The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) in partnership with the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC), will host Unity Week on November 28-30, 2023, in Philadelphia.

Uniting the nation’s leading business diversity organizations, the 2023 NBIC Unity Week is a celebration of diversity, opportunity, equity, and collaboration. Attendees will receive access to exclusive dayside programming focused on continuing the growth and success for diverse communities in the United States and around the globe. Unity Week brings together LGBTQ+ and allied leaders to celebrate hardwon successes and focus on how we build support in our networks to create strong and prosperous business programs.

Unity Week will culminate with the Best-of-the-Best Awards Event on November 30, 2023.

If you are a corporate partner that has questions about Unity Week, please email If you are an LGBTQ or other diverse small business, please email


Monday, November 27

WBENC Programming (by invitation)

Tuesday, November 28

WBENC Programming (by invitation)

WIPP Programming (by invitation)

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Reception

Wednesday, November 29

7:45 AM – 5:30 PM
Registration & Help Desk Open
Location: Great Room Prefunction – Meeting Level 5

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM
Continental Breakfast
Location: Great Room Prefunction – Meeting Level

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Opening Plenary Session
Location: Great Room

General Session: Opening Session | Presented by Wells Fargo

Segment 1: Impact of Women Owned Businesses

Join us for a panel discussion on The Wells Fargo 2023 Impact of Women Owned Businesses. This inaugural report chronicles the economic upheaval caused by COVID-19 and how it opened opportunities for women to launch new businesses and grow their existing businesses. The report highlights the impact of gender, race, business size, industry, and geography. it aims to explain the causes that underlie the patterns. The WIPP Education Institute is proud to partner with Wells Fargo, Ventureneer and CoreWoman to bring this critical research to the forefront. Attendees will learn how the data can be used to help unleash the untapped potential of women business owners to grow the U.S. economy, create jobs, increase innovation, and build wealth.
Speakers: Angela Dingle, Judith Goldkrand, Julie Rothhouse, and Geri Stengle 

Segment 2: Understanding AI Policy

During this segment attendees will hear directly from President Biden’s top official on AI policy. Understand what the President’s executive Order on AI means for you and the future of AI policy.
Speaker: Arati Prabhakar, Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Segment 3: The Future of Federal Contracting and the SBA 8(a) Program

Hear directly from SBA leadership about recent changes to the SBA 8(a) program and what it means for your business. This is also an opportunity to hear what other SBA innovations are under way at the SBA.
Speaker: Aditi Dussault, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Breakout Sessions

1. Understanding SBA 8(a) and How to Successfully Draft Your Application Narrative
Location: Studio 2 – Meeting Level 4

Are you a small business owner looking to gain a competitive edge by participating in the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) program? Join us for an insightful session on understanding the recent changes to the 8(a)-application process and learn how to write a winning application narrative. In this session, we will provide a comprehensive overview of the SBA 8(a) program, including its benefits and eligibility criteria. We will delve into the recent updates made to the application process, ensuring that participants are up-to-date on the latest requirements and procedures. Hear first-hand what it takes to write a winning application narrative.
Speaker: Melissa Poli

2. Cross-Segment Connections
Location: Studio 3 – Meeting Level 4

Looking to meet suppliers from other segments? Feel free to visit the open networking right next door to the segment on 8a!

3. NGLCC Joint Corporate Councils & NBIC Org Leaders Meeting (by invitation)
Location: Industry 1&2 – Meeting Level 5

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM

General Session: Luncheon Plenary
Location: Great Room Meeting Level 5 | Presented by Accenture

U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency and What it Means to You

We will hear from Director of Public Affairs and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency (EDA). During this segment we will explore EDA’s role in fostering economic growth and prosperity across the United States. As well as the agency’s mission, functions, and programs aimed at promoting job creation, attracting investments, and supporting regional economic development initiatives and what that means for your business or organization

Speaker: Jonathan Lovitz, Director of Public Affairs and Senior Advisor, Economic Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce

Segment 2: Spotlight on Greater Philadelphia Diverse Business Organizations:

Join us for an engaging discussion on the current landscape for diverse-owned businesses in the greater Philadelphia area. This session will bring together representatives from various diverse business organizations across the region to explore the challenges and opportunities faced by diverse entrepreneurs and business owners. During this session, we will delve into the unique experiences of diverse-owned businesses, including those owned by women, minorities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other underrepresented groups. We will examine the barriers they encounter and how these organizations are helping their members navigate the local business ecosystem. Additionally, we will explore successful strategies and initiatives that have been implemented to support and promote diverse entrepreneurship that can be expanded across the country.

1:45 PM – 4:00 PM
NaVOBA Board Meeting (by invitation only)

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Breakout Sessions

PM Sessions

    1. Unity Week MatchMakers (2-5pm) | Presented by Google | Location: Meeting Level 4
    2. WIPP/Unity Week Topic Talks (2-5pm)| Location: Industry 1&2 – Meeting Level 5

Essential Pre-Contract Strategies for Corporate Engagement
Presenter: Amy Rowland 
Whether you are a small business owner venturing into your first corporate contract or a seasoned professional, this session will equip you with the tools and insights to streamline your pre-contract processes and position your business for success. You’ll gain the know-how to navigate the pre-contractual landscape easily and quickly, gaining a strategic edge in your corporate engagements.

