Hillary Lehr

Senior Strategist | Brigade

What do you do and what have you done in the past, professionally?

I am a Senior Strategist at Brigade focusing on building partnerships with advocacy organizations. I joined Brigade last year as part of our acquisition of Causes.com, the world’s largest online campaigning platform. At Causes, I led a campaigning team that worked with grassroots activists and nonprofits to launch petitions. I had transitioned to Causes from the nonprofit sector where I worked on organizing and digital campaigning on issues such as money in politics and rainforest conservation.

Has your sexuality initially shaped…


Chloe Stokes

Support | Square | Human Rights Campaign

What do you do and what have you done in the past professionally?

I work in technical support at Square. Before working here, I did Editorial and Digital Media work at the Human Rights Campaign and the Women’s Media Center.

In what way has your sexuality influenced what companies to apply to?

As someone who has to pay attention to legislation that affects my ability to work, get married, and attain other basic rights, it’s important for me to work somewhere that has ideals similar to my own. …


Chloe Stevens

Site Reliability Engineer | Google, Out for Undergrad

What do you do and what have you done in the past, professionally?

I’m currently a Site Reliability Engineer at Google, which is a combination of Software Engineering, Systems Administration, and a hundred other things that I’m still figuring out. I currently work out of the office in Zürich, Switzerland. Previously I was a Software Engineer and a Software Engineering Intern, both also at Google. …


Anna Collins

General Manager | Amazon | PhotoRocket, Microsoft

What do you do and what have you done in the past professionally?

I am the General Manager of Prime Membership at Amazon. Prior to Amazon, I was CEO for PhotoRocket, an early stage consumer photo sharing play. I was a General Manager at Microsoft where I was globally responsible for starting up and scaling the Ad Center search advertising business across advertising operations, service, sales & marketing (SMB — MB) and business operations. Responsibilities included all global advertising operations for display media. …


Tyler Hedrick

Software Engineer | Medium | Facebook

What do you do and what have you done in the past, professionally?

Currently I am a Software Engineer at Medium. In the past I’ve done 2 internships at Facebook as well as some smaller jobs when I was younger. I’m still really early in my professional life and career :)

In what way has your sexuality influenced what companies to work for?

Since I’ve been out, I’ve always looked for places to work where I knew I would be accepted. I’ve been fortunate enough to work for two amazing tech companies…


Michele Deane

Founder | eleveight, inc.

What do you do and what have you done in the past, professionally?

Besides teaching myself basic code as a kid so I could personalize my Texas Instruments TI/99 4a video game computer, I am the founder of eleveight, a new social media platform that I have been envisioning for quite a few years. Eleveight brings together many aspects of my previous work in television, film, music, fashion, tech, government and nonprofit social services. I also incorporated Agency Eleven, a hands-on experiential learning and mentoring nonprofit that compliments eleveight. In addition to that, I…


Jim Jowdy

Software Engineering Manager | Square | Google, Levanta Inc.

What do you do and what have you done in the past professionally?

I’ve been at Square for almost four years, where I’m currently a software engineering manager for the Internal Product Team. Previously at Square, I was an individual contributor software engineer on our settlement systems (that pay our merchants nightly) and financial reconciliation system.
Otherwise, I’ve been a software engineer for my whole career (since 1997). …


Laura Mesa

Product Marketing | Yahoo | Lookout, Mozilla, Apple

What do you do (and what have you done in the past), professionally?

I’ve been working for about 8 years. For all 8 years I’ve done consumer marketing for software, with the last 6 years focused on product marketing for mobile and desktop software in the utility category: browsers, security, search, homescreens etc.

In what way has your sexuality influenced what companies to apply to?

I feel lucky to say that I’ve worked in the Bay Area for my entire career, and in my opinion it’s one of the most…


Amado Guloy

CEO and Co-Founder | Rex Animal Health

What do you do and what have you done in the past, professionally?

I’m currently the CEO and CoFounder of Rex, the first animal population health and analytics platform. Prior to starting Rex, I worked in various industries doing everything from drug development, business development, and intellectual property in healthcare, clean energy, and oil and gas.

When and how did you open up to your colleagues and company about your sexuality?

I typically don’t mention who I am dating or anything like that, if only because it’s personal. However, if people…


Tara Brant

Senior Business Process Architect | LinkedIn

What do you do and what have you done in the past, professionally?

I am currently a Senior Business Process Architect at LinkedIn where I map out business processes to help drive process improvement through system automation. Prior to this role, I was a Product Manager and built the IT Service Management function at University of California, Office of the President. I have also held other IT leadership roles at Tivo and Wells Fargo Bank.

Did your sexuality initially shape your career decision?

My sexuality did not really shape my career decision…

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