2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference

August 14, 2018
to August 17, 2018


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NGLCC Is Coming To Philadelphia For Our Biggest And Most Inspiring Conference Yet!

Looking to jump-start your business or build a stronger professional network? Interested in bringing more LGBT-owned businesses into your corporate supply chain? Aiming to strengthen your local LGBT chamber of commerce and network of B2B referrals? There is only one place to be: the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference, August 14-17 in Philadelphia!

The event will attract over 1,300 entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, affiliate chamber leaders, and government officials from across the country and around the world. The connections made at the conference can be the basis for contracting opportunities and strategic growth for years to come.

This world-renowned, three-day educational conference delivers innovative leadership programming, networking and engagement opportunities for business leaders like you. Our cutting-edge educational programs will include inspiring keynote speakers, the annual B2B Boot Camp for LGBT Business Enterprises, a chamber development track, marketplace expo, one-on-one matchmaker meetings, and much more.

Due to unprecedented growth last year in Las Vegas and space limitations in Philadelphia, this year's conference will sell out earlier than ever before! Secure your spot at the world's largest LGBT business event today!

Early bird registration has closed, but there's still more to come! A finalized conference agenda has been posted at the Agenda tab above; please check back often for updates. Similar to past conferences, we invite you to exhibit at our Marketplace Expo this year. To reserve your Marketplace Expo space, please contact the NGLCC Events & Experience team at [email protected] for additional information and pricing.

See highlights from our record-breaking 2017 NGLCC Conference in Las Vegas:

2018 NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference Registration Rates

Prices reflect per person rates. Registrations are audited to ensure registration type accuracy.
Full registration includes access to all plenaries and breakout sessions; three full meal functions; open bars at evening receptions; and transportation to offsite Conference events. Attire is business casual for all events during the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference.
Early Bird Registration
February 5 - April 27
Regular Registration
April 28 - August 13
NGLCC Certified LGBTBE or NGLCC Registered International Supplier 
Small business who is currently certified through NGLCC as an LGBTBE or small business that is currently registered through NGLCC as an International LGBT Supplier 
Affiliate Chamber Leader or International Affiliate Chamber Leader 
Attendee who is recognized as an affiliate chamber staff or board member 
Small Business Local Chamber Member
Small business who is a member of their local chamber, but is not NGLCC certified
Small Business (Non-affiliated)
Small business who is not a member of their local chamber or NGLCC certified
Corporate Partner
Corporation that is a corporate partner of the NGLCC
Corporate Non-Partner
Corporation that is not currently a corporate partner of the NGLCC
Government Agency
Attendee who works for a government agency. Government agency registration includes access to Thursday Corporate Matchmakers
Nonprofit Organization/Organizational Ally
Attendee who works for a Nonprofit Organization or an Organizational Ally
Spouse/Partner/Companion Pass
Registration for those who want to attend the social networking receptions only with their spouse, partner or companion


Preliminary Conference Agenda

The below agenda is a preliminary guide only and is subject to change. Check back often as new updates are added weekly to the agenda.

Monday, August 13 | Pre-Conference Day 1




9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Affiliate Chamber Leadership Institute

Join us for a special day-and-a-half long Affiliate Chamber Leadership Institute designed to help your Chamber reach its fullest potential. During this event, we’ll dive deep and focus on developing an organizational strategic plan and discuss how advocacy can and should play a role in the work your organization does. This intensive Institute is open only to staff and board members from NGLCC Affiliate Chambers.

11:00 AM - 3:45 PM


Global Affiliate Leaders Meeting (by invitation)

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Bristol-Myers Squibb & EY Community Community Event (advance registration required)

Conference presenting sponsors Bristol-Myers Squibb & EY come together to support the local Philadelphia LGBT community by supporting the Attic Youth Center and The William Way LGBT Youth Center. This invitation-only event will go beyond diverse corporate audiences, with a goal to connect directly to the communities we serve. The afternoon will give a chance to all youth participating to interact and network with successful local and national LGBT corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and allies and hear from a panel on what it means to bring your authentic self to the workplace and be successful in the industry, as well as a few surprise announcements.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 


Corporate Development & Engagement Committee Meeting (by invitation)

Tuesday, August 14 | Pre-Conference Day 2




8:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Affiliate Chamber Council Session - Day 2

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   NGLCC U - Chamber Academy

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


NGLCC Procurement Council Meeting (by invitation)

12:15 PM - 1:45 PM


Platinum Circle Lunch & Learn (by invitation)

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Boot Camp for LGBT Certified & Registered Businesses: Part A (sponsored by Bank of America)

First-time certified LGBT businesses will maximize their NGLCC conference experience by building a game plan unique to their growth strategies.  This program will bring together constituents across the NGLCC family to discuss supplier diversity, conference breakout sessions, matchmakers, and more to help business owners get the most out of their conference experience.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

NGLCC U - Chamber Acadamy (sponsored by MillerCoors)

The NGLCC-U Chamber Academy is designed to help provide board members and Chamber staff with the tools and skills needed to lead a successful affiliate Chamber. During the four hours of the Chamber Academy, we’ll focus on a number of different nuts and bullets topics, including membership development, supplier diversity, and organizational sustainability. We’ll also talk about the national and local partnership and what it means to be an Affiliate Chamber. This is open only to board and staff of Affiliate Chambers.

