2023 NGLCC International Business & 

Leadership Conference

August 15 – 18, 2023 | Hyatt Regency Denver | Denver, CO

Presenting Level Sponsors

The 2023 International Business & Leadership Conference will take us to Denver, Colorado! This globally recognized conference is the largest LGBTQ business event on the planet. The NGLCC Conference delivers innovative leadership programming as well as networking and engagement opportunities for more than 2,000 LGBTQ and allied business leaders. Cutting-edge educational programs include inspiring keynote speakers, the annual B2B Boot Camp for Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers, a local chamber development track, Marketplace Expo, one-on-one Matchmaker meetings between suppliers and Fortune 500 companies, and much more. Questions? Email [email protected].

Please see below for a preliminary agenda to help guide your travel plans.

Please check regularly for updates and to see the full agenda when posted. Additional programming and details on breakout sessions will be posted shortly.

Tuesday, August 15

8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Registration & Help Desk
Presented by Wells Fargo
Location: Centennial Foyer

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
XLR8 Programming (by invitation)
Presented by Wells Fargo
Location: Capital 1
Description: The XLR8 LGBTBE Capacity Development Program expands upon many of NGLCC’s award-winning programs to fund, train, and elevate LGBTQ-owned businesses and to help them create sustainable and meaningful growth for their companies. Please note: this session is only for Cohort 1 of the 2023 XLR8 Program.

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Affiliate Chamber Programming presented by NGLCC
Location: Capital 2
Description: Staff and Board Members of NGLCC's Affiliate Chambers are invited to join us we kick off Conference with the Affiliate Chamber Academy, presented by NGLCC. This session will be an opportunity for affiliate leaders from across the country to connect and learn from one another. Topics that will be discussed include roles and responsibilities of board and staff members, Chamber advocacy efforts, and working to secure and retain corporate partners.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Coffee & Connection Session
Location: Capital 4-7

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Procurement Council Meeting (by invitation)
Presented by AMI
Location: Capital 4-7
Description: Connecting supplier diversity leaders from across the NGLCC network, the NGLCC Procurement council (PC) meets to discuss LGBT-inclusive supplier diversity, share the latest research and reporting on supplier trends, benchmark against peers and promote new opportunities with colleagues across all industry sectors. Please note, these are closed door meetings exclusively for our Corporate Partners, these meetings will not be recorded or live-streamed. If voting commences, each Corporate Partner will receive one (1) voting voice per company. Please decide beforehand who will vote on behalf of your company.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 
Mentorship Luncheon (by invitation)
Presented by Shell
Location: Mineral D-E

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 
Corporate Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation)
Location: Capital 4-7
Description: The NGLCC Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) is composed of representatives from corporate partners of the NGLCC and functions as a forum for the exchange of information at the intersection of LGBT and business outside of procurement. The CAC serves as a collaborative forum where corporate leaders from human resources, employee resource groups, marketing and government affairs can discuss emerging trends in diversity and inclusion. Please note, these are closed door meetings exclusively for our Corporate Partners, these meetings will not be recorded or live-streamed. If voting commences, each Corporate Partner will receive one (1) voting voice per company. Please decide beforehand who will vote on behalf of your company.

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
How to Win at Conference | Supplier Diversity Initiative Bootcamp
Presented by Budlight
Location: Agate

Bootcamp Session 1:
How to Feel Less Like Burnt Toast

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Speakers: Meghan Crutchley

In this workshop board certified health and wellness coach, consultant, and professional Queer Meghan Crutchley shares the secrets of better sleep, reducing burnout, and finding connection, in the midst of the shit storm often called "everyday life."

As you'll learn, there's no need for tricks or hacks on the road to getting better sleep, feeling more rested and connected, and less like burnt toast! It's all about getting down to basics, using the superpower of our queer awareness, and knowing some key fundamental facts about how our bodies actually work! 

This solution focused workshop will help you understand the major underlying factors that lead to disrupted sleep, how to identify and lessen the emotional and physical fatigue of chronic stress, and the small actions we can take to start feeling better right now.

Bootcamp Session 2:
Unleashing Potential: Strategies for Maximizing Small Business Growth

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Speakers: Peter Novak, Patrick Tan, and Heather Cox

It is easy to become overwhelmed with running a business on your own. That's why we are excited to propose a breakout session on essential strategies for success. Co-facilitated by Peter Novak (Strictly Speaking Group), Heather Cox (Certify My Business) and Patrick Tan (Golden Point Executives), we'll share strategies we've used to grow our businesses while facilitating small-group sharing with participants.

