2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference

August 13, 2019
to August 16, 2019

We can't wait to see you at the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference! Do you have a question about your conference experience? Please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. 
Please inquire with the NGLCC Corporate Relations team with any questions about sponsorship or engagement.

The 2019 NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference Heads to Sunny Tampa, FL!


Our 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference will take us to sunny Tampa Bay, Florida and the beautiful Tampa Convention Center! This globally recognized conference is the largest LGBT business event on the planet. The NGLCC Conference delivers innovative leadership programming as well as networking and engagement opportunities for more than 1,400 LGBT and allied business leaders. Cutting-edge educational programs include inspiring keynote speakers, the annual B2B Boot Camp for certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs), a local chamber development track, Marketplace Expo, one-on-one Matchmaker meetings between suppliers and Fortune 500 companies, and much more.

Click here to see the extensive photo gallery from the 2018 NGLCC Conference in Philadelphia and get a taste of the #NGLCC18 magic by watching our opening video here.

2019 NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference Registration Rates

Prices reflect per person rates. Registrations are audited to ensure registration type accuracy. NGLCC Conference registration refund policy: Refunds will be honored until June 7, 2019 with a $75 processing fee.

After June 8, 2019 no refunds will be granted, all sales are final.

Early Bird Registration
February 5 - April 26
Regular Registration
April 27 - 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

2019 NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference Marketplace Expo

Please find our 2019 Marketplace Expo pricing below. Each expo space includes a 6' by 30" table and two chairs. To book your space, please contact [email protected].
Early Bird Registration
February 5 - April 26
Regular Registration
April 27 - August 13
Non-Corporate Partner Expo Package
One (1) Full Conference Registration and One (1) Exhibit Space
Non-Corporate Partner Expo Only One (1) Exhibit Space and One (1) Exhibition Space Staff Member
Small Business Expo Package
One (1) Full Conference Registration and One (1) Exhibit Space
Small Business Expo Only
One (1) Exhibit Space and One (1) Exhibition Space Staff Member
Additional Expo Space Staff Member One (1) Additional Exhibition Space Staff Member. Each additional staff member must be paid for. N/A $199.00


Preliminary Conference Agenda All agenda items are at the Tampa Convention Center unless otherwise noted.
The below agenda is a preliminary guide only and is subject to change.

Monday, August 12 | Pre-Conference Day One

Time   Title Location

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Chamber Leadership Development Program (CLDP) (by invitation)

Tampa Convention Center

11:00 AM - 3:45 PM


Global Affiliate Leaders Meeting (by invitation)

Tampa Convention Center
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM   Registration (sponsored by American Airlines) Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 


Corporate Development & Engagement Committee Meeting (by invitation) Tampa Convention Center
4:30 PM- 6:30 PM   Chamber Leadership Alliance Reception  TBD

Tuesday, August 13 | Pre-Conference Day Two

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM   Registration (sponsored by American Airlines) Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Chamber Leadership Development Program (CLDP) (by invitation)

Tampa Convention Center

10:00 AM -12:00 PM


NGLCC Procurement Council Meeting (by invitation)

Tampa Convention Center

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM


Platinum Circle Lunch & Learn (by invitation; sponsored by Marriott)

Tampa Convention Center

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Reaching for Success: Navigating NGLCC's International Business & Leadership Conference: Part A (formerly Boot Camp)      
Demystifying Networking: How To Create Meaningful Connections at Conference Events
Get a healthy start to your conference and join fellow attendees in creating ways to build connections and prepare for success. This session is designed for those first time attendees as well as veterans looking to feel calm, focused, and empowered, while expanding their network and building their business. Attendees will learn best practices for staying centered, engaging new potential business partners, and managing the top five distractors that can prevent their business from thriving. 
Tampa Convention Center

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


NGLCC Corporate Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation)

Tampa Convention Center

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.

Tampa Convention Center
2:45 PM - 4:15 PM  

Reaching for Success: Navigating NGLCC's International Business & Leadership Conference: Part B (formerly Boot Camp)                               


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.  

