2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference

August 13, 2019
to August 16, 2019

We can't wait to see you at the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference! Do you have a question about your conference experience? Please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.  We are SOLD OUT for #NGLCC19.
Please inquire with the NGLCC Corporate Relations team with any questions about sponsorship or engagement.

The 2019 NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference Heads to Sunny Tampa, FL!


Our 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference will take us to sunny Tampa Bay, Florida and the beautiful Tampa Convention Center! This globally recognized conference is the largest LGBT business event on the planet. The NGLCC Conference delivers innovative leadership programming as well as networking and engagement opportunities for more than 1,400 LGBT and allied business leaders. Cutting-edge educational programs include inspiring keynote speakers, the annual B2B Boot Camp for certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs), a local chamber development track, Marketplace Expo, one-on-one Matchmaker meetings between suppliers and Fortune 500 companies, and much more.

Click here to see the extensive photo gallery from the 2018 NGLCC Conference in Philadelphia and get a taste of the #NGLCC18 magic by watching our opening video here.

2019 NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference Registration Rates

Prices reflect per person rates. Registrations are audited to ensure registration type accuracy. NGLCC Conference registration refund policy: Refunds will be honored until June 7, 2019 with a $75 processing fee.

After June 8, 2019 no refunds will be granted, all sales are final.

Early Bird Registration
February 5 - April 26
Regular Registration
April 27 - 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
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

2019 NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference Marketplace Expo

Please find our 2019 Marketplace Expo pricing below. Each expo space includes a 6' by 30" table and two chairs. To book your space, please contact [email protected].
Early Bird Registration
February 5 - April 26
Regular Registration
April 27 - August 13
Non-Corporate Partner Expo Package
One (1) Full Conference Registration and One (1) Exhibit Space
Non-Corporate Partner Expo Only One (1) Exhibit Space and One (1) Exhibition Space Staff Member
Small Business Expo Package
One (1) Full Conference Registration and One (1) Exhibit Space
Small Business Expo Only
One (1) Exhibit Space and One (1) Exhibition Space Staff Member
Additional Expo Space Staff Member One (1) Additional Exhibition Space Staff Member. Each additional staff member must be paid for. N/A $199.00



    Monday, August 12 | Pre-Conference Day One

    Time   Title Location
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Chamber Leadership Development Program (CLDP) (by invitation)
    Tampa Convention Center
    3:00 PM - 6:00 PM   Registration (sponsored by American Airlines) Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 
    Corporate Development & Engagement Committee Meeting (by invitation) Tampa Convention Center
    5:00 PM- 7:00 PM   Chamber Leadership Alliance Reception   Il Terrazzo, Tampa Marriott Water Street
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  
    Bristol-Myers Squibb & American Express Global Business Travel Community Event (advanced registration required) 
    NGLCC conference presenting sponsor Bristol-Myers Squibb along with their co-sponsor American Express Global Business Travel come together to support the local Tampa/St. Petersburg LGBT community by supporting Metro Inclusive Health.  This invitation-only event will go beyond diverse corporate audiences, with a goal to connect directly to the communities served. The evening will give a chance to all LGBT  youth and adults participating to interact and network with successful local and national LGBT corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and allies over a BBQ cookout and hear from a panel on what it means to bring your authentic self to the workplace, health and inclusivity in the community all while being successful in the industry, as well as a few surprise announcements. The event will also include great giveaways for the students in the audience.


    Metro Inclusive Health, 3251 3rd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL

    Tuesday, August 13 | Pre-Conference Day Two

    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM   Registration (sponsored by American Airlines) Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Chamber Leadership Development Program (CLDP) (by invitation)
    Tampa Convention Center
    10:00 AM -12:00 PM
    NGLCC Procurement Council Meeting (by invitation)
    Tampa Convention Center
    12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
    Platinum Circle Lunch & Learn (by invitation; sponsored by Marriott)
    Tampa Convention Center
    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Reaching for Success: Navigating NGLCC's International Business & Leadership Conference: Part A (formerly Boot Camp)      
    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. 
    Tampa Convention Center
    1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    NGLCC Corporate Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation)
    Tampa Convention Center
    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  

    Investment and Ownership Opportunities in the Hotel Industry, Presented by Marriott International


    Join Marriott leaders for a brief presentation on the hotel industry and discuss the opportunity to build long term wealth through hotel ownership. Marriott will provide an overview of the business, ownership structure, and financial commitment, as well as how to get started and what’s important to succeed. 

