Petrina Bloodworth is an Internal Audit Leader with over 15 years of combined experience in Big 4 public accounting, radio broadcast media, manufacturing and financial services industries, and government and educational institutions executing Sarbanes-Oxley 404 compliance, Green Book compliance, financial, information systems, operational and regulatory compliance auditing, business process evaluation and design, risk management and fraud investigation in consulting, private and publicly traded companies.
Petrina graduated from Florida A&M University with a BS degree in Business Economics and Georgia State University with a Master's of Accounting. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), and is currently studying for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Professional memberships include The Institute of Internal Auditors, The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
She resides in the Emory/CDC area with her wife, Emma Foulkes. Petrina and Emma were the first same-sex couple in the United States to wed on June 26, 2015 when the Supreme Court lifted the ban on gay marriage.
Michael D Daniels is a Vice President, Business Banking Relationship Manager for Chase Bank, Georgia. In this role, he is responsible for boosting financial productivity for businesses, their owners, and employees through lending (conventional lines/loans, SBA, equipment, commercial purchases and refinance options), cash management, deposits, and payment services solutions. Michael serves businesses with annual revenues between $1MM- $20MM. Prior to joining Chase Bank, Michael has spent over 15 years in the banking industry, working in a variety of roles with SunTrust Bank and Fifth Third Bank. During Michael’s time at both SunTrust and Fifth Third, he was very active in the BRG groups earning a leadership position sharing the importance of diversity and inclusion. This year Michael accepted the role as Networking/ Events Coordinator Lead for Chase Pride Southeast BRG, covering Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Jackson State University, Jackson, MS in 2005. He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Management from University of Phoenix specializing in Finance and Marketing Research. He also, earned his certification in 2016 for successfully completing Omega and Risk Management (commercial lending) training. Michael has put his degree to good use helping small to mid-size business owners with understanding the importance of financial literacy, networking, and providing financial resources available. He has also been a panelist for Supplier Diversity, Financial Summit, and Inter Faith organization. Sharing his knowledge and experience with resource groups such as; Small Business Development Center, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Invest Atlanta, and SCORE.
He is the proud of husband of Anthony James, married in 2016. They are both proud parents of their fur baby son Saint M. James. The family currently resides in Stone Mountain, GA.
Sandy Mollett is the Founder & CEO of Equal Footing LLC, a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consulting organization. Equal Footing LLC is a certified LGBTQ business enterprise that advocates for safe, diverse and inclusive communities and work environments where EVERYONE can thrive, grow and be themselves. Sandy is a sought-after speaker, panelist, corporate consultant and thought leader/partner.
After 32 years in the corporate world, she has embarked on her second-act career as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion advocate, activist and consultant. This fire and passion was fueled by serving as President of the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) (2018 to 2019) -- an affiliate chapter of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). “With a mission of driving economic success for the LGBT business community and allies; I had an opportunity to roll up my sleeves and work alongside community activists, advocates and civic leaders. All focused on equity, equality and prosperity of the LGBTQ+ community in Atlanta and surrounding areas.”
In her corporate role, she supported and mentored LGBTQ+ employees, women leaders and young professionals, encouraging them to engage and grow, personally and professionally. She served as an advocate, a voice, and a champion for diversity, inclusion and workplace equality. She founded and co-chaired their corporate Diversity and Cultural Council (Employee Resource Group (ERG) Steering Committee). She also served as the Executive Sponsor of their LGBTQ+ ERG. Corporate achievements included -- Increased Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Equality Index score from 45 to 100 and earned "Best Places to Work for LGBT" distinction for five consecutive years -- Implemented LGBTQ+ Ally Pledge - more than 3,000 associates signed their support of equal rights for all people -- Implemented self-identification capabilities -- Changed policies to include anti-discrimination to include gender identity -- Implemented benefits to cover children of domestic partners -- Introduced gender-neutral paid parental leave -- Implemented progressive Transgender benefits -- Increased visibility and impact in our communities through volunteerism, board seats, sponsored networking events and more.