Tampa Convention Center

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  NGLCC Global Council Meeting  (by invitation) Tampa Convention Center
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM   BRG Challenge  Tampa Convention Center
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM   Registration Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   Chamber Leadership Alliance Certificate Ceremony Tampa Convention Center

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


New Corporate Partners Reception (by invitation)

Tampa Marriott Water Street
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM   Chamber Leadership Alliance (CLA) Reception (by invitation) Tampa Convention Center

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Welcome Reception Hosted by Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce    


Attendees are required to wear their Conference name badge to gain entrance to this reception.

The Italian Club, 1731 East 7th Avenue, Ybor City, Tampa

Wednesday, August 14 | Conference Day One


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Corporate/Supplier Walk & Talks


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.  

Tampa Riverwalk

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)

Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Continental Breakfast  (sponsored by Kellogg's)

Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Opening Plenary Session - Welcome to #NGLCC19

Grand Ballroom, Tampa Convention Center
11:00 AM-11:15 PM   BREAK  

11:15 AM-12:15 PM


Breakout Sessions


Affiliate Chamber Kick-Off Session

Calling all NGLCC Affiliate Chamber leaders: join us as we kick-off your week of learning with an overview of the fundraising, programming, advocacy, and community engagement activities in store for you at #NGLCC19. This program is open to staff and board members from NGLCC Affiliate Chambers only.

Tampa Convention Center



How to Engage your local LGBT Communities for Greater Diversity                  


This presentation is designed to demonstrate how local chapters can make their already diverse membership even more diverse by identifying and engaging the local ethnic minority communities. Host will identify external organizations and opportunities to engage the otherwise difficult to reach ethnic minority LGBT community. Rightly or wrongly, in some markets the Chamber chapters may be perceived as predominantly gay white men. This presentation offers some ideas and opportunities for outreach to potential new membership from local ethnic communities. The session will also include steps for engagement, and a produced video of case study as NGLCCNY engaged the local LGBT Asian community.

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Tackling Unconscious Bias in Your Workplace               


In today’s competitive business environment, you need every advantage you can get, and that includes making sure your own unconscious biases aren’t getting in your way of success. In this session we’ll explore three areas that could be impacted by your (or others’) unconscious biases. Whether you’re a business owner, ERG or Chamber leader, head of your organization’s procurement function, or someone who hires talent and vendors, understanding your personal unconscious biases is the first step. Participants will also explore potential unconscious bias “pitfalls” they can avoid in their business, especially as it relates to hiring talent, working within the supply chain, and overall leadership effectiveness.

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Accessing, Extending and Collecting Money                            
“Credit Application to Court,” walks the audience through the Credit Value Chain and provides a primer on how to properly open an account to minimize defaults and how to handle defaults in the event that occurs, including navigating the bankruptcy and litigation process. Specifically, the program discusses credit policies and credit application terms, including personal guaranties, educates your members about what they can expect when an account is placed with a collection agency or attorney for litigation, and discusses the options available should a customer file bankruptcy. If you are seeking outside funding, recruiting key personnel, or just want to increase your chances of success and sustainability, a business plan or a strategic plan is crucial.
The research and thought process you use to prepare your plan requires you to look at your business from all angles. Often times, your ideas and plans will be challenged by your own findings and newfound conclusions. A business plan explains, in black and white, your venture’s feasibility and reflects your management and leadership capabilities. Whether yours is a new business or an established business in expansion mode, you and your team need a clear understanding of your company’s financials, customer base, competition, operations, and future plans."n
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Cybersecurity + Online Privacy in A World That Still Discriminates Against LGBTQ People                                                                                              


While 'Ransomware' was on the #1 topic in 2017, the threat landscape shifted quickly in 2018. What is the new bully on the playground? Cryptocurrency. In 2018, 90% of all remote code executions were related to unauthorized bitcoin-mining and similar operations.  In this session, we will review the overall threat landscape today, identify ways to protect your business from internal/external attacks and better secure you and your business.  