    Tampa Convention Center
    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.
    Tampa Convention Center
    2:45 PM - 4:15 PM  
    Reaching for Success: Navigating NGLCC's International Business & Leadership Conference: Part B (formerly Boot Camp)                               
    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.  
    Tampa Convention Center
    3:30 PM - 5:15 PM  

    BRG Challenge 


    Business Resource Groups (BRGs) activate employees and team members to engage in the business of our companies by leveraging their diversity. Also known as employee resource groups, affinity groups, and networks, BRGs are increasingly demonstrating that they have an impact on employee engagement, community outreach, and contributions to the achievement of business goals. Join NGLCC and EY Unity in recognizing the top four finalists in the BRG Challenge Hear their presentations and the results of the BRG Challenge benchmarking. Collaborate with other companies on leading practices for your LGBT+ BRG and prepare to join the challenge next year.

    Tampa Convention Center
    4:15PM - 5:15 PM   Chamber Leadership Development Program Certificate Ceremony (CLDP) (by invitation) Tampa Convention Center
    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    New Corporate Partners Reception (by invitation)
    Tampa Marriott Water Street
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Welcome Reception Hosted by Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce    
    Busses to The Italian Club will depart from Tampa Convention Center Front Drive staring at 6:30 PM.
    The last bus departs for The Italian Club at 7:30 PM. Return transportation starts at 8:30 PM; the last bus leaves The Italian Club at 9:15 PM.
    Attendees are required to wear their Conference name badge to gain entrance to the busses and the reception. Dress code is casual.
    The Italian Club, 1731 East 7th Avenue, Ybor City, Tampa

    Wednesday, August 14 | Conference Day One 

    6:30 AM - 7:30 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.  
    Tampa Marriott Water Street Lobby & Riverwalk
    6:30 AM - 7:30 AM   Morning Group Exercise - Yoga (sponsored by ADP and VKNG ROW) Tampa Marriott Water Street
    7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)
    Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast  (sponsored by Kellogg's)
    Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Opening Plenary Session and 8th Annual NGLCC LGBT Biz Pitch Competition
    Buckle up for the 8th 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 lunch plenary!
    Grand Ballroom, Tampa Convention Center
    11:00 AM-11:15 PM   BREAK  
    11:15 AM-12:15 PM
    Breakout Sessions

    ACC Track: Affiliate Chamber Kick-Off Session


    Join the more than 50 LGBT affiliate chambers from across the country to talk about the LGBT business movement, what we are doing in our organizations, and how we can work together to build a more inclusive business community. We’ll focus on the local-national partnership and other important updates. This sessions is specifically designated for board and staff of our NGLCC Affiliate Chambers.

