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WorkPride Panel: Entrepreneurship in the LGBTQ+ Universe

Being a business founder or owner is already a challenging reality in a time where markets are saturated and competition is fiercer than ever. Add being LGBTQ+ into the formula and things might get even more difficult, as the community still faces prejudice and its members might not be taken seriously in some countries or organizations. 

This panel aims to discuss the reality and evolution of entrepreneurship within the LGBTQ+ community, including the many challenges and sometimes opportunities faced when trying to create or expand a business. 

In Partnership With


  • Ethan Spibey
    Ethan Spibey
    Purpose Union
    Government Relations, communications and campaigns specialist passionate about advocating for LGBTQ+ and social issues.
  • Luciana Carvalho Se
    Luciana Carvalho Se
    Salina AI
    Serial entrepreneur, innovator and tech evangelist, Luciana is the Co-founder of Salina AI (psychedelic-assisted therapy technology, in stealth), a Scout for Ada Ventures and an International Keynote Speaker - featured in TEDx, SXSW, Cannes Lions, Oslo Innovation Week, Lesbians Who Tech, WonderWomenTech, among others - on the intersection of mental health, the power of XR/immersive tech and the value of diverse minds. She's on the Board of Series Q, the UK network powering LGBTQ+ people in startups.
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    Michelle (Michi) Raymond
    Michelle (Michi) Raymond
    Business Development Director
    Michelle Raymond is the Business Development Director at myGwork, a global networking hub and job board for LGBTQ+ professionals and graduates. In addition to being a public speaker and D&I consultant, Michelle is also an accomplished musician who performs under the artist name ‘Michi.’ She has graced the stage with some of the biggest names in music today including Miley Cyrus, Meghan Trainor, DJ Marshmello, Rita Ora, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
  • Ryan Walker
    Ryan Walker
    Founder & CEO
    Hey friends! My name is Ryan, I'm from Orange County, CA and I'm the creator of a queer pride fashion brand called Outtire that gives back to LGBTQ+ charities in our mission towards global queer liberation! I have a wild obsession with marketing - specifically social media - and how it can be used to empower businesses across all industries. Chatting brand strategies, attending music festivals and annoying friends about the greatness of Star Wars are some of my favorite things to do!
  • Brijesh Sharma
    Brijesh Sharma
    LGBT Tourism India
    Namaste everyone! Myself Brijesh Sharma and I'm the Director of LGBT Tourism India travel company. I've been into this industry since 2011 and after many years of experience started my own travel business in 2017. I've been traveling around India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Thailand since 2014. so if you need any assistance in these countries, then don't hesitate to contact me.
  • Richard Walsh
    Richard Walsh
    Richard is a founder with 12 years of business and web development experience with startups, nonprofits, and enterprise platforms. He is skilled in product development, data-driven decision making, and organizational leadership. Richard focuses on strategic growth opportunities, partnership development, and maximizing social impact. He and his husband, Nathan, use their entrepreneurial skills to develop technology that improves the lives of under-resourced communities.
  • Luke Christian
    Luke Christian
    Founder of DEAF IDENTITY
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