Amplifying Underrepresented Voices through Publishing, with Jenn T Grace

When Jenn T Grace was giving keynotes or providing consulting work, she always led with her queer identity.  She had even branded herself as The Professional Lesbian and wrote four books around LGBTQ+ specific topics. But one day she felt like it was an albatross around her neck, and she was so much more than what she was known for.  So she took a step back and realized that she didn’t have to be the one leading the charge all the time – she could have a much greater impact by helping others share their stories.


Jackie Ferguson: You’re listening to the Diversity Beyond the Checkbox podcast. I’m your host Jackie Ferguson, certified diversity executive, writer, human rights advocate, and co-founder of the diversity movement. On this podcast, I’m talking to trailblazers, game changers and glass ceiling breakers who share their inspiring stories, lessons learned and insights on business, inclusion, and personal development. Hello everyone, and thank you for joining us. My guest today is Jenn T. Grace. Jenn is an award winning author, nationally recognized speaker and savvy publishing strategist. She’s the founder of publish your purpose, a hybrid publishing company that gives first time authors the secrets to getting their books written, finding their audience and marking their place in the publishing world. Jenn has published the books of nearly 100 business owners, entrepreneurs, speakers and memoirs. So more diverse stories can exist in the world and her authors can make a positive impact and achieve the recognition and success they deserve. She’s the author of six books, including “Her Memoir”, “House on Fire”. Jenn has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. Jenn, thank you so much for being here today.

Jenn T Grace: Thank you for having me. I’m excited for where this conversation may take us today.

Jackie Ferguson: Me too. Me too. Well, Jenn, I always like to start by asking our guests to share a little about themselves, whatever you’d like your background, your family, your childhood, your identity, wherever you’d like to start?

Jenn T Grace: That’s such a, it’s a good question. Because I feel like you know, our identity can mean so many different things.

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Jenn T Grace is the founder and CEO of Publish Your Purpose, and the author of six books including her recent memoir, House on Fire: Finding Resilience, Hope, and Purpose in the Ashes.

Diversity Beyond the Checkbox is brought to you by The Diversity Movement, hosted by Head of Content Jackie Ferguson, and is a production of Earfluence.

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