Christian is our Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. He is a tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion. He has over 15 years experience in the Technology Industry and worked at Compaq as a Corporate Marketing Manager from 2002-2013. After he left Compaq he joined Friends United as their Marketing Director from 2013-2016 - a social media site designed to reunite old friends, help people find love, and seek out employment. Shortly after Friends United, Christian was hired as a Marketing Manager at Path - a social media site designed to rival Facebook with a major emphasis put on their mobile user experience and small groups of friends. Path shut it's doors in 2018 and Christian, who always felt overlooked in the Tech Industry, was disheartened that he couldn't seem to land a significant role at a more recognized brand in Silicon Valley. Despite having over a decade experience at Compaq, he felt that his sexual orientation and having a mental disability hampered his opportunities to develop his career path. He launched his own company focused on evangelizing diversity and inclusion and has committed his life to helping D&I leaders to amplify their efforts. He joined forces with his longtime friend Jesse and together they launched Diversity and Inclusion Mavens in April 2019.
Jesse Co-Founded Diversity and Inclusion Mavens and acts as the company's General Manager. In her role, Jesse is responsible for selecting our vendors, sourcing new technology and hiring staff. She also works and coordinates with our vendors and partners to help facilitate world class events for us. Previously, Jessie held an Operations Management role at marcus evans Group - located in more than 60 countries worldwide and currently employing around 3,000 people. marcus evans is a global leader in business intelligence, with sophisticated lead qualification, face-to-face facilitation and process discipline. Today, the Group has grown into one of the world's leading business information companies, delivering intelligent and strategic information to forward-thinking Companies at more than 1000 events globally each year. Jessie likes to travel on her spare time and enjoys spending time in her native country of Argentina where she was married to her wife in 2017.
James "Jimmy" is our SVP & Editor-in-Chief and is responsible for all of our online and traditional print content. He also heads up our Sales and Marketing team. Jimmy is an advocate for gay entrepreneurship and a professional storyteller with over 12 years experience creating unique online media content for the Tech Industry. He has a strong understanding of how the digital revolution has impacted the IT channel ecosystem and how to connect thought leaders to solve complex industry challenges. Jimmy is also a die hard advocate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Technology and evangelizes inclusive event planning. He has helped organize various award ceremonies and events. James has written online media content for national publications like HuffPost and served as a Technology advisor to Arianna Huffington in 2012-14. Over the years, James has demonstrated he has a natural ability to be an inclusive leader and leverages his Diversity and Inclusion Management strategy to drive innovation and profitability. In his spare time, James volunteers at Pride events around the country with his life partner. He has a French Bulldog named Bob the Dog who was rescued from BulldogHavenNW.org please support this shelter if you are a Bullie breed lover in the Pacific Northwest. (WA, OR, ID, MT, and British Columbia Canada)
Roberto is our Event Director and works closely with our community partners to ensure their sponsorship runs smoothly and they have everything they need to enjoy a successful event. Roberto liaises with the property managers and our partner hotels, organizes entertainment, and event catering. He is also responsible for trade workers that handle our event A/V requirements, power drops and Wi/Fi. Prior to joining us, Roberto worked under Jesse Dail, our Co-Founder at marcus evans Group in San Diego where he was an event coordinator and operations specialist.
Aysha reports directly to our Editor-in-Chief and supports the marketing function by assisting with managing our marketing team. She is responsible for all of our PR Initiatives, managing our blog, PR news wire provider, and social media management. Aysha also oversees our e-marketing efforts and designs our e-newsletters and email campaigns. She joined us directly out of Western Washington University where she received a Queer Studies Minor and Majored in Journalism - Public Relations, BA. In her spare time, Aysha likes to play the piano and often rides her prize horse Charlie Brown in local and state equestrian competitions. She is an animal lover and often volunteers walking dogs at local animal shelters. Aysha is also an advocate for gender equality and fair pay for women. She is currently planning a women leaders committee that will meet at our Retreat for Diversity series.
James Rimer is an experienced TV Producer/Host, a Travel Vlogger, and Mr. Gay Canada 2019! He is our lead host for DiversityStars TV and will be producing 1-4 episodes per month on our online channel dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion thought leadership.
James also produces and hosts travel videos for both his YouTube channel and OUTtv, the national LGBT TV station in Canada. His YouTube channel has over 33K subscribers and OUTtv has over 1.2 million subscribers (ie. people who have the specialty channel on its own or in a package, through their cable provider). His show currently focuses on his journey as Mr. Gay Canada including the places he visits and the interesting people, organizations, events, and businesses he finds along the way! Last year his show was focused on the gay-friendly destinations he was visiting with his fiancé, of which we went to over 30 different ones.
James is very active on social media and what’s often referred to as an “influencer” for having an engaged following with many people who’ve been watching and interacting with him online for years. Daily Hive, which is western Canada’s largest online-only publication, recently did an article about his journey (both in terms of my travels and in terms of being a YouTuber)!
Xime Leon is a talented graphic designer that graduated with a degree in graphic design and animation from Universidad Tecmilenio in Mexico City. Xime is an extraordinary creative with a mindset that lends itself to diversity and inclusion. She is currently designing our Diversity Stars TV website and oversees all of our creative endeavors.