Speakers: Dan Ackerman, ACC Western Regional Chair; Steve Adkins, ACC Southern Regional Chair; Rebecca Waggoner, ACC Midwest Regional Chair; Harry Young, ACC Northeastern Regional Chair; Jason Rae, NGLCC Director of Affiliate Relations

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


NGLCC Corporate Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation)

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM


NGLCC Mentorship Program Graduation (by invitation)

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM


Supplier-to-Supplier Matchmakers (by appointment)

NGLCC's Supplier-to-Supplier Matchmakers will connect certified LGBTBE business owners with one another to maximize their Tier II, sub-contracting and partnering opportunities. Whether meeting with another business owner in your industry or looking to connect LGBTBEs with opportunities in your own business' supply chain, this event will connect your business with new channels for growth.

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM  

Boot Camp for LGBT Certified & Registered Business Enterprises: Part B

Demystifying Networking: How to create meaningful connections at conference events. Get a healthy start to your conference and join fellow attendees in creating ways to build connections and prepare for success. This session is designed for those first-time attendees as well as veterans looking to feel calm, focused, and empowered while expanding their network and building their business. Attendees will learn best practices for staying centered, engaging new potential business partners, and managing the top five distractors that can prevent their business from thriving.

Speakers: Damon Jacobs, Private Psychotherapy Practice; Ingrid Galvez, THORP

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM   NGLCC Global Council Meeting  (by invitation)
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM   BRG Challenge (sponsored by EY)

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


New Corporate Partners Reception (by invitation)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Welcome Reception (hosted by IBA, sponsored by TD Bank)

Join host chamber, the Independence Business Alliance (IBA), at the iconic and one-of-a-kind Reading Terminal Market to kick off this year's conference. One of America’s largest and oldest public markets, housed since 1893 in a National Historic Landmark building, is conveniently located across the street from the front entrance of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel. Mix and mingle with LGBT and allied business colleagues from around the world. Take this opportunity to connect or reconnect with friends and network with fellow attendees you’ll see over the next few days.

Wednesday, August 15 | Conference Day One 




7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Morning Group Exercise Yoga

Do you have a hard time getting focused and energized in the morning? Join us for a sunrise session of yoga! It's the perfect way to jumpstart your body and ready your mind for the day ahead.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Corporate/Supplier Walk & Talks (sponsored by Humana)

Get a healthy start to your morning and make fresh business connections with Supplier Diversity representatives and fellow entrepreneurs. Join fellow attendees for early-morning networking walks along a course on the resort. Designed to connect LGBTBEs with each other and corporate buyers, participants should come prepared to chat about potential business opportunities, to seek business advice, or just to connect with a fellow member of the LGBT business community. No sign up required; casual summer attire encouraged.  

7:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Opening Plenary Session - LGBT UNITY: A Must-Have Conversation Race, Intersectionality, and Opporunity in the LGBT Community

The theme of the NGLCC 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference is “LGBT Unity”—but many feel our communities are anything but unified. In order for all of us to achieve our maximum potential as business owners, advocates, and citizens we must grapple with historic racial and social biases that have kept us apart. Join a panel of intersectionally diverse business, political, and community leaders for a frank exploration of privilege, prejudice, and possibility as we become a majority minority economy that will require collaboration to succeed. Together we will leave inspired and ready to approach a week of Conference connections with open minds and hearts, more aware of the rich diversity that surrounds us in our communities.


11:00 AM - 11:15 PM   BREAK

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


Breakout Sessions



Corporate Track: Adapting to Digital (sponsored by EY)

In this session, EY will discuss how your business needs to evolve to address changing customer expectations and stay competitive. We will provide 5 key principles to help you navigate the age of digital disruption to create meaningful digital experiences, build successful services, and leverage your existing technology.

Presented by: Andrea Boone, EY



Corporate ERG Track: Families Like Yours Screening Toolkit (sponsored by EY)

Are you looking for a way to increase awareness and inclusion of LGBT+ families?  Check out this workshop by EY, NGLCC, Hilton and Bristol-Myers Squibb for the Families Like Yours film and screening toolkit. The film showcases the diverse stories about how the rich lives of six LGBT families were influenced by ethnicity, military, gender, and politics. Learn how these families grew and about the different ways our companies shared this film with others to prompt discussion, awareness, and understanding of the similarities and challenges in having families in the LGBT+ community.  We’ll share our tools with you on how you can use this film to open hearts and minds with the award-winning documentary film Families Like Yours.



