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AJ Mizes: 80% of Jobs are Filled Through Connections

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with AJ Mizes a career coach, leadership coach, and HR consultant.   

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A.J. is a talent and human potential aficionado with over a decade of experience within Career Coaching and Human Resources–and has been featured in NBC, CBS, FOX, The International Business Times, and Yahoo! News.  Most recently, though, AJ left Facebook as a Global HR Leader where he supported an international team and launched many innovative leadership programs under his guidance–that are still in full swing at Facebook today.  He’s supported global teams of over 3,000 people and currently serves as the CEO of The Human Reach–a human potential institute guiding high-achieving professionals to land their dream careers in record time and coaching silicon valley leaders to be thoughtful, effective leaders.  His career stems from a foundation in training and development at KSL Capital, where he coached leaders on how to select, coach, and retain top talent at some of the world’s most prestigious luxury resort properties.  A.J. also served as a leader @ Premier Staffing where he worked alongside well-known tech giants in organizing talent strategy and recruiting tactics.  Before Facebook, AJ was the Vice President of Talent and Engagement at Sungevity—the world’s leading platform technology for residential solar—where he led an HR team that spanned across the United States.   

To connect with AJ find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/ajmizes/ 

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John-Manuel Andriote: Exploring Resilience of the LGBTQ Community

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with John-Manuel Andriote, freelance health/medical-focused journalist for the likes of The Atlantic, Psychology Today, and others and author.   

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In his early journalist career, he focused his reporting on HIV/AIDS and then broadened it to the wider health and medical topics.  Over the past 10 years, he has focused on psychological and emotional resilience.  He is currently training to become a personal resilience coach to help others build their own resilience.

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John shares that in 2005, after reporting on HIV/AIDS, he received an HIV positive diagnosis.  This rather shocking diagnosis caused John to reflect on his life, the challenges, and assessing his ability to reach a positive outlook thriving and surviving life’s storms.  Exploring his own resilience made him keenly interested in the topic.  Stonewall Strong is not a self-help book perse, but rather a collection of personal stories that demonstrate resilience so that the readers may connect with authentic stories and glean insights.

In our engaging conversation, John discusses his book titled Stonewall Strong that focuses on resilience told through his own personal story from a Journaling archive stretching over 30 years to one on one interviews with notable gay figures like Bishop Eugene Robinson, Larry Kramer, Congressman Barney Frank, and others from many walks of life.  We chat about how members of the LGBTQ community face many obstacles and challenges others don’t yet still find ways to be resilient and thrive.  John found that we need to tell our own stories in our own ways versus allowing others to define us.  Too often still today LGBTQ people are bombarded with the negative message that they are not worthy, they don’t belong, they are not loved for who they are.  One must overcome these messages that can become deeply ingrained causing emotional, mental, development, relationship, self-loathing, and potential substance abuse issues.  Resilience is reframing that message internally from a state of the victim to a mindset of a survivor, a hero for overcoming.

This mindset shift is very important because negativities attract negativity likewise positive attracts positive.  I share my personal story of having to put boundaries in place with people who after years of trying never accepted me for who I am and vehemently kept throwing mystical dogmatic religion in my face.  It was difficult, but I had to distance myself from them out of love and respect for myself. 

John developed a stand-alone course on developing resilience which he offers for free.  It is found on his website at http://stonewallstrong.com/ 

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Building Business and Life from Opportunity and Passion

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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Tyler DeSouza: Fashion Pioneer for the Transgender and Cross-Dressing Community

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Tyler DeSouza, CEO of enFemme.

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Tyler is an out sexually fluid entrepreneur who grew up with his mother being a stylist for crossdressers. The business started in their living room over 25 years ago when his mother started helping predominately heterosexual Men fulfill their desire to dress as a female. Being a bit of a high fashionista herself she helped the men pull together outfits and accessories that suited them. A few years ago mom retired. Tyler not only remained in the business he has transformed it into a fashion house and rebranded it as enFemme. In the cross-dressing and trans community when one dresses as a female it is commonly called enFemme so the name is a strong connection with its customers. enFemme caters to the unique needs of the cross-dressing and male to female transgender community to be a leader in clothing designed to fit a biologically male body dimensions while feminizing in appearance. Further enFemme has designed the industry’s widest line of body-shaping undergarments that conceal the male private parts comfortably and provide breast augmentation.

Tyler relies heavily on customer feedback to develop and hone his product lineup. EnFemme’s customers are an integral part of the full process. Valuing the community, enFemme has an extensive online resource center where site visitors can read stories on inspiration and encouragement through learning from others who share their perspectives and experiences.

