A Career Begun on the Trams of Universal Studios Hollywood

A Career Begun on the Trams of Universal Studios Hollywood


Marcus Reynaga moves from Esquire to iHeart Media.

LGBT-Certified Suppliers Jump as Big Companies Seek New Sources

LGBT-Certified Suppliers Jump as Big Companies Seek New Sources


The number of businesses identifying themselves as “LGBT-certified” has tripled in the past five years as large companies, including Northrup Grumman Corp. and Major League Baseball, seek more diversity among suppliers.

NGLCC | AMERICA’S LGBT ECONOMY: 2016 Snapshot

NGLCC | AMERICA’S LGBT ECONOMY: 2016 Snapshot


The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has released the first ever snapshot demonstrating the economic and social impact of America’s leading LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

The new report explores the types and sizes of LGBT-owned businesses currently certified by the NGLCC, the number of jobs they create, their geography, and the personal narratives of successful LGBT business owners who reflect the very best about America’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

LGBT Business Council Summit - Allentown, PA - Mar 7

LGBT Business Council Summit - Allentown, PA - Mar 7


Join the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at the first LGBT Business Summit in the Lehigh Valley on March 7th at Muhlenberg College from 9am-2pm.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

They are excited to announce their featured keynote speaker: Lea DeLaria!  In addition, Matt Skallerud of Pink Banana Media will be speaking there as well.

LGBT Bold Introduces Shannon Morrison of IM Creative from Columbus Ohio

LGBT Bold Introduces Shannon Morrison of IM Creative from Columbus Ohio


We had an opportunity to sit down with Shannon Morrison of IM Creative, an LGBT-owned company that is part of the event and meeting planning world.

90 professionals came together to network at Out of Office

90 professionals came together to network at Out of Office


Over 90 professionals turned out for Out of Office, the professional networking organisation for LGBT people in the city

The simple reason why so many businesses support LGBT rights

The simple reason why so many businesses support LGBT rights


Companies openly championing LGBT rights are reaping the benefits. The rest of the world should follow suit.

Pride and Prejudice – Business As A Catalyst For Change – 2017

Pride and Prejudice – Business As A Catalyst For Change – 2017


The Economist’s Pride and Prejudice, Business As A Catalyst For Change, is coming back in 2017 in three cities simultaneously… Hong Kong, London and New York.

The planner working to bring Japan Inc up to speed with LGBT consumers

The planner working to bring Japan Inc up to speed with LGBT consumers


Takahiko Morinaga, who started the Japan LGBT Research Institute, discusses the nascent state of LGBT marketing in Japan.

Matt Skallerud's insight:
Takahiko Morinaga started the Japan LGBT Research Institute (part of Hakuhodo DY Holdings) last year while working as a planner. In this interview, he gives his view on the state of LGBT marketing in Japan, where brands are only just beginning to develop strategies specific to this consumer segment.

Read more at: http://www.campaignasia.com/article/the-planner-working-to-bring-japan-inc-up-to-speed-with-lgbt-consumers/432956
Morinaga started the Japan LGBT Research Institute (part of Hakuhodo DY Holdings) last year while working as a planner. In this interview, he gives his view on the state of LGBT marketing in Japan, where brands are only just beginning to develop strategies specific to this consumer segment.

Read more at: http://www.campaignasia.com/article/the-planner-working-to-bring-japan-inc-up-to-speed-with-lgbt-consumers/432956
Takahiko Morinaga started the Japan LGBT Research Institute (part of Hakuhodo DY Holdings) last year while working as a planner. In this interview, he gives his view on the state of LGBT marketing in Japan, where brands are only just beginning to develop strategies specific to this consumer segment.

Read more at: http://www.campaignasia.com/article/the-planner-working-to-bring-japan-inc-up-to-speed-with-lgbt-consumers/432956

Don’t Miss These LGBT Events at SXSW 2017

Don’t Miss These LGBT Events at SXSW 2017


This year, March 10-19, 2017, there are even more LGBT seminars, workshops, panels and meetups than ever before. Some of the top LGBT highlights for this incredibly energized week in Austin, Texas include

Hari Nef Is the First Transgender Model to Star in a L'Oréal U.S. Campaign

Hari Nef Is the First Transgender Model to Star in a L'Oréal U.S. Campaign


L'Oreal Paris is making history and celebrating diversity by casting transgender model Hari Nef in its latest ad campaign.

The pink yuan: how Chinese business is embracing the LGBT market

The pink yuan: how Chinese business is embracing the LGBT market


While businesses in China are embracing the ‘pink economy’, their human resources policies aren’t embracing LGBT rights

2017 Here We Come! LGBT Week NYC + Influencers + New Media + We’re Hiring

2017 Here We Come! LGBT Week NYC + Influencers + New Media + We’re Hiring


We wanted to take this time to wish you all an absolutely wonderful and happy New Year!  We look forward to both working with you, as well as connecting with you at some of the various LGBT business events happening this year, including our signature event LGBT Week NYC, produced in partnership with Community Marketing & Insights, and sponsored by Rivendell Media and Argentina.

LGBT Meeting Professionals Association Announces Advisory Board + 1st Networking Event

LGBT Meeting Professionals Association Announces Advisory Board + 1st Networking Event


The LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBTMPA) has announced the creation of its advisory board. The board of experienced professionals met in Las Vegas and committed to the organization’s goals including the first annual conference; developing the organization’s education and certificate programs and launching the first bi-directional mentoring initiative in the meeting planners profession.

Matt Skallerud's insight:

First Networking Event: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Learn more about LGBTMPA during the LGBT Reception at the Professional Convention Management Association sponsored by Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. The meeting is being held at the Austin House (310 E. Third St., Austin, TX) from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

LGBT Chamber initiative encourages corporate activism

LGBT Chamber initiative encourages corporate activism


The Nashville LGBT Chamber’s ‘Tennessee Thrives’ initiative is a coalition of approximately 300 businesses and business organizations that are committed to maintaining a thriving economy for a Tennessee that welcomes all hard working people.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

One objective of Tennessee Thrives is to make legislators think twice before proposing or passing bills that put the state’s ability to attract talent, visitors, or corporate investment at risk. Since the launch of the Tennessee Thrives website, www.tennesseethrives.org, over 190 companies have signed the pledge.