2022 NGLCC International Business & 

Leadership Conference

August 2 – 5, 2022 | Las Vegas, NV

Our 2022 International Business & Leadership Conference will take us to Las Vegas, NV and the beautiful Bellagio Hotel & Resort! 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 2,000 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.

Registration for Conference is NOW OPEN!            Questions? Email [email protected]


Conference  Agenda
(Subject to Change)

Bellagio Hotel & Casino - August 2-5, 2022

Tuesday, August 2 - Pre Conference Day

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
XLR8 Programming
Chamber Leadership Alliance

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NGLCC Procurement Council Meeting
(By Invitation - Corporate Partners Only)

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
NGLCC Corporate Advisory Council Meeting
(By Invitation - Corporate Partners Only)

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Platinum Circle Session
(By Invitation - Platinum Circle Members Only)

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

How to Win at Conference: A Three-Part Session for Supercharging Your Communication, Storytelling & Pitch for the Week Ahead

Compelling Communication

In this workshop, we explore simple and practical ways you can make your communication compelling, so that it's received, understood, and acted upon. Whether you want to make your presentations more impactful, get a response to your emails, or simply have more effective conversations at work, this workshop will help you become the communicator that others want to tune into.

Facts Tell, Stories Sell: The Art of Storytelling

An informative interactive conversation that assist entrepreneurs with brand messaging, social media, and sales strategies. In this creative atmosphere we explore the value of storytelling and its impact on household products and brand names. This inspirational speech is designed for the fervid business owner, with step-by-step instructions for immediate practical application.

The Pitch-Perfect Pitch: How to Ace Your Pitch, Every Time

Pitching is one of the most common things we do in business, yet it can be one of the most challenging.  Learn specific strategies to:

- Manage nerves
- Engage audiences immediately
- Structure different types of pitches
- Give the impression you want to give

Come to this session and learn how to ace your pitch, every time!

How to Maximize your use of the NGLCC Engagement Center

Marketing & Related Services Industry Council Cluster Session

National Legal Council Cluster Session

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Platinum Circle Reception
(By Invitation - Platinum Circle Members Only)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Corporate Development & Engagement Committee Meeting (by invitation)

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
New Corporate Partners Reception

7:00PM - 9:00PM
Welcome Reception

Wednesday, August 3 - Conference Day One

7:00AM - 7:00PM

6:30AM - 7:30AM
Corporate/Supplier Walk & Talks

8:00AM - 9:00AM
Continental Breakfast

9:00AM - 11:00AM
Opening Plenary Session: Conversation with American software engineer and Jeopardy! Champion, Amy Schnieder

11:00AM - 11:15AM

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Morning Breakout Sessions:

Mental Health and Inclusion - Use Emotional Technology in your DEI Transformation Strategy

This session builds the case for a mental health approach to a D&I implementation strategy by answering these three questions:

1. How inclusive working environments make good social equity and business sense?
2. What is the latest science showing how our feelings influence of our thoughts and actions?
3. Why mental and emotional workplace health is a necessary condition to inclusive workplaces?

Designed for New and Growing DE&I Programs: Leading Inclusion and Diversity as an "Accidental" Expert

So, you've been asked to take the lead on Inclusion and Diversity for your organization. Panic sets in. Where to even begin with all of this? First, congrats! Second, don't panic.

This session is designed for anyone thinking about Inclusion and Diversity in their business or organization. It provides advice and practical steps on designing I&D initiatives from an idea to implementation. Discussion includes the fundamentals of designing change, combined with the specific challenges that come with leading Inclusion and Diversity in the workplace. We'll talk about ways to introduce change, things to avoid, and strategies to bring others along on the journey. Whether you are one person working with zero budget or have funding and an enthusiastic team supporting the effort, there is something here for you.

Retail and Merchandising Industry Cluster Session:  Grow your Business Opportunities in the Retail Industry - Demystifying the Retail Industry

Brought to you by Target Corporation: Demystifying the Retail Industry in an education and outreach program designed to help LGBQ- Owned businesses scale and thrive in the retail industry.