    Tampa Convention Center
    Supplier Track: Building Your Personal Brand-Increasing Your Business Value
    The role of the LGBTQ owned and certified business is changing. In our trying political times the LGBTQ business owner needs to have their voice at the table economically. Personal branding is a key component to creating a unified message about what you stand for personally, and what your business stands for. The bottom line is people buy from other people. This session will show you how to define your personal brand and leverage it for business growth and development. Being an LGBTQ business owner is an incredible asset when approached properly, this session will share with you how to do exactly that.
    Tampa Convention Center
    General Track: Tackling Unconscious Bias in Your Workplace               
    In today’s competitive business environment, you need every advantage you can get, and that includes making sure your own unconscious biases aren’t getting in your way of success. In this session we’ll explore three areas that could be impacted by your (or others’) unconscious biases. Whether you’re a business owner, ERG or Chamber leader, head of your organization’s procurement function, or someone who hires talent and vendors, understanding your personal unconscious biases is the first step. Participants will also explore potential unconscious bias “pitfalls” they can avoid in their business, especially as it relates to hiring talent, working within the supply chain, and overall leadership effectiveness.
    Tampa Convention Center
    Supplier Track: Accessing, Extending and Collecting Money                            
    “Credit Application to Court,” walks the audience through the Credit Value Chain and provides a primer on how to properly open an account to minimize defaults and how to handle defaults in the event that occurs, including navigating the bankruptcy and litigation process. Specifically, the program discusses credit policies and credit application terms, including personal guaranties, educates your members about what they can expect when an account is placed with a collection agency or attorney for litigation, and discusses the options available should a customer file bankruptcy. If you are seeking outside funding, recruiting key personnel, or just want to increase your chances of success and sustainability, a business plan or a strategic plan is crucial.
    The research and thought process you use to prepare your plan requires you to look at your business from all angles. Often times, your ideas and plans will be challenged by your own findings and newfound conclusions. A business plan explains, in black and white, your venture’s feasibility and reflects your management and leadership capabilities. Whether yours is a new business or an established business in expansion mode, you and your team need a clear understanding of your company’s financials, customer base, competition, operations, and future plans.
    Tampa Convention Center
    Supplier Track: Online Privacy in A World That Still Discriminates Against LGBTQ People                                                                                              
    Klayton Fennell, SVP of Local Government Affairs & Principal for LGBTQ External Affairs at Comcast, will lead an important discussion of the unique online privacy considerations of the LGBTQ community in a world that still discriminates against LGBTQ people and criminalizes LGBTQ personas.
    Tampa Convention Center
    Supplier Track: Leveraging Sustainability to Differentiate Your Company and Win  
    Corporations have set sustainability and social impact goals aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Understanding what that means, embedding sustainability into your company, and being able to provide solutions to help companies meet these goals will propel you forward.  Join corporate sustainability leaders and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council to learn how and why sustainability should be a key element of your 2020 strategy.
    Tampa Convention Center
    Corporate Track: Landing Your I&D Efforts – Not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ Approach                                                                                                    
    Today’s businesses are complex, made up of many distinct functions and sub-cultures.  But even with this reality, many companies approach their D&I efforts and activities with a singular, ‘one-size-fits’ all lens.  In this session we will explore how differentiated, dare we say diverse, strategies and tactics within our own organizations can be key to creating breakthroughs.
    Nowhere is this more evident than in the airline industry – think about the varied cultures that exist for teams in the cockpit and cabin, at the gate and those working on the ground.
    A panel of Captains, Cabin Crew, Gate Agents and Mechanics from American Airlines will share their stories – authentic and candid – about the varied cultures they work in and how each of their areas is at a different place on their LGBTIA+ inclusion journey.  inQUEST’s CEO, Scott Hoesman, will moderate this discussion and help the audience identify practical and pragmatic tips they can use back in their own organizations to enhance the strategies and tactics they deploy, not only to be more effective internally, but also externally with customers and those you serve. 
    Tampa Convention Center
    Global and Corporate Track: Progressing LGBT Inclusion Globally - Practical Steps and Organizational Collaboration
    This session will overview best practice models for inclusion around the world, as denoted by the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, an effort focused on LGBTI social and economic inclusion in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and new research released by The Partnership.      
    The Partnership effort was officially announced in January 2019 at Davos by the 7 founding companies (EY, Microsoft, Mastercard, Accenture, Omnicom, Salesforce, and Deutsche Bank). It focuses on helping companies activate their implementation of the United Nations standards of business conduct around LGBTI inclusion. Partnerships between global companies and civil society has proven to be a key in making real progress in some of the most difficult locales in which business operates, as companies take actions for inclusion where governments cannot or will not. The NYU research report provides case studies garnered from in depth interviews with LGBTI people around the globe on the practices and policies which have most impacted their safety, sense of belonging and career development.
    Speakers will discuss the current status of the Partnership in depth, and expand on the role of businesses and leaders in leveraging the power within our workforces to foster even more consistent global LGBTI inclusion, and compare to the knowledge garnered from the groundbreaking NYU research. 
    Tampa Convention Center
    Corporate Track: Full Integration of Transgender Employees:
    The transgender tipping point has arrived and past. As trans people are out, proud, and gain acceptance from family, friends and colleagues, they no longer vanish from the workplace when they transition. Instead, they stay and expect integration, support, and protection. But they face great fear and anxiety when coming out at work. HR professionals are ill prepared for this eventuality that’s becoming more common. This session presents a comprehensive integration model of corporate values, policies and procedures designed to guide a company toward inclusion. Join us as we explore the transgender experience and how we can create a more welcoming workplace for these valuable and creative contributors to workplace diversity.
    Tampa Convention Center
    Global Track: International Insights: Engaging Business Owners from the NGLCC Network
    NGLCC Global, the international division of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, is a diverse network comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) Chambers of Commerce and Business Networks spanning Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, South Africa, and India. Attend this session to hear from business owners throughout the NGLCC Global network, particularly the role that LGBTI Chambers of Commerce play in their country, the challenges and opportunities for LGBTI business owners, and the role that corporate partners can play to promote their economic empowerment and inclusion into the supply chain.
    Tampa Convention Center
    General Track: A Conversation with the FSRSD: Getting to know the Financial Services Industry
    The Financial Services Roundtable for Supplier Diversity (FSRSD) is a 501(c)(6) organization and industry group comprised of regional, national and global financial services companies with a formalized supplier diversity initiative. If you’ve ever wondered what it would take to become a supplier to one of the nation’s premier financial institutions, join us for our session! We will introduce our organization, You will learn about what we have accomplished in furthering the conversation around supplier diversity, how we have impacted the communities that we serve, and what we have planned for the future as we present on our annual report and our recent economic impact study. Finally, we will wrap up our time with an intimate conversation between a corporates and LGBTBEs and their experiences on doing business with each other. We will talk about the highs and the lows the good and the bad of working with large financial firms.
        NGLCC Construction & Related Industries Council - Open Meeting (hosted by PSEG) Tampa Convention Center
    12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Luncheon Plenary: The Honorable Jane Castor, Mayor of Tampa