Our session will address the most common challenges faced by coaches, consultants, and solopreneurs and provide practical insights and actionable strategies to overcome them. We'll focus on three areas: networking, marketing, and business development.

We'll explore strategies for building a support network and connecting with other LGBTQ+ coaches, consultants, and solopreneurs. We'll share insights on how to establish meaningful relationships, find mentors, and collaborate to grow your business. We'll provide tips for understanding marketing strategies, developing a clear message, and leveraging social media to reach your target audience. Finally, we'll discuss how to grow your business and leverage new technology to streamline your processes.

Bootcamp Session 3:
Approach to Opportunities: Pitching to Corporations
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Speakers: Chala Dincoy and Allison Kube
Location: Capital 3
Description: Did you know that 86% of B2B buyers don’t see any difference between vendors?* Did you also know that it takes only 7 seconds to make a first impression? Fortunately, there is a formula to impressing buyers and leaving a lasting impression during those networking events and Sales Meetings. I should know, I’ve spent 18 years buying services for giants like Pepsi, Pizza Hut and Frito-Lay. Allison Kube from Capital One has spent 19 years in corporate sales and procurement. Now, we teach small business owners how to sell to buyers like Allison.

In this hands-on dynamic session, you’ll:

-Learn the top 3 mistakes business owners make in their pitches
-Find out how to pick a differentiator that will have the buyers’ attention at “hello”
-Re-write your pitch and to try it out on the group in the session

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 
Corporate and Affiliate Network MatchMaking (by invitation)
Location: Capital Foyer
Description: We invite our Corporate Partners and Affiliate Chamber Leaders to take part in our first-ever Affiliate-Corporate Matchmaker Meetings. These pre-arranged meetings are a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with local affiliate LGBTQ+ chamber leaders who serve the LGBTQ+ business community in your local market.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Platinum Circle Session (by invitation)
Presented by Wells Fargo
Location: Mineral D-E & Hallway

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
National Legal Council Session
Location: Capital 3

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Communities of Color Special Edition BizPitch
Presented by Budlight in Partnership with Johnson and Johnson
Location: Mineral F-G

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Power to Impact Community Outreach Event
Panelists: Ashley Brundage, Author, Zaylore Stout & Dr. Rafael Perez
Location: Mineral Halls A-C
Description:The purpose of this Power to Impact community outreach event is to bring awareness & access to success stories of corporate executives and entrepreneurs including how their physical & mental health is important.

Carousel Receptions

Platinum Circle Reception (by invitation)
Presented by Wells Fargo
Location: Mineral D-E & Hallway

Women's Reception
Presented by RTX
Location: Capitol 4

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Welcome Reception Presented by the Colorado LGBTQ+ Chamber
Location: McNichols Civic Center Building
144 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80202
Description: Join us for an unforgettable evening of celebration and empowerment at the McNichols Civic Center Building on Tuesday night! The Colorado LGBTQ+ Chamber is hosting an exclusive event from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and you're invited to be a part of it.
This off-site event represents the Colorado LGBTQ+ Chamber's commitment to creating an inclusive and supportive business environment where all individuals can thrive, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Bus transfers will begin at: 6:30 PM. Buses will run continuously to and from the venue. Last bus will return at: 9:30 PM.

Wednesday, August 16

6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Corporate/Supplier Walk & Talks
Presented by Humana
Location: Fourth Floor of the Hyatt
Description: 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. Walking shoes & casual summer attire encouraged.

6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Registration & Help Desk Open
Presented by Wells Fargo
Location: Centennial Foyer  

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
Location: Centennial Foyer

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Opening Plenary Session
Location: Centennial Ballroom
Description: Join us for the Opening Session of the 2023 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference. This program includes a Keynote Conversation with U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman and NGLCC Co-founder and President, the 2023 Supplier Induction Ceremony, conversations with other leading business figures and a keynote address from Shola Richards.

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Breakout Block 1

From Performative to Substantive: How Brands of Choice Build Gender Inclusive Cultures that Last
Speakers: Celia Daniels (she/her) - Panelist - Founder of Rebekon Consulting.
Gavriel Legynd - (he/him) Panelist - CEO of Visioneer IT.
Rex Wilde - (they/them) Panelist - Founder of Rex Wilde Consulting. Rhodes Perry - (he/him) - Host - Founder of Rhodes Perry Consulting.

