As we enter into Pride Month, we thought it would be a great time to highlight some of the amazing speakers at Gravity Speakers that are driving change in the LGBTQ+ community. Change requires support throughout the entire social ecosystem and this collection of six change makers is each supporting a unique function. As society and business continue to become more complex, diversity and inclusion are hot topics. Change is a constant and one of the best ways to adapt to change is diversity. These six speakers represent a holistic set of voices supporting the LGBTQ+ community.
Morgen Bromell founder of Thurst, a dating app for the LGBTQIA+ community, is laying the foundation of support which is connection. Morgen is using technology to bring people together which allows for support individually and provides a service to the community as a whole. Morgen is also deeply invested in documenting queer histories which allows people not only connect with others today but with the past as well.
Damian Pelliccione is CEO and co-founder of the world’s first LGBTQ+ Global Content Streaming Network Revry. Reaching over 50 million people in over 100 countries around the globe. Self-expression is at the core of the human experience. A major part of that is the ability to enjoy content that you like and can relate to. Sharing experiences is a pillar of the community. Damian provides an outlet for content that resonates with the LGBTQ+ community for both the creators and the consumers. Sharing is what makes communities grow.
Andrea Barrica is CEO and co-founder of O.school, a sexual wellness brand focusing on being a non-judgmental resource for sexuality and dating for all sexual orientations. Andrea provides important education and support in areas just not being provided to the LGBTQ+ community. As a queer woman of color, she saw an unmet need in the community and created the solution. Education is a pillar of growth and solidarity and sexual health can have a profound impact on an individual and a community. Andrea is stepping into the gap to support the LGBTQ+ community.
Melinda Briana Epler is CEO of Change Catalyst, a company that advises startups and the tech industry on inclusion and diversity. With over 25 years of advocating for the LGBTQ+ community, she is not only a huge advocate but goes beyond that to create allies. Her work focuses on creating the types of environments and cultures that will support diversity and inclusion. Advocating is a key pillar to create change and lay the groundwork for change.
Russell Ladson is CEO of Drop Software, a game-changing company in the spatial computing industry. Drop will change the way we experience virtual reality searching and browsing. It makes sense that Russell would create a platform that changes how we see the world because his talk Personal Unicorn:Being Black and Queer in Silicon Valley, he shares how he refused to let status quo thinking be a negative and turned it into a competitive advantage. Russell is changing how people see the world, both with his product and the LGBTQ+ community. Challenging the status quo and introducing people to an alternate reality are what he is passionate about. Challenging is an important part of advocating.
Arlan Hamilton is Founder of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBTQ+. Arlan realizes that advocacy, and even challenging requires opportunity. That opportunity is often in the form of funding. Giving strength to people and ideas of the LGBTQ+ community can create an environment not restrained by the status quo. Funding enables pioneers to dream, lead, and change the future.
These six speakers represent the important work that is happening not just during Pride Month, but all year round by people who are dedicated to creating change and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Learn more by clicking on their names to see their speakers pages and book them for your next event.