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Fiverr is a proud partner of GA's Pride Summit, a weeklong festival of free workshops, speaker sessions and panel discussions focused on looking at the world through a more inclusive lens with a spotlight on queer creators, founders, and organizers. Check out the full schedule here!

Shop This Thread: LGBTQ+ Small Biz Owners

Ever wondered how LGBTQ+ businesses in the Nation got to where they are today? Join us for a panel with some of the community's rule breakers, creators, and innovators and find out how to make it in today's market.

Overview:​ At this exclusive panel event, we host thought-leaders from a variety of industries — such as fashion, finance, food, or art — to explore how they made it in their industry.

Each speaker will share tips on a panel discussion on how to create a unique product, service, or brand that's pushing the boundaries of what we all thought was possible or one that is just downright good for our community.

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Kayte Demont
Artist + Curator, WCKD COLLECTIVE

Kayte was born and raised in Maine, spent the last decade living in Boston, Los Angeles, Denver and Austin, and now is back in Vacationland but travels frequently as an artist.

After graduating from Gettysburg College with a degree in English and a concentration in Studio Art, she created the lifestyle and music blog, Mass Musings (2012-2020), as a central place of inspiration for creative individuals. Kayte focused on creating quality content and genuine connections with a strong emphasis on lifestyle and music. Through her writing and photography, she was able to connect her audience with some of the most well-respected, international brands and artists. Additionally, she freelanced as a marketing and branding consultant for several well-known companies.

Now, Kayte works as a full-time artist (in many mediums) and freelance stylist (both fashion and interior). Kayte is a proven community leader and teacher, having taught several classes through General Assembly and consulted on the launch of various start-up movements around the country. When she's not working on WCKD COLLECTIVE, Kayte can be found tearing up a dance floor, thrifting, painting, or adventuring with her dog Lucy.

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Laura Moffat
Co-Founder and Director of Marketing, Kirrin Finch

Laura is a brand strategy consultant and co-founder of the fashion startup, Kirrin Finch. Previously she worked as a strategic planner at Area23 and FCB Health, and as a management consultant at Campbell Alliance. She has helped numerous large and small pharmaceutical and biotech clients to successfully position and launch their brands. Laura is passionate about developing insight-driven brand strategies that lead to inspiring business and creative solutions. She holds a BS in Psychobiology from UCLA and a PhD in Neuroscience from NYU. Laura was born in Scotland and now lives in Brooklyn with her partner and twin toddlers!

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Charleen Caabay
Co-Founder & COO, The People's Dispensary

Charleen’s professional career started in the IT industry as a Technical Network Administrator. Following her entrepreneurial drive, Charleen pivoted and became a self-taught chef, culinary creative, and restaurateur in the Bay Area. A reality TV gem, Charleen is Food Network’s first Filipino-American to win Chopped, and has participated in other food competitions on national television, such as The Cooking Channel. She has opened two successful restaurants, a retail shop, an art gallery, and cannabis businesses across multiple states.

Charleen is the co-founder of The People’s Dispensary. She took on the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and transformed the culture and operating procedures into an equitable model for The People’s Dispensary. Charleen brings leadership, guidance, and quality standards to the currently existing establishment.

Charleen’s passion for the cannabis industry developed during her culinary career. She has proven techniques in the extraction of cannabis oil that lead to the creation of her healing edible line. Charleen’s edible line serviced a variety of clientele with chronic medical conditions and those who lack access to cannabis. High in demand, Charleen curated private cannabis consumption spaces that included dine-in food, and entertainment.

With proven experience, she brings years of business strategies, facility development, build out, and a distinctive vision for the future in cannabis.

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Chel Gilla
Founder and Co-Owner, Tselogs Corp.

Chel Gilla is the founder and co-owner of Tselogs Corporation, an authentic & contemporary Filipino Restaurant with three branches in the Bay Area focusing on quality food, sustainability, and genuine customer service. Chel is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where she received her BA in Psychology.

Chel Gilla recognized that success of her restaurant will be difficult to achieve with her passion alone. She created a program for her team at Tselogs that teaches leadership skills along with character and mindset development. Chel believes that everyone in her team is a leader, capable of making decisions. This training program is now approved and recognized by the State of California.

Her degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a Real Estate Course at CCSF helped her apply cognitive & theoretical approaches in managing her business. Prior to creating Tselogs, Chel Gilla was a Senior Account Specialist at Merrill Lynch in which she handled approximately $300 billion in daily trade settlements. Managed client accounts through contract delivery and settlement processes, from post-execution through post-settlement. Her experience at Merrill Lynch made her realize that the possibilities are endless.

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