The 2019 National Dinner: Celebrating the LGBT Community, Our Achievements, and our Future Goals

| By Kaela Roeder

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is proud to be at the forefront of advocacy, progress, and positive change in LGBT rights all over the globe.
A series of inspirational events have taken place in the LGBT business world this year. These include the 2019 International Leadership Conference in Tampa, Florida, the Biz Pitch competitions, the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, the inclusion of Certified LGBTBE® suppliers in several cities’ procurement practices, and so much more.

All of these great events have led up to our National Dinner, where we celebrate the closing of our 2019 NGLCC LGBTI Global Business Week. It also serves as a culmination of the social and economic progress for the global LGBT business community that we represent.

This event will take place in the beautiful National Building Museum on Friday, November 22. The Dinner will feature inspirational speakers, awards, and, of course, celebrating an amazing year!

Our honorable awards include Corporation of the Year, Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year, Chamber of the Year, and LGBT Supplier of the Year. Last year, companies like Bank of America, American Airlines, EY, and Heels and Hardhats were honored for their hard work in the supplier diversity field. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, also made a surprise guest appearance last year.

Nancy Pelosi, 2018 NGLCC National Dinner

We have come a long way since last year’s National Dinner in 2018. This year has been filled with historical changes and incredible events. Over the summer, New York hosted the WorldPride/Stonewall 50 event in honor of the powerful LGBT individuals who paved the way for future success.

In August, the NGLCC hosted our 2019 International Business and Leadership Conference with over 1,500 attendees, including business owners, corporate partners, and chamber leaders. Several notable figures in attendance included inspirational PR Guru and author Sally Hogshead, the talented Deborah Cox, and the honorable Mayor Jane Castor of Tampa in attendance. At #NGLCC19, Mayor Castor signed an executive order to include Certified LGBTBE® suppliers in Tampa’s procurement process.

Mayor Jane Castor, 2019 NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference

These policies are being approved across the country, including in the great cities of Los Angeles and Chicago. Including LGBT-owned businesses in city contracts is another step in the inclusive direction.

In the past months, we have marched and rallied for the rights of LGBT individuals: in the workplace and in their daily lives. On September 28th, we sponsored and marched with National Trans Visibility March, which will now occur annually. We also hosted the first annual National Torch Awards, where leaders in the trans equality movement are recognized.

On October 8th, we rallied for LGBT rights in the workplace at the steps of the Supreme Court, and for the LGBT community to be protected under Title VII.

This year has been a pivotal one in many ways, and activism and advocacy will certainly not slow down. Next year, we will continue to advocate for LGBT certification recognition, march and rally for LGBT rights, and continue to assert the fact that the LGBT community significantly contributes to the U.S. economy.

This progress is just the beginning. We are excited to celebrate at our 2019 National Dinner, and to keep advocating and stimulating even more change in 2020.