Supplier in the Spotlight: Double Tall Consulting

| By James Gleason

Often organizations need a guiding hand in beginning their journeys to becoming more inclusive. Luckily, someone like Jen O'Ryan of Double Tall Consulting is able to guide them through the process and help them thrive as an inclusive organization. NGLCC asked Jen a few questions about her journey in consulting and being a bisexual entrepreneur.

Double Tall Consulting in the Spotlight:

  • Name of business: Double Tall Consulting
  • Name of founders: Jen O’Ryan
  • Date founded: Feb. 2016
  • Date certified: Aug. 2016
  • Location of business: Seattle, Washington
  • Number of employees: 1

1. What is Double Tall Consulting?

I work with organizations of all sizes on their diversity and inclusion strategies for LGBTQ individuals. I also work with parents, families, and other caring adults on supporting the LGBTQ kiddos in their lives.

2. What is unique about your business?

I combine 20 years of working in the corporate tech space with a PhD in Human behavior (specializing in sexual orientation and gender). This helps me intersect research, organizational complexity, and the lived experience into my consulting work.

3. How has being a bisexual impacted your business, if at all?

It sometimes serves as an opportunity to bring bi erasure into conversations, or walk people through how quickly we categorize others based on our perceptions. I often refer to bisexuality as the “Schrödinger’s Cat” of sexual orientation - we are viewed as either straight or gay until partnered, and then assumed to be a set orientation based on that person’s presenting gender.

4. How has being a Certified LGBTBE through NGLCC impacted your business?

It’s been a tremendous resource for networking and connecting with others. I think it also adds a level of confidence with my clients who are new to Inclusion Workshops.

5. What advice would you give to a bisexual person starting a business?

Be authentically you - always. Surround yourself with people of diverse backgrounds and continually challenge your own assumptions.

This blog post is the third in a series celebrating Bi Visibility Day 2017 (September 23, 2017) by spotlighting bi-owned LGBTBEs. Interested in having your LGBTBE in the spotlight? Email [email protected].