“Leading and representing the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) and bringing my experiences and skills from my corporate role to the Chamber has truly changed my life. I am proud of our accomplishments in what felt like a very short year.” 100+ new members, doubled our corporate partners from 22 to 44 and grew our certified LGBT Business Enterprises to 70+ (4th in the Nation).
Sandy serves on the Discover Dekalb Convention & Visitor's Bureau (DCVB) Board of Directors, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) Board of Directors and Georgia Equality Board of Directors.
Her coming out (at work) story was published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle/Pride Edition 2016.
She was honored by Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) with the 2018 Diversity Leadership Award of Excellence (Enterprise) and by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the 2018 “Women Who Mean Business”. In 2017 awarded by Georgia Diversity Council as one of 2017's "Most Powerful & Influential Women".
Sandy lives in Druid Hills with her wife (Jennifer) and their dog (Liza Minnelli).
Dr. Yolanda R. Brownlee, a native of Batesville, MS, is a veteran educator with over 20 years of experience in the area of Special Education and Educational Leadership. She has served communities around her as an educator in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Dr. Brownlee has a unique combination of experiences serving as a teacher, teacher leader, and district level support for special educators in elementary, middle, and high schools.
Dr. Brownlee earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Tuskegee University in 1997. She earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Auburn University specializing in the areas of Behavior Disorders & Autism. In 1999, she began working as a special education teacher in the Cobb County School District (GA) where she served grades 7th and 8th. In 2002, Dr. Brownlee began working as teacher in Fulton County Schools (FCS) as a special education math teacher in the district’s alternative school program. Since being employed with Fulton County Schools, she as also served as a high school math teacher, an Instructional Support Teacher, and a Program Specialist for Special Education. During her tenure with FCS she earned her Educational Specialist in Leadership & Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University (2004) and her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University (2013). Dr. Brownlee’s current role with FCS is a Compliance Coordinator in the Services for Exceptional Children (Special Education) Department.
She is the proud wife of Natasha Andrews-Brownlee and mother of Nyla (16) and Allen (13). They reside in Tucker, GA.
Billy Cochran is the Vice President of TP Corporate Lodging. He has worked in corporate housing and for TP Corporate Lodging since 2001. He oversees all operations and sales and assists the owner with the daily management. TP Corporate Lodging provides executive furnished apartments in the Atlanta, GA and Jacksonville, FL areas. Billy represents the company through their trade association in several capacities and is a longtime advocate of Corporate Housing. He has also served on their Board of Directors and was named Member of the Year in 2013.
Billy has served as one of the Facilitators of the Gay Fathers of Atlanta for over 12 years. He is a father of 2 and Grandfather of 5 and has worked with men to help them through divorce and coming out issues over that 12 year period. He has also been a board member and volunteer with Mega Family, and has volunteered with Atlanta Pride and the Gwinnett Humane Society. He and his husband attend Buford United Methodist Church.
Billy was raised in the small town of Rockmart, Georgia where he spent most of his life. There he learned that to get something back, you have to first give something and that’s where he learned to love to volunteer. Billy and his husband Barry live in Dacula, Georgia with their poodle Jada and their Bichon Sammy.
Glen Paul Freedman serves as the CEO for The GPF Group, LLC, a political management consulting, and operations management services firm. Clients include: Georgia House Democratic Caucus-Democratic Party of Georgia, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, GeorgiaNext LLC, Grady Health System, The LMB Group LLC, Upfront Megatainment.
Formerly, Glen Paul Freedman served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Lisa M. Borders, President of the Atlanta City Council/Vice Mayor. Freedman provided political strategy, executive management and political support to the City Council President/Vice-Mayor. Freedman also worked with Grady Health System, The LMB Group, LLC, several state & city campaigns and community events.
