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In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Dëv Ramsumair, out gay entrepreneur, fashion event producer, museum curator, foster parent, and much more.

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Warning! When Dëv and I have the opportunity to chat we cover lots of ground. This interview conversation is no different. What I love about this is the openness and vulnerability demonstrating the width and breadth of us all as humans in where we have so many facets to our lives. I hope you enjoy this conversation. Leave a comment below about yourself, maybe topics you’d like me to explore in future episodes.

Dëv at the age of 14 started his first company which was a media business focusing on arts, entertainment, and fashion with a focus on diversity and inclusion. At age 16 he started producing events at Fashion Weeks off-site around the world such as in Londo, Milan, Paris, New York, Toronto, and some emerging cities like Berlin with a keen focus on diversity. He was a pioneer and instrumental in bringing diversity awareness to the fashion industry focusing on race, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexuality, and body size/type.

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Throughout his life, he has seized opportunities to build a business, his career, and create his life based on seeing opportunities, grading the moment, and running with it. This is about his journey and current projects, and life. Dëv inspires me and I hope he inspires you. It started at the age of 14 when he was looking at a magazine ad and thought that it is targeted at him and his friends get no one looked like the model. He picked up the phone and called the advertiser and his message was heard by the right people. They asked for his input and from there, his company was formed. Amazing, since most 14 year-olds are more concerned with skateboards and video games.

Currently, he is an art curator at a major Toronto museum again focusing on bringing in and displaying art that represents the full spectrum of diversity. In addition to that and raising a child, he is also launching DestiGaytions, an internet platform for the LGBTQ community to plan those amazing lifetime destination travel tours while remaining safe in all locations. The idea for this was sparked when some friends asked him to go on a once in a lifetime trip to a location. His response was he couldn’t because that place has laws where they could arrest him just based on his skin color, faith, or sexual orientation. DestiGaytions aims to inform LGBTQ globe trotter on how to remain safe wherever they go and provide listings of services and accommodations that are safe and friendly that will service you be is attractions, bars, medical facilities, and more. He draws comparisons to the historic Green Book that was used by persons of color during the times when it was not safe for them to travel in all locations. DestiGaytions plans to launch in the Summer of 2021.

We further chat about how he became the guardian of a baby boy and raising him, for now, seven years. As an adoptive parent myself we chatted about the benefits and life changes of raising a child. Consider being a foster parent for an LGBTQ teen. You can provide a safe, loving home and be a mentor giving that teen a new perspective and opportunity in life.

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In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Kevin Shah. Kevin is an out gay entrepreneur, product manager with an engineering background, immigrant, filmmaker, startup founder of Jaago, and so much more.

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I listed many things that Kevin identifies as, an illustration of intersectionality. Kevin and I discuss what is intersectionality, the buzzword that has become quite popular in the realms of diversity and inclusion over the past few years. It is key to understanding yourself and others to build empathy. Empathy is the ability to deeply listen and understand another person’s point of view. When a person has empathy for themselves and others communication is greatly improved. Improving one’s empathy can have significant benefits in both personal and work relationships by increasing your emotional intelligence.

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Jaago is a free to download and use smartphone app you can use to learn empathy for yourself and others in just 6 minutes a day. Jaago users create a profile that after answering some questions deduces the user’s intersectional profile and current empathy score. Jaago is committed to user privacy and vowed to never share user information with any entity outside of Jaago. Users then use the smartphone app to watch short videos that are no longer than 3-minutes each. It is recommended to watch 2 a day. Users are capped at 6 videos a day to not burn out and ensure optimal retention. Users answer a few short questions after each video that capture their understanding of the video and how they felt about it. Over time these answers are used to gauge the user’s empathy score where personal growth is is the goal.

Users may further participate by uploading short videos sharing their own personal stories for other Jaago users to view. Anyone may use the Jaago app.

