Dot 429 Straight Talk Conference in NYC
Dot 429's second bi-annual Straight Talk conference sponsored by Fiat 500 was held at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in Manhattan on October 7th and 9th. Peopled with members of the LGBT community's entrepreneurial set, media personalities and pioneering professionals from diverse fields, the conference tapped into the knowledge, expertise and humanity of influential spokespersons who are not only forward thinking in the LBGT community, but who, not limiting their reach or forbearance, are movers and shakers across a wide spectrum of communities.
As a straight person of a strong Christian, spiritual background, I found the discussions not only inspiring and enlightening, but profoundly human and real. The conference was exceptional, for networking LGBT professionals who were able to source the information from discussion topics (Exposure, Resilience, Meaning). And it was of great benefit for those, like me, who wanted to learn outside the box about underlying trends that touch all of our lives, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity. For indeed, beyond minor divergences which those in the straight culture have oftentimes made as high as mount Olympus, there are important issues that impact all of us. During the discussions, each of the guest speakers touched upon these and brought the message home with love and profound respect for all communities.
For the political discussion panel, moderator and talk show host, Cathy Brooks, spoke with guests Mark Perriello, who served as Obama's White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Moe Vela who served at the White House under two different administrations: first, as Vice President Al Gore's CFO and Senior Advisor on Hispanic Affairs, and recently as Vice President Biden's Director of Management and Administration.
During the course of their discussion about their career trajectories, Moe Vela commented that it was wise to, "Be open to whatever the universe sends you." And he also counseled to "Never be afraid to admit what you don't know and to surround yourself with people who do know." Mr. Vela enjoyed being in the White House experiencing two different administrations, but insisted that, "At the end of the day, it was about love and human connections." He made it a point that whenever he had the opportunity on the beltway, regardless of how much others "may have squirmed," he attempted to share what was in his heart and mention the word love.Continued on the next page