    Wednesday's luncheon plenary will feature the Honorable Mayor Jane Castor, Tampa's first LGBTQ mayor. Hear Mayor Castor speak about topics including the groundbreaking work her administration is doing to the experiences she faces as the mayor, and the Tampa businesses she works with on a governmental level. 
    Grand Ballroom, Tampa Convention Center
    2:30 PM - 2:45 PM   BREAK  
    2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
    Breakout Sessions
    Supplier Track: "Twinning Your Competition: How to Get and Keep Your Customers Through Differentiation                                                                                   
    Your business isn't as unique as you think. Research shows that buyers don't see you as different compared to your competitors. This comes out loud and clear when you're price-shopped, lose the sale to a competitor or worse yet-can't even get the meeting with the decision makers in the first place! Time-starved buyers don't have the desire to meet with just one more vendor who does the same thing as their current vendor. There's a reason why calling more leads or hiring more sales staff isn't helping grow your business faster. The answer is simple, it's scientific and it requires very little investment other than a few changes to what you’re already doing to reach out to prospects. 
    In this dynamic, story-packed session, you'll learn: 
    • The single reason why spending more time and money on your marketing and selling don't work 
    • Top 5 mistakes people make in their messaging...that keeps them losing at least 1/2 of what they could be earning on the table 
    • The differentiator that one of my clients used in order to generate $15K in one meeting 
    • Why despite going to meeting after meeting, and calling prospect after prospect, your marketing still doesn't strike a chord with the buyer 
    • The steps that you can take right now to make you stop being a twin to your competitors and to start to be recognized as truly different!
    Tampa Convention Center
    ACC Track: Exploring Advocacy 
    NGLCC Affiliate Chamber leaders and national team members will share best practices for advocating on both social and economic policies that benefit the LGBT business community across the country. Learn more about how your affiliate can be the local business voice of our community, as well as how to effectively collaborate with NGLCC to gain LGBTBE business inclusion in your city and state.
    Tampa Convention Center
    General Track: Lights! Camera! Access! The Authentic Intersectional Disability Narrative Imperative                                                                                                 
    Advertising and media has the power to shatter myths or reinforce stereotypes. Our Lights! Camera! Access! Collaborative is grateful to NGLCC for its participation in our 2015 Think Tank, and partnering on our 5-year DOL grant, ADD US IN to increase employment of people with disabilities from historically-excluded communities.  We are building on that model to now focus on media, advertising and content across delivery platforms. For LGBTQA youth with disabilities, career exploration presents additional headwinds.  LCA Career Exploration Summits create media opportunities for LGBTQA youth with disabilities to own the narrative with authentic images and messaging. That can transcend to advertising to build brand loyalty with this $490 billion market – that is more than the coveted teen market.                                                        
    Tampa Convention Center
    Supplier Track: Beginner/Advanced Government Contracting: Maximizing Your Chances
    Our session on government contracting, led by Aditi Dussault of GovContractPros and featuring Melissa Poli of Northrop Grumman and Patricia McHugh from Lockheed Martinwill, explore the best tactics for tracking and keeping opportunities with the federal government. We will dive into recent trends in federal contracting, including discussion of category management’s influence on small business opportunity, how to leverage the new All Small Mentor Protégé Program, and other recent statutory and regulatory changes that can impact your success.
    Tampa Convention Center
    Supplier Track: Selling Supplier Diversity from Both Sides of the P&L    
    Supplier Diversity is a business initiative that allows business to thrive while utilizing the benefits of a diverse supply chain. However, it’s not always treated as such and that results in dollars left on the table.  Join us for this two-part session.  
    First, we’ll look at the business side of Supplier Diversity and provide insights into the main characters of a successful supplier diversity program: C-Suite, supply chain, supplier diversity, and diverse- business owner. Learn where there may be a blind spot and what you can do to overcome it for success in the role that you play.
    Second, we’ll look at how you can use Supplier Diversity to build your own diverse supply chain.  We’ll teach you about the people and processes required, how to identify current and future diverse diverse-owned businesses and the metrics you need to track and report on your efforts.
    In the end, your own Supplier Diversity program can be used as a selling point to differentiate your business and your customers, which builds revenue and delivers return.
    Tampa Convention Center
    Supplier Track: Marketing 101: Using the NGLCC Seal + Publicity to Drive Your Business
    Marketing your LGBTQ business is critical. It builds awareness, differentiates and grows your business. But how do you do it and what tools do you have?
    NGLCC Certified - Five North Chocolates was the first consumer packaged goods brand to stamp the seal on its package. Learn how they marketed the seal, generated positive media coverage (including a piece in Forbes) to connect with consumers and become a standout brand. 
    Publicity – Positive press coverage is an effective way to build awareness. Learn easy steps to reach the media and generate news.
    Join us for a breakout session that shows you what tools you currently have, how best to use them, so you can grow your business.
    Tampa Convention Center

