STAND OUT: The Business of Personal Branding
Creating your personal brand can be an overwhelming task. Where do you even begin?
Join us for a lively panel unpacking what it means to build your personal brand from the ground-up, develop and maintain your brand, and be OUT within your branding. Dive into what it takes to market your skills, experience, and personality while navigating the intricacies of intersectional identity within your personal brand to live authentically.
Whether you're on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or one of the many other specialized platforms, this is a discussion you will not want to miss!
Parking is available at our new Anita May Rosenstein Campus.
7:00 pm - Doors Open + complimentary cocktail and hors d'oeuvres hour
8:00 pm - Panel Begins
Laith Ashley (Laith Ashley)
Laith Ashley De La Cruz is a Dominican American singer-songwriter, dancer, model, actor, and activist. Laith launched his career with a monumental campaign for Barneys New York back in February 2014. In 2017, he was the first transgender man to be featured in a Diesel campaign, photographed by legendary David LaChapelle. Laith has been on the cover of countless magazines and has had featured stories published in countless others all around the world; the most recent being British GQ in November 2018.
Laith was on the cast of reality TV series Strut, executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg in 2016, and raised the heart rates of viewers in his appearance on hit series Pose on FX. Since then, he has been heavily involved with organizations like FLUX, the trans division of Aids Healthcare Foundation, to help raise the profile of the trans and gender non-conforming community by leveraging social events, safe spaces, and innovative advocacy initiatives. Laith is continuing his work as an artist and model as well, performing at major events and Pride Festivals across the US.
Before beginning his career in the entertainment industry, Laith was a counselor for homeless youth in New York City. He uses his platform to help inform others, in hopes for a more open, loving, and accepting world.
Amber Whittington is an activist, YouTuber, host, and actress who believes in changing the world by changing within. Her goal is to show up, show off, and inspire people to be the best version of themselves. Amber has a social reach of nearly one million; views totalling over 125million. Amber is one of the leading voices fighting for equality for the LGBTQ+ community. A powerful force working to de-stigmatize lesbianism and educate global audiences. Amber was recognized as “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2018 by the Community Nest Foundation and is a proud partner in The Weekend Soiree - an annual 4-day weekend retreat celebrating and empowering dope, Queer Womxn!
Gaby Dunn (Gaby Dunn)
Gaby Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author, filmmaker and comedian living in Los Angeles. Gaby's short documentary film '40' premiered at Buffer Festival in 2018, and her short horror/comedy film 'Dick Sisters' premiered at Frameline Film Festival, also in 2018. She and her comedy partner, Allison Raskin, created the successful YouTube and podcast brand Just Between Us. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, Vulture and many other well-known publications as well a regular finance column for Marie Claire. Gaby has served as a writer on BIG MOUTH (Netflix) and in 2016, co-created and starred in a pilot for MTV. She has developed original pilots with 20th Century Fox, YouTube Originals, FX and Netflix as well as joining the cast of TAKE MY WIFE (Starz) in the role of BRIE.
Gaby is the host and creator of the podcast, BAD WITH MONEY WITH GABY DUNN, which has been featured as one of the "Best New Podcasts of 2016" by The New York Times and Vulture. The show is now in its 5th season and a book based on the podcast published by Simon & Schuster on January 1st, 2019 quickly becoming a bestseller. Gaby and Allison’s I Hate Everyone But You was the first debut novel published under Wednesday Books’ inaugural list, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, and quickly became a New York Times bestseller, the sequel Please Send Help... is was published in July 2019. Gaby’s debut original graphic novel, Bury The Lede in partnership with BOOM! Studios was released on October 8th, 2019.
Amanda-Faye Jimenez (Amanda-Faye Jimenez)
Amanda-Faye Jimenez is a Blaxican fat femme dyke writer and comedic performer. She has performed at The Hammer Museum, the Radar Productions Queer Readings Series, and in the playroom of the McDonald's in Silverlake next to her favorite gay bar. Fans say she’s magnetic and charming, the Beyoncé of unattractive, broken humans with great comic timing. When she isn’t spilling her guts onstage, she can be found creating semi-relatable social media content (@failureprincess on Instagram) and letting her dogs kiss her on the mouth, even though everyone says that’s some white people shit.
Lucy LaForge of Lucy and La Mer (Lucy & La Mer)
New LGBTQ Artists to Fall in Love With” in 2018, after her band completed their first international tour. Performing in the San Diego Pride Parade as well as London’s Bi Pride event, Lucy has been a large part of the LGBTQ music scene as an advocate for the bisexual community. Her most recent single "Not A Phase" is a bisexual anthem with YouTuber Jessie Paege, and has already passed 400k views in it's first week. Lucy's song “Got That Thing” also landed a spot on a popular Dove Commercial, as well as a Disneyland Resort ad, and various independent queer films this year.
Lucy has been on the road non-stop since the LA Times, LA Weekly, and Huffington Post praised her debut EP Little Spoon. Her sophomore ep "I Feel Better Now" premiered on October 15th and focuses on themes of self-validation, self-care and positivity. The annual LOVE IS GAY Valentine's Benefit Concert in Los Angeles was founded by LaForge in 2016, and brings together queer performers and artists to raise money for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Lucy aims to bring together community at her live concerts and promotes safe spaces venues on her tours.
Andy Eninger is a Speaker, Comedian and Learning Designer. He was the Head of the Writing Program for the famed comedy theater The Second City from 2011 to 2016. He helps individuals and organizations connect to their audience and each other through immersive, customized learning programs that combine storytelling, improv philosophy, rapid ideation and foundational communication skills.
In his creative work, he creates comedy with a mission of amplifying underrepresented voices and connecting people.He was the chief designer of curriculum for Nova Collective. For the Second City Works, he has spearheaded their learning programs in Storytelling, Selling Skills and Diversity & Inclusion and served on the design team for their work in Consumer Insights for brands. He continues to write, perform and direct, with a focus on queer comedy, satire and improvisation.
Hosted by Los Angeles LGBT Center
Thu, November 14, 2019 from 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm
CA 90028 Los Angeles US