Prior to joining the Atlanta City Council President’s office Glen Paul worked in the Airline Marketing Automation and Travel Distribution Services area for 19 years with Delta Airlines & Worldspan.
Freedman continues to work within the LGBT community primarily focusing on achieving Full Equality for all LGBT persons and continued political advancement in the State of Georgia for LGBT persons.
Freedman currently serves on the non-profits boards of Atlanta Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Pride Committee, Georgia Equality, & Victory Fund Campaign which all work to advance LGBT equality.
Freedman was honored to have served on the boards on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Atlanta Steering Committee, HRC National Board of Governors, InterPride, LGBT Atlanta Police Department Advisory group and several other non-profits and political organizations. Freedman lives in the Old 4th Ward, Atlanta, Georgia.
Matthew J. Lee is an attorney at the firm of Solomon Baggett, LLC, where he represents businesses and individuals in matters related to Creditor's Rights, Bankruptcy, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Landlord-Tenant, Real and Personal Property Foreclosure and General Corporate law.
Matt handles a wide range of legal matters related to corporate and commercial law, including corporate & LLC formations. He often represent clients in negotiations, lawsuits, and bankruptcy matters and advises his clients on issues related to debt, contracts, insolvency and civil litigation. His experience includes representation of secured and unsecured creditors, handling pleadings for commercial collection litigation matters on behalf of large corporate clients and financial institutions, representing banks and commercial clients in civil litigation related to business disputes and serving as national coordinating attorney for the recovery efforts of both secured and unsecured creditors. He has also advised clients on landlord-tenant and eviction issues, represented clients at arbitrations, mediations and settlement conferences, and managed both pre- and post-judgment collections efforts of his clients, including asset searches, bank garnishments and liens.
Matt is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, where is a member of the Creditor’s Rights and Bankruptcy sections, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia. He is a graduate of Georgia State University College of Law and has a B.A. in Economics from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.
In addition to AGLCC, Matt is also an active member of Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, the statewide organization for LGBT and allied lawyers, judges and legal professionals. During his involvement with Stonewall, he has served as a Student Member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Perimeter-area networking group, member of the Outreach Committee and as a mentor for LGBT law students.
Matt is a native Kentuckian and lifelong Kentucky Wildcats fan. He moved to Atlanta in 1999 and he and his partner Tim currently live in Midtown.
Courtney DeDi is the founder and CEO of DiOGi Pet Services and the Executive Director of non-profit DiOGi CARES. DiOGi Pet Services is Atlanta's premiere dog walking, pet sitting and dog training company specializing in caring for pets with behavioral issues and special needs since 2010. DiOGi CARES' main focus is on shelter intervention and was created as a way to give back to the community that has so lovingly supported her business throughout the years. They serve the underprivileged pet owners in Metro Atlanta by offering vet assistance, pet food and supply delivery, free spay and neuter services as well as scholarship based dog training classes.
Courtney is a 2017 graduate of the National Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. The benefits of completing this curriculum has been exponential. This, in part, inspired Courtney's desire to invest in small business development through the AGLCC.
Michael is currently a Sales Manager with the Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau – located in Tucker, Georgia. He has been in the hospitality industry for the past 37 years. He was instrumental is starting the Tourism efforts for the City of Brookhaven, Georgia. At the Bureau he is responsible for bringing in Motor coach groups as well as attracting the bar/bat mitzvah markets. Also he focuses on attracting the inbound LGBT market to use DeKalb County as a preferred destination. The Bureau recently won an award from the Southeast Tourism Society – for their LGBT campaign. This organization is operated by the twelve southern state Tourism offices. The award is called the Shining Example Award and was for the Best Niche Marketing Award for an new market. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Motor coach Operators Association and the Atlanta Metro Travel Association. He also does public speaking and training on various hospitality issues. He grew up in Satellite Beach, Florida and is a proud graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida – with a degree in Theatre – focus on Management. His interests include watching sports, reviewing for Trip Advisor, enjoying good food and supporting Atlanta theatre. He has resided in Marietta for over twenty years and enjoys all the area has to offer.
