2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference

August 14, 2018
to August 17, 2018


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NGLCC Is Coming To Philadelphia For Our Biggest And Most Inspiring Conference Yet!

Looking to jump-start your business or build a stronger professional network? Interested in bringing more LGBT-owned businesses into your corporate supply chain? Aiming to strengthen your local LGBT chamber of commerce and network of B2B referrals? There is only one place to be: the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference, August 14-17 in Philadelphia!

The event will attract over 1,300 entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, affiliate chamber leaders, and government officials from across the country and around the world. The connections made at the conference can be the basis for contracting opportunities and strategic growth for years to come.

This world-renowned, three-day educational conference delivers innovative leadership programming, networking and engagement opportunities for business leaders like you. Our cutting-edge educational programs will include inspiring keynote speakers, the annual B2B Boot Camp for LGBT Business Enterprises, a chamber development track, marketplace expo, one-on-one matchmaker meetings, and much more.

Due to unprecedented growth last year in Las Vegas and space limitations in Philadelphia, this year's conference will sell out earlier than ever before! Secure your spot at the world's largest LGBT business event today!

Early bird registration has closed, but there's still more to come! A finalized conference agenda will be made available in early May. Similar to past conferences, we invite you to exhibit at our Marketplace Expo this year. To reserve your Marketplace Expo space, please contact the NGLCC Events & Experience team at [email protected] for additional information and pricing.

See highlights from our record-breaking 2017 NGLCC Conference in Las Vegas:

2018 NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference Registration Rates

Prices reflect per person rates. Registrations are audited to ensure registration type accuracy.
Full registration includes access to all plenaries and breakout sessions; three full meal functions; open bars at evening receptions; and transportation to offsite Conference events. Attire is business casual for all events during the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference.
Early Bird Registration
February 5 - April 27
Regular Registration
April 28 - August 13
NGLCC Certified LGBTBE or NGLCC Registered International Supplier 
Small business who is currently certified through NGLCC as an LGBTBE or small business that is currently registered through NGLCC as an International LGBT Supplier 
Affiliate Chamber Leader or International Affiliate Chamber Leader 
Attendee who is recognized as an affiliate chamber staff or board member 
Small Business Local Chamber Member
Small business who is a member of their local chamber, but is not NGLCC certified
Small Business (Non-affiliated)
Small business who is not a member of their local chamber or NGLCC certified
Corporate Partner
Corporation that is a corporate partner of the NGLCC
Corporate Non-Partner
Corporation that is not currently a corporate partner of the NGLCC
Government Agency
Attendee who works for a Government Agency
Nonprofit Organization/Organizational Ally
Attendee who works for a Nonprofit Organization or an Organizational Ally
Spouse/Partner/Companion Pass
Registration for those who want to attend the social networking receptions only with their spouse, partner or companion


Preliminary Conference Agenda

The below agenda is a preliminary guide only and is subject to change. Check back often as new updates are added weekly to the agenda.

Monday, August 13 | Pre-Conference Day 1




9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  Chamber Training Institute - Day 1 (sponsored by Wells Fargo)

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Global Affiliate Leaders Meeting (by invitation)

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


American Airlines, Bristol-Myers Squibb & EY Community Community Event (advance registration required)

Conference presenting sponsors Bristol-Myers Squibb & EY come together to support the local Philadelphia LGBT community by supporting the Attic Youth Center and The William Way LGBT Youth Center. This invitation-only event will go beyond diverse corporate audiences, with a goal to connect directly to the communities we serve. The afternoon will give a chance to all youth participating to interact and network with successful local and national LGBT corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and allies and hear from a panel on what it means to bring your authentic self to the workplace and be successful in the industry, as well as a few surprise announcements.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 


Corporate Development & Engagement Committee Meeting (by invitation)




Tuesday, August 14 | Pre-Conference Day 2




8:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Chamber Training Institute - Day 2 (sponsored by Wells Fargo)

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   NGLCC U - Chamber Academy

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


NGLCC Procurement Council Meeting (by invitation)

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM


Platinum Circle Lunch & Learn (by invitation)

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Boot Camp for LGBT Certified & Registered Businesses (sponsored by Bank of America)

First-time certified LGBT businesses will maximize their NGLCC conference experience by building a game plan unique to their growth strategies.  This program will bring together constituents across the NGLCC family to discuss supplier diversity, conference breakout sessions, matchmakers, and more to help business owners get the most out of their conference experience.