Location: Capital 1 - 3
Description: In 2023, over 500+ anti-transgender bills were introduced in 49 states. This legislation attempts to block transgender and nonbinary people from receiving basic healthcare, education, legal recognition, and the right to public accommodations. Over 10% of these bills have already been signed into law, and their impacts reverberate throughout our country, with many trans people and their families relocating to friendlier states in an attempt to flee from anti-transgender political agendas and their negative messages.

Tragically, many business leaders struggle to recognize how their businesses can be adversely impacted if they fail to respond to this moment. While many want to demonstrate their support for their trans colleagues, many don’t know how. If you also find yourself struggling with how to avoid performative actions, and instead wish to take progressive actions that will help you build a gender inclusive workplace, this panel discussion was created for you. The conversation will help reduce any feelings of overwhelm, and offer concrete ideas on how to improve your workplace culture.

Together, with fellow NGLCC members, you’ll gain a better understanding of the powerful role you can play in taking simple, everyday actions that can help build a more gender inclusive business, while avoiding harmful, performative actions that may unintentionally cause harm to your trans colleagues, customers, and community members. During this panel discussion, you’ll discover what it truly takes to put your organization’s gender diversity, equity and inclusion commitments into action.

Unconventional Opportunity: Growing Your Enterprise Through Doing Business with the Entertainment Industry
Speakers: Sheri Shafir, Lance Dorsey, Alexander Andrews, Rose Hatcher, and David Riccardi
Location: Capital 4
Description: Demystifying: what it means to sell to the entertainment industry. Similarities and difference to other corporations, differences, what’s in scope and not in scope.
Education: Do Your Homework—know the company you are approaching—it can be confusing.
Role of Supplier Diversity: Influencer, advocating and vetting & risk mitigator, mentoring & coaching, and collecting key information to make it easy for procurement.
Upcoming Opportunities: How we promote diverse owned businesses internally and what’s happening in 2023
Process to contact us: This is unique to each company

ESG Essentials: What You Need to Know and How to Get it Right
Speakers: Connie Stacey, Jamie S Crump, Toni Stiefel
Location: Capital 5-7
Description: There is so much information, reporting, and discussion of ESG it can be difficult to know where to begin and what the priorities should be when getting your company ready to implement and/or report on the many facets it can contain. This panel of experts will cover the must have and the must know information of ESG to get you off on a solid footing. First a global look at the state of ESG and its components including where to get the latest news, and whether the backlash in the US against climate change and diversity and equity will slow ESG down. Included will be some best practices for integrating ESG along with procurement, DEI, and supplier diversity for the best results. Then the most important data you need to know including the pieces that make up E, S, & G. The reporting requirements, how to get started, and what questions you should be asking. Next, some real-world examples of ESG in action including best practices and tips for getting the most done with limited resources and bandwidth. Finally, there will be a Q&A discussion for you to address your specific questions and concerns to the panel.

Hear it from the CPO: Doing Business in the Financial Services Industry
Speakers: Andy McNeil and Brian Downer
Location: Mineral A-C
Description: Attendees in this session will hear directly from a top Fortune 200 Chief Procurement Officer about what is needed to do business in the financial services sector. This candid conversation will also include the supplier perspective of what needs to be done to win the business. Brian Downer | Executive Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Truist. Andy McNeill, CEO, AMI.

Macy’s Inc, Business Diversity Ecosystem - "Sharing Our Sphere of Support”
Speakers: Diana Pon, Byron Whitmore, and Bianca Torres.
Location: Mineral A-C
Description: Macy’s executives will host an hour session to share our sphere of support through 3 critical areas of access.

Global Affiliate Leaders Meeting (by Invitation)
Presented by Accenture & Google
Location: Mineral D-E
Description: NGLCC Global leaders will provide brief updates and highlights of their chambers.

Powerful Leader Partnerships for Change: How Inclusion & Belonging Drive Healthy Workplaces
Speakers: Jennifer Brown, Jim Massey, Shalynne Jackson.
Location: Mineral F-G
Description: Employees are demanding a kind of leadership we've never seen, with inclusiveness and belonging at its core, and leaders at all levels are feeling challenged to lean more into competencies like humility, transparency, and empathy. What does this look like in practice?

This session will focus on the building blocks of allyship, and explore how each of our multiple identities and our experience of inclusion or exclusion can be marshaled to establish trust, cross differences, and generate belonging for ourselves and others.