Supplier Track: Preparing for Negotiations, A Secret Weapon of Effective Negotiators

Being prepared for a negotiation often means a real difference in its ultimate success, so why do so many people fail to take this most important step? There are a thousand excuses, but they boil down to this: most people really don't know how. In this presentation, you will learn a practical, easy to implement approach you can use when preparing for negotiations. This presentation includes how others have used the 3 R’s of effective negotiation preparation successfully. Once you understand and begin to practice the process, you'll reap the benefits of being a more effective negotiator.

Speaker: Susan Borke, BorkeWorks



Global Track: TBD



Corporate ERG Track - Economic Impact of Supplier Diversity Programs

The benefits of Nationwide’s economic impact study will be beneficial for both Supplier Diversity professionals and suppliers as it highlights the importance this could add to a corporate supplier diversity program and take the strategic conversation to the next level. Nationwide’s CPO will discuss how the impact studies they have done over the last two years have helped elevate their program throughout the enterprise. These studies have shown significant tangible benefits like the GDP contribution, jobs supported, income and tax contributions of the program, as well as the total impact that their individual programs have on the economy. Their supplier diversity department will participate in this session as well.

Speakers: Frantz Tiffeau, Angie Klett and Neeraj Shah; Nationwide Supply Management Services



Supplier Track: Working with California Utilities 

Representatives from each sector of the California Joint Utilities Committee, comprised of gas, electric, water, cable, and telecom, will educate attendees on California Public Utilities Commission General Order (GO 156), and its diverse certification requirements. We’ll discuss what we do, areas served, what we procure, as well as any additional info suppliers need when working with our individual companies.  We’ll also review how we encourage prime suppliers to subcontract to diverse firms and include subcontracting language in purchase orders, bid proposals, and other procurement documents.

Moderator: Edward A Simon II, California American Water
Panelists: Megan Rast, Charter Communications; Vaughn M Williams III, Southern California Gas Company; Joan Kerr, Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Lisa Castillo, AT&T



General Track: Diversity Yes, Inclusion Now

Learn how to use your expertise in their area of business to effectively communicate your message of acceptance for the LGBTQ community in the media. Equipped with GLAAD’s Accelerating Acceptance data, participants will get a sample of GLAAD’s tried and true best practices for framing, messaging, and targeting the right movable audience to communicate a message of acceptance.

Speaker: Ross Murray, GLAAD and Ingrid Galvez, THORP



Entrepreneur Track: How to Build Resilience - Tools for Empowerment, Leadership, and Innovation 

We're living through a tremendously difficult time—with uncertainty, challenge, and disruption at every turn. But some people show remarkable resilience: They can face uncertainty with courage; they build companies that beat the odds, and they use the best in themselves to inspire the best in everyone around them. And, this kind of resilience is critical for LGBTQ+ business owners, especially right now. This workshop will show you how to use resilience as a source of empowerment: How to become more resilient yourself; how to inspire resilience in others; and how to build resilience into your company.

Speaker: Gerry Valentine, Vision Executive Coaching

    Corporate ERG Track: Brands at Pride - Balancing Community and Commerce

Pride Parades and Festivals continue to play an important role in community building and political visibility for LGBT people nationwide.  The character of modern Pride marches is markedly from those first conducted in the early 1970s, as audiences become more diverse, messages shift, spectacle becomes larger, and big business becomes engaged.  This session will discuss the challenges and opportunities companies face in Pride participation, with particular attention paid to the topics of appropriation, employee engagement, talent recruitment, and community building.  Discussion of Pride activation from select companies will be part of a conversation designed to help Corporations and Employee Resource Groups develop new and better strategies to ensure a purposeful, respectful, and on-brand Pride experience.

Speaker: Shannon Morrison, IM Creative


Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Creating a Path for Board and Membership Diversity & Inclusion

Learn how the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau PHLDiversity in collaboration with Philadelphia's Independence Business Alliance (LGBT Chamber of Commerce) created a groundbreaking Diversity and Inclusion strategy appealing to, celebrating and including diverse communities of Philadelphia’s population, including well-established goals and benchmarks to achieve chapter Board and Membership Diversity.

Speakers: Greg DeShields, PHLDiversity; Zachary Wilcha, IBA


Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Powerful LGBTQIA ERG Programming - Ideas and Best Practices 

Chambers have a powerful opportunity to work with corporate LGBTQA Employee Resource Groups to deepen or build relationships and lead educational programming in ways that advance workplace diversity and inclusion. Attend this session to find out how the chamber can position itself with its corporate partners to lead these efforts throughout the evolution of an ERG and what topics can jumpstart ERG programming. All participants will have an opportunity to share their best practices and contribute to Q&A.