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


NGLCC Corporate Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation)

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM


NGLCC Mentorship Program Graduation (by invitation)

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


Supplier-to-Supplier Matchmakers (by appointment)

NGLCC's Supplier-to-Supplier Matchmakers will connect certified LGBTBE business owners with one another to maximize their Tier II, sub-contracting and partnering opportunities. Whether meeting with another business owner in your industry or looking to connect LGBTBEs with opportunities in your own business' supply chain, this event will connect your business with new channels for growth.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


New Corporate Partners Reception (by invitation)

5:15 PM - 6:45 PM


Chamber Training Institute (CTI) Reception 

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Welcome Reception (hosted by IBA)

Join host chamber, the Independence Business Alliance (IBA), at the iconic and one-of-a-kind Reading Terminal Market to kick off this year's conference. One of America’s largest and oldest public markets, housed since 1893 in a National Historic Landmark building, is conveniently located across the street from the front entrance of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel. Mix and mingle with LGBT and allied business colleagues from around the world. Take this opportunity to connect or reconnect with friends and network with fellow attendees you’ll see over the next few days.


Wednesday, August 15 | Conference Day One 




7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Morning Group Exercise Yoga

Do you have a hard time getting focused and energized in the morning? Join us for a sunrise session of yoga! It's the perfect way to jumpstart your body and ready your mind for the day ahead.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Corporate/Supplier Walk & Talks (sponsored by Humana)

Get a healthy start to your morning and make fresh business connections with Supplier Diversity representatives and fellow entrepreneurs. Join fellow attendees for early-morning networking walks along a course on the resort. Designed to connect LGBTBEs with each other and corporate buyers, participants should come prepared to chat about potential business opportunities, to seek business advice, or just to connect with a fellow member of the LGBT business community. No sign up required; casual summer attire encouraged.

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Opening Plenary Session 

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Breakout Sessions



Corporate Track: Adapting to Digital (sponsored by EY)



Corporate ERG Track: Families Like Yours Screening Toolkit (sponsored by EY)



Supplier Track: Preparing for Negotiations, A Secret Weapon of Effective Negotiators

Being prepared for a negotiation often means a real difference in its ultimate success, so why do so many people fail to take this most important step? There are a thousand excuses, but they boil down to this: most people really don't know how. In this presentation, you will learn a practical, easy to implement approach you can use when preparing for negotiations. This presentation includes how others have used the 3 R’s of effective negotiation preparation successfully. Once you understand and begin to practice the process, you'll reap the benefits of being a more effective negotiator.



Global Track: TBD



Supplier Track: Trans Work and Dismantling Workplace Barriers



Supplier Track: Working with California Utilities 

Representatives from each sector of the California Joint Utilities Committee, comprised of gas, electric, water, cable, and telecom, will educate attendees on California Public Utilities Commission General Order (GO 156), and its diverse certification requirements. We’ll discuss what we do, areas served, what we procure, as well as any additional info suppliers need when working with our individual companies.  We’ll also review how we encourage prime suppliers to subcontract to diverse firms and include subcontracting language in purchase orders, bid proposals, and other procurement documents.




General Track: Diversity Yes, Inclusion Now

Learn how to use your expertise in their area of business to effectively communicate your message of acceptance for the LGBTQ community in the media. Equipped with GLAAD’s Accelerating Acceptance data, participants will get a sample of GLAAD’s tried and true best practices for framing, messaging, and targeting the right movable audience to communicate a message of acceptance.