The presenters will share their powerful journeys and provide the audience with multiple ways through dialogue and polling to examine their place in the change equation - wherever they're starting from - leaving them with a shifted and expanded view of all that they can do to create healthier environments where all of us can thrive, as well as concrete actions they can take right away.

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Luncheon Plenary Session
Location: Centennial Ballroom
Description: We are excited to introduce our distinguished guests: Mr. Arun Venkataraman, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service; Dr. Michio Kaku, renowned theoretical physicist and futurist; and Mr. Kevin Knaff, presented by IMRE. Together, we'll explore the dynamic world of international trade and gain invaluable insights from these visionary leaders driving global economic growth.

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Breakout Block 2

Scale or Fail How to Scale your Business, Create more Capacity as a Supplier, and Build a Team-Managed Company that Can Thrive without You
Presented by Pinnacle Global Network
Speaker: Allison Maslan
Location: Capital 1-3
Description: Business Owners that are serious about scaling often get stuck at 7 and 8-figures and cannot get beyond that, even when they're working non-stop, sacrificing time, health, and sanity... for years. 

The Business Model that got your company to 1 million can’t get you to 10 million, 50 million or beyond 100 million. Scaling doesn't come from the hustle. It comes from creative strategy, and expanding into a more scalable model. It’s about working smarter, not harder. 

In this presentation, Allison Maslan, CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, Founder of 10 of her own companies, and the Wall Street Journal Best Selling author of, Scale or Fail, will show you:

  • How to get off the hamster wheel, get your life back and empower your team to scale.
  • How to build a Dream Team that can take your vision and run with it
  • 15 Super-Powered Scalable Models that will take less time, use less overhead, decrease stress, and generate WAY more impact
  • Leave with Tools and Strategies you can implement right away to scale your company.

The Secrets to Working Smarter and Growing Faster with Chat GPT and TikTok
Speakers: D'nelle T Dowis and Chris Russo
Location: Capital 4
Description: How do you harness the power of two of the hottest platforms: ChatGPT and TikTok? D’nelle Dowis, founder of Berry Interesting Productions will reveal the transformative power of ChatGPT in streamlining business operations and enhancing productivity. You'll discover how leveraging cutting-edge AI technology can revolutionize your workflow and communication, maximizing efficiency and creativity like never before. Marketing expert Chris Russo, CEO of Russo Strategic Partners, will share the secrets to harnessing TikTok as a powerful marketing tool, empowering business owners to drive growth with a short form video strategy.

Out in the Boardroom
Presented by EY
Speakers: Kris J Pederson and Daniel Clifford

Location: Capital 5 - 7
Description: With the role of the board ever-expanding to direct much more than financial reporting and regulatory oversight, companies and non-profits have embraced the importance of DEI in the boardroom. But this attention hasn’t always extended to LGBTQ+ representation. An estimated 7.1% of the U.S. population now self-identifies as LGBTQ+ and their contribution to the economy amounts to trillions of dollars. Yet studies have found the number of Fortune 500 seats occupied by openly LGBTQ+ people is only 0.6 percent. It is mission critical for LGBTQ+ professionals and allies to better understand and fully engage with boards.

This thought-provoking and educational session will examine the changing role of the board and challenges boards face, critical importance of board diversity with a focus on LGBTQ+ inclusion, and how attendees aspiring to board service can make themselves board-ready and be successful stewards. The session will also highlight how LGBTQ+ leaders can ensure enduring board effectiveness once in the corporate or nonprofit boardroom to ensure full representation.

Win Corporate & B2B Clients: How to Positively Influence Decision Makers & Secure Right-Fit Opportunities
Speakers: Angelique L Rewers
Location: Mineral A-C
Description: From prestigious, global brands to top universities, colleges, and nonprofits, to well-funded technology startups and beyond, they're the world's most coveted clients. And they're also the ultimate force multiplier for your business.

Massive credibility, never-ending revenue opportunities, more predictable cash flow, and the chance to make a bigger positive impact in the world, are just a few of the bennies you can bank on.

But how do you get to the decision-maker table... and ace the conversation once you get there? For starters, not with strategies built for the B2C, solopreneur, or funnel marketing worlds... and most certainly not with the outdated, pushy techniques taught by the old-school sales training world, either.

