September 22


08:00 pm - 09:00 pm

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Out in Tech

A panel for Out in Tech youth (17-24yo) on creating your own business!

In our first event of our new “An Evening With…” series, we’ll be hearing from some incredible LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs who have taken the world by storm.

They will share what their experiences have taught them over the years and what it takes to get to the next level.

So, if you’ve ever had an idea (or maybe a project you worked on during a certain 8-week mentorship program), join us and learn how to develop a business plan, get funding and more!

This event is open to members of Out in Tech between the ages of 17-24yo.


Robyn Exton (she/her) is the CEO & Founder of HER the world’s largest brand for LGBTQ womxn & queer people. Their app is home to 6 million people across the world, helping them connect and chat with each other and their community.

Melanie Travis (she/her) is the Founder and CEO of Andie, the leading digitally native swimwear brand. Melanie established her career at some of New York City’s most successful consumer technology companies: Foursquare, Kickstarter, and most recently Bark & Co. Melanie studied Comparative Literature at Haverford College and film directing at the California Institute of the Arts (MFA).

Donovan Thompson (he/him) is the Creator and Host of the No Daze Off podcast for LGBTQ+ people and their allies interested in very honest, raw, and spiritual focused content. Currently in its first season, the podcast has over 10K plays from mostly 25-34 year old, people of color who identify as queer or queer-friendly. Donovan is also the Executive Producer of The Grapevine, a fresh and innovative take on the panel style discussion.

Derrick Reyes (they/them) leads Queerly Health, a social mission-driven company leveraging concierge health and digital health to end LGBTQ+ health disparities by 2030. My background includes clinical research and I earned my M.A. in Human Development and Social Intervention from NYU, along with an Advanced Certification in LGBTQ+ Health, Education, and Social Services.

MODERATOR | Daphne Charles (she/her) is the co-founder of Smith & Charles, a black and queer owned diversity, equity, and inclusion consultancy. She is also a software engineer at American Express. She holds a Masters Degree in Information Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Rutgers University. As a DEI consultant, she specializes in helping women and BIPOC break into the tech industry.

Link with 14k LGBTQ+ tech professionals in our Slack channel, including spaces like #black-mental-health-space, #entrepreneurs-and-startups, and #qtbipoc.


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