    Corporate Track: New Frontiers in Diversity & Inclusion                                                    


    Research shows that the bottom line improves when companies create inclusive cultures. But what inclusion looks like continues to evolve, as our workforce changes and technology develops. Is your workplace equipped to leverage these new realities? In this session you will learn about new frontiers and trends that are impacting the way we approach diversity and inclusion in the workplace – from bias in AI, and learning to lead from an inclusive mindset, to understanding the rapidly growing transgender and non-binary demographic. Strongly recommended for ERG leaders, HR professionals, Talent Acquisition leaders and DEI practitioners.                                                                                              

    Tampa Convention Center

    General Track: Top Ten Best Practices for Small to Medium size Businesses: How to Hire, Fire and Protect your People, and secure Electronic Data and Confidential Information Assets


    Through this presentation, employers will be better equipped to implement best practices and policies in order to hire and retain the most talented employees, and prevent data breaches. We will discuss how best to conduct background checks, the do’s and don’ts of conducting interviews, managing employee discipline and leave accommodations. We will also address how best to promote a diverse and inclusive work culture with managers leading by example. We will review the recent changes in the sexual harassment laws in the MeToo/Times Upera and how best to avoid exposure and manage risks.

    Tampa Convention Center
    Supplier and General Track: How to Engage your local LGBT Communities for Greater Diversity                  
    This presentation is designed to demonstrate how local chapters can make their already diverse membership even more diverse by identifying and engaging the local ethnic minority communities. Host will identify external organizations and opportunities to engage the otherwise difficult to reach ethnic minority LGBT community. Rightly or wrongly, in some markets the Chamber chapters may be perceived as predominantly gay white men. This presentation offers some ideas and opportunities for outreach to potential new membership from local ethnic communities. The session will also include steps for engagement, and a produced video of case study as NGLCCNY engaged the local LGBT Asian community.
    Tampa Convention Center
    Corporate Track: How Corporations Can Leverage The Power of The Trans Economy                                                            
    In this one-hour, one-of-a-kind panel, we will learn from leading transgender business professionals who have a unique perspective, experience, and understanding of the transformative workforce potential and economic buying of the transgender community. Using their personal stories as a backdrop, our panelists will use the latest statistics, industry-wide best practices, and even technology to help provide actionable recommendations that individual allies and organizations can immediately bring back and implement in their businesses and communities. 
    Tampa Convention Center
        National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) Corporate Meeting Tampa Convention Center
    3:45 PM - 4:00 PM   BREAK  
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   NGLCC National Legal Industry Council - Open Meeting (Hosted by Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith) Tampa Convention Center
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Breakout Sessions
    ACC Track: Grow Your Chamber by Building Strategic Budgets
    Do you hate doing your annual budget?  Do you dismiss the process and “just get it done” every year because your bylaws require you to do so?  Are you confused as to how you build an effective budget and why you should even should do it?  
    The budget process is one of the most powerful things that you can do as a chamber leader.  Yet it is often shrouded in mystery and consequently dismissed as something that the Board of Directors “has to do” as part of its obligations.  Yet there is much power locked within the budget and the budgeting process.  
    This workshop is designed to help you, the chamber leader, understand the significance of the budgeting process and how to use your budget to unlock the growth and success of your chamber.  
    Tampa Convention Center
    General Track: Traveling While Trans: Authentic Self in Travel presented by American Airlines                  
    Under the best of circumstances, flying can cause anxiety, frustration, and confusion for even the hardiest of travelers.  For transgender and non-binary passengers, every journey can be full of very real concerns.  What happens the name, gender, or appearance on a legal ID used for travel don’t match a person’s presentation?  What is current TSA training for transgender travelers?  How can airline customer-facing employees avoid making common and potentially damaging situations?  This workshop will combine real-world travel situations overlaid with a general Trans 101 session focused on key elements of the journey that highlight the every-day risks and challenges that many transpeople face on a day-to-day basis
    Tampa Convention Center
    General Track: Capturing the Rising Buying Power of Millennial and Gen Z Audiences   
    The Next Generation of audiences is here. Tap into the trending effects of Millennials, Gen Z, and LGBTQ+ youth. Many of the trends that start in digital and social have far reaching impact across cultures and implications for companies and brands. How do we reach these audiences? Through storytelling. In an era of consumer choice and personalization, connecting through stories matters more now than ever. LGBTQ+ youth aren’t as interested in stories that are being told. They’re interested in stories that haven’t been told. Indeed, the Next Gen audience wants to create, discover, and share stories. The Next Gen is living in a time where they are growing up without shame or fear of who they are. More than any other generation, they are living their lives in the “now.” It’s up to us to meet them where they’re at and craft the stories they are yearning to see. More than ever before, consumers want to feel like they’re indirect stakeholders of a company. So, how can you as brand leaders and business owners stand out from the crowd? In this session, we explore how to display your values openly and increase brand visibility. Make the Next Generation feel like they have a voice and empower them to align with trends in consumer activism. Interested in spotting where trends are going? Join us in looking to the future and building foresight for Next Gen storytelling.
    Tampa Convention Center