Leveraging WME’s extensive cybersecurity practice, we will provide an overall security discussion that will invoke tangible action items that you can bring back to your business combined with an insightful discussion of the unique online privacy considerations of the LGBTQ community in a world that still discriminates against LGBTQ people and criminalizes LGBTQ personas.  

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Leveraging Sustainability to Differentiate Your Company and Win  


Corporations have set sustainability and social impact goals aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Understanding what that means, embedding sustainability into your company, and being able to provide solutions to help companies meet these goals will propel you forward.  Join corporate sustainability leaders and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council to learn how and why sustainability should be a key element of your 2020 strategy.

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Landing Your I&D Efforts – Not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ Approach                                                                                                    
Today’s businesses are complex, made up of many distinct functions and sub-cultures.  But even with this reality, many companies approach their D&I efforts and activities with a singular, ‘one-size-fits’ all lens.  In this session we will explore how differentiated, dare we say diverse, strategies and tactics within our own organizations can be key to creating breakthroughs.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the airline industry – think about the varied cultures that exist for teams in the cockpit and cabin, at the gate and those working on the ground.
A panel of Captains, Cabin Crew, Gate Agents and Mechanics from American Airlines will share their stories – authentic and candid – about the varied cultures they work in and how each of their areas is at a different place on their LGBTIA+ inclusion journey.  inQUEST’s CEO, Scott Hoesman, will moderate this discussion and help the audience identify practical and pragmatic tips they can use back in their own organizations to enhance the strategies and tactics they deploy, not only to be more effective internally, but also externally with customers and those you serve. "
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"Progressing LGBT Inclusion Globally - Practical Steps and Organizational Collaboration
This session will overview best practice models for inclusion around the world, as denoted by the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, an effort focused on LGBTI social and economic inclusion in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and new research released by The Partnership.      
The Partnership effort was officially announced in January 2019 at Davos by the 7 founding companies (EY, Microsoft, Mastercard, Accenture, Omnicom, Salesforce, and Deutsche Bank). It focuses on helping companies activate their implementation of the United Nations standards of business conduct around LGBTI inclusion. Partnerships between global companies and civil society has proven to be a key in making real progress in some of the most difficult locales in which business operates, as companies take actions for inclusion where governments cannot or will not. The NYU research report provides case studies garnered from in depth interviews with LGBTI people around the globe on the practices and policies which have most impacted their safety, sense of belonging and career development.
Speakers will discuss the current status of the Partnership in depth, and expand on the role of businesses and leaders in leveraging the power within our workforces to foster even more consistent global LGBTI inclusion, and compare to the knowledge garnered from the groundbreaking NYU research. "
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International Insights: Engaging Business Owners from the NGLCC Network


NGLCC Global, the international division of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, is a diverse network comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) Chambers of Commerce and Business Networks spanning Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, South Africa, and India. Attend this session to hear from business owners throughout the NGLCC Global network, particularly the role that LGBTI Chambers of Commerce play in their country, the challenges and opportunities for LGBTI business owners, and the role that corporate partners can play to promote their economic empowerment and inclusion into the supply chain.

Tampa Convention Center

A Conversation with the FSRSD: Getting to know the Financial Services Industry


The Financial Services Roundtable for Supplier Diversity (FSRSD) is a 501(c)(6) organization and industry group comprised of regional, national and global financial services companies with a formalized supplier diversity initiative. If you’ve ever wondered what it would take to become a supplier to one of the nation’s premier financial institutions, join us for our session!  We will introduce our organization, You will learn about what we have accomplished in furthering the conversation around supplier diversity, how we have impacted the communities that we serve, and what we have planned for the future as we present on our annual report and our recent economic impact study. Finally, we will wrap up our time with an intimate conversation between a corporates and LGBTBEs and their experiences on doing business with each other.  We will talk about the highs and the lows the good and the bad of working with large financial firms.