Kevin shared that his early goal is to target corporations and businesses of all sizes to offer Jaago as an employee benefit. Kevin explained that empathy supports diversity and inclusion which is a key focus for most businesses. Kevin shares his background and how working as a product manager for technology companies that put interactive screens and the internet on airplanes, his own interest in film making, and working as a product manager in body cameras for police set him on his path to founding Jaago.

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In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Christopher Clawson-Rule, publisher, author, out gay entrepreneur.

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Christopher, who has several books published himself turned publisher with over 150 authors he represents says writer’s block is bullshit. He elaborates that writer’s block is just laziness. In our discussion, we explore his journey from starting his first book, ways to overcome writer’s block, and how he became a publisher. Christopher started writing after his 16-year-old daughter challenged him when after reading a book he said, “I could write better than this. Her reply was, “Well then why don’t you?”. When he completed his first manuscript she further challenged him to get it published. He was disappointed that the publisher simply handed him is now bound book and basically said, “Here you go.”. At the time Christopher was living in New York City. Eager to get his book out into the world he had an idea to gorilla market it by placing 100 copies in the subway stations. Passengers picked up his book and started reading it on their commute. Other passengers saw several people at the same time reading it and therefore thought it had to be good. This low budget marketing campaign paid off. It resulted in over 17,000 copies sold in a short time.

By the time Christopher finished his third book other authors began seeking his advice on how he was selling so successfully when the publishers offered little to no help or guidance. He realized that he wanted to help those authors in a professional way and so Breaking Rules Publishing was born. Watch or listen for his full story and examples of authors who break the rules to stand out.

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In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Tyler Davis author of the book titled “New America Awakenings”.

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“New America Awakenings” is a fictional tale of a world where the United States grapples with divisive factions of radical extremists who burst into a full civil war and foreign invasion all leaving the country ripped apart. The government creates wards separating and grouping people base on faith, race, and other factors where citizens must wear a color stripe to signify what group they belong to.

Listen in as author Tyler Davis sharing the motivation, inspiration, and major plot points.

After a polarizing election, America breaks into a civil war, followed by a failed foreign invasion. Winning is not the end! New America divides into projects based on race and religion. Citizens who protest or break the laws are labeled an “enemy of peace.” An enemy of peace quickly loses their head to the guillotine. 

Colt Jenkins resides in the New Bethlehem Project, where New American youth must navigate between Country, God, Survival, Love, Family, and Friends. Surviving daily attacks from Broken Mecca is not the only challenge. Katherine Shay, New Bethlehems keeper of the law, terrorizes citizens using the red phone, turning them into the government as enemies of peace. In a world with intermittent electricity, the President makes decrees from the television. The government controls the news and all information. 

The rising tension in the country and the Project puts Colt in Katherine’s and the government’s crosshairs. After being publicly humiliated by Katherine, Colt discovers the government is not what it appears. Colt will have to decide what kind of man he will be and what he will choose to leave behind in his race to save his family and his love.

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In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Michael Johnson-Ellis gay dad and entrepreneur helping the LGBTQ community be informed on family building and family life.

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When Michael met his partner, his partner had a daughter from a previous marriage with a female. Michael had worked for some time in the fertility industry marketing to prospective parents. Early in their relationship they talked of having kids together and started their research to find information tailored to a gay couple. It became apparent that there was not much. They began documenting their journey creating a following on Instagram and Facebook with the handle of TwoDadsUK. While attending a family planning expo they saw a transgender couple who appeared shy to approach information booths due to the unwanted attention they received. Michael warmly invited the transgender couple over and shared all the information he could with them.

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After that event, Michael and his husband decided that there needs to be a family planning expo specifically for the LGBTQ community that is welcoming to everyone. The Modern Family Show was born. Through his past work contacts he began contacting businesses and speakers. The interest was strong leading to all booths and speaker spaces being booked in a short 4 months. Due to COVID, the event has been postponed and currently due to take place in September 2021. There is already interest to expand the event to the United States in 2022. The event and websites cover all family planning methods from fostering, adoption, surrogacy, and more.

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In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Scott Ballina, Senior Director, Diversity, Belonging & Giving for a global technology company.