Speakers: Michelle Tomallo, Plexus; Joe Matuszewski, Plexus and EY; Jason Rae, Wisconsin LGBT Chamber and NGLCC

    Construction Industry Council Meeting
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM   BREAK

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM


Supplier Diversity 360° Luncheon Plenary (Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline)

This plenary will take an in-depth look at the future of supplier diversity through the eyes of the leadership of the top certifying organizations. This first-ever all-inclusive conversation will cover future trends, cross-segment collaborations, and candid discussions of where organizations agree and might have differences on how to best steer the future of supplier diversity for their respective communities. Join top leaders from NGLCC and certifying bodies representing women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans for this lively discussion.

Speakers: Matthew Pavelek, NaVoba; Jill Houghton, Disability: IN; Susan Au Allen, USPAACC; Louis Green, NMSDC; Pamela Prince-Eason,WBENC; Elizabeth Vazquez, WeConnect International; Justin Nelson, NGLCC

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM   BREAK

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM


Breakout Sessions



Corporate Track: Responsible Sourcing - How Supplier Diversity Professionals Go Beyond Diversity & Sustainability to Manage Risk and Reputation in Supply Chains

Moderator: Bridget Carter, Caesars Entertainment
Panelists: Joan Kerr; PG&E; Cuchulain Kelly, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC)



ERG Track: Understanding, Reaching and Serving the Aging LGBTQ Population, and the Businesses Who Care For Them 

Maintaining the dignity of LGBTQ 45+ older adults in a challenging political climate is a big job, and we’ve all got to do our part as champions and allies. But what do we need to know, and where do we start? AARP recently commissioned a national LGBTQ research survey through Community Marketing & Insights, to examine the challenges, opportunities, perceptions, and unmet needs of LGBTQ older adults on issues related to health security, housing security, and personal fulfillment. As the country’s population ages and need for senior care and support increases, the caregiving market offers many growth opportunities but remains challenged in providing culturally competent services for LGBTQ older adults. If your industry matters to aging LGBTQs and their nearly 40 million family caregivers across America – come to gather some fresh insights and learn how we might together create a more affirming marketplace for older LGBTQ adults.

Speakers: Nii-Quartelai Quartey, AARP; David Paisley, Community Marketing & Insights (CMI)



Supplier Track: Is My Marketing Working? Using Data-Driven Marketing to Reach Your Prospects

Choosing the best media is extremely important since your budget is not unlimited, but before you do, you want to develop a marketing strategy that will bring you the most customers for your money. This session will teach you the basics of using consumer behavioral data to better know your own customers, your target audience, what their media preferences are, what messaging will work, and where to find them.

Speaker: Chuck Dinsmore, Data Clique Market Intelligence



Global Track: TBD



Supplier Track: How To Manufacture Your Idea and Manufacture Direct With the Factory

Have a product idea but not sure where to start? Thinking of buying factory direct? This panel will provide the tools necessary for the creative attendees to understand the steps necessary in getting an idea manufactured as well as seasoned buyers of large quantities of products who are interested in sourcing directly from the source. Learn what you need to know from prototype development, finding manufacturers through shipment and logistics.

Speaker: Andy Church, Insight Quality Services


General Track: An Intersectional Approach to Business Building

Historically, members of underrepresented, marginalized, oppressed communities have fought for inclusion in business for members of our own groups. We have built business partnerships within those same silos as well. But the future of our country is multicultural, multiracial, and non-binary. We must all be instruments for prying open the door for anyone who is truly ready to walk through it. This interactive presentation will explore how we can break down the barriers that exist between our diverse business communities and truly realize the promise of diversity in business

Speaker: Marc Coleman, The Tactile Group



General Track: 12th Annual LGBTQ Community Survey - Key Findings, Marketing Insights, and Calls to Action

Based on LGBTQ Community Survey key findings and relevant case studies, This session will look at similarities and differences in purchase motivations, sensitivities and community recognition. Hear about the distinct opportunities found within these segments, to help participants make more authentic connections for your product, service or employment outreach.

Speakers: Thomas Roth and David Paisley, Community Marketing & Insights



Entrepreneur Track: Effectively Using Legal Counsel to Transact Business

Years ago, many people conducted business on a handshake. The deal still needed to go through the lawyers, but that was the detail and it didn’t change the basic nature of a deal. Today, conducting business has become more complicated with each side having their own agreements and contracts which their lawyers have drafted for their respective clients’ protection and with strict instructions that there be no deviations or changes. Should lawyers be involved in how you conduct your business? If they should, then how does one transact business without spending all their profits on legal fees? This session will discuss these and other pertinent issues faced by business owners who are deciding whether they should hire an attorney to assist them in the business negotiations.

Speaker: Ronald Hicks, Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP

    Global Track: Doing Business with Canada



Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Engaging Young Professionals in Your Chamber

In order to keep your Chamber relevant for years to come, work needs to be done to make sure that young professionals are engaged in our work. Learn from a panel of Chamber professionals about what they are doing locally through programming and events to support this important segment of the population.