    NGLCC Construction & Related Industries Council - Open Meeting (hosted by PSEG) Tampa Convention Center

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Luncheon Plenary: 8th Annual NGLCC LGBT Biz Pitch Competition


Buckle in for the 8th 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!

Our luncheon plenary will include the trailblazing icon Mayor Jane Castor, Tampa's LGBTQ mayor. Hear her speak about topics like the groundbreaking work her administration is doing to the experiences she faces as the mayor and the Tampa businesses she works with on a governmental level. You don't want to miss out on this!

Grand Ballroom, Tampa Convention Center
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM   BREAK  

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Breakout Sessions




Exploring Advocacy 


NGLCC Affiliate Chamber leaders and national team members will share best practices for advocating on both social and economic policies that benefit the LGBT business community across the country. Learn more about how your affiliate can be the local business voice of our community, as well as how to effectively collaborate with NGLCC to gain LGBTBE business inclusion in your city and state.

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"Grow Your Chamber by Building Strategic Budgets
Do you hate doing your annual budget?  Do you dismiss the process and “just get it done” every year because your bylaws require you to do so?  Are you confused as to how you build an effective budget and why you should even should do it?  
The budget process is one of the most powerful things that you can do as a chamber leader.  Yet it is often shrouded in mystery and consequently dismissed as something that the Board of Directors “has to do” as part of its obligations.  Yet there is much power locked within the budget and the budgeting process.  
This workshop is designed to help you, the chamber leader, understand the significance of the budgeting process and how to use your budget to unlock the growth and success of your chamber.  "
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Lights! Camera! Access! The Authentic Intersectional Disability Narrative Imperative                                                                                                


Advertising and media has the power to shatter myths or reinforce stereotypes. Our Lights! Camera! Access! Collaborative is grateful to NGLCC for its participation in our 2015 Think Tank, and partnering on our 5-year DOL grant, ADD US IN to increase employment of people with disabilities from historically-excluded communities.  We are building on that model to now focus on media, advertising and content across delivery platforms. For LGBTQA youth with disabilities, career exploration presents additional headwinds.  LCA Career Exploration Summits create media opportunities for LGBTQA youth with disabilities to own the narrative with authentic images and messaging. That can transcend to advertising to build brand loyalty with this $490 billion market – that is more than the coveted teen market.                                                        

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Beginner/Advanced Government Contracting: Maximizing Your Chances


Our advanced session on government contracting will explore the best tactics for tracking and keeping opportunities with the federal government. We will dive into recent trends in federal contracting, including discussion of category management’s influence on small business opportunity, how to leverage the new All Small Mentor Protégé Program, and other recent statutory and regulatory changes that can impact your success.

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Selling Supplier Diversity from Both Sides of the P&L    
Supplier Diversity is a business initiative that allows business to thrive while utilizing the benefits of a diverse supply chain. However, it’s not always treated as such and that results in dollars left on the table.  Join us for this two-part session.  
First, we’ll look at the business side of Supplier Diversity and provide insights into the main characters of a successful supplier diversity program: C-Suite, supply chain, supplier diversity, and diverse- business owner. Learn where there may be a blind spot and what you can do to overcome it for success in the role that you play.
Second, we’ll look at how you can use Supplier Diversity to build your own diverse supply chain.  We’ll teach you about the people and processes required, how to identify current and future diverse diverse-owned businesses and the metrics you need to track and report on your efforts.
In the end, your own Supplier Diversity program can be used as a selling point to differentiate your business and your customers, which builds revenue and delivers return."
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Marketing 101: Using the NGLCC Seal + Publicity to Drive Your Business
Marketing your LGBTQ business is critical. It builds awareness, differentiates and grows your business. But how do you do it and what tools do you have?
NGLCC Certified - Five North Chocolates was the first consumer packaged goods brand to stamp the seal on its package. Learn how they marketed the seal, generated positive media coverage (including a piece in Forbes) to connect with consumers and become a standout brand. 
Publicity – Positive press coverage is an effective way to build awareness. Learn easy steps to reach the media and generate news.
Join us for a breakout session that shows you what tools you currently have, how best to use them, so you can grow your business."
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New Frontiers in Diversity & Inclusion                                                    

