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

Sandy Almendarez

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

editor in chief, Informa

Sandy Almendarez entered the natural products industry in 2009 when she joined Virgo Publishing (now Informa Exhibitions) as an assistant editor. Since then, she's worked her way up to editor in chief where she writes, edits and manages content for INSIDER. Under Sandy’s direction, INSIDER has won editorial awards from Folio: every year since 2014, including B2B Editorial Team of the Year in 2015.

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