Speakers: Scott Bader, Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; Louise Chernin, GSBA (Greater Seattle Business Association);
Moderator: Pete Dohan, NGLCC


Affiliate Chamber Council Track: TransWork - A Philadelphia Model for Economic Development in the Transgender Community

TransWork is a program in Philadelphia intended to create opportunity in the transgender community. It fills a critical gap in addressing economic disparity by connecting trans folks with supportive employers and promoting and supporting transgender entrepreneurship. Our presentation will focus on the key aspects of the model and the critical lessons learned as we designed and implemented a pilot. We will also discuss initial outcomes. This program is intended for activists and advocates who would like to start an employment or entrepreneurship program for trans communities in their region.  Our hope is that the model can be adopted by chambers and organizations in other cities and localities to help expand economic opportunity for our community.

Speakers: Marcus Iannozzi, Message Agency and Chair, TransWork committee for IBA; Jone Elle Magagna, Maycorr Print Group and TransWork committee for IBA; Zach Wilcha, Independence Business Alliance

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM   BREAK

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Breakout Sessions



Corporate Track: Influencing Corporate Policy (sponsored by EY)

Presented by EY, this session will highlight the strides made to launch a new global non-discrimination policy and a supplier diversity code of conduct, as well as initiatives that increase access and inclusion, such as gender-neutral benefits and facilities, and that cross-function to ensure our people have what they need to feel they belong in the workplace.

Presented by: Jamie Bergeron, EY


Entrepreneurial Track: How Much Is Your Business Worth?

Understanding the value of your business is a critical component of effective business planning, including succession, retirement and estate planning.  MassMutual’s latest Business Owner Perspective Study revealed that most business owners do not fully understand the value of their business and how it changes over time.  Join us for an interactive session where attendees gain key insights into what’s top-of-mind when running a business.  During the session, you will understand the importance of knowing the value of your business, identify the key drivers to success, highlight areas of concern and learn some basic strategies of how to mitigate your risk and manage your business on your terms.

Co-Presenters: Tracy Shaw and Cathie Cannon, MassMutual



Corporate ERG Track - Economic Impact of Supplier Diversity Programs

The benefits of Nationwide’s economic impact study will be beneficial for both Supplier Diversity professionals and suppliers as it highlights the importance this could add to a corporate supplier diversity program and take the strategic conversation to the next level. Nationwide’s CPO will discuss how the impact studies they have done over the last two years have helped elevate their program throughout the enterprise. These studies have shown significant tangible benefits like the GDP contribution, jobs supported, income and tax contributions of the program, as well as the total impact that their individual programs have on the economy. Their supplier diversity department will participate in this session as well.

Speakers: Frantz Tiffeau, Angie Klett and Neeraj Shah; Nationwide Supply Management Services



Global Track: The Power of the LGBT Token & Blockchain

This session will explore how digital apps aim to harness the power and potential of blockchain technology, alongside other technological innovations, for the global good of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.  Learn how the LGBTQ Token and blockchain can help all members of the LGBTQ Community, around the world, to achieve equal rights and acceptance by tokenizing the $4.6T Pink Global Economy.

Speaker: Sean Howell, LGBT Foundation


Supplier Track: Dismantling Workplace Barriers for Transgender & Non-Binary People

Do you want to create a more inclusive organization for transgender and non-binary (TNB) employees and entrepreneurs? If so, join fellow chamber leaders, LGBT-BEs, and corporate partners and understand the role you can play to dismantle workplace barriers endured by TNB stakeholders. You will have the opportunity to network and learn about cutting-edge leadership, culture, and design strategies through a mini-lecture, a small group activity, and a group discussion. After the workshop, you will leave empowered to take your trans inclusion efforts to the next level. The topics discussed work particularly well with leaders ready to enrich their awareness, knowledge, and leadership skills. Leaders that develop empathy, awareness and skills are more effective collaborators in creating inclusive workplace cultures that truly welcome TNB people.

Facilitators: Marcus Iannozzi, Message Agency and Chair, TransWork committee for IBA; Jone Elle Magagna, Maycorr Print Group and TransWork committee for IBA; Rhodes Perry, Rhodes Perry Consulting; Joel Sanders, JSA and MIXdesign



Entrepreneur Track: Cyber Terrorism & Security

In 2013, a large Fortune 500 company was breached by attackers who stole network credentials resulting in over $300M in damages and costs. The perpetrator accessed the company’s infrastructure through their supply chain–an HVAC vendor. Third-party cyber breaches, unfortunately, are becoming more common. Over the last 12-24 months, even small and medium businesses have come under siege. In the war on cyber terrorism, SMBs are quickly becoming the worst casualties. In fact, 43% of cyber-attacks are against SMBs. And 60% of SMBs that suffer a breach are out of business in 6 months.

That massive breach and the many others since highlighting the importance of managing privacy and security issues at the prime and subcontractor levels. During this session, we’ll share information that will enable businesses of all sizes to better protect themselves against cyber terrorism through education and knowledge. You’ll learn what due diligence should be done within your company’s data security and privacy programs, what contractual language is needed, and what preventive measures you need in place to ensure you are not the cause of the next $300M loss. This session will be beneficial in setting expectations, requirements, and general best practices for Corporate Partners, Government Entities, and NGLCC-certified vendors in protecting themselves.