Tyler is very passionate about his business and his customers. He feels great satisfaction that he and his company has a role in helping people feel confident in being their authentic self. For many it is who they identify as while for others it is fulfilling a fantasy. All are welcomed and appreciated at enFemme.

We were wanting to provide images of the enFemme products within the video but experienced a video editing bug. So visit enFemme’s website to view their full range of offerings at https://enfemmestyle.com/

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Wendy Weiss: The Queen of Cold Calling

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Wendy Weiss: The Queen of Cold Calling.

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Wendy started her career as a ballerina dancer. She moved to New York City to pursue that dream. Like most, she had to work a day job to make ends meet. After getting tired of waiting tables she started a job with a telemarketing firm where she received training and mentoring. She found that she enjoyed the job and was quite good. After some time she ventured on her own founding her own direct telemarketing company. Working with many companies in diverse industries she and her team honed their approach and found commonalities that could be leveraged.

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This insight sparked the idea to take her company further launching a sales training division which is the bulk of her business today, Cold Calling Results, a sales training consultancy. In sales training, Wendy works predominantly with small and midsized companies to hone how they effectively communicate their value proposition to prospective clients typically over a 6-month in-depth hands-on approach. So often sales agents and business owners torpedo their own efforts unknowingly by not positioning their product or service effectively. Wendy provides several examples in our conversation.

Every entrepreneur has to have sales. It is the lifeblood of the company. No one is a born sales guru. Like everything, being great in sales is a skill you can learn. Wendy believes it is crucial to have a sales foundation before hiring a sales representative so that the basic expectations, tools, methods, and processes are present to get the most from every lead. All too often salespeople will blame other things for the reason they aren’t closing business when in fact the reason is a lack of clear effective communication from the sales rep to the prospect. Wendy’s training addresses this in a holistic manner. Get the most out of your sales team.

Not quite ready for one-on-one training? Wendy has written the following books:
The Business Owners Guide to Setting More Appointments When Your Prospects are Completly Freaking Out

The Sales Winner’s Handbook: Essential Scripts and Strategies to Skyrocket Sales Performance
Word-for-word scripts you need to reach highly-qualified prospects, book more appointments, follow-up, and close more sales with less stress.
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Get your free copy of “The Cold Calling Survival Guide – Start Setting Appointments in the Next 24 Hours” by signing up to receive sales tips from Wendy at https://coldcallingresults.com/

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Reading is great, but you may find that you will benefit from coaching. Wendy and her team can work with you and your unique business to perfect your sales skills. Check out her site to explore the options she provides for sales coaching and support. https://coldcallingresults.com/

Connect with Wendy on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/wendy/

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Jeff Hammerberg: Locate an LGBTQ Realtor on GayRealEstate.com

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with entrepreneur Jeff Hammerberg. Jeff is the founder of www.GayRealEstate.com. https://www.gayrealestate.com/

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Jeff started out serving in the US Navy for 4 years in the San Diego, California area. After his military service, he relocated to Denver, Colorado to begin a career in commercial real estate. After several years in commercial real estate, Jeff made the jump to residential real estate starting off with ReMax.

In mid-1993 Jeff was struck how after a couple walked in seeking help in buying a new home was the but of homophobic jokes, after they left the office for being a gay male couple, Jeff felt there had to be a way to better serve the LGBTQ community with respect and trust. In the early day, pre-internet, Jeff work tirelessly to build a “Rolodex” of LGBTQ (and community allies) Real Estate agents. He placed ads in LGBTQ publications to attract both real estate agents and persons seeking to buy or sell their homes. Jeff would connect the sellers/buyers with realtors from his ever-growing list.

Once the internet came along Jeff immediately jumped on the opportunity and had a few versions along the way to build what is now GayRealEstate.com where LGBTQ realtors may register for free and home buyers/sellers may seek out those LGBTQ and friendly realtors 24/7 365 days a year. Due to many reasons, Jeff actually has around 200% more realtors in his database than are listed on the site as he explains in our conversation. So, if you don’t find an LGBTQ realtor on the site, please send a message via the site’s contact form. A super-duper feature is the realtor ratings. Customers are encouraged to leave ratings after their home sale or purchase which helps the realtor as well as you make an informed decision on who to contract with. Using GayRealEstate.com is completely free for home buyers and home sellers to use. GayRealEstate.com is the leading source of real estate and gayborhood information specific to the LGBTQ community.