Research shows that the bottom line improves when companies create inclusive cultures. But what inclusion looks like continues to evolve, as our workforce changes and technology develops. Is your workplace equipped to leverage these new realities? In this session you will learn about new frontiers and trends that are impacting the way we approach diversity and inclusion in the workplace – from bias in AI, and learning to lead from an inclusive mindset, to understanding the rapidly growing transgender and non-binary demographic. Strongly recommended for ERG leaders, HR professionals, Talent Acquisition leaders and DEI practitioners.                                                                                              

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    Top Ten Best Practices for Small to Medium size Businesses: How to Hire, Fire and Protect your People, and secure Electronic Data and Confidential Information Assets

Through this presentation, employers will be better equipped to implement best practices and policies in order to hire and retain the most talented employees, and prevent data breaches. We will discuss how best to conduct background checks, the do’s and don’ts of conducting interviews, managing employee discipline and leave accommodations. We will also address how best to promote a diverse and inclusive work culture with managers leading by example. We will review the recent changes in the sexual harassment laws in the MeToo/Times Upera and how best to avoid exposure and manage risks.

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The Intersection of Personal Brand + Role and Importance of LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Groups


The session will center around two important things:


First, the importance of ERGs to fight against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity within the workspace; as well as how the panelists are able to practically advocate for corporate policy changes, create community, and push their working environments to be more inclusive. As an active participant in your corporation’s Employee Resource Group/Business Resource Group, you have the ability to set the tone for what you stand for and what you believe in. Knowing your personal brand value and how it intersects with the mission and vision of your employee resource group is vital for your future advancement. 


Secondly, we will cover how you begin to define your personal brand and use it to advance your career, while being a strong advocate for the employee resource group for which you belong. You will leave this session with tips and resources, and a clearer understanding of your personal brand’s value.


Full Integration of Transgender Employees:


The transgender tipping point has arrived and past. As trans people are out, proud, and gain acceptance from family, friends and colleagues, they no longer vanish from the workplace when they transition. Instead, they stay and expect integration, support, and protection. But they face great fear and anxiety when coming out at work. HR professionals are ill prepared for this eventuality that’s becoming more common. This session presents a comprehensive integration model of corporate values, policies and procedures designed to guide a company toward inclusion. Join us as we explore the transgender experience and how we can create a more welcoming workplace for these valuable and creative contributors to workplace diversity.

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How Corporations Can Leverage The Power of The Trans* Economy                                                            


In this one-hour, one-of-a-kind panel, we will learn from leading transgender business professionals who have a unique perspective, experience, and understanding of the transformative workforce potential and economic buying of the transgender community. Using their personal stories as a backdrop, our panelists will use the latest statistics, industry-wide best practices, and even technology to help provide actionable recommendations that individual allies and organizations can immediately bring back and implement in their businesses and communities. 

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Keys to Succeed: Best Practices in Supplier Diversity


Supplier diversity and procurement leaders from NGLCC’s Corporate Partners will share key tools and strategies to help a supplier stand out in a competitive field, as well as help fellow corporations increase spend while broadening reach and impact of modern supplier diversity efforts. In this session you will learn how leading companies are implementing supplier development initiatives, impacting public policies, piloting new vendor strategies, and encouraging collaboration across segments and industries. You will leave here more informed about how to cut through the noise and help your supplier diversity advocate better fight for our community’s economic success.