The Hidden Superpower of ESG: What Business Owners Need to Know & Using It to Attract New Customers & What businesses owners need to know about the future of sustainability

ESG:  Small Business owners have a new challenge - defining your ESG bona fides. The days of having a unique product, a marketing and advertising plan and a target market are not enough to make the grade. Dun & Bradstreet ESG Ranking is an assessment that allows companies to highlight their environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics and present them to the world. Actively communicate how your business protects and prepares you to engage with the environment, reflects your spirit of social responsibility and diversity, and operates in a transparent and ethical manner. Understanding the dimensions of ESG is the first step in putting your ESG Ranking to work for your business.

Sustainability: Sustainability is rapidly become business as usual, and increasingly complex. And with the rise Environmental, Social and Governance reporting (or ESG), sustainability throughout the supply chain has gained increased scrutiny, both from consumers and regulators. With all the acronyms and technical terminology, it can be very difficult for business owners to understand what sustainability metrics they should be tracking and even where to start. This forward-looking presentation will outline the key concepts that business owners should be aware of, and provide resources and tools to help them get started. Finally, this presentation will highlight some of the specific opportunities for diverse businesses to capture business opportunities as the market continues to evolve.

Harnessing your ERG Power to Supercharge your Supplier Diversity Program

Banking & Financial Services Cluster Session

CLA/Affiliate Chamber Academy Programming

12:30PM - 2:30PM
Luncheon Plenary: Keynote - Mission Driven Leadership with Co-Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater Associates; Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aetna Inc; Director of Verizon Communications Inc., CVS Health, and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

2:30PM - 3:00PM

3:00 PM - 4:30PM
Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

Energy & Utilities Cluster Session - Why Grid Stability is Changing the Future of Business and Where We Manufacture Goods & Northern California Utility Mega Projects

Grid Stability: Black outs, brown outs, energy crisis, and environmental impacts, oh my!

Electricity is a fundamental requirement for businesses, and interruptions to electricity service can cost millions of dollars, have huge environmental impacts, and sometimes even cost lives. During this session we will look at the factors that have the biggest impact on our cost and reliability of electricity, and why these factors suggest very big changes to business operations and where the goods of the future will be manufactured. We will also discuss some of the technologies and techniques that can help to futureproof your electrical supply while lowering your carbon footprint; and what we can do to prepare for natural disasters and environmental emergencies.

Northern California Projects:  PG&E's aim for an inclusive supply chain which embraces LGBTBE firms starts with bringing opportunities for them to identify direct and indirect opportunities and to learn on how corporations conduct business. In this session, we share how these mega projects in Northern California perform in the 10,000-mile undergrounding program. Meeting our state's climate challenges requires bold, innovative action. In 2021, PG&E announced a program to underground roughly 10,000 miles of powerlines located in or near high fire-threat areas. We anticipate sourcing activities across various services and materials in support of the undergrounding program. This may include, but may not be limited to:

- Electric Construction Services
- Civil Construction Services
- Engineering Services
- EPC: Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Services
- Other Relevant Support Services
- Electric Materials

Intersectionality and the Privilege of Understanding & Intersectional Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Learn about Intersectionality by experiencing it in someone else shoes. This presentation will show and explain the layers of Identity. How one's identity shapes their reality. Lastly, how your identity can stop or start the progress of someone else.

During this training, we will also discuss the significance of Racism, Privilege, and Inclusion in the workplace. We will discuss our own privileges, the lens through which we see the world, and how this affects those around us. Furthermore, we will talk about building systems that help to create a culture of equity and inclusivity for everyone. This training will focus on anti-racism knowledge and understanding how to build an inclusive community with avenues and tools for discussing sensitive topics. You will learn useful tools/processes, such as The CARE Method, to help initiative or continue work to advance conversations about inclusivity and privilege in your own life and within the workplace.