Entrepreneur Track: How to Build Resilience - Tools for Empowerment, Leadership, and Innovation 

We're living through a tremendously difficult time—with uncertainty, challenge, and disruption at every turn. But some people show remarkable resilience: They can face uncertainty with courage; they build companies that beat the odds, and they use the best in themselves to inspire the best in everyone around them. And, this kind of resilience is critical for LGBTQ+ business owners, especially right now. This workshop will show you how to use resilience as a source of empowerment: How to become more resilient yourself; how to inspire resilience in others; and how to build resilience into your company.

    Construction Industry Council Meeting (by invitation)
    Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Breakout 1 
    Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Breakout 2

12:15 PM - 2:00 PM


Luncheon Plenary: LGBT Biz Pitch Competition

Buckle in for the 9th Annual NGLCC LGBT Biz Pitch Competition!  Join in this fast-paced competition as LGBT entrepreneurs give their best pitch presentation for a chance to win cash and prizes. Along the way, these contestants will receive invaluable advice from our esteemed judges and hone their pitch skills before the live audience of Conference attendees.  Get ready to show your support for your favorite candidate.  Who will the winner be? Find out at this exciting lunch plenary!

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM


Breakout Sessions



Corporate Track: Responsible Sourcing - How Supplier Diversity Professionals Go Beyond Diversity & Sustainability to Manage Risk and Reputation in Supply Chains



ERG Track: Understanding, Reaching and Serving the Aging LGBTQ Population, and the Businesses Who Care For Them 

Maintaining the dignity of LGBTQ 45+ older adults in a challenging political climate is a big job, and we’ve all got to do our part as champions and allies. But what do we need to know, and where do we start? AARP recently commissioned a national LGBTQ research survey through Community Marketing & Insights, to examine the challenges, opportunities, perceptions, and unmet needs of LGBTQ older adults on issues related to health security, housing security, and personal fulfillment. As the country’s population ages and need for senior care and support increases, the caregiving market offers many growth opportunities but remains challenged in providing culturally competent services for LGBTQ older adults. If your industry matters to aging LGBTQs and their nearly 40 million family caregivers across America –come gather some fresh insights and learn how we might together create a more affirming marketplace for older LGBTQ adults.



Supplier Track: Is My Marketing Working? Using Data-Driven Marketing to Reach Your Prospects

Choosing the best media is extremely important since your budget is not unlimited, but before you do, you want to develop a marketing strategy that will bring you the most customers for your money. This session will teach you the basics of using consumer behavioral data to better know your own customers, your target audience, what their media preferences are, what messaging will work, and where to find them.



Global Track: TBD



Supplier Track: Transgender Employees - Designing for a Difference



General Track: 12th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey - Key Findings, Marketing Insights, and Calls to Action

Based on LGBTQ Community Survey key findings and relevant case studies, This session will look at similarities and differences in purchase motivations, sensitivities and community recognition. Hear about the distinct opportunities found within these segments, to help participants make more authentic connections for your product, service or employment outreach.



Entrepreneur Track: Effectively Using Legal Counsel to Transact Business

Years ago, many people conducted business on a handshake. The deal still needed to go through the lawyers, but that was the detail and it didn’t change the basic nature of a deal. Today, conducting business has become more complicated with each side having their own agreements and contracts which their lawyers have drafted for their respective clients’ protection and with strict instructions that there be no deviations or changes. Should lawyers be involved in how you conduct your business? If they should, then how does one transact business without spending all their profits on legal fees? This session will discuss these and other pertinent issues faced by business owners who are deciding whether they should hire an attorney to assist them in the business negotiations.



Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Breakout 1

    Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Breakout 2

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM


Breakout Sessions



Corporate Track: Influencing Corporate Policy



Corporate ERG Track: TBD



Supplier Track: TBD



Global Track: The Power of the LGBT Token & Blockchain

This session will explore how digital apps aim to harness the power and potential of blockchain technology, alongside other technological innovations, for the global good of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.  Learn how the LGBTQ Token and blockchain can help all members of the LGBTQ Community, around the world, to achieve equal rights and acceptance by tokenizing the $4.6T Pink Global Economy.