Blank Canvas Strategic Planning 
Presenter: Sue Tellier 
It’s year-end. Savvy business leaders are building their 2024 strategy, and everyone has an idea for the best way. Business books repackage the one-page strategic plan in different ways. This forms the ‘how’ you’ll operate in 2024. However, let’s challenge ourselves together on the ‘what’ we will do before we get to the ‘how.’ Come prepared to think differently and creatively during this session to determine your ‘what’ for 2024. Required materials: an open mind, a willingness to think creatively, a blank sheet of paper, and a writing utensil.

Increasing Cross-Cultural Communication
Presenter: Dottie Li 
During this presentation, you will learn the tools to use to increase your communication capacity, which includes translation, interpretation, and ASL, and how to get your message out effectively while ensuring that Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) is achieved at the same time.

You Have a Meeting With An OSDBU – What’s Next
Presenter: Lynn Petrazzuolo
Sometimes, there is a disconnect between an Agency Program Office and the Small Business Office, resulting in missed opportunities for small businesses. You have done everything you’ve been told to do, such as Submitting Sources Sought and engaging in Capability Briefings. Yet, the Program Officers stay connected to only the businesses they know. This session will explore how businesses can work with the OSDBUs to help them help us.

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
NaVOBA Reception (by invitation)
Wet Bar on 7th Floor of the W

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Unity Week Reception
Location: Great Room – Meeting Level 5


Thursday, November 30

7:45 AM – 12:00 PM | Registration & Help Desk Open
Location: Great Room Prefunction – Meeting Level 5

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Thursday Morning AM Sessions

  1. The AI Revolution Isn’t Coming, It’s Here: What You Need to Know to Stay Relevant and Beat the Competition | Location: Studio 2/3 – Meeting Level 4

In today’s competitive digital landscape, small businesses must embrace AI to stay competitive. This session explores integrating AI into your business strategy, improving operations, customer service, and marketing. This session will dispel myths while exploring AI tools, including predictive analytics. Learn to deliver personalized experiences, optimize campaigns, and make data-driven decisions. We’ll address common concerns like cost and complexity, providing strategies to overcome them. By the end, you’ll understand AI’s importance, with actionable insights to outperform competitors in the digital world.
Speaker: Jordan Rambo, Accenture

2. NGLCC Updates: Corporate Partner and Platinum Circle Engagement (by invitation)
Location: Industry 1&2 – Meeting Level 5

We invite all NGLCC Corporate Partners to join us for a unique session in which the team provides updates on NGLCC goals and progress over the 2023 year with presentations led by the NGLCC Corporate Relations team, Supplier Diversity Initiative, Stakeholder Engagement Center, the NGLCC Platinum Circle.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

10:45 PM
Plenary Doors Open

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Best-of-the-Best Event
Presented by Bank of America 
Location: Great Room – Meeting Level 5

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Best-of-the-Best Awardee Photo Opportunity
Location: Great Room – Meeting Level 5

We invite all Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion and Special Award Winners to stay in the Great Room with NBIC leadership for photographs


W Philadelphia 

Presenting Level Sponsors

Unity Week Partners


National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

The largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBTQ people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBTQ-owned businesses.


The leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Our network of over 500 corporations expands opportunities for people with disabilities across enterprises. 

National Minority Supplier Development Council

NMSDC serves as a growth engine for NMSDC-certified minority businesses and creates opportunities to connect MBEs to hundreds of America’s largest corporate members wishing to build relationships with trusted minority-owned companies.

National Veteran-Owned Business Association

NaVOBA provides a direct link for contracting between corporate America and Certified Veteran’s Business Enterprises™ (VBE) and Certified
Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprises™ (SDVBE).

United States Black Chambers Inc.

The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) provides committed, visionary leadership, and advocacy in the realization of economic empowerment. Through the creation of resources and initiatives, we support a network of African American Chambers of Commerce and business organizations in their work of developing and growing Black enterprises.

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The USHCC is the primary voice in the nation for the Hispanic business community in Washington D.C., collaborating with a national network of media partners and America’s largest corporations to engage in powerful business advocacy to represent your interests.

United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1984, USPAACC is the most established and effective national nonprofit, nonpartisan business organization representing the unified voice for equal opportunity for Pan Asian American/Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) related groups in business, sciences, the arts, sports, education, public and community services.

WEConnect International

WEConnect International is a global network that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world.

Women Impacting Public Policy

WIPP is a national nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of women entrepreneurs—strengthening their impact on our nation’s public policy, creating economic opportunities, and forging alliances with other business organizations.

Women's Business Enterprise National Council

The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping women-owned businesses thrive.

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Disability:INNational Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), United States Black Chambers Inc. (USBC), United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC), WEConnect InternationalWomen Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

2023 NBIC Best-of-the-Best Awards

Presenting Level Sponsors

Diamond Level Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors

Bronze Level Sponsors