Securing your Business Legacy: Getting Succession Planning Right: Presented by Absolut

Business succession planning is an important part of operating a business, especially for small business owners and owners who are nearing retirement. By making business succession arrangements early, you can help make a smooth transition and minimize any negative effects of your departure on the company. In this session you will hear from subject matter experts from the NGLCC network as you consider The Core Four: Determining the Path Forward; Choosing a Successor; Managing Debt; and Minimizing Taxes. In addition, session attendees will explore the importance of creating short-term and catastrophic plans to aid with unplanned absences of the business owner or other senior leaders. Attendees will also understand some of the unique circumstances LGBTQ business owners may want to consider given some different familial norms for LGBTQ families.

Elevating your Impact Through Authentic Leadership

RFP Response Success - iLead - RFP Session with Wells Fargo

Technology, IT, Software and Internet Industry Cluster Session: Presented by Dell

CLA/Affiliate Chamber Academy Programming

6:00PM - 7:00PM
Group Receptions

7:00PM - 8:15PM
Opening Reception

Thursday, August 4 - Conference Day Two

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Corporate/Supplier Walk & Talks

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Plenary Session

10:15 AM - 10:30AM

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
MarketPlace Expo

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Corporate Matchmakers

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

12:30PM - 2:30PM
Luncheon Plenary: CEO Conversation

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM - 5:00 PM
MarketPlace Expo

2:45PM - 5:00PM
Corporate Matchmakers

6:00PM - 7:00PM
Group Receptions

7:00 PM - 10:00PM
Thursday Night Event

Friday, August 5 - Conference Day Three

8:00AM - 12:00PM
Registration & Information Booth

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Final Breakout Sessions:

Personal and Professional Development: Lead With Your Brand!

Apple, Starbucks, Nike. We all gravitate to big, standout brands. Lead With Your Brand!™ is specially designed for leaders and professionals, providing the keys to building winning, super premium personal brands using a professional marketer's toolkit. Through this program, participants will identify their target audience, define their value proposition, and determine how to thoughtfully "package" themselves - building a plan to stand out from the crowd by turning up the volume on their authentic selves.

By the end of Lead With Your Brand!™ session, attendees will understand the Five Steps To Lead With Your Brand and can continue their learning through the Lead With Your Brand podcast. Ultimately, operating from a big, standout brand mindset, confidently declaring, "I'm not coffee - I'm Starbucks!"

Success Stories & Certification Best Practices - Diversity Masterminds

NGLCC Transgender & Gender Expansive Initiative (TGX) Town Hall

Federal Procurement Panel - Doing Business with the Federal Government

CLA/Affiliate Chamber Academy Programming

11:15AM - 1:15PM
Closing Plenary: Champagne Brunch

Inspired by the seaside villages of Europe. Past the iconic Lake Bellagio—in which fountains dance their daily sound-and-light ballet—you’ll find the resort’s rooms, suites and villas, every one of which is strikingly elegant and thoroughly enhanced. Within Bellagio are award-winning dining experiences, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, salon, and dynamic nightlife add to the extraordinary Bellagio experience.

The NGLCC meeting and event space within The Bellagio will be convenient and comfortable. Their staff will ensure that our attendees will have a memorable experience while receiving the highest level of care and attention.

The NGLCC has secured a special room rate of: $194 ++ per night. Our room block will fill up quickly, so please be sure to book your reservation today! Click below to book directly with The Bellagio Hotel & Casino at this special discounted rate: 

**Please note that a fee, which is the equivalent of one night's stay will be processed for all cancelled reservations.**

(If your company institutes a travel ban once your reservation has ben made, you can- reach out to the conference team to request an exception to the cancellation fee.)


Prices reflect per person rates. Registrations are audited to ensure registration type accuracy.

NGLCC Conference registration refund policy: Refunds will be honored until Summer 2022 (date TBA) with a $75 processing fee. After that date no refunds will be granted, all sales are final.

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