NGLCC Trade Mission to Mexico

Mexico City

March 11, 2014
to March 14, 2014


For questions about this event,

please contact Joanna Dees,

Director of  Corporate Relations and International Programs

at [email protected]

NGLCC Global™ will take a delegation of certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs®) and participating corporations to Mexico from March 11 to March 14 on the third NGLCC Trade Mission since 2010. 

The NGLCC, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service, and U.S. Department of State, invite you to join our third international NGLCC LGBT Trade Mission to connect with the burgeoning and diverse Mexican business community. NGLCC Trade Mission Delegates will travel to the fascinating economic and political capital of Mexico for a robust series of educational programs, relationship building events, and matchmaker meetings. Delegates will also be invited to participate in the second LGBT Summit of The Americas.

  • LGBT Business Enterprises: register now!

  • Corporations interested in being involved should contact Joanna Dees, Director of Corporate Relations and International Programs, at [email protected] or 1-202-234-9181.


The cost to participate in the NGLCC Trade Mission is $2,500 per company plus airfare*. For more information about pricing, contact [email protected]

*NGLCC is pleased to share that Founding Corporate Partner, American Airlines, is offering a 7% discount for the NGLCC Mexico Trade Mission. The Discount is valid from March 7 until March 17. You can book your travel on using the Promotional code: 1334DN.

Should you decide to travel to Guadalajara or Puerto Vallarta before or after the Trade Mission to Mexico City, you will need to call the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 1-800-433-1790. Calling American Airlines to book will result in a booking service charge of $25. You are more than welcome to use your travel agent; please simply advise them that NGLCC has negotiated a discount.

Trade Mission and LGBT Summit of the Americas Agendas


Tuesday, March 11th

2:00pm-4:30pm Group Tour of Mexico City Historic Sites
7:00pm Group Dinner for Trade Mission Delegates – Sanborns at La Casa de los Azulejos
Wednesday, March 12th
6:30am-9:00am Complimentary Continental Breakfast – Los Dones 
9:00am-10:00am Mexican Cultural and Economic Briefing – Dona Sol
In advance of your Gold Key Service matchmaker meetings, receive an overview of the economic opportunities, business etiquette, and LGBT culture here in Mexico City from embassy representatives and an LGBTBE already doing business Mexico.
Rebecca Torres, Commercial Attaché, Embassy of the United States of America
Phillip de Souza, Post Representative, Gays & Lesbians in Federal Affairs Agencies, U.S. Department of State
Claude Baudoin, Owner and Principal Consultant at cébé IT & Knowledge Management
10:00am-5:00pm U.S. Commercial Service Gold Key Matching Services – Offsite
Prescheduled matchmaker meetings with end-users and potential partners 
10:00am-12:00pm Latin American Chamber Strategy Meeting – Don Julian (Affiliate Leaders Only)
2:00pm-4:00pm Latin American Chamber Strategy Meeting – Don Julian (Affiliate Leaders Only)


Thursday, March 13th
6:30am-10:00am Complimentary Continental Breakfast – Los Dones 
10:00am-11:30am Opening Plenary - Introduction to NGLCC Global – Dona Sol
To launch the second LGBT Summit of the Americas, NGLCC Global™, a division of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in the United States will be sharing its mission to promote the growth of small businesses, which we know provides the most effective path to broad-based economic advancement and empowerment of the global LGBT community. Learn how we connect LGBT-owned entrepreneurs become suppliers to U.S. multinational corporations, in-country companies, government agencies, as well as U.S. based certified LGBT Business Enterprises® and each other.
Justin Nelson, Co-Founder, NGLCC
Chance Mitchell, Co-Founder, NGLCC
Joanna Dees, Vice President, NGLCC
Felipe Cardenas, Co-Founder & CEO, Acciones de la Frontera and CEO, Colombia LGBT Chamber of Commerce
11:30am-11:45am Break 
11:45am-1:00pm How to Build Your Business Online – Dona Sol
When customers begin thinking of their next purchase, they often turn to the internet first. Learn how you can optimize your company’s web presence and build an online brand that resonates with your ideal customers. A small business expert from Google will walk through how to leverage exciting advances in technology to connect with your customers, make more informed decisions, and grow faster as a business.
1:00pm-3:00pm Recognition Luncheon and Keynote by Google Mexico CEO Pablo Slough – Don Julian
3:00pm-3:15pm Break
3:15pm-4:15pm Effectively Leading an International Team – Dona Sol
As business continues to grow beyond local communities to new borders, it is paramount to develop and evaluate your skills working with colleagues with various cultures and backgrounds. Learn leadership models from former IBM executive and LGBT entrepreneur, Stan Kimer to help your global team succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Speaker: Stan Kimer, President and Owner, Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer
4:15pm-4:30pm Break
Entrepreneur Track - The Business of LGBT Travel – Dona Sol
The US LGBT travel market alone is estimated at $84.5 billion, 10% of the total U.S. travel industry, while 83% of LGBT U.S. citizens hold a valid passport (far higher than the average of 34% of Americans age 18 and older). Whether you work in the travel and tourism industry or represent another line of business, discover how your company can benefit from tapping into the LGBT traveler as a potential customer. Learn how the Argentina Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and GNetwork360 have partnered with the Argentina federal government and Ministry of Tourism to make its country a top travel destination.
Pablo de Luca, Co-Founder, Argentina Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Justin Nelson, Co-Founder and President, NGLCC
Gustavo Noguera, Co-Founder, Argentina Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Corporate Leader Track - Business Roundtable: Inclusion in the Workplace and Supply Chain – Don Julian
This roundtable will explore how corporations and the U.S. Government effectively engage diverse communities, with particular focus on LGBT individuals and women. Intended as an introductory discussion of diversity and inclusion strategies, speakers will cover a range of topics from competent marketing, workforce policies, to supply chain inclusion efforts. This will be your opportunity to dialogue with subject matter experts and share best practices and challenges in corporate diversity and inclusion. 
Laura Azpeitia, Procurement Manager Mexico, Global Procurement, Pfizer
George Carrancho, Manager, Diverse Segment Marketing, American Airlines
Luz Maria de la Mora, Mexico Program Manager, WEConnect International
Phillip de Souza, Post Representative, Gays & Lesbians in Federal Affairs Agencies, U.S. Department of State
Joanna Dees, Vice President, Global Programs & Corporate Relations, NGLCC
Stan Kimer, President, Total Engagement Consulting
6:30-8:30pm Prosperity through Partnership Reception – Terraza
Network with U.S. trade mission delegates, LGBT and allied Mexican entrepreneurs, and community leaders with remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Laura Dogu, U.S. Embassy Mexico City
Friday, March 14th
(Delegates and Affiliate Leaders Only)
6:30am-10:00am Complimentary Continental Breakfast – Los Dones 
10:00am–12:00pm Closing Session – Dona Sol
12:00pm-5:00pm Tour of Teotihuacan, a Multi-Ethnic City of Pyramids