Speakers: Lynn Souza, Kyber Security; Glenn Ballard, The Dragonfli Group



General Track: LGBT Social Media & Brand Adaptability 

Every business, every brand, is going through some level of disruptive change. Societal evolution, globalization versus nationalism, e-commerce over bricks and mortar - nobody is immune to evolution.  One of the most persistent drivers of this change is social media. We can’t avoid the far-reaching effects of social on our brands, so why don’t we embrace new media and use it to drive our growth? Join us as we share some of our recent insights into how a company can promote its positions on core social media channels, taking into account some of the recent changes in platform algorithms in 2018.

Attendees will leave with the following insights and tools:

  • Learn how organizations have successfully embraced emerging content trends, creative storytelling, and various social media platforms to ensure their brand’s integrity and make an impact on business goals.
  • How you can apply these lessons to your brand or small business and gain experience with new media.
  • How an in-depth analysis of campaign strategies, HOW to post, WHAT to post and WHY to post, all with a focus on social as a unique language, coupled with the ENGAGEMENT that is the cornerstone to a successful social strategy.
  • Twitter’s history and current position in the social ecosystem. Learn the language and rules to create posts that work for your business.
  • How to create visual brand strategies, particularly on Instagram. Learn how to use this emerging Gen Z platform which is a crucial element in the modern digital marketing formula.

Speakers: Matt Skallerud, Pink Banana Media; Evan Urbania, ChatterBlast Media



National Legal Industry Council Meeting (by invitation; sponsored by JURISolutions)


Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Leverage Your Leader Types for Success!

Through a blended learning approach (reflection, discussion, kinesthetic activity, and presentation), participants will discover and learn how to leverage their innate, personality-based leadership style. The session will begin with realizing the incredible diversity of what it means to be a ‘leader’, and the absolute necessity to know oneself before leading others. Participants will learn their dominant and back-up LeaderType(s). They will engage with others of the same LeaderType, and discuss its ‘best use’ and what happens when it’s overused.

Speaker: Cash Kelly


Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Social Media and Messaging

Are you using social media and other tools successfully to get your Chamber message out there? If not, you are probably missing out. In this session, you'll learn some best practices about what affiliate Chambers can be doing online and leave with some tactical steps you can take to grow your Chamber.

Speakers: James Gleason, NGLCC; Jason Rae, NGLCC & Wisconsin LGBT Chamber

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM   NGLCC National Legal Industry Council & Construction Council Reception (by invitation; sponsored by JURISolution)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM   Northeast Regional Affiliate Chambers Reception
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM   NAVOBA Reception
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM   LGBT Meeting Planner Reception
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM   Platinum Circle Reception (sponsored by Integrity Staffing & IMRE | By Invitation)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM  

Canada Reception

Meet Canada and network with Canadian LGBT-owned businesses, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, senior Government of Canada officials and key stakeholders in Canada’s LGBT community!

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM   Opening Receptions (sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment)

8:00 PM


Dine Out! 

Enjoy the culinary delights at host chamber member restaurants throughout downtown Philadelphia.

Thursday, August 16 | Conference Day Two




7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Morning Group Exercise Yoga

Do you have a hard time getting focused and energized in the morning? Join us for a sunrise session of yoga! It's the perfect way to jumpstart your body and ready your mind for the day ahead.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Corporate/Supplier Walk & Talks (sponsored by Humana)

Get a healthy start to your morning and make fresh business connections with Supplier Diversity representatives and fellow entrepreneurs. Join fellow attendees for early-morning networking walks along a course on the resort. Designed to connect LGBTBEs with each other and corporate buyers, participants should come prepared to chat about potential business opportunities, to seek business advice, or just to connect with a fellow member of the LGBT business community. No sign up required; casual summer attire encouraged.

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Continental Breakfast 

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Morning Plenary Session: Spotlight on Achievement - Affiliate Chamber Awards & Beyond Borders Panel Discussion on Succeeding in the Global Landscape  (sponsored by Accenture & Wells Fargo)

The essential complement to NGLCC’s LGBTBE certification is membership in a local NGLCC affiliate chamber of commerce. Join the NGLCC family as we bestow the 2018 Chamber Excellence Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in empowering our LGBT businesses owners nationwide. During this session, the NGLCC and Wells Fargo will also award over $50,000 in program grants to NGLCC affiliate chambers.

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM   BREAK

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM


Marketplace Expo (presented by Toyota; Silver Expo Sponsor Chevron)

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM


Corporate Matchmakers (sponsored by Monsanto; by appointment)

12:45 PM - 1:00PM   BREAK

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Luncheon Plenary

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM   BREAK

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM


Wells Fargo/NGLCC 2018 Chamber Development Grant Presentations

2:45 PM - 5:15 PM


Marketplace Expo (sponsored by Toyota Financial Services)

2:45 PM - 5:15 PM


Corporate Matchmakers (sponsored by Monsanto; by appointment)

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Networking Reception

Join the NGLCC and our sponsors for an evening of networking as we savor the memories of this year’s conference and look forward to our 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference.