In this no-fluff session, Angelique Rewers, CEO of BoldHaus, will share the unvarnished truth of what works to get in front of real decision makers, close right-fit opportunities, and keep those corporate and B2B clients for a long, long time.

You'll discover:

- 3 sales & marketing ""riddles"" you must solve to be successful

- 3 lead generation strategies that will drive 80% of your revenue from corporate clients (no matter what happens with trends or technology)

- The 51-word script that will forever change how you talk to corporate prospects

- And much more

Whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started with top-tier B2B clients, you'll leave this session with immediately actionable approaches that, while simple to implement, drive big results.

Success on the Retail Journey
Speakers: Mike Alexander with PepsiCo, Samira Gourama from Qurate, Edwin Alvarez from CVS Health, and
Rick Burian from Ulta Beauty.

Location: Mineral D-E
Description: A collaborative panel of retail partners come together to discuss actionable best practices for both merchandise and the indirect suppliers to Retailers Walking through the process for a supplier in the retail journey, we will discuss best practices, practical applications and success stories. We can also mention things to avoid- pitfalls, gaps or examples of misguided practices. Panelists will try to keep examples broad and relative for all of retail but the goal is for attendees to leave with tangible practices to apply to their business.  

Accessibility and Inclusion: From the Website to the Workplace
Speakers: Emily Lonigro, Demetrio Maguigad, Ming Montoya-Tang
Location: Mineral F-G
Description: Firefly Partners and LimeRed present a session discussing inclusive and accessible practices that span everything from your digital brand and website, to hiring for diverse individuals. Join us as we give you specific tips on how to improve inclusion and accessibility in all the components of your business.

How to Engage Authentically with Small Business Owners
Presented by Wells Fargo & Imprint
Speakers: Andy Seibert and Roby Schapira

Location: Agate
Description: Small business owners (SBOs) are attractive as customers, yet it can be complex to engage with them authentically as they represent every cultural background, age, education, sexual orientation, gender expression and industry. Yet they are so important as a segment, accounting for 45% of the nation's gross domestic product and employing 48% of American workers.

For companies marketing to this segment, what are the keys to engaging with small businesses, particularly those that are diverse-owned?

In this presentation, Imprint and Wells Fargo will show how they developed a content marketing program aimed at diverse SBOs, starting by truly understanding the owners' needs, challenges, hopes and dreams. This presentation will also provide corporate members - and any LGBTBEs who attend - with ideas, tips and advice that they can use to ensure they're truly understanding and serving their customers.

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Breakout Block 3

6th Annual 2023 NGLCC & EY LGBTQ+ BRG Challenge
Presented by EY
Moderated by: Chris Crespo

Location: Capital 1 - 3
Description: The 6th Annual 2023 NGLCC & EY LGBTQ+ BRG Challenge is a pitch competition for LGBTQ+ BRGs to present their efforts in engaging with Supplier Diversity to make an impact in their organization and in the marketplace. Following a rigorous application process, our top three finalist will join us live in Denver to pitch their BRG before our panel of esteemed judges and audience. Past winners of the BRG Challenge include Johnson & Johnson (2022), Merck (2021), Bristol Myers Squibb (2020), UPS (2019), and Cummins (2018). We're anticipating an exciting and competitive 2023 BRG Challenge!

Liminality & People Power Strategies to Scale the Business through Inflection Points
Speakers: Brian G Bauer and Nancy Geenen
Location: Capital 4
Description: In this fast-paced session, Nancy Geenen and Brian Bauer will combine to teach the art of moving though those “in between” moments an entrepreneur experiences while scaling the business. There are predictable transitions in the lifecycle of a scalable business during which both the leadership and business operations “hit the ceiling.” This session focuses on tools to help business leaders make the leap to the next growth curve while leading a workforce that is engaged and inspired. Nancy and Brian will focus on leadership and process tools that help business owners lean into growth

Knowing When You're Ready to Go Global: Conversations with International Business and Trade Specialists
Speakers: Jeffrey Smith, Nada Allie, and Lauren Platz
Location: Capital 5-7
Description: Thinking about exporting your product or service? In this panel session you will hear from subject matter experts on how to determine if you are ready to take your product or service to international markets. Speakers feature Factum Global, an international consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses expand globally, the Export- Import Bank of the United States, and the U.S. Commercial Service. The panel will be closed out with remarks from the Small Business Administration’s Administrator.

Unconventional Opportunities: Growing Your Enterprise Through Doing Business with the Utilities Industry
Speakers: Heather Wright, 
Jerilyn Gleaves, Kim Hunter, and Larry Wooten.

