Naturally Proud Network supports LGBTQ+ people in the natural products industry – podcast

The professional networking group offers a place for visibility and encouragement, says co-founder Ken Seguine, head of Algatech US.

Sandy Almendarez, VP of Content

September 18, 2019

Profession support and networking opportunities for LGBTQ+ individuals in the health and nutrition industry was long overdue when the Naturally Proud Network was launched on LinkedIn in 2017. The group offers LGBTQ+ visibility and sends the important message that it’s OK to be yourself at work, according to Ken Seguine, co-founder, Naturally Proud Network, and head of Algatech US. In this podcast with Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, Natural Products INSIDER, Seguine discusses the Naturally Proud Network’s origin, goals and future. They cover:

  • The importance of creating an industry that is open to LGBTQ+ individuals

  • The Naturally Proud Network’s support of the Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization that provides suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.

  • The expansion of the Naturally Proud Network that will include a nonprofit status, a board of directors and local groups.

The Naturally Proud Network is hosting a LGBTQ+ Allies Networking Reception at SupplySide West in Las Vegas on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mandalay Bay lower level, Tradewinds E.

About the Author(s)

Sandy Almendarez

VP of Content, Informa


• Well-known subject matter expert within the health & nutrition industry with more than 15 years’ experience reporting on natural products.

• She cares a lot about how healthy products are made, where their ingredients are sourced and how they affect human health.

• She knows that it’s the people behind the businesses — their motivations, feelings and emotions — drive industry growth, so that’s where she looks for content opportunities.

Sandy Almendarez is VP of Content for SupplySide and an award-winning journalist. She oversees the editorial and content marketing teams for the B2B media brands Natural Products Insider and Food and Beverage Insider, the education programming for the health and nutrition trade shows SupplySide East and SupplySide West, and community engagement across the SupplySide portfolio. She is a seasoned content strategist with a passion for health, good nutrition, sustainability and inclusion. With over 15 years of experience in the health and nutrition industry, Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as a content-focused business leader. With specialization in topics ranging from product development to content engagement, creative marketing and c-suite decision making, her work is known for its engaging style and its relevance for business leaders in the health and nutrition industry.

In her free time, Sandy loves running, drinking hot tea and watching her two kids grow up. She brews her own “Sandbucha” homemade kombucha; she’s happy to share if you’re ever in Phoenix!


Speaker credentials

Resides in

  • Phoenix, AZ


  • Arizona State University


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