Self-expression and self-identification is one of my professional and personal values. One way to practice these values is to share personal gender pronouns. My name is Dina and I use she, her, hers pronouns.
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Author | Speaker | Cultivator
Dina is a Registered Nurse, a Published Author, Speaker, Educator and Certified LGBTQ+ Business Entrepreneur. She is CEO of Dina Proto International, an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Consulting firm where Dina uses her more than 25 years in healthcare experience to improve patient outcomes by helping to reduce unconscious bias in the healthcare profession through the use of evidence-based research to educate health care professionals, patients and families regarding the impact of one’s sexual orientation and gender identity on the medical care they receive.
In her book, Identity Impact: When Society’s Expectations Collide with the Authentic Self, Dina explores the clinical correlation between society’s projection of gender role and identity and healthcare disparities.
As a long time LGBTQ+ advocate, Dina, along with her wife Dina (“Dom”) co-founded Teazled Greeting Cards in 2011 and were a driving force in increasing inclusivity within the Greet Card Industry where Dina was active within the Greeting Card Association. That involvement ultimately left a lasting impact with greeting card manufacturers learning the value of providing inclusive products for their stakeholders.
Dina is the Founding President of the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada (GLCCNV), the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s only Nevada affiliate, in 2014. Upon her relocation to Florida in 2017, Dina was named President Emeritus. During her tenure, Dina was integral to facilitating Las Vegas as the host city for the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce Annual Business & Leadership Conference in 2014 along with the commitment of NGLCC to return to Las Vegas for the Annual Business & Leadership Conference every 3 years; a first in the history of NGLCC with conference leaving an economic impact of more than 4 million dollar footprint within the local community.
Dina has been recognized for her LGBTQ+ advocacy by Senator Harry Reid, Congresswoman Dina Titus as well as by the WNBA Las Vegas Aces for her lasting impact in the community.
Dina has been featured in Business Equality
Magazine, Tagg Magazine, Affinity Inc., The Advocate, KNPR, and The Las Vegas Review
Invisible Stories Interview Link: https://invisiblestories.libsyn.com/episode-1-with-dina-proto
1199 SEIU 1199 Training & Upgrading Fund Presenter; Presented the 1st ever LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency Training (logo in dropbox) Link: http://1199trainingfund.org/2019/12/02/nursing-conference-2019
Board of Directors; The Pride Chamber Orlando
University of Central Florida Keynote Speaker & Panelist;
Florida Association Directors of Nursing/LTC (FADONA) Speaker; Delivered 1st Ever LGBTQ+ Presentation in its’ 32 Year History. Link: http://www.fadona.org/2019/Updated%20Brochure%202019%202.18.pdf
Dina Proto International LGBTQ+ Healthcare Consulting formed
University of Florida College of Pharmacy; Delivered University of Florida’s 1st LGBTQ+ Lecture in Celebration of Transgender Awareness Week Link: https://pharmacy.ufl.edu/lgbtq-allies-subcommittee/
Florida Medical All Stars Featured Speaker Link: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Florida-Medical-All-Stars-Expo-Saturday–Oct-6th-Regist er-NOW-and-SAVE-.html?soid=1109014349961&aid=g6mOK_hEfGM
Recognized by The WNBA Las Vegas Aces for her commitment and leadership to the Las Vegas community.
Named President Emeritus Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada (GLCCNV)
Published Author of Identity Impact: When Society’s Expectations Collide with the Authentic Self Link: https://www.amazon.com/Identity-Impact-Societys-Expectations-Authentic/dp/1946384186
Interview with Publish Your Purpose Press, Jenn T. Grace / CEO Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRL5YpnAgVk
Interview with The Out Entrepreneur / Rhodes Perry Link: https://www.rhodesperry.com/episodes/044-follow-your-heart-and-be-a-change-agent-in-yourbusiness-with-author-and-speaker-dina-proto
Business Equality Magazine Interview Link: https://businessequalitymagazine.com/dina-proto-cultivating-change-through-communication/
University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business Non-Profit Certification
Vegas Inc. Interview Link: https://vegasinc.lasvegassun.com/business/2016/oct/17/businesses-find-new-opportunities-wi th-lgbt-certif/
Certificate of Commendation Senator Harry Reid for Providing Diverse Options to Consumers in Nevada
Opened Teazled Greeting Cards & Gifts Shop on Fremont Street, Las Vegas Las Vegas’ 1st LGBT Greeting Card Brick & Mortar store.
Las Vegas Review Journal Interview Link: https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/business-conference-for-gays-lesbians-draws-700/
Vegas Inc. Interview Link: https://vegasinc.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/jul/27/lgbt-owned-companies-come-out-closet-t hey-find-sup/
Founded Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada (GLCCNV) Links: https://affinityincmagazine.com/chamber-president-urges-nevadas-lgbt-businesses-to-seek-ce rtification/
Recognized by Congresswoman Dina Titus for contributions to the LGBT Community
Certified as LGBT Business Enterprise through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce .
Co-Founded Teazled Greeting Cards, Inclusive Greeting Cards & Gifts for the LGBTQ+ Community, their families and friends
Business Administration Degree