Entrepreneur Track: Cyber Terrorism & Security



General Track: LGBT Social Media & Brand Adaptability 



Entrepreneur Track: Lead With Your Brand



National Legal Industry Council Meeting (by invitation)

    Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Breakout 1



Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Breakout 2

8:00 PM


Dine Out! 

Enjoy the culinary delights at host chamber member restaurants throughout downtown Philadelphia.

Thursday, August 16 | Conference Day Two




7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Morning Group Exercise Yoga

Do you have a hard time getting focused and energized in the morning? Join us for a sunrise session of yoga! It's the perfect way to jumpstart your body and ready your mind for the day ahead.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Corporate/Supplier Walk & Talks (sponsored by Humana)

Get a healthy start to your morning and make fresh business connections with Supplier Diversity representatives and fellow entrepreneurs. Join fellow attendees for early-morning networking walks along a course on the resort. Designed to connect LGBTBEs with each other and corporate buyers, participants should come prepared to chat about potential business opportunities, to seek business advice, or just to connect with a fellow member of the LGBT business community. No sign up required; casual summer attire encouraged.

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Continental Breakfast 

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Morning Plenary Session - Spotlight on Achievement: Affiliate Chamber Awards + Keynote 

The essential complement to NGLCC’s LGBTBE certification is membership in a local NGLCC affiliate chamber of commerce. Join the NGLCC family as we bestow the 2018 Chamber Excellence Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in empowering our LGBT businesses owners nationwide. During this session, the NGLCC and Wells Fargo will also award over $50,000 in program grants to NGLCC affiliate chambers.

10:45 AM - 12:45 PM


Marketplace Expo (sponsored by Toyota Financial Services)

10:45 AM - 12:45 PM


Corporate Matchmakers (sponsored by Monsanto; by appointment)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Luncheon Plenary

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM


Wells Fargo/NGLCC 2018 Chamber Development Grant Presentations

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM


Marketplace Expo (sponsored by Toyota Financial Services)

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM


Corporate Matchmakers (sponsored by Monsanto; by appointment)

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Networking Reception

Join the NGLCC and our sponsors for an evening of networking as we savor the memories of this year’s conference and look forward to our 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference.


Friday, August 17 | Conference Day Three




7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Morning Group Exercise Yoga

Do you have a hard time getting focused and energized in the morning? Join us for a sunrise session of yoga! It's the perfect way to jumpstart your body and ready your mind for the day ahead.

7:00 AM - 1:30 PM


Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM   NGLCC Mentorship Breakfast Meeting (sponsored by Shell)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Morning Coffee

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM


Breakout Sessions



Supplier Track: Your Small Deals Are My Big Deals

Most of the NGLCC corporate partners deal with contracts and buys in the multi-millions of dollars and consider $20,000 or $50,000 contracts minuscule or not even worth tracking. But for a majority of LGBT-BEs who are entrepreneurs and small businesses, a $20,000 or $50,000 contract can make or break the business and help catapult the small company to sustainability and long-term profitable success. Both corporate partners and LGBT-BEs are invited to this presentation and panel discussion which will feature sets of corporate partners and their business-winning LGBT-BEs telling the stories of how contracts were landed and the impact on their businesses.



