Belonging with Dr. Steve Yacovelli

Belonging is the feeling of security and support when there is a sense of acceptance, inclusion, and identity.

“Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply.” Stephen Covey

Dr. Steve Yacovelli (“The Gay Leadership Dude™”) is the Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group, LLC – a learning and development, leadership, change management, and diversity and inclusion consulting firm based in Orlando, FL.

With over twenty-five years’ experience in leadership, strategy, organizational learning, and communication, Steve is a rare breed of professional that understands the power of using academic theory and applying it to the corporate setting to achieve business results. His award-winning and critically acclaimed book, “Pride Leadership: Strategies for LGBTQ+ Professionals to be the King or Queen of their Jungle” released in June 2019 and his second book, “Your Queer Career: Workplace Advice form the Gay Leadership Dude” was released in 2024.

Favorite snack is cheese.

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Music-“Homesick” Copyright 2018. Written by Shireen Amini. Produced by Shireen Amini and Mike Davidson of Plaid Dog Recording (Boston, MA).

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About the Podcast

​Do you want to know how to build trust or if your organization is having trust issues? Are you leading everyone the same way and don't understand why it isn't working or how to lead differently? Have you struggled with truly connecting with others because leaning into empathy and compassion feels awkward? The Snack Leadership Podcast is your quick resource and support that you can listen to on the way to work or on a short walk when you are processing how to navigate a situation. Invest in your leadership growth now by subscribing.