Location: Mineral A-C
Description: Forthcoming

Leveraging your LGBTQ Certification to Land Corporate Clients
Presented by JP Morgan Chase
Speakers: Charles Jordy, Kellie Parkin, James Flynn, Bill Kapfer, and Raul Freyre.
Location: Agate
Description: Join us for an interactive panel discussion on how to capitalize on your LGBTQ certification to unlock corporate opportunities. In this engaging session, JPMorgan Chase leaders will pull back the curtain on what it takes to win business with big corporate clients and scale that relationship. You will also hear from entrepreneurs with first-hand experience leveling up in corporate America as an LGBTQ-owned business and multi-industry thought leaders on the opportunities and strategies for leveraging your certification.

How Can Your Company Help End HIV in the U.S.?
Speakers: Stephen Massey, Mario Harper, Michael Steinberg,
Will Cunningham, and Stephanie Aguilar.

Presented by the Health Action Alliance 
Location: Mineral D-E
Description: Despite game-changing developments in HIV prevention and treatment, services are not reaching all who need them equally. Due to stigma, homophobia, discrimination, and other structural factors, Black, Latino and LGBTQ+ communities - particularly in urban areas and across the South – continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV and face barriers to accessing prevention and treatment services.

Come hear what other like-minded companies are doing to address HIV within their organizations and in the communities they serve, and learn about free communications tools, resources, educational events, coaching and technical support available to employers to advance these efforts.

The private sector is making great strides in creating more inclusive workplaces, but considerable work remains to improve health equity. Taking action to help end HIV provides a meaningful opportunity for companies to deliver on equity commitments and improve lives for LGBTQ+ workers and other disproportionately impacted communities across the country.

6:15 PM - 7:15 PM
Carousel Receptions

Communities of Color Reception
Presented by AT&T and Southern California Edison
Location: Capitol 1 - 3

Transgender, Gender Expansive, & Allies Reception
Presented by Marriott
Location: Capitol 4

NaVOBA Reception (by invitation)
Presented by Capital One
Location: Capitol 5-7

Changemakers Reception
Presented by U.S. Business Action to End HIV
Location: Mineral A-C
Description: Are you a changemaker? Join us to celebrate and engage with others who are inspiring businesses to take actions to solve big problems. You'll learn more about U.S. Business Action to End HIV and the work companies are doing to accelerate progress toward ending HIV in the U.S, and enjoy cocktails and conversation before you make your way to the evening’s festivities. Please plan to arrive early as capacity is limited to 75 guests, after which entrance will be subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis.

New Partner Reception (by invitation)
Location: Mineral D-E

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Opening Reception
Co-Presented by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Macy's in partnership with WBENC
Location: Centennial Ballroom
Description: Step back in time and get ready to experience an electrifying blast from the past at the Wednesday Opening Reception, presented by Sony Pictures and Macy's in partnership with WBENC. Transport yourself to the iconic era of big hair, bold colors, and timeless tunes - the 80s! Join us for an unforgettable evening of nostalgia, fun, and networking in the Centennial Ballroom from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

Thursday, August 17

6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Corporate/Supplier Walk & Talks
Presented by Humana
Location: Fourth Floor of the Hyatt
Description: 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. Walking shoes & casual summer attire encouraged.

6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Registration & Help Desk Open
Presented by Wells Fargo
Location: Centennial Foyer

7:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Canadian Supplier Delegation & Corporate Breakfast (by invitation only)
Presented by CGLCC and Kellogg
Location: Hyatt Mineral F-G

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
Location: Centennial Foyer

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Morning Plenary Session
Location: Centennial Ballroom
Description: Start the day off right! Thursday morning brings back one of NGLCC’s most popular conference plenary sessions. Be sure you are there to be a part of LGBTQ Biz Pitch, NGLCC’s own version of Shark Tank. Hear pitches from top LGBTQ business owners competing for a $25,000.00 cash prize and up to $25,000 in consulting and other prizes. This is a session you do not want to miss!

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Marketplace Expo
Presented by Toyota
Location: Colorado Convention Center – Mile High Ballroom
Description: The NGLCC team is excited to expand on last year’s Marketplace Expo and announce the first sold-out Marketplace Expo in NGLCC history! Meet and greet with nearly 200 exhibitors representative of Corporate Partners, certified LGBTBE®, and governmental and organizational allies on the Marketplace floor.

