGBTQ history to life. Sarah’s writing has been published in The Advocate’s website, Social Media Monthly magazine, Huffington Post, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, the It Gets Better Project’s blog, and vario...
  - Website: www.sarahprager.com
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Stephen Macias - MWW Group
Stephen leads MWW’s LGBT practice, joining MWW from Macias Media Group where he served as President and Managing Partner. MWW’s LGBT practice counts amongst its robust client list Fortune 500 companies, LGBT owned businesses, LGBT non-profits and national figures like Prop 8 plaintiffs Paul Katami a...
  - Website: http://www.mww.com
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Steve Levin - Grindr (Head of Global Sales)
Steve Levin is a highly successful media executive who develops and manages top sales talent to increase revenues through strategic positioning, best sales tactics, compelling sales presentations, and effective use of research and marketing tools.

At Grindr he has built a direct sales team of ...
  - Website: www.grindr.com
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Stuart Brockington - Here Media (Senior Director, Integrated Advertising)
With 15 years of integrated marketing and media experience, Stuart Brockington is known for his strategic ingenuity and creative business development. As Senior Director, Integrated Advertising with Here Media, he constructs and implements custom integrated marketing partnerships for more than 120 ...
  - Website: http://www.heremedia.com
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Tanya Churchmuch - MuchPR (Founder)
LGBT Travel Expert
Based in New York City, Tanya Churchmuch is a PR/Media Relations consultant specializing in tourism, lifestyle and LGBT markets. Prior to launching her consultancy, Tanya lived in Montreal, Canada and was Tourisme Montreal's Assistant Director of International Media Relations and Leisure Markets, wh...
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Thomas Roth - Community Marketing & Insights (President)
Thomas Roth, President and Founder, launched Community Marketing, Inc. in 1992, and has served as its President for 22 years. Tom and his team have developed a spectrum of products and services to skillfully lead the company's global clients to their goals. Tom is now primarily dedicating his indust...
  - Website: www.CommunityMarketingInc.com
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Tiffany Roesler - IsPossible in Tech (Founder)
Tiffany is the President of ISPOSSIBLE IN TECH, a technology staffing firm based in NYC making waves. Roesler is passionate about transforming and scaling technology organizations. She is viewed as a collaborative and respected partner to senior leadership for sound judgment. She is also the founder...
  - Website: www.ispossibleintech.com
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Todd Evans - Rivendell Media (President & CEO)
Todd Evans is President and CEO of Rivendell Media, America's leading gay and lesbian media placement firm- a unique media company that was founded in 1979 and represents 96% of all gay, lesbian and HIV/AIDS publications in the United States and Canada. Rivendell Media serves as the national advert...
  - Website: RivendellMedia.com
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Tom Whitman - Flip Radarworks
Tom Whitman is the Senior Vice President/Director of Flip, the LGBT division of integrated marketing agency ion+Radarworks, with offices in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York. Tom has made a career of specializing in connecting Fortune 500 national and major regional brands to the LGBT consumer thro...
  - Website: www.thisisflip.com
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Vivian Rosenthal - Snaps (Founder)
Vivian was named one of Creativity Magazine’s top 50 global creatives of 2010 and has spoken at numerous conferences on design, advertising and technology, including the CaT conference by Ad Age, TEDx, Ad Tech, Dmexco, Financial Times, Advertising Week, Socialize West, Foresight and Trends, IDEAS: T...
  - Website: www.vivianrosenthal.com
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Yartish Bullock - Ethnic Technologies
Yartish Bullock, multicultural marketing executive, has more than 10 years of experience planning and execution of strategic projects in the public relations, marketing and broadcasting industries. She began her career in urban radio in NYC, worked for several years in publ...
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