Professionals and endeavouring entrepreneurs gathered at the Tribeca Grand Hotel over this past weekend to celebrate StraightTalk 2.0. The event was sponsored by FIAT 500, a brand whose basic beliefs fall in line with dot429’s own values of passion, drive, and enjoyment of the better things in life.
This conference brought together another incredible line up of speakers from politics, media, design, business, and entertainment. Each panel was as inspiring as the next – addressing the themes of Exposure, Resilience, and Meaning in the context of the LGBTA community and humanity at large.
The day began with guests showing up to mingle in FIAT’s beautifully designed and constructed lounge area, equipped with FIAT furniture and an espresso bar with premium brews provided by LaVazza, an Italian coffee company.
The political panel was the first of the day with speakers Moe Vela, who has served in two White House administrations, and Mark Perriello, a liaison of President Obama’s and currently CEO of the AAPD. Next was the Media segment with author Laura Albert, creator of the JT LeRoy persona and books such as Sarah and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, who spoke alongside Janet Mock, transgender advocate and editor of People.com. Then Deborah Dugan, CEO of Project(RED) and straight ally, with famed designer and animal rights philanthropist John Bartlett. Finally, the day was capped off with the hilarious Bruce Vilanch and actor Wilson Cruz, longtime friends of one another, and advocates of the LGBTA community.
After the day’s events, guests retired to the Tribeca Grand salon upstairs to enjoy a post panel cocktail hour in which they could mingle with fellow attendees and rub elbows with the speakers themselves while enjoying wine provided by Penfolds and cocktails by Blue Angel Vodka. Ever an incredible meeting of minds, the conversation was especially charged by the inspiration taken from the day’s discussions, and lasted well into the evening.
Elizabeth Birch, former head of the Human Rights Campaign, rounded out the weekend’s events on Sunday with an intimate town hall panel discussion, followed by a beautiful brunch attended by the weekend’s speakers and dot429 members.
We at dot429 would like to thank all of those who attended StraightTalk 2.0, sponsored by FIAT 500, and we look forward to seeing all of you in March of 2012 for the next installment. Look to the website and dot429’s Facebook page for more updates and pictures in the days ahead.
To find out more about our speakers at this year’s StraightTalk, visit the landing page at: http://www.dot429.com/straight_talk