Hillary has worked in non-profit and education for over 17 years. While a student at Spelman College, Hillary began her non-profit career by working with the Atlanta Bar Association. After graduation, she became a classroom teacher with Atlanta Public Schools. Being driven to continue to serve with an interest in programming, Hillary took her first program coordination job with Hamilton County Schools as a Family Partnership Specialist.
While with HSC, Hillary attended the Johns Hopkins University National Network of Partnership Schools Training and received extensive training on The Framework for Understanding Poverty. After being inspired by the training, Hillary decided to move to Washington, DC to attend graduate school. While working with the District of Columbia Public Schools as an Out of School Time Coordinator, Hillary completed her Advancing Youth Development Training and began working on her Master of Public Administration/Non-Profit Management degree at the University of Baltimore.
Hillary took a position with Experience Corps as a Field Manager and later as a Program Director. She was with Experience Corps during the transition into becoming AARP Experience Corps. While with AARP Experience Corps DC Branch Hillary’s responsibilities included volunteer management, member training, and program implementation. After moving to Atlanta Hillary transitioned to the AARP Georgia State Office as their Program Specialist- Outreach. Hillary recently transitioned to the position of Sr. Program Specialist and is now responsible for presenting AARP’s programs to the community at large and for LGBT Outreach.
David is the co-owner and president of Hierarchy, Inc., a full-service marketing agency that's focused on the customer experience between brands and consumers.
The team at Hierarchy are results-oriented, analytic problem solvers and thought leaders in creative shopper marketing who helps brands discover “the moment their customers have been waiting for.” Hierarchy merges vision, best practices, and a natural sixth-sense to deliver 360º brand expressions that create buzz-worthy results.
David is an enthusiastic student of human behavior, dedicated to helping clients uncover authentic insights that can be translated into relevant action. His experiences helping fortune 100 brands: AT&T, The Home Depot, Newell Rubbermaid, Georgia Pacific and more with strategy, campaign design, multi-channel content development, retail store design, and merchandising make him an invaluable partner and skilled team leader.
As a 15+ year transplant from Chicago, David has genuinely embraced living in the south and resides in Midtown Atlanta with his impressive feline, Griffin. He is an avid traveler checking off one country at a time and lover of all things ATL.
Gabrielle Claiborne is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Transformation Journeys Worldwide (TJWW), an inclusion training and consulting firm with a transgender focus. She travels extensively, helping corporations, non-profits, medical and mental health care providers, and religious and educational institutions transform their environments into fully trans-inclusive cultures. As a certified LGBT Business Enterprise, TJWW was chosen as the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Small Business of the Year. In recognition of its cutting-edge inclusion work, the firm also received the Atlanta Hawks’ True Comes in All Colors award, 2019.
Gabrielle Claiborne has been an out and active trans woman since 2010. Prior to her transition, she owned and operated successful businesses in the construction industry, overseeing multi-million dollar projects nationwide. Today, she is a highly respected trans business owner, nominated by the Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as their 2017 Business Woman of the Year. In 2015, Gabrielle was honored as Atlanta’s Best Trans Activist. In 2018, she received Emory University's Alum of the Year Pride Award and was chosen by the Georgia Division of the U.S. Small Business Administration as their LGBT Small Business Champion of the Year. Gabrielle’s work has also been recognized in Forbes.
Along with being a successful entrepreneur, Gabrielle is a sought-after speaker, a dynamic trainer and a recognized community leader. She has served on the Atlanta PRIDE Board of Directors since 2015, sits on the City of Atlanta's LGBTQ Advisory Board, and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s (NGLCC) Transgender Inclusion Task Force.
Gabrielle holds a BS in Mathematics from Emory University and pursued a degree in Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech. She is the proud parent of three adult children and lives in Atlanta.