Lead the way for others.

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I didn’t choose to be gay or black; I just got lucky.

Happy Belated #Juneteenth & #Pridemonth. Every year I celebrate the theme remains the same: “Be who you needed when you were younger”. And that’s always been key to even step I take on my adventures in leadership. That, and an amazing support system.

I’ve always been #gay#black, and #extra, and while that’s me daily – it’s never defined my ability to lead, be heard, and advocate for others. Unfortunately, it’s not every day that folks like me get the chance to be a loved, accepted, and celebrated leader, especially in the community(and beyond).

However, that is not always the case for POCs or members of the LGBTQIA+ community. And that’s why I am grateful for every opportunity to serve and be a point of light. It always comes full circle for me at the end of every day. Somewhere, some kids would rather die than live in their skins. So whether you’re POC or LGBTQIA+ (or both), I’m praying that you have all the world’s allies, leaders, and advocates on your side.

Right now, it might not be the easiest moment in your life, and far from the life you dreamed of – But I promise you it gets better. I am 26 years old and have experienced racism, homophobia, and ageism behind closed doors and even in the workplace. But these days, I would tell you I wouldn’t have had it any other way. This world loves a good comeback story, which is why I am rooting for anyone reading this message.

Pride is not just a month. Juneteenth is not just a day. It’s every day. Every day we should lift and amplify the voices of underrepresented communities. Celebrate humans, celebrate love, and let’s cherish these moments.

Let’s remember the good as we champion all things D&I – it’s not a destination; it’s not a race; It’s a journey. And don’t ever look back, Kings & Queens. We’re not going that way anyway.

Huge shoutout to all my allies. Let’s change the world y’all 💙

Always extraxly yours,

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One of the cornerstone qualities of a leader in this day and age is the ability to assess and read the emotions in situations. This is known as many things in the leadership world, empathy and social awareness, but I like to use a term called “Emotional Intelligence,” which has become a generally accepted term […]

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Lead, don’t manage.

A time-old tale that has been discussed repeatedly in leadership – lies in the difference between a “manager” and a “leader.” In my humble perspective, one should always seek to be a leader. You’re probably asking, “Dennis, what is the difference?” Before sending my perspectives out into the universe, I must set up how to […]

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Get ready. Get set. Don’t go.

The most defining trait I’ve seen in a leader that has directly correlated back to their success is the ability to pivot. Leaders often set upon a mission with such ruthless and blind dedication to a cause, and it has usually caused the ruin of relationships, trust, and even credibility. Let’s dive a little deeper […]

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