What to Expect from the 2019 International Business and Leadership Conference

| By Kaela Roeder

(Martha Stewart speaking at the 2018 NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference)

The 2019 International Business and Leadership Conference is quickly approaching, and the NGLCC team is excited to see new and familiar faces at what is often described as the “NGLCC Family Reunion.”  This conference is comprised of four days filled with education, networking, and celebration of the accomplishments of LGBT owned businesses and our allies.

Compared to last year’s sold out spectacular in Philadelphia, attendees can expect even more connections, programs, and opportunities to grow and learn more as a business. As NGLCC’s Global program continues to expand our reach around the world, #NGLCC19 will also welcome more global business leaders and government trade representatives than ever before.

Philadelphia was so successful last year, we knew we had to raise the bar,” said NGLCC Chief of Staff Sabrina Kent.

Programs of this year’s conference include the eighth annual NGLCC LGBT Biz Pitch Competition, expanded corporate and B2B matchmaking sessions, a Chamber Leadership Alliance workshop for affiliate chamber leaders, and endless opportunities to engage with fellow entrepreneurs and diverse suppliers. Also, the new “Reach for Success” program will launch at this year’s conference to educate attendees on how to maximize their time at and after Conference, as well as on current hot topics in the LGBT business community such as trans+ inclusion at all levels of companies and organizations.

When asked what newcomers should expect, NGLCC co-founder & President Justin Nelson commented that, “Everyone should know that you are not coming as a stranger, but as a friend we have not met yet.” New attendees are encouraged to take advantage of everything, from the pre-conference day to networking events with fellow businesses.

Nelson commented that he is looking forward to the conference, because to the NGLCC team, it really is like a family reunion. “We are excited to see everyone, to see how they have been doing, and we are excited to recognize excellence in the community at the first annual closing awards champagne brunch,” he said. 

Sabrina Kent said that one of her favorite parts of the conference are the connections that are created and built on because of this event. “Stakeholders are all in one place, making strong connections and celebrating those connections,” she said.

Florida is also a thriving place for the LGBT community, making the Conference all the more timely and important. Our allies at Equality Florida have successfuly beaten back several anti-LGBT bills in the state legislature, and the election of Mayor Jane Castor, the first openly gay Mayor of Tampa, are among the milestones we look forward to celebrating when the world comes to Tampa Bay in August. Mayor Castor will also be a special guest of this year's conference!

“Florida is a thriving place for LGBT business. There will be more opportunities than ever before,” said Kent

We are expecting over 1,400 attendees, a larger turnout than ever before. Haven’t registered yet? Click here to get started-- but don’t wait, we will sell out and don’t want to miss you at the largest LGBT business event in the world.