Advancing LGBTQ+ Employment Equity Across Generations and Borders

Kevin J. Mossier

Kevin J. Mossier is often referred to as an entrepreneur and visionary. He was those things, but in another way, he always remained a small-town boy from Grand Rapids, MN. He was proud of his achievements, but humility never left him.

After his time at the University of Minnesota, Kevin earned a well-deserved reputation operating one of the most innovative travel agencies in the country. Kevin was always a bit restless to move on to new adventures so after spending 15 years establishing his agency, in 1985 he created RSVP Vacations, the first openly LGBTQ+ travel business. Based on his own personal experience of facing discrimination while on vacation with his boyfriend, safety for gay travelers became an important issue for Kevin. By establishing RSVP, he provided a safe travel experience for literally thousands of LGBTQ+ people and their friends and families. It was another huge success.

Kevin was an activist by example and as Charlie Rounds, former RSVP Vacations president and friend of Kevin Mossier said, “He worked tirelessly for the rights of his community and always gave back both in life, with his businesses, and in death, with the foundation he established.” The Kevin J. Mossier Foundation operated from 1996 until 2014 and provided millions of dollars in grants to non-profit organizations. The Kevin J. Mossier Foundation was the first funder of marriage equality in Minnesota.

Kevin left us too soon at the age of 46 in 1996, but we will always be grateful for what he contributed to our community.

Nick Alm

Nick Alm

Nick was born in St. Paul and grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota. While pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota, he co-founded The Carlson School’s first undergraduate LGBTQ+ student organization, Compass. It was through this group that he developed a deep passion for advancing conversations about the LGBTQ+ community in corporate America as well as the global LGBTQ+ community. Today Nick is the co-founder and Executive Director of Mossier, a social enterprise that helps organizations recruit and retain LGBTQ+ talent. Profits from Mossier are granted to LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs in East Africa. To-date, Mossier has funded and supported ten LGBTQ+-owned businesses within the tourism and agriculture space. In the long-term, Mossier intends to be a local, national, and global leader on LGBTQ+ economic and employment issues.

Liz Kubicek

Liz Kubicek

Liz Kubicek, originally hailing from the Northeast corner of the United States, moved to the Twin Cities after finishing her Master’s in Education at Smith College. She was drawn to the Metro area because of its bustling art & music scene and thriving young queer population. With an academic focus on social justice and resource equity, Liz has spent the past few years developing and implementing various training curricula around identity and inclusion. With her transition to the Midwest, Liz has also transitioned careers: stepping out of the classroom and into the DEI space. New to the realm of business, Liz is excited to apply her experience in adult learning and education to a new setting as both a teacher and learner herself.