    Supplier Track: Disruptive Strategies to Win Corporate Business!                                                                                                        

    Join us for an interactive, no-holds-barred session with visionary Supplier Diversity professionals from health care, technology, and the utility sectors, along with one of the country's leading corporate sales experts, to discover how to win more corporate business in today’s market. Whether you are a supplier, a consultant, coach, or other expert — you’ll get real strategies to get through the gatekeepers, get invited to corporate RFPs, address some the biggest sales frustrations, and win! GROW YOUR BUSINESS NOW! 

    Tampa Convention Center
    ACC and General Track: Identity Crisis 
    Is it an identity crisis or an awareness crisis? Why do we struggle to be our authentic selves? Why must we make you feel so comfortable at our own compromise? You talk so white , You act so black, You dress like a girl, You dress like a boy, You’re in America we speak English Jack! Lean in with community leaders as we “go there”, discussing the very uncomfortable conversations that causes many to question who they are and if it’s ok to be their authentic selves. 
    Tampa Convention Center
    General Track: Branding, Grassroot Marketing, and PR Strategies
    This session by a pair of industry experts will provide attendees with high-level ideas and recommendations for every business when it comes to branding, marketing, PR and public affairs. We will discuss specific examples and case studies of well-functioning corporate PR and marketing functions, including the Latino Connection’s health and wellness pilot program with Aetna, which already has generated a total marketing impressions value of $56 million dollars for a $1M dollar investment. Dale and George will provide insights on what PR and marketing strategies you should prioritize, and how you can carry them out whether your business is large or small.
    Tampa Convention Center
    Supplier Track: Get in the Game: Doing Business with Professional Sporting Leagues
    The sports industry is one of the most exciting and lucrative businesses in the country, and their leagues actively seek diverse suppliers like you for their sourcing needs. How do you gain entry into this multi-billion dollar industry as a small supplier? Join this session to learn directly from the leagues themselves about how you can get in the game! 
    Tampa Convention Center
    Supplier Track: The Whole Nine Yards: Sound Advice from Seasoned Procurement Leaders

    Are you maximizing the business and professional development potential of your company? Looking for expert advice to move you from just bidding on the RFP to winning it? Attendees of this session with hear from top procurement executives in a candid 360-degree conversation about strategy, development, education, and positioning of your company for success. Panelists will also share information about their respective companies and what opportunities there are in their supply chains for LGBTBEs and other  certified diverse businesses.