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"Twinning Your Competition: How to Get and Keep Your Customers Through Differentiation                                                                                   
As a business selling to another business, your first problem is that 86% of buyers can’t see a difference between two suppliers. This comes out loud and clear when you're price-shopped, lose the sale to a competitor or worse yet-can't even get the meeting with the decision makers in the first place! Then miraculously once you get the business, you can’t keep it because 57% of businesses lose their customers because competitors offer a better customer experience (Salesforce, 2018).
Join us for this interactive and story-packed session where you will:
-Learn the 3 mistakes companies make in selling that makes them look identical to buyers and loses the sale
-Get to try out and sharpen your own differentiator elevator pitch in the room
-Discover the 7 elements of success for building a great customer experience culture
-Walk out with concrete tools that you can immediately implement to make a difference in elevating your customer experience."
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3:45 PM - 4:00 PM   BREAK  

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Breakout Sessions

    NGLCC National Legal Industry Council - Open Meeting (Hosted by Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith) Tampa Convention Center

Working with ERG's & What Chambers Can Do

Your local corporate partner’s ERG is an untapped goldmine of business leads, new members, and countless market referrals to help grow your local chamber.  This session will provide insight and guidance from on emerging trends and challenges facing Employee Resource Group (E/BRG) members and how close collaboration with NGLCC affiliate chambers and other partners can help everyone win. Learn from a panel of experts how their ERGs have leveraged their local NGLCC connections to foster a more inclusive environment for LGBT employees, and how to cultivate new business relationships that turn your ERG relationship into a local business impact powerhouse.

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Building Your Personal Brand-Increasing Your Business Value


The role of the LGBTQ owned and certified business is changing. In our trying political times the LGBTQ business owner needs to have their voice at the table economically. Personal branding is a key component to creating a unified message about what you stand for personally, and what your business stands for. The bottom line is people buy from other people. This session will show you how to define your personal brand and leverage it for business growth and development. Being an LGBTQ business owner is an incredible asset when approached properly, this session will share with you how to do exactly that.

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Next Gen Storytelling    
The Next Generation of audiences is here. Tap into the trending effects of Millennials, Gen Z, and LGBTQ+ youth. Many of the trends that start in digital and social have far reaching impact across cultures and implications for companies and brands. How do we reach these audiences? Through storytelling. In an era of consumer choice and personalization, connecting through stories matters more now than ever. LGBTQ+ youth aren’t as interested in stories that are being told. They’re interested in stories that haven’t been told. Indeed, the Next Gen audience wants to create, discover, and share stories. 
The Next Gen is living in a time where they are growing up without shame or fear of who they are. More than any other generation, they are living their lives in the “now.” It’s up to us to meet them where they’re at and craft the stories they are yearning to see. More than ever before, consumers want to feel like they’re indirect stakeholders of a company. So, how can you as brand leaders and business owners stand out from the crowd? In this session, we explore how to display your values openly and increase brand visibility. Make the Next Generation feel like they have a voice and empower them to align with trends in consumer activism. Interested in spotting where trends are going? Join us in looking to the future and building foresight for Next Gen storytelling."
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Disruptive Strategies to Win Corporate Business!                                                                                                        

Join us for an interactive, no-holds-barred session with visionary Supplier Diversity professionals from health care, technology, and the utility sectors, along with one of the country's leading corporate sales experts, to discover how to win more corporate business in today’s market. Whether you are a supplier, a consultant, coach, or other expert — you’ll get real strategies to get through the gatekeepers, get invited to corporate RFPs, address some the biggest sales frustrations, and win! GROW YOUR BUSINESS NOW! 

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Identity Crisis 
Is it an identity crisis or an awareness crisis? Why do we struggle to be our authentic selves? Why must we make you feel so comfortable at our own compromise? You talk so white , You act so black, You dress like a girl, You dress like a boy, You’re in America we speak English Jack! Lean in with community leaders as we “go there”, discussing the very uncomfortable conversations that causes many to question who they are and if it’s ok to be their authentic selves. "
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Branding, Grassroot Marketing, and PR Strategies
The Latino Connection health and wellness pilot program with Aetna has an already-impressive track record—with a total marketing impressions value of $56 million dollars for a $1M dollar investment. The power of this grassroots marketing is that it has reached the underserved Latino / African American / LGBT communities where they are, meeting them where they feel most comfortable—their own neighborhood. 
This session by a panel of industry experts including the CEO of Latino Connection will provide attendees with: 
-High-level ideas and Top 3 recommendations for every business when it comes to branding, marketing, and PR
-Case studies of a well-functioning corporate PR function including the Latino Connection pilot program
-Insights on what communications functions you should prioritize, and how you would carry them out if you were running a small or medium-sized business with a relatively small team."
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Get in the Game: Doing Business with Professional Sporting Leagues