Supplier Track: Best Practices for Recruiting, Developing and Promoting Diverse Talent

With diversity in the workforce steadily on-the-rise companies must create strategies and programs to better attract, engage, mentor and promote diverse talent. Beyond programs and strategies, employers must learn to create authentic cultures of inclusion by living their values daily. In our panel discussion, we will explore three “best in class” programs and discuss the strategies and tactics that have made them effective for First Data, Cox Enterprises, and SunTrust



General Track: Your Next Generation Customers - Exploring Gen Z and Expanding the "Q" in LGBTQ

This session will explore what the mindset of Gen Z is as it relates to sexuality, gender expression, their desire for inclusivity and ultimately how that impacts their decisions as consumers. Recent research has shown that less than half of Gen Z (13-20 yr olds) identify as strictly heterosexual. Still, only 7% identify as gay or lesbian, which means there is a rapidly growing population of “sexually fluid,” and “Q.” In addition, according to GLAAD and other studies, the number of self-identified allies in this segment is larger than ever and continuing to grow. Layer this with the known trend of this generation being the most diverse, that inclusivity is largely an expectation, along with the trend of consumers spending with their values, there is a clear shift in what motivates consumer purchase and what inclusive marketing looks like.



General Track: Leverage Your Rainbow Superpowers In Business - The Out Entrepreneur

Do you want to connect with some of today’s most authentic and inspiring LGBTQ entrepreneurs? If so, join the host and creator of The Out Entrepreneur for an inspiring conversation exploring the entrepreneurial journey for some of the 1.4 million out bosses crushing it in business all while bringing their whole self to work. Hear from fellow LGBT-BEs, chamber leaders, and corporate partners ready to share some of their personal strategies on how to be more authentic at work. The conversation will explore what it takes to have an out boss mindset, how to gauge when to come out to business partners, colleagues, clients, etc. (even for those who are implicitly out), and ways you can leverage your unique rainbow superpowers gleaned from years of lived experiences to build a thriving business. If you’ve ever wondered if, or how, your LGBTQ identity offers a competitive edge in the world of business, this session is for you!



Entrepreneur Track: How to Raise Money from LGBT Community

    Entrepreneur Track: Managing Credit - How Much Is Your Business Worth? 
    Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Breakout 1
    Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Breakout 2

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Closing Plenary Brunch

1:30 PM


Conference Concludes


The 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. If you're interested in being a part of this incredible LGBT business event, please contact our corporate relations team at [email protected]. Additional information about sponsorship opportunities can be found in our 2018 Sponsorship Brochure.

2018 Presenting Sponsors


CEO Level Sponsors


VP Level Sponsors


Director Level Sponsors



Manager Level Sponsors


Associate Level Sponsors


Marketplace Expo Sponsor

Matchmakers Sponsor

Mentorship Breakfast Sponsor

Room Key Sponsor



Book Your Hotel

Already secured your spot at #NGLCC18? Don't forget about your hotel room! Our host hotel, the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, will be the place to be! It's home to not only our formal programming but also all the networking and fun that happens between sessions. Attendees can book their room at a special conference rate of $189/night. Like our conference registration, these rooms will sell out, so book today to guarantee your spot at the heart of the action!

To ensure that the room block is being utilized by NGLCC conference attendees, those booking a room at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown will be required to pay a one night, non-refundable, deposit (as required the past three years).  The deposit is to safeguard the NGLCC against room inventory attrition and gives everyone attending the 2018 conference the best opportunity to secure a room at the host hotel.

Please consider using one of NGLCC's partner airlines for your travel to Philadelphia:
American Airlines is offering discounted flights for Conference attendees! American Airlines is offering a 5% discount to NGLCC 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference attendees who fly in and out of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) on American Airlines operated and marketed flights between August 7, 2018, and August 18, 2018. To take advantage of this special discount, use promo code 7288BM when purchasing on (or through your travel agency).


2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference Press & Media:

The NGLCC 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference is proud to welcome journalists and news outlets from around the world to our conference! Camera crews are welcomed in our Plenary Sessions with prior authorization and interviews with NGLCC leadership and business experts are available upon request in our media suite.

Interested in obtaining press credentials for the 2018 Conference?  Contact the NGLCC press team at [email protected].

Interested in joining us as a Media Partner for #NGLCC18 and gain tremendous visibility and access? Contact the NGLCC team at [email protected].

Our current 2018 Media Partners: