Speaker Spotlight: Davis

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Aug 122013
 

Davis is presenting  Top 10 Myths About Business (and the Truth). Check out Davis’s bio here.

 

davisHow do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?

I work unconventionally in a traditionally conventional industry, the law. I have many unconventional clients, choose to office from a coworking space rather than a traditional office, and embrace a lot of innovative techniques in my practice, including flat fee monthly billing. All of this is hopefully helping to change the way people think about lawyers and the role than can play in the team of folks that help move a business to the next level.

Who or what was a catalyst for you?

My clients have always been my biggest catalysts for change. Ever since I began practicing on my own (a move which was inspired by the bravery of my clients who had often made a similar leap!), I have tried to listen to what my clients want and need, and to adopt those things as part of my business. This has led to expanding Sexquire from solely legal work to bookkeeping, tax preparation and other services, all in response to suggestions from clients.

What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?

Ourselves. Sure, there are lots of forces working to undermine or completely shut down any aspects of sexuality education or freedom, but I think the biggest challenges in this industry come from within, and generally from the smaller businesses. I have witnessed so much infighting, ridiculous attempts to stop so-called “competitors” from advancing new ideas and just general discord internally in the industry that sometimes I lose hope that we will ever find a way to all work together. However, there are always new folks getting into the industry, so maybe someone new will find a way to get everyone working together!

What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable positive changes that have been made in the world of sexuality in the past year?

I’m glad to see people continuing the fight against the stereotype that porn can not come from a feminist perspective, or that it’s inherently bad for women. It’s hard to believe we’re still having this conversation in 2013, but I’m glad intelligent folks are at the forefront of this decade’s defense of pornography.

Why do you feel it is important to bring this topic [the topic of your session] to CatalystCon West?

When starting (or running) a business in the field of sexuality, having professional service providers give you serious answers or work with you is often one of the biggest challenges. Whenever I have a chance to bring information I’ve amassed over a decade of involvement with sex-related businesses to those thinking of starting or currently running one, I think it’s important. Sometimes the best information from sessions like this one come from the audience and their experiences, so I like providing a place for those conversations as well.

Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.

When I was 7 I scratched a lottery ticket and won $5000.

 

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Speaker Spotlight: Davis

 CCON East 2013, Speaker Spotlight  Comments Off on Speaker Spotlight: Davis
Feb 052013
 

Davis is presenting Getting In (Business) Bed With Buddies – Protect Yourself. Check out Davis’s bio here.

 

DavisHow do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?

As far as I’m aware, Sexquire is the first full-service business provider created specifically for the needs of folks in the adult/sex+ community. We’re trying to be a catalyst for change among other business professionals to realize sex-related businesses have the same needs as vanilla businesses, and among sex-related businesses to realize that they don’t have to accept mediocre service from professionals who are “willing to work with them” that they can demand folks who share their values.

Who or what was a catalyst for you?

Jennifer Pritchett and The Smitten Kitten. They’ve been customers and friends of Sexquire for years and have always been our biggest cheerleader among other sex-related businesses. But not only that, Jennifer has always been a leader in this industry at sticking by your values and proving that you can make a living without sacrificing what is important to you.

What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?

I think the biggest issue in this field right now is the whole “sex positivity vs. sex worker’s rights vs. trafficking, etc. etc.” I think self-identified sex positive folks need to take a look at how they are supporting sex workers and sex workers’ rights, which I think is the single most important issue. And I think we all need to be more vocal when these anti-trafficking advocates veer into anti-sex work and equate the two, because sex work, like freedom of choice, is an area where sexism and thinking women are unable to make decision for themselves run rampant. We should all look to actual folks working in the industry before we form our own opinions about matters from self-described “advocates.”

What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable positive changes that have been made in the world of sexuality in the past year?

Well I know a lot of people think it was ridiculous, but I think the rise of 50 Shades of Grey was a really good thing for sexual education and sexuality as a whole. It brought discussion of sex and kink (albeit pretty vanilla kink, but kink nonetheless) out into the open. People could talk about and read this book without shame. I think it opened some doors. And I know it boosted sales of BDSM equipment for a lot of our clients!

Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, Getting In (Business) Bed With Buddies – Protect Yourself, to CatalystCon East?

Many people go into business with friends. Even if they don’t start a full-fledged company, many more produce content, collaborate on writings and work together with folks they consider friends or family. And more often than not, that relationship doesn’t last forever. It’s hard to talk money and contracts with anyone, but especially friends, so I want to arm folks with ways to discuss this and get simple things in place to help guard against it blowing up or to lessen the damage when it does.

Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.

One of my biggest wishes is to hold a chimpanzee. I have a 4 year old and a number of furry animals in my life, but none of them have satisfied this need I feel to hold a chimp.

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