TopDog Learning Group, LLC and "The Gay Leadership Dude" Proudly Announce the Official Book Launch of Pride Leadership: Strategies for the LGBTQ + Leader to be the King or Queen of their Jungle
The book, written by Dr. Steven R. Yacovelli, is focused on building leadership skills for members of the LGBTQ + Community.
ORLANDO, Fla., May 20, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- "The Gay Leadership Dude," Dr. Steve Yacovelli, is proud to announce the official launch of his new book, "Pride Leadership" on June 5th, 2019. Just in time for Pride Month, the book will "come out" at an official launch party in conjunction with the Central Florida LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Business Association (MBA).
"As we [the LGBTQ+ Community] continue to fight for equality and social justice in our world, it occurred to me that we aren't' doing enough to cultivate our collective leadership awesomeness. And there's very little focus on developing this talent specifically for the LGBTQ+ Community, especially in a contemporary, mainstream business book. So, leveraging my twenty-five-plus years as a leadership and change management consultant, I wrote Pride Leadership for us to collectively grow those leadership skills," says Dr. Steve Yacovelli, also known as "The Gay Leadership Dude." The foreword of the book was written by out State Representative of Pennsylvania Brian K. Sims.
"Am I saying in Pride Leadership that my straight brothers and sisters aren't good leaders? Of course not!" he says with a laugh. "But I started to think about the LGBTQ+ Community and our shared experiences through the lens of what I see that makes someone effective as a leader in today's workplace, and it hit me: LGBTQ+ folks—in general—naturally have a lot of the skills and experience it takes to be effective leaders. Whether that's having empathy, being authentic, or knowing how to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences, through our shared journey we've had practice in many of these areas. And we can channel that experience into being a more effective and inclusive leader and work and beyond," he explains.
The book is the start of what Dr. Yacovelli calls a "gay leadership movement." In conjunction with the book, a six month "LGBTQ+ Pride Leadership Academy" is being created that will blend face-to-face, online, and self-paced learning experiences to cultivate and grow leadership competencies. The Academy launches later this summer. The book is available June 5th at: www.SteveOnAmazon.com
Stoli® Vodka Introduces "Spirit of Stonewall" Limited Edition Bottle in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Uprising
Limited Edition is latest LGBTQ initiative from Stoli, who came out with a Harvey Milk tribute bottle last year and has been supporting the community for more than 25 years
NEW YORK, May 7, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Stoli® Vodka, the original premium vodka with uncompromising quality since 1938, announced today the launch of the Stoli® "Spirit of Stonewall" limited edition bottle, which will be behind the bar and at participating retail outlets beginning later this month. Designed to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, a seminal moment in the modern LGBTQ rights movement, the Stoli Spirit of Stonewall bottle continues the Stoli® brand's long-standing support of the LGBTQ community. The limited edition will help raise funds for the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative in support of its mission to eliminate the social intolerances that profoundly impact the lives of LGBTQ citizens in America and abroad, through awareness campaigns, educational programming, fundraising and public dialogue.
The bottle was designed by Lisa Marie Thalhammer, an award-winning visual artist and member of the LGBTQ community, who is best known for her iconic 13-color rainbow "LOVE" mural located on Blagden Alley in Washington, D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood. For the Spirit of Stonewall bottle, Thalhammer used a mural theme and incorporated emblematic LGBTQ imagery, including five hands and three protest signs at the corner of Gay and Christopher Streets outside of the Stonewall Inn, a high heel to represent the transgender activists who initiated the 1969 uprising, a sign spelling out "LIBERATION" as a reference to the Gay Liberation Front that includes three gender symbols, as well as a peace sign and protest fist holding a rainbow energy ribbon that swirls between fingers and brings the community together.
The brand will be hosting two private, invitation-only launch events for consumers to celebrate the Spirit of Stonewall bottle. The first will be a special artist's release party in Thalhammer's hometown of Washington, D.C., during which she'll create a canvas featuring the label artwork. A second event is scheduled to take place on June 25th during World Pride in New York City. Additionally, a piece of art commemorating the Spirit of Stonewall is planned for an unveiling ahead of the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, the world's largest annual LGBTQ bartending competition, beginning on June 4th.