The sports industry is one of the most exciting and lucrative businesses in the country, and their leagues actively seek diverse suppliers like you for their sourcing needs. How do you gain entry into this multi-billion dollar industry as a small supplier? Join this session to learn directly from the leagues themselves about how you can get in the game! Featuring Corey Smith, Sr. Director, Strategic Sourcing & Diversity & Inclusion of Major League Baseball, Greg Michel, Associate Vice President of National Basketball Association,

Sandy Cross, Sr. Director, Diversity & Inclusion of PGA of America, and Donna Dozier Gordon, Director, Diversity & Inclusion of US Tennis Association
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Candid Conversations Series: ERG Executive Sponsors

Corporate LGBTQA Employee Resource Groups help deepen and build relationships, as well as lead educational programming in ways that advance diversity and inclusion throughout the company and the communities they serve. Are you maximizing the business and professional development potential in your area?  Attend this session with some of the top ERG Executive Sponsors and team leaders from across the NGLCC network for an invaluable inside look at the evolution of an ERG and what topics can jumpstart ERG programming and community engagement. All participants will have an opportunity to share their best practices and contribute to Q&A.

Tampa Convention Center

Holistic Trans-Inclusive Practices: Global Policy, Self-ID, Building Allyship - Oh My!                                                                                                              


Many organizations have committed to improving resources for trans & gender non-confirming employees, however, most implement policy and practices with little thought to a holistic process or global applicability. This session will overview the elements of two company’s holistic efforts (EY & State Street) and highlight lessons learned in the process. Attendees will gain information about implementing: Global trans-inclusive policy, Self-ID processes, Company-wide pronoun processes, Name Changes, Transition Health Benefits, Allyship Education, Leveraging Executive buy-in, and utilizing employee narratives to cascade culture of belonging. Each organization may have a unique path to producing their own set of practices, and this session will emphasize that there is not a “one size fits all” approach to arriving at a place where all employees can feel confident in the systems and supports in place. 

Tampa Convention Center



Measuring What Matters: Understanding the Value of SOGIE Data Collection                                                                                                              


Do you want to learn how to collect demographic data about your organization’s LGBTQ stakeholders? If so, join fellow business leaders and learn more about the role you can play to ensure that your business measures what matters by including LGBTQ people in your diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments, your marketing efforts, your supplier diversity metrics, and more. During this session, you will have the opportunity to learn about sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE) demographic questions, why they matter to your organization, and how you can begin responsibly collecting this information to build more inclusive workplaces. After this session, you will leave empowered with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to get started with this work. The topics discussed work particularly well with participants ready to enrich their awareness, knowledge, and leadership skills.

Tampa Convention Center

Traveling While Trans: Authentic Self in Travel presented by American Airlines                                                                                                     Description to be provided shortly.

Tampa Convention Center
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  
NGLCC National Legal Industry Council Reception (by invitation; hosted by Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith)
NaVOBA Reception (by invitation)
Platinum Circle Reception (by invitation; hosted by Merck)
Canada Cocktail Reception
Communities of Color Reception 
nglccNY/Tampa Reception
Grand Ballroom Salons, Tampa Marriott Water Street
7:00 PM - 8:15PM   Opening Reception Grand Ballroom, Tampa Marriott Water Street

Thursday, August 15 | Conference Day Two


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Morning Group Exercise Yoga


Tampa Marriott Water Street
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM   Corporate/Supplier Walk & Talks  Tampa Riverwalk

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)

Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Continental Breakfast

Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM   Morning Plenary Session  
10:30 AM-11:30 AM   Trans Inclusion Town Hall Tampa Convention Center
11:00 AM-11:15 AM   BREAK  
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM   Marketplace Expo Central Hall, Tampa Convention Center
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM   Corporate Matchmakers (by appointment) East Registration, Tampa Convention Center
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM   Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation) Tampa Convention Center

8:00 - 10:00 PM


Thursday Night Party Featuring Singer, Songwriter & Actress Deborah Cox

Tampa Convention Center

Friday, August 16 | Conference Day Three


7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Morning Group Exercise Yoga

Tampa Convention Center

7:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)

Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM   NGLCC Mentorship Breakfast Meeting (by invitation) Tampa Convention Center

10:00 AM-11:15 AM



Tampa Convention Center
10:00 AM-11:15 AM   Small B2B Matchmakers with Primes (by appointment) Tampa Convention Center

11:30 AM


Closing Plenary: Champagne Brunch

Grand Ballroom, Tampa Convention Center
TBD   VIP/Major Donor Event (by invitation) TBD


Thank You to our 2019 Conference Sponsors!

The 2019 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]

Presenting Sponsor


CEO Level Sponsor

Vice President Level Sponsor

          US Bank



Director Level Sponsor






Manager Level Sponsor




Associate Level Sponsor


Matchmakers Sponsor



Mentorship Breakfast


LGBT Biz Pitch Competition Sponsor


Window Wrap Sponsor

Walk & Talk Sponsor


Registration Area Sponsor

Host Affiliate Welcome Reception 
Presenting Sponsor



Procurement and Corporate Advisory Council Meetings Sponsor

Specialty Sponsor





NGLCC 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference Hotel Booking

NGLCC is proud to offer two incredible hotel experiences to the guests of our 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference. More information about these options can be found below. Please direct any questions about booking your hotel accommodations to the NGLCC Events team at [email protected].

All dayside programming will take place at the Tampa Convention Center which connects directly to Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center via sky-bridge, and is adjacent to Tampa Marriott Water Street located just steps away across the plaza.

Embassy Suites Tampa
Downtown Convention Center


Connected via sky-bridge directly to the Tampa Convention Center, Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center provides easy access to all our Conference meetings as well as other great Tampa Bay attractions. It’s home to newly-renovated two-room suites, each complete with a separate living room with sofa bed, wet bar, and free WiFi access. It’s ideal for attendees and guests traveling with family members or sharing with other attendees, and includes access to the free 24-hour fitness center. Suites start at $179; rates increase based on occupancy. To confirm a sleeping room, it must be secured with a valid credit card along with a first night’s deposit, non-refundable.

Tampa Marriott
Water Street



Experience Tampa's dynamic downtown with a stay at Tampa Marriott Water Street, right across from Harbour Island. This beautifully transformed, waterfront hotel sits adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center where all of our daytime programming will take place. When you’re not participating in Conference activities, take the plunge in the gorgeous rooftop pool, work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, or take part in marina activities. Rooms are $179 and included complimentary guestroom WiFi for all guests. All reservations must be accompanied by a non-refundable first-night room deposit, or guaranteed by a major credit card.



Booking your flight to the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference? Use the code 6989BM when booking your American Airlines flight to the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference for a special discount only for NGLCC Conference attendees! The discount can be booked online at for AA/AE flights only, without a ticketing charge. 


NGLCC 2019 Local Experiences: Things to do in Tampa

Attention all baseball fans! NGLCC is happy to partner with Rays Baseball to provide $35 game tickets on August 17th, $30 off its normal price! More information can be found below, or here to know more about this amazing event. You don't want to miss this!


2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference Press & Media:

Join Us as a Press or Media Partner!

The NGLCC 2019 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 2019 Conference? Contact the NGLCC press team at [email protected]

Interested in joining us as a Media Partner for #NGLCC19 and gain tremendous visibility and access? Contact the NGLCC team at [email protected]

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