Digital Edition: August issue of Columbus CEO

Katy Smith
Columbus CEO

Is the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 going to change the way we work forever? Is WFH going to stick? Many people freelance writer Bob Vitale talked to for this month's cover story said yes.

Imagine the ramifications if you didn't have to live where you worked? “It feels like 2020 is going to be a monumental year that’s shifting society,” says Alex Fischer, CEO of the Columbus Partnership. “Everybody says we’re going to return to normal—or a new normal. I think we’re going to return to the better new normal. It’s going to be a better way of working. It’s going to be a better way of treating people. It’s going to be a better way of hopefully dealing with our issues.”

Densil Porteous has found himself at the center of community organizations in flux. The CEO of the new Pride Fund 1 by Loud Capital is in a role focused on advancing LGBTQ businesses, a newer niche in VC. And Porteous also has been appointed interim executive director at Stonewall Columbus, where a new board president and others are endeavoring to make the organization more inclusive following the Black Pride 4 incident. For this month's issue, Porteous tells Vitale, "For awhile, it was difficult to be Black in the LGBTQ community because you didn’t always feel welcome. I think I’ve always sat in that space.”

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Katy Smith is editor of Columbus CEO.

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