Friday, August 17 | Conference Day Three




7:00 AM - 8:00 AM


Morning Group Exercise Yoga

Do you have a hard time getting focused and energized in the morning? Join us for a sunrise session of yoga! It's the perfect way to jumpstart your body and ready your mind for the day ahead.

7:00 AM - 1:30 PM


Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM   NGLCC Mentorship Breakfast Meeting (sponsored by Shell)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Morning Coffee

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Breakout Sessions



Supplier Track: Your Small Deals Are My Big Deals

Most of the NGLCC corporate partners deal with contracts and buys in the multi-millions of dollars and consider $20,000 or $50,000 contracts minuscule or not even worth tracking. But for a majority of LGBT-BEs who are entrepreneurs and small businesses, a $20,000 or $50,000 contract can make or break the business and help catapult the small company to sustainability and long-term profitable success. Both corporate partners and LGBT-BEs are invited to this presentation and panel discussion which will feature sets of corporate partners and their business-winning LGBT-BEs telling the stories of how contracts were landed and the impact on their businesses.

Speaker: Stan Kimer, Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer




Supplier Track: Best Practices for Recruiting, Developing and Promoting Diverse Talent

With diversity in the workforce steadily on-the-rise companies must create strategies and programs to better attract, engage, mentor and promote diverse talent. Beyond programs and strategies, employers must learn to create authentic cultures of inclusion by living their values daily. In our panel discussion, we will explore three “best in class” programs and discuss the strategies and tactics that have made them effective for First Data, Cox Enterprises, and SunTrust.

Moderator: Jack Kinley, Lab Monkey Communications
Panelists: Dionne L. Mack, Cox Automotive; Russell Jolivet; SunTrust; Sandy Mollett, First Data


General Track: Contracting with Large Federal Prime Contractors & Government Agencies

U.S. Federal Government contracts represent a tremendous sales and revenue opportunity for small businesses because the U.S. Government is the world’s largest customer, it buys all types of products and services in both large and small quantities, and it is required by law to provide opportunities for small businesses. Subcontracting is an excellent way to enter the Government contracting market and to participate in large-scale opportunities. In this session, you will learn how to contract directly with Federal Agencies and join a large business prime contractors’ team as a subcontractor from the perspective of the large business prime and small business subcontractor. Learn who, what, where, why and how to better navigate the Federal marketplace and develop a successful engagement strategy to start or increase your business in the Federal marketplace.

Speaker: Melissa Poli, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Curt Topper, Secretary of General Services, Commonwealth of PA



General Track: Your Next Generation Customers - Exploring Gen Z and Expanding the "Q" in LGBTQ

This session will explore what the mindset of Gen Z is as it relates to sexuality, gender expression, their desire for inclusivity and ultimately how that impacts their decisions as consumers. Recent research has shown that less than half of Gen Z (13-20 yr olds) identify as strictly heterosexual. Still, only 7% identify as gay or lesbian, which means there is a rapidly growing population of “sexually fluid,” and “Q.” In addition, according to GLAAD and other studies, the number of self-identified allies in this segment is larger than ever and continuing to grow. Layer this with the known trend of this generation being the most diverse, that inclusivity is largely an expectation, along with the trend of consumers spending with their values, there is a clear shift in what motivates consumer purchase and what inclusive marketing looks like.

Speakers: Joe Keenan, IMRE; John Lake, Wells Fargo; Justin Leach, Toyota/Lexus Financial Services



General Track: Leverage Your Rainbow Superpowers In Business - The Out Entrepreneur

Do you want to connect with some of today’s most authentic and inspiring LGBTQ entrepreneurs? If so, join the host and creator of The Out Entrepreneur for an inspiring conversation exploring the entrepreneurial journey for some of the 1.4 million out bosses crushing it in business all while bringing their whole self to work. Hear from fellow LGBT-BEs, chamber leaders, and corporate partners ready to share some of their personal strategies on how to be more authentic at work. The conversation will explore what it takes to have an out boss mindset, how to gauge when to come out to business partners, colleagues, clients, etc. (even for those who are implicitly out), and ways you can leverage your unique rainbow superpowers gleaned from years of lived experiences to build a thriving business. If you’ve ever wondered if, or how, your LGBTQ identity offers a competitive edge in the world of business, this session is for you!

Speaker: Rhodes Perry, Rhodes Perry Consulting



Entrepreneur Track: Investing in Private Companies

Investing in private companies is different from investing in Public Companies for a host of reasons.  Come to learn from David Beatty, founder and Managing member of Gaingels about what they have learned in building a portfolio of over 40 LGBT-led companies.  The session will cover differences between public and private markets, types of investment, ownership profit share and control, how to reduce your risk and increase the likelihood of returns, know your risk tolerance level, and will cover how Gaingels seeks to drive social change by investing in LGBT-led companies.

