This week on Sex Out Loud, Tristan Taormino talks to Lorraine Byerly from We-Vibe about new research on women and vibrators and chats with Sliquid’s CEO Dean Elliot about organic lube. She asks Sportsheets President Julie Stewart about sex in the shower and blogger and sex educator Lady Cheeky about her workshop on body image and sex. Plus, Dee Dennis shares details about the upcoming sex-positive event CatalystCon East. This show is part 1 of a series of interviews recorded at the PleasureWorks booth at the 2014 Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo in Burbank, CA.
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Lorraine Byerly is VP of Marketing for We-Vibe. We-Vibe® designs and manufactures world-leading couples and solo vibrators. Their world-class engineers and industrial designers work closely with sexual wellness experts, doctors and consumers to design and develop intimate products that work in sync with the human body. They use state-of-the-art techniques and tools to make sure our products set new industry standards for ergonomic design and high performance while remaining eco‑friendly and body-safe. We-Vibe is from Standard Innovation®, a Canadian company dedicated to shaping the future of sexual health and wellness.
Julie Stewart has been part of Sportsheets for the past nineteen years overseeing finance, sales, marketing, human resources, straegic planning and working with product development. In 2012 she was promoted to President of the company. She grew up in Michigan and graduated from Warren Wilson College in 1993. In 1999, she received an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University. She enjoys the challenges of running a business and especially likes working with customers, the Sportsheets staff, and seeing our new releases excel in the market place. She loves that Sportsheets is about keeping couples connected and is rewarded by the joy Sportsheets brings to people. On her time off she loves being with her family learning from her six year old daughter Samantha. She likes music, traveling, shopping, reading and being with family.
Dean Elliott is the larger than life Founder & CEO of Sliquid, LLC. Dean is what might be considered a serial entrepreneur, having been a part of what seems to be every industry imaginable since earning his liberal arts degree from NYU. Starting in the late 90′s, Dean was coordinating location logistics, including security, medic & transportation, for the booming reality TV industry. He worked on just about every reality show you can name, on location all over the world. At the same time, Dean was building a reputation as a successful voiceover artist, voicing spots for many of the coolest brands, including Volvo & the WWF. Everything Dean does, he does wholeheartedly, and with a passion for excellence. He came up with the idea for Sliquid at the beginning of the new millennium, and had products formulated and on shelves within 2 years. Since then, Dean has grown Sliquid into one of the biggest and most respected brands of intimate products, with no signs of slowing down. Don’t think he has gotten comfortable though – Dean is currently working hard on his next venture(s) – and you can be sure it will be a success.
Sex educator, writer & coach, Elle Chase (Lady Cheeky) is best known for her award-winning and highly trafficked sex, sensuality and body-positive websites, LadyCheeky.com and SmutForSmarties.com. A SFSI trained sex educator, Elle speaks and gives workshops across the country about all things sex. She has taught sex and body positive workshops on ‘Big, Beautiful Sex,’ and has been a presenter at sexuality conferences such as, CatalystCon East and West, The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit and this summer will be presenting at the ASSECT conference. As an educator and writer, Elle has been featured in The Huffington Post, www.Kinkly.com, The Frisky, Fleshbot, and the recently released Rachel Kramer Bussel erotica anthology “The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories.” She has been profiled on TheRumpus, Gram Ponante’s Porn Valley Observed, and AVN Magazine.
An activist in the field of sexuality, Dee Dennis started her career as a sex blogger, writing about the end of her marriage and starting the next chapter in her life. Through this metamorphosis, Dee discovered her passion for sexuality rights and issues for people around the world. Dee’s commitment to taking the conversation about sexuality offline and into the real world lead in part to the creation of MOMENTUM, a conference she co-founded to empower people to come together and exchange ideas that would further the conversations about sexuality, inspire people and motivate them to carry the conversation forward. In 2012, Dee founded CatalystCon, which she regards as a “melting pot of sexuality” that unites sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, writers, activists, and anyone with a passion for creating change. To Dee, “knowledge is power, and sharing that knowledge is the first spark in igniting change.” This is the fundamental principle behind CatalystCon.