NGLCC Announces Honorees for 2016 NGLCC National Dinner

| By Andy DiAntonio
Over 900 LGBT and allied leaders in business, policy, and advocacy convene November 18th, 2016 in Washington to honor outstanding achievements in the LGBT business community.
Washington, D.C. – The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, has announced the outstanding leaders in the LGBT business community who will be honored on Friday, November 18th at the 2016 National Dinner Awards in Washington, DC, co-presented by IBM and Marriott International.
“The NGLCC National Dinner is a thrilling moment for us to reflect on the tremendous growth we see year after year in the LGBT business community because of the opportunities, partnerships, and advocacy victories championed by the NGLCC and our partners,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson. “Our honorees exemplify the very best in our nearly fifteen year mission to grow the economic vitality of LGBT businesses across the United States and throughout the world.  We will harness the excitement of a year that produced a record-breaking number of certified LGBT Business Enterprises, powerful public policy wins, many new corporate and government partnerships, and our largest International Business & Leadership Conference yet to thrust us into our fifteenth year.”  
The 2016 National Dinner, the fourteenth in NGLCC’s history, will be held at the National Building Museum and will bring together over 900 of the most successful and inspiring LGBT business owners, corporate diversity leaders, elected officials, celebrities, and representatives from NGLCC Global international affiliates from around the world.  The National Dinner will also mark the culmination of the inaugural NGLCC Global LGBTI Business Week, and unprecedented summit focused on global LGBT economic development, highlighting international supplier diversity and business creation opportunities. 

The 2016 NGLCC National Dinner Award honorees are:

NGLCC/American Airlines ExtrAA Mile Award: Actor and Advocate BD Wong          
Recognizes an LGBT or allied person, persons or organization that have gone the extra mile to support LGBT equality. 
Corporation of the Year: Pacific Gas & Electric
Given to a corporation for their outstanding support and dedication to ensuring fairness and equal opportunity for LGBT suppliers, customers, and employees. 
Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year: Rondu Vincent of Bristol-Myers Squibb       
Given to a leader who has demonstrated commitment to outreach and inclusion of LGBT suppliers in the diverse supply chain at his or her company. 
LGBT Supplier of the Year: Q&A Events    
Recognizes an exemplary certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) for their outstanding contributions to the growth and development of LGBT supplier diversity. 
“NGLCC is more committed than ever to strengthening the LGBT business community. And we are not alone in that essential mission, as our sold-out National Dinner proves year after year,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and CEO Chance Mitchell. “Over the last year, we have added two new federal agencies and over a dozen new corporate partners and they are just as committed to empowering the economic futures of the LGBT community as we are. Through their supplier diversity programs at home and around the world, these new partners join nearly one-third of the Fortune 500, multiple state governments, and an ever-growing number of government agencies in giving LGBT business owners an equitable seat at the table.“
More information and registration for this event can be found at:
Jonathan D. Lovitz
Senior Vice President, NGLCC
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses.