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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Queering the Airwaves

Webinar on Community Radio Opportunity

May 3, 2pm EST

Hosted by CenterLink with the Prometheus Radio Project

Free. RSVP now.

Community radio is transformative. It helps people connect, share local news and events, and participate in decisions that impact their lives.  90% of Americans use radio at least once a week, making it the most common point of connection today.

In the next year, there will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for local groups to start their own radio stations.  1000+ new licenses will be available in most cities in the U.S. including urban areas where their signal can reach up to a half million people.

This represents a major opportunity for LGBTQ organizations to amplify their messages and reach new audiences. LGBTQ centers are ideal locations for these affordable radio stations which will further extend our voices and issues to the whole community.  Centers can share programming and information, helping to build our networks.

The Prometheus Radio Project seeks to educate and support groups in applying and getting on air. Join this exciting webinar with Prometheus to learn how your organization or center can plug into this one in a lifetime opportunity. 

If you are interested in starting a station, sign up with Prometheus to stay in touch.

About the Presenter

Danielle Chynoweth is a Director at the Prometheus Radio Project. She co-founded the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center home to Radio Free Urbana and Uniting Pride Center. She worked on campaigns to add sexual orientation discrimination to Illinois’ human rights act and to promote marriage equality. She served as a member of city council in Urbana, Illinois, instigating a domestic partner registry, public arts and broadband programs, She assisted non-profits with strategic planning and communications for 12 years as VP of Pixo Technologies and has taught media arts in Thailand, Burma, Italy, and Kenya, and as an Evans Scholar at Evergreen State College.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


The Telly Awards has named Anyone Can Be An Ally, by SunShower Learning,as a Silver winner in the 33rd Annual Telly Awards. The video training program was among nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

Anyone Can Be An Ally– Speaking Up for an LGBT Inclusive Workplace ( was written and presented by Brian McNaught, considered the world’s leading corporate diversity consultant dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in the workplace. The training program demonstrates how anyone can be an ally to create a respectful workpace that is inclusive of LGBT co-workersand customers.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979, and is the premier award honoring outstanding TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, TV stations, and corporate video departments in the world. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly, their highest honor.
I knew we had a winner from the moment we started the project,” said Joel Lesko, owner and operator of SunShower Learning. “This award, and the terrific feedback we’ve received from our clients, affirms my expectations.”

The Ally training program has been used in corporations, universities and government settings. Deb Dagit, the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion for a Fortune 100 company said, "In this short 14-minute video, Brian McNaught offers what we need to know, and what we need to say and do as allies - in a way that is compelling, informative and actionable. If you are looking for guidance about language choices, when to speak up, and how to foster inclusion as an authentic LGBT ally, this video (and a little courage and practice) is all you need to have the confidence and capability to make a difference."

SunShower Learning is the producer of many of the training industry’s most popular and widely used training programs in diversity and inclusion, including Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts, Ouch! Your Silence Hurts, and Inclusion Insights.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


5 Simple Steps to Make Social Media Work for You

So, it’s that time of year again and while many Americans refer to Spring cleaning of their personal homes, this should by no means stop at the professional front as well.

Keeping social media clean and tidy will help make social media work for you. Don’t let the weeds grow too long in your social media profile and certainly don’t keep your audience waiting. Keep them engaged and you may be surprised as to the real affect social media can have for you and your organization.

Let’s talk about your social media profile. Do you have old information, job history, photos, and posts? It’s time for a spring cleaning. Here are 5 simple steps you will want to do to stay social media savvy.

Go through your e-mails and add the names of contacts to your social media. You can start with LinkedIn. Go straight to that search field and start typing names. Do you collect business cards or have an app that does so for you? Bust this out right now and get going!

Go postal! When was the last time you had a social media posting? If it was older than 3 weeks ago, you are in need of spring cleaning. First, write a post about you, your company, positive news, upcoming projects, or something to get the ball rolling. Don’t stress too heavily on what to write – just start! Next, whip out your planner and begin writing some broad topics for certain days. Now make sure you post regularly. Our rule of thumb is posting at minimum twice per week for your audience to stay engaged.

Spring cleaning still involves cleaning. So, do you have old information on your profile? Maybe you still have a few colleagues or employees who have left your organization and know your social media passwords. Maybe your Facebook Timeline needs some ‘sprucing’. Or perhaps you have some comments which you wish to take down all together. This is the time to get this done. You will thank yourself!

Team work is great! Too busy to keep your social media tidy? Get some help! Get one or two employees in your organization, come up with a time-table of who will post and when (that way there is not duplicated effort) and make a plan. You might find this to be a fun project for them to be included in and also showcase new talents!

Toot your own horn! Do you have your LinkedIn profile link on every signature line of your e-mail? Why not? Let others know that you want to connect. Have you had a great accomplishment and want to share with others? Of course you can share this with social media.
Keep savvy!

About Jennifer Vickery/National Strategies Public Relations: Jennifer Vickery is CEO/President of National Strategies Public Relations and is considered a PR Social Media Coach and Expert. She advises organizations and professional individuals on public relations efforts and campaigns with an emphasis on the growing trend of social media. National Strategies Public Relations (NSPR) is a national public relations agency based out of Tampa, Florida. For more information visit or call (727) 946-2082.

Monday, April 9, 2012

7-Eleven Sponsors Echelon's Expo

7-Eleven Stores signed on as a Dignity Sponsor of The Echelon Pride in Business Expo taking place June 23-24, 2012 in Los Angeles. The event includes a franchise pavilion and expects over 2,000 in attendance.

Diversity.  7-Eleven takes great pride in the diversity of our franchisees and employees.  It is one of our greatest strengths and a reason we’re nationally recognized every year as a top franchise opportunity.

We extend a warm welcome to all who are attending the 2012 Echelon Pride in Business Expo here in Los Angeles and invite you to explore the (exciting) business opportunities at