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This is an essential service for the LGBTQ community. Jeff, via GayRealEstate.com, supports 21 US national LGBTQ non-profits on a monthly basis and additionally sponsors events by those organizations too. When you use GayRealEtate.com you are therefore also supporting those organizations. It is good to know that a portion of the commission money your home sale or home purchase provides goes to support excellent LGBTQ community non-profits.

Jeff also has a great podcast titled “The Dominating Edge: The Law of Attraction” Search for it on your favorite podcast app. It is on Spotify here. https://open.spotify.com/show/4DuuXfh3SDHctUMPfUeEYZJ

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Stan Kimer: VP of Training for National Diversity Council & Consultant

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Out gay professional and entrepreneur Stan Kimer. Stan shares how he not only held several professional roles within IBM over his 31-year career there but how he moved between several departments such as operations, sales, product development, marketing, and Human Resources (Diversity & Inclusion).

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He has always thrived while constantly learning and challenging himself. When assigned to a cross-departmental project he would take it upon himself to learn as much as possible about the functions and strategies of the other departments in a truly collaborative manner. He not only learned by doing this he also built great relationships which often lead those other departments offering him an opportunity to join their department. What a great way to learn new skills create a new career path all while remaining in the same company. This approach could be used in large organizations to keep your career fresh and do what you enjoy.

Stan came out as a gay man at work in 1991 when IBM began to offer domestic partner benefits. At that time Stan was the most senior IBM employee to be openly out as a gay person at IBM. Due to that, he was invited to participate in executive-level meetings regarding diversity and inclusion. In the Stan-way, this involvement led him to join the IBM global Diversity and Inclusion department. IBM was also an early adopter of providing employees who identify as transgender health coverage to meet their unique health needs which started in 2002. The IBM D&I role ignited Stans’s passion. Ever since it has been his focus. After retiring from IBM, Stan was far from sitting back sipping margaritas. He took a year of reflection and planning then launched his own diversity and inclusion consulting business to help other companies and organizations be their best. Additionally, Stan is the VP of Training for the US National Diversity Council. In that role, he is responsible for training delivery as well as training material development.

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As if all that post “retired” work was enough at age 59 Stan started to learn to figure skate. In Stan-style he competes in the adult figure skating competition circuit and knows many Olympic figure skaters. Stan believes life just keeps getting better.

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Check Stan’s figure asking video out here. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDxiFUWhZl9G2Vr-vvoF_Q

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Tom Christ: Helping the LGBTQ Community be Secure and Safe

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Tom Christ, an out gay entrepreneur in the home, business, and personal security space.

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He has represented ADT as an Authorized Provider for many years. He and his life/business partner have also been active large event marketers and leverage lessons learned there to bring innovative marketing to the home security industry. He is a leader in the space for the LGBTQ community. In our conversation, we discussed how many current features of ADT service can benefit LGBTQ community members. We also chatted about a side hustle opportunity (US only, US-wide) where you can register as a referral partner and earn money for yourself or an organization like a community non-profit.

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Franchise Connect Pro: Helping LGBTQ Entrepreneurs Start a Business

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Franchise Connect Pro owners Craig and Sue Derene are LGBTQ community allies helping LGBTQ entrepreneurs considering franchises as a business opportunity.

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Franchises are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community welcoming. They want diversity in the owners. Craig and Sue explained that as franchise consultants, they are very much like a home real estate agent. There are over 4000 franchise companies to choose from. To consider all as an individual would be near impossible. They work through a proven model of getting to know about your desire, likes, goals, and funding. In addition, there are many other things to consider. Franchise Connect Pro and the network they are affiliated with have taken over 4000 down to around 500 fully vetted they are confident in representing.

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That is still a large number and has great options in all industries. An interesting fact is that on average 70% of business owners end up finalizing in a different industry then what they started out thinking they were interested through the guidance of Franchise Connect Pro.

A Franchise is an award process meaning the franchise must agree too. They must see the applicant as a good fit for their business. Both parties must want to move forward. Similar to the realtor, the cost of working with Franchise Connect Pro is paid by the franchising company. For you the business owner, it is free. However, just like a good realtor Craig and Sue know the qualifying questions to ask early on to know their time and expertise is being spent wisely. Just like a realtor isn’t going to waste their time or yours showing $3,000,000 homes when you are financially approved for $300,000.

Working with a franchise consultant like Franchise Connect Pro helps everyone. As the prospective business owner, you are well prepared, have had more options than you could have sorted through on your own, and is packaged for the right franchise option to enhance your chance of getting it awarded to you. For the Franchise company, they know you have been vetted and likely going to be a good match. It saves them time and effort.

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