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Scott learned the value of diversity while serving in the US Navy as an officer leading a diverse group of sailors from all walks of life. It was also in this role where he experienced living double life hiding his sexual orientation through avoidance, double-speak, and living if needed to keep his identity a secret. While working as a technology consultant at Deloitte, Scott started working on diversity and inclusion in a part-time capacity. His passion for the work and its impact grew and he moved into the role full-time as soon as he was able.

The role of diversity and inclusion can be challenging since it is dealing with all employees who have their conscience and unconscious biases. Scott shares how in his current company they wanted to provide all employees the ability to self-identify their sexual orientation and gender identity. He explains that he had to partner closely with the legal team to assess each country’s laws where they operate. That process took just over a year to complete. Having this data will allow him an analyze promotions, attrition, how engaged the employees are and how their sexual orientation and gender identity may be impacting their experience and allow the company to have metrics around their efforts to improve the culture.

Towards improving the culture, Scott and the company worked on having out gay employees who are in leadership positions. When employees see persons in leadership who they identify with it provides strength to all employees. Studies have demonstrated that when there is more diversity in leadership, it fosters a culture of support for all.

Scott offers advice for organizations starting on their path to creating an inclusive work culture including reaching out to him. To connect with Scott find him on OutBüro here.
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In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Max Appenroth: Transgender Experience Focused Healthcare Consultant based in Berlin, Germany.

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Max is a male of transgender experience and has had to navigate the public medical system of Germany where doctors are assigned. The assigned doctors were generalists with little to no experience with transgender patients. This led him to have in most cases to educate his doctors on what he needed and how to best treat him. Max is striving to educate the health care and pharmacology community on how to best be inclusive and respond to the sensitivities and needs of the transgender community as patients. His education is inclusive helping companies and organizations be wider and fuller in their diversity, equality, and inclusion.

Gender Identity is the feeling of self whereas sexual orientation is the desire towards.
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Building your gender-neutral language may seem odd at first, but like all things, the more it is used the more natural it will be.

Max and I discuss how languages that are gendered such as German in where a table is masculine e and a door is feminine creates boundaries for the transgender community. In many cases, the neural term “their” is used. However in German “their” is “Sie” and she is “sie”. It is spelled and sounds exactly the same. The only difference is the capitalization. Language shapes reality and can I fluence how one perceives themselves. In languages that use verbs gender, they must take extra care to form inclusive language.

LGBTQ persons are less likely to receive the care they need due to fear of discrimination. The LGBTQ community experiences life struggles at a greater level and may need more self-care time than other employees. This was in part the reason Max formed his own company to set his own schedule to have the flexibility to be his healthiest self. Employers could implement flexible schedules that would benefit all employees and the employer-supported by numerous studies.

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In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Ashley Brundage, author, transgender activist, and VP of Diversity and Inclusion for a national financial institution.

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Ashely’s journey is remarkable and inspiring. When faced with homelessness and a family of four counting on her she was pretransition trying to find a job. Frustrated with seeking employment while presenting as male not being true to herself, one day she said enough. From that point forward with her family’s support she started the job search for a new career being authentically Ashley. During that period she realized the additional struggles of seeking a job as a transgender person but leaned into it educating the potential employers on how she could be a bridge to the LGTBQ market.

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After landing a part-time bank teller position she leveraged transgender conferences to prospect customers. She quickly became one of the top producing banking agents in the entire company. We chat about the burden of being an out transgender person working in the public sphere and how to leverage the 10 steps to empowering difference to grow professionally. Additionally how she created relationships with peers and mentors within the company to coach her. Ashley understands mentorship well, she says, “mentorship is a two-way street. Both should be getting something out of it”. I couldn’t agree more.

In Ashely’s new book, Empowering Differences, she has outlined her 10 steps to empowering differences starting with empowering yourself with confidence and knowledge. Further, she states that the book is well suited for persons in a sales role. After all, sales are about relationships.

Connect with Ashley find her on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/ashleytbrundage/

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