    Tampa Convention Center
    Corporate Track: The Intersection of Personal Brand + Role and Importance of LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Groups
    The session will center around two important things:
    First, the importance of ERGs to fight against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity within the workspace; as well as how the panelists are able to practically advocate for corporate policy changes, create community, and push their working environments to be more inclusive. As an active participant in your corporation’s Employee Resource Group/Business Resource Group, you have the ability to set the tone for what you stand for and what you believe in. Knowing your personal brand value and how it intersects with the mission and vision of your employee resource group is vital for your future advancement. 
    Secondly, we will cover how you begin to define your personal brand and use it to advance your career, while being a strong advocate for the employee resource group for which you belong. You will leave this session with tips and resources, and a clearer understanding of your personal brand’s value.
    Tampa Convention Center
    Global Track: Holistic Trans-Inclusive Practices: Global Policy, Self-ID, Building Allyship - Oh My!                                                                                                               
    Many organizations have committed to improving resources for trans & gender non-confirming employees, however, most implement policy and practices with little thought to a holistic process or global applicability. This session will overview the elements of two company’s holistic efforts (EY & State Street) and highlight lessons learned in the process. Attendees will gain information about implementing: Global trans-inclusive policy, Self-ID processes, Company-wide pronoun processes, Name Changes, Transition Health Benefits, Allyship Education, Leveraging Executive buy-in, and utilizing employee narratives to cascade culture of belonging. Each organization may have a unique path to producing their own set of practices, and this session will emphasize that there is not a “one size fits all” approach to arriving at a place where all employees can feel confident in the systems and supports in place. 
    Tampa Convention Center
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM   NGLCC National Legal Industry Council Reception (by invitation; hosted by Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith) Florida Ballroom Salons I-II-III, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Water Street 
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM   NaVOBA Reception Florida Ballroom Salons IV, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Water Street 
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM   Platinum Circle Reception (by invitation; hosted by Merck) Grand Ballroom Salons A-B, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Water Street
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM   Canada Cocktail Reception Meeting Room 6, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Water Street
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  
    nglccNY + Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber Members' Mixer, hosted by Chase for Business (by invitation)
    Grand Ballroom Salons C-D, 2nd Floor, Tampa Marriott Water Street 
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM   Trans, Gender Non-Conforming & Allies Reception  Il Terrazzo, Tampa Marriot Water Street
    7:00 PM - 8:15PM   Opening Reception Grand Ballroom, Tampa Marriott Water Street
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM   The Women* of #NGLCC19 The Tampa Club
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM  

    NGLCC Tech*


    NGLCC Tech is an opportunity for technology professionals, tech companies, and anyone interested in a tech happy hour to come together for an evening of networking and thought-sharing. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in Tampa’s diverse culture and make life-long connections with like-minded individuals. 

    District Tavern - Channelside, 116 N 12th Street Tampa, Fl 33602
    9:00 PM - 11:00 PM  

    Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce 35th Anniversary Reception (sponsored by Sparxoo)

    The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber and Sparxoo invites Supplier Diversity Leaders and friends to join us for a reception at Anise Global Gastrobar. Drinks and light appetizers will be provided compliments of Sparxoo.

    Anise Global Gastrobar, 77 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL
    9:30 PM - 10:30 PM   Midwest Affiliate Chambers Networking Reception District Tavern, 116 N 12th Street, Tampa, FL 

    Thursday, August 15 | Conference Day Two

    6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
    Morning Group Exercise-Yoga (sponsored by ADP and VKNG ROW)
    Tampa Marriott Water Street
    6:30 AM - 7:30 AM   Corporate/Supplier Walk & Talks (sponsored by Humana) Tampa Marriott Water Street Lobby & Riverwalk
    8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)
    Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    Continental Breakfast  (sponsored by Southwest Airlines)
    Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  

    Morning Plenary Session


    Part I: Technology, the Future and the New Economy

    In part I of the Thursday morning plenary attendees will hear from leaders at the intersection of business and technology. These experts will share emerging threats and exciting innovations in cyber security, robotics, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies that can help keep businesses and data safe as well as understanding what is needed to win the businesses through adapting and deploying new technologies.
    Featured Speakers: Sydney Klein, Chief Information Security Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb; Jeffrey Sawyer, Managing Director, Atlanta Innovation Hub, Accenture 
    Part II: The Journey of Being Different: Using Our Differences as Competitive Advantages
    Part II of Thursday’s morning’s plenary will feature New York Times bestselling author and renowned business guru Sally Hogshead. In this exciting keynote address curated specifically for the NGLCC audience, Sally with shine a light on how we can best compete in the marketplace by embracing what makes us different. Attendees will leave with tools to better tell their stories and deepen their ability to secure new business.
    11:00 AM-11:15 AM   BREAK  
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Executive Staff from NGLCC Affiliate Chambers (by invitation) Tampa Marriott Water Street - Grand Ballroom Salons
    11:15 AM - 5:00 PM   Marketplace Expo (sponsored by Toyota) Central Hall, Tampa Convention Center
    11:15 AM - 5:00 PM   Corporate Matchmakers (by appointment) East Registration, Tampa Convention Center
    11:30 AM - 2:30 PM   Global Affiliate Leaders Meeting (by invitation) Tampa Convention Center
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM   Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation) Tampa Convention Center
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   Board Presidents of All Volunteer Run Affiliate Chambers (by invitation only)  Tampa Convention Center
    2:30 PM - 4:00 PM   ACC Track: Preparing for Chamber Development Grants Tampa Convention Center
    4:30 PM - 6:00 PM   Community of Color Forum & Reception Tampa Convention Center
    7:15 PM - 8:15 PM    VIP/Major Donor Event (by invitation) Tampa Convention Center
    8:00 - 10:00 PM
    Thursday Night Party Featuring Singer, Songwriter & Actress Deborah Cox
    Tampa Convention Center

