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With Paige Williams (Founder/CEO, AudPop), B. Pagels-Minor (Founder, DVRGNT Ventures), Michael Tringe (Founder/CEO, CreatorUp), Jason Mackey (Athenian Capital).
Thu, Jun 01, 2023 @ 11:00 AM   FREE   Online
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Storytelling is a crucial aspect of marketing & sales that allows entrepreneurs to connect with their audience on a deeper level. By sharing personal & professional experiences, LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs can humanize their brand, establish trust, & build a loyal following. Moreover, storytelling can help LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs overcome unique challenges such as limited access to capital, partnerships, & other strategic growth opportunities.

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is delighted to be partnering with StartOut to explore strategies that will help LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs create a lasting impact & establish themselves as leaders in their industry. Through storytelling, LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs have the power to confront stereotypes & assumptions, create a more inclusive narrative, & build connections with diverse audiences.

Key Takeaways:

What makes a narrative compelling?
How to ensure your story reflects your true values & experiences AND reflects the diverse perspectives of your audience
The importance of timing & visual appeal to your story delivery
Tips for leveraging marketing channels to reach a wider audience & build stronger brand recognition & loyalty
Resources & support opportunities available for LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurs

Paige Williams
CEO & Founder, AudPop
How do you love family when everyone fundamentally disagrees?

Paige Williams launched a career as a documentary filmmaker to answer that question. Her first film examined her experience as a Southern gay woman, her parent's ex-gay ministry in Mississippi, & their relationship. That feature documentary, Mississippi Queen, screened in over 100 film festivals, was distributed on Sundance Networks, & won several film festival Audience Awards. Williams' second feature documentary, From Place to Place, created impact on a state & national level, leading to one of the most significant pieces of national child welfare reform legislation.

Williams knows firsthand that one film can change many minds.

Williams founded AudPop in 2013 on the knowledge that connecting filmmakers to opportunities creates change in the world. AudPop is a social impact video sobmissions software company that crowdsources high-quality authentic video-from a network of more than 75,000 global filmmakers-in collaboration with brands around the world. The short films developed by the community deliver compelling stories, connecting brands with audiences. The platform boasts more than 250,000 community members & 3500 hours of film & more than 1 billion social impressions. Williams' company has consequently been recognized by Entrepreneur, Forbes, & magazines for its innovation as a connector between filmmakers & brands.

Williams works from a place of inspiration & belief that good stories inspire change. Her mission is to provide opportunities to elevate stories & their diverse makers. To further support that mission, in 2017, Williams created AudFest to bring together the AudPop community around storytelling, growth, & impact.

B. Pagels-Minor
Founder, DVRGNT Ventures
B. is an award-winning product strategist, podcast host, startup advisor & investor, executive coach, & a respected thought leader in agile technologies. B.'s fierce drive to promote diversity in tech & impact authentic change continues to define their work & life outside of their work. B. is a proud graduate of Northwestern University with a focus on history & an MBA & master of information systems from Robert Morris University. B. gives back to various organizations by being the Vice Chair & Secretary on the Board of Directors at Howard Brown Health, one of the top 3 largest LGBTQ community health centers in the country, Vice President & Secretary on the Board of Directors at the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, & Board of Directors of both the Northwestern Alumni Association & Outfest. In 2022, B. Was honored as one of the Queer 50 from Fast Company, 35 Hero Advocate Executives by Involve People & Yahoo Finance UK, & a finalist for 2022 LGBTQNation heroes of the year.

Michael Tringe
CEO & Co-Founder, CreatorUp
Jason Mackey
General Partner, Athenian Capital
Jason Mackey is Co-founder & General Partner at Athenian Capital, an up-coming, Boston-based venture capital firm investing in highly capital efficient early-stage technology companies with clear pathways to long-term profitability. Prior to Athenian Capital, Mr. Mackey co-founded CXOHQ, Modern Magazine, Occam Strategy Group, & Advanergy Energy Services. Mr. Mackey is an adept negotiator & has facilitated over $250 million in private equity acquisitions for startups & SMEs worldwide. Mr. Mackey also serves as Chairman of Progressive Research Group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of American Democracy, & was a candidate for State Representative in the 27th Middlesex District of Somerville, Massachusetts in 2022.

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