Speaker: David Beatty, Gaingels


Entrepreneur Track: Managing Credit for Business Success

We will be focusing on the credit and financing needs of businesses like yours. We’ll cover how credit and lending work, explore the possibilities of credit financing during each stage of the credit lifecycle and show you how to make the most of your credit opportunities – both traditional and nontraditional.

Speakers: Roby Schapira and Marcus Cobbe, Wells Fargo


Corporate Track: Your Authentic Self

Everyone has a unique story of difference. Understanding and appreciating that diversity helps build stronger teams, better connect with clients or customers and better understand anyone that we meet. In just one hour, this workshop gives people the chance to finally blow past the surface level conversations they’ve been having and truly get the chance to not only learn more about their co-workers but have a deeper understanding of their true authentic self.

Speakers: Jacob Clark, Altria; Jean-Marie Navetta, PFLAG


ACC Session - Innovative Programming

If chambers want to be successful into the future, they need to do more than just networking events. Learn from a panel of Chamber leaders about events and programs they organize in their area to grow and support their members.

Speakers: Sheila Merritt, Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; Kellie Parkin, MBA Orlando, Thomas "TJ" Chernick, NGLCCNY


Entrepreneur Track: Lead With Your Brand

This session is specially designed for leaders and professionals to build winning, super-premium, personal brands using a real marketer’s toolkit. As a business owner, your brand IS your business! As a corporate diversity practitioner, your brand value IS the difference between being included in the conversation or waiting in the wings. Identify your business’ and your career’s target audience, define your value proposition, and determine how to thoughtfully “package” yourself for success. Build a plan to become your best professional self by turning up your brand volume while staying authentically you.

Speaker: Jayzen Patria

    Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Breakout 1
    Affiliate Chamber Council Track: Breakout 2

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Closing Plenary: LGBT Biz Pitch Competition

Buckle in for the 9th Annual NGLCC LGBT Biz Pitch Competition!  Join in this fast-paced competition as LGBT entrepreneurs give their best pitch presentation for a chance to win cash and prizes. Along the way, these contestants will receive invaluable advice from our esteemed judges and hone their pitch skills before the live audience of Conference attendees.  Get ready to show your support for your favorite candidate.  Who will the winner be? Find out at this exciting brunch plenary!

1:30 PM


Conference Concludes


The 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. If you're interested in being a part of this incredible LGBT business event, please contact our corporate relations team at [email protected]. Additional information about sponsorship opportunities can be found in our 2018 Sponsorship Brochure.

2018 Presenting Sponsors


CEO Level Sponsors


VP Level Sponsors


Director Level Sponsors




Manager Level Sponsors



Associate Level Sponsors




B2B Bootcamp Sponsor


LGBT Biz Pitch Presenting Sponsor


Marketplace Expo Sponsor

Room Key Sponsor

Matchmakers Sponsor

Mentorship Breakfast Sponsor


Thank You To Our Local Sponsors!


Book Your Hotel

Already secured your spot at #NGLCC18? Don't forget about your hotel room! Our host hotel, the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, will be the place to be! It's home to not only our formal programming but also all the networking and fun that happens between sessions. Attendees can book their room at a special conference rate of $189/night. 

The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is sold out for Sunday, August 12 through Tuesday, August 14We have procured a limited overflow block at the nearby Residence Inn for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights, which can be booked here. However, we encourage you to book for Philadelphia Marriott Downtown for Wednesday, August 15th through the end of your stay to be at the heart of the action during the Conference.

To ensure that the room block is being utilized by NGLCC conference attendees, those booking a room at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown will be required to pay a one night, non-refundable, deposit (as required the past three years).  The deposit is to safeguard the NGLCC against room inventory attrition and gives everyone attending the 2018 conference the best opportunity to secure a room at the host hotel.

Please consider using one of NGLCC's partner airlines for your travel to Philadelphia:
American Airlines is offering discounted flights for Conference attendees! American Airlines is offering a 5% discount to NGLCC 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference attendees who fly in and out of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) on American Airlines operated and marketed flights between August 7, 2018, and August 18, 2018. To take advantage of this special discount, use promo code 7288BM when purchasing on (or through your travel agency).


2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference Press & Media:

The NGLCC 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference is proud to welcome journalists and news outlets from around the world to our conference! Camera crews are welcomed in our Plenary Sessions with prior authorization and interviews with NGLCC leadership and business experts are available upon request in our media suite.

Interested in obtaining press credentials for the 2018 Conference?  Contact the NGLCC press team at [email protected].

Interested in joining us as a Media Partner for #NGLCC18 and gain tremendous visibility and access? Contact the NGLCC team at [email protected].

Our current 2018 Media Partners:

*An NGLCC Certified LGBTBE*
*An NGLCC Certified LGBTBE*
*An NGLCC Certified LGBTBE*