    Friday, August 16 | Conference Day Three

    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    Morning Group Exercise - Yoga (sponsored by ADP and VKNG ROW)
    Tampa Convention Center
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Registration (sponsored by American Airlines)
    Ballroom Pre-function, Tampa Convention Center
    8:30 AM - 9:45 AM   NGLCC Mentorship Breakfast Meeting (by invitation) (sponsored by Shell) Tampa Convention Center
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM   Small Matchmakers with Primes and Government Agencies (by appointment) Tampa Convention Center
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  

    Global Track: Measuring What Matters: Understanding the Value of SOGIE Data Collection 


    Do you want to learn how to collect demographic data about your organization’s LGBTQ stakeholders? If so, join fellow business leaders and learn more about the role you can play to ensure that your business measures what matters by including LGBTQ people in your diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments, your marketing efforts, your supplier diversity metrics, and more. During this session, you will have the opportunity to learn about sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE) demographic questions, why they matter to your organization, and how you can begin responsibly collecting this information to build more inclusive workplaces. After this session, you will leave empowered with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to get started with this work. The topics discussed work particularly well with participants ready to enrich their awareness, knowledge, and leadership skills.

    Tampa Convention Center
    10:00 AM - 11:00  AM   Trans Inclusion Town Hall Tampa Convention Center
    11:30 AM
    Closing Plenary: Champagne Brunch
    Grand Ballroom, Tampa Convention Center

    *officially sanctioned but not sponsored by NGLCC 




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    NGLCC 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference Hotel Booking

    NGLCC is proud to offer two incredible hotel experiences to the guests of our 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference. More information about these options can be found below. Please direct any questions about booking your hotel accommodations to the NGLCC Events team at [email protected].

    All dayside programming will take place at the Tampa Convention Center which connects directly to Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center via sky-bridge, and is adjacent to Tampa Marriott Water Street located just steps away across the plaza.


    Embassy Suites Tampa
    Downtown Convention Center



    Connected via sky-bridge directly to the Tampa Convention Center, Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center provides easy access to all our Conference meetings as well as other great Tampa Bay attractions. It’s home to newly-renovated two-room suites, each complete with a separate living room with sofa bed, wet bar, and free WiFi access. It’s ideal for attendees and guests traveling with family members or sharing with other attendees, and includes access to the free 24-hour fitness center. Suites start at $179; rates increase based on occupancy. To confirm a sleeping room, it must be secured with a valid credit card along with a first night’s deposit, non-refundable.


    Tampa Marriott
    Water Street



    Experience Tampa's dynamic downtown with a stay at Tampa Marriott Water Street, right across from Harbour Island. This beautifully transformed, waterfront hotel sits adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center where all of our daytime programming will take place. When you’re not participating in Conference activities, take the plunge in the gorgeous rooftop pool, work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, or take part in marina activities. Rooms are $179 and included complimentary guestroom WiFi for all guests. All reservations must be accompanied by a non-refundable first-night room deposit, or guaranteed by a major credit card.




    Booking your flight to the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference? Use the code 6989BM when booking your American Airlines flight to the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference for a special discount only for NGLCC Conference attendees! The discount can be booked online at for AA/AE flights only, without a ticketing charge. 


    NGLCC 2019 Local Experiences: Things to do in Tampa

    Attention all baseball fans! NGLCC is happy to partner with Rays Baseball to provide $35 game tickets on August 17th, $30 off its normal price! More information can be found below, or here to know more about this amazing event. You don't want to miss this!


    2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference Press & Media:

    Join Us as a Press or Media Partner!

    The NGLCC 2019 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 2019 Conference? Contact the NGLCC press team at [email protected]

    Interested in joining us as a Media Partner for #NGLCC19 and gain tremendous visibility and access? Contact the NGLCC team at [email protected]

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