NGLCC Announces 2022 National Dinner Award Honorees

For Immediate Release

October 28, 2022

Washington, D.C. — The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBTQ community, will celebrate leaders in LGBTQ and allied economic opportunity at the 2022 National Dinner on November 18, 2022 at the historic National Building Museum. The gala will serve as the culmination of NBIC Unity Week and the celebration of NGLCC’s 20th Anniversary. The National Dinner brings together LGBTQ and allied business owners, corporate diversity leaders, affiliate chamber leaders, elected officials and representatives from NGLCC Global international affiliates.

“2022 has been a year of tremendous growth and success in the LGBTQ and allied business community. It is our great honor to showcase the resilience, strength, and determination of the LGBTQ community at our National Dinner as we celebrate those leaders and organizations that have powered the NGLCC mission over the last twenty years,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson.

The 2022 NGLCC National Dinner Award honorees are:

Inaugural NGLCC Out & Leading Award | Erik Day, Senior Vice President, Small Business and Global Executive Chair, PRIDE Employee Resource Group (ERG)

The launch of this inaugural award coincides with the 20th year of NGLCC and the importance out and proud leaders have played and will continue to play in the evolution of NGLCC and the LGBTQ business community. The recipient of this award exhibits leadership traits of courage, collaboration, mentorship, and compassion as well as a history of involvement in organizations and causes important to LGBTQ equity and inclusion.

LGBT Supplier of the Year | Betsy Cerulo, CEO, AdNet/AccountNet

Recognizes an exemplary certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) for their outstanding contributions to the growth and development of LGBTQ and allied supplier diversity.

Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year | Casey Oakes, Community Impact Lead, Supplier Diversity, Google

Recognizes a leader who has demonstrated commitment to outreach and inclusion of LGBTQ and allied suppliers in the diverse supply chain at their company.

NGLCC Affiliate Chamber of the Year | Twin Cities Quorum

Recognizes an NGLCC Affiliate Chamber for their local community leadership, support and promotion of LGBTBE certification, advocacy initiatives and innovative programming that supports the LGBTQ and allied business community.

Corporation of the Year | Bank of America

Recognizes a corporation for their outstanding support and dedication to ensuring fairness and equal opportunity for LGBTQ and allied suppliers, customers and employees.

“Every single day, our community is building equity by opening new local businesses, and by expanding operations of larger LGBTQ-owned companies to countries around the world,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & CEO Chance Mitchell. “The next 20 years will be focused entirely on gaining more ground for our community and our diverse community partners to thrive economically and socially – in America and around the globe.”

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ABOUT NGLCC: The National LGBT 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.


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