"We are thrilled that Stoli is continuing its long-standing tradition of supporting the LGBTQ community by working with the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative," said Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative President, CEO & Co-Founder, Stacy Lentz. "These much-needed funds will help continue the Stonewall legacy especially in places where equality has been slow to arrive, and full legal protections are not in place."
"Pride is all about sticking up for something you believe in – just as the brave patrons of the Stonewall Inn did 50 years ago – that all good people deserve to love freely and stand proudly in the bright spotlight of the beauty of their diversity without the expectation that one needs to hide in the shadows, or in the closet," said Stoli LGBTQ National Brand Manager and Ambassador, Patrik Gallineaux. "Stoli celebrates the legacy of our gay bars, such as Stonewall, as the original community centers and safe spaces. It is a privilege to utilize our bottle as a platform for purposeful visibility and education via our second LGBTQ tribute bottle, the Stoli 'Spirit of Stonewall' limited edition."
The Stoli Spirit of Stonewall Limited Edition bottle is 80 proof, or 40% alcohol by volume (ABV), and a suggested retail price of $22.99 for 1L. To learn how you can join in supporting global equality and acceptance, please visit www.stoli.com or follow Stoli on Instagram @Stoli, on Facebook @Stoli and on Twitter @Stoli.
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) will return for the 12th consecutive year as presenting sponsor of the 20th Annual PRIDE Parade to be held on Friday, Oct. 19 in downtown Las Vegas. The celebration – which is the largest annual LGBT event in Las Vegas – is hosted by The Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. (SNAPI). Events will begin October 19 and run through October 21.
MGM Resorts International has been a presenting sponsor of the annual PRIDE Parade and Festival since 2003. This year the company's float will shine a spotlight on the Las Vegas Aces (owned by MGM Resorts International) and their commitment to the LGBTQ community. The float will also broadcast songs from the "Universal Love" album released by MGM Resorts earlier this year. Universal Love is a collection of reimagined wedding songs for the LGBTQ community, celebrating the enduring and overwhelming power of love and music to unite. Universal Love offers six newly recorded versions of iconic love songs that give same-sex couples a soundtrack of their own love stories and feature pronouns changed to reflect the world of LGBTQ relationships. A large contingent of MGM Resorts employees are anticipated to walk with the float created by MGM Resorts Event Productions, wear #UniversalLove white t-shirts and carry #UniversalLove lollipop handheld signs. An additional float attraction will be attached hoops for basketball throws by parade attendees. Carolyn Swords, who plays Center for the Las Vegas Aces, will walk in the parade.
"It is an honor and a privilege to have served as presenting sponsor of Las Vegas PRIDE for more than a decade," said Phyllis A. James, Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer of MGM Resorts International. "We are thrilled this year that we have the opportunity to spotlight the Las Vegas Aces and the Universal Love project. Our passion for the Universal Love project reflects our profound commitment to the LGBTQ community, and our appreciation of the powerful impact music can have on conveying the message of universal respect for all humanity."
MGM Resorts has been a pioneering supporter of the LGBTQ community, dating back to the company's leadership as the first company in the gaming and hospitality industry to offer same-sex health benefits to employees in 2004; as the first company to provide same-sex commitment ceremonies at its chapels; as a vocal advocate for LGBTQ human rights; and as a significant supporter of nonprofit organizations that serve the LGBTQ community. Additionally, the company expanded its supplier and construction diversity programs to include LGBT-owned firms in 2011. Earlier this year, the Human Rights Coalition named MGM Resorts one of the nation's "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" for the sixth year in a row.
The parade pre-show begins at the main stage at 6:45 p.m. followed by the parade at 8:00 p.m.
The parade route begins at Gass Ave. and heads north along 4th Street to Ogden Avenue. The main stage is at Bridger Avenue just two blocks south of the Fremont Street Experience.
For more information about Las Vegas PRIDE, please visit http://lasvegaspride.org/.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 27 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. The company is expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, developing MGM Springfield in Massachusettsand MGM COTAI in Macau, and debuting the first international Bellagio branded hotel in Shanghai. The 81,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.
The Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc.
The primary objectives and purposes of SNAPI are: To educate the general public to the needs and issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; to provide educational outreach to persons directly or indirectly involved in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; to advocate and facilitate the exchange of ideas and resources between the various non‐profit Nevada lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or related organizations; to promote a positive image of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and PRIDE; to provide inclusive and diverse representation within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community; to recognize and celebrate the substantial achievements in our community.