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
MatchMakers Meetings | First Block
Presented by Delta and PepsiCo
Location: Colorado Convention Center – Four Seasons Ballroom
Description: Matchmakers are prescheduled, 15-minute meetings between Certified LGBTBE® companies and NGLCC Corporate Partner procurement professionals. These meetings are a unique opportunity for Certified LGBTBE® companies to get one-on-one advice on how their business can gain access to procurement opportunities with NGLCC Corporate Partners and for those Corporate Partners to identify opportunities to increase their diverse spend.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Breakout Block 1

Building Transgender Employment and Entrepreneurship Programs
Zach Wilcha (he/him) - Chief Executive Director of iba, Independence Business Alliance
Sydni Perry-Anderson (she/they) - Administrator, TransWork
Gabrielle Claiborne (she/her) - Owner, Transformation Journeys Worldwide, & Board Secretary, OUT Georgia Business Alliance
Chris Lugo (he/him) - Executive Director, OUT Georgia Business Alliance
Andi Monroe (they/them) - Administrator, TGX 360 Initiative / Programming & Operations Manager, OUT Georgia Business Alliance
Location: Room 401 at the Colorado Convention Center
Description: Transgender people are under legislative attack while facing high rates of depression, suicidality, discrimination, un/under employment, and physical violence. Statistics reveal that when transgender people have a stable and equitable income, they are more likely to access safe and affordable housing, gender-affirming healthcare, and experience an overall improvement to their safety and mental health. So what can chambers, and their small business and corporate members, do to support the employment and entrepreneurship endeavors of transgender and gender expansive (TGX) people? In this session, you will hear from two groundbreaking initiatives, TransWork (Philadelphia, PA) and TGX360 (Atlanta, GA), who champion this work in their respective markets. Learn how they started, the strategic steps they took to represent those most marginalized in the TGX community, the lessons learned, how small business members and corporate partners contribute to their success and how local affiliate chambers can duplicate these initiatives in your own area.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Supplier Diversity Initiatives: US and Global Perspectives (by invitation only) - Presented by Accenture & Google
Location: Room 402 at the Colorado Convention Center
Description: Justin Nelson, Co-Founder and President, NGLCC and will meet with NGLCC Global affiliate leaders to discuss topics of importance regarding supplier diversity in the United States and worldwide.

11:30 AM- 2:30 PM
Marketplace Lunch
Presented by Beam Suntory
Location: Colorado Convention Center – Mile High Ballroom
Description: Lunch will be on offer in the Marketplace Expo, and all registered attendees will receive a voucher redeemable for $20 at one of four vendors on the Marketplace Expo floor.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Inclusive Leadership Skills: Beyond the Buzzwords & Into Action
Speaker: Elena Joy Thurston
Location: Room 401 at the Colorado Convention Center
Description: This presentation bridges the cultural gap for leaders who are ready to take the next step toward inclusion while keeping the journey authentic and sustainable.  Discover the four pillars of Inclusive Leadership to create authentic allyship, whether you're trying to increase inclusivity around race, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, age, etc.  We identify the skills good allyship requires and use real-world examples to flesh out your new skills.  We identify key behaviors that demonstrate allyship, and learn to speak up on behalf of one's self and members of marginalized groups while also developing a new language to apologize for causing harm. 

What does a Mormon soccer mom who realized she's a lesbian at the age of 37 have to teach organizational leaders about inclusive leadership skills?  Come join this engaging and enlightening session to find out! 

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Creating Impact through Lasting Programs and Partnerships
Location: Room 402 at the Colorado Convention Center
Description: NGLCC U.S. Affiliate Leaders Tammi Wallace (President & CEO, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce), Kellie Parkin (Executive Director, nglccNYC), and Steve Adkins (Executive Director, Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) will meet with NGLCC Global affiliates leaders to share insightful information regarding securing and strengthening successful corporate partnerships, increasing memberships, and implementing impactful programming.

2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
MatchMakers Meetings | Second Block
Presented by Delta and PepsiCo
Location: Colorado Convention Center – Four Seasons Ballroom
Description: Matchmakers are prescheduled, 15-minute meetings between Certified LGBTBE® companies and NGLCC Corporate Partner procurement professionals. These meetings are a unique opportunity for Certified LGBTBE® companies to get one-on-one advice on how their business can gain access to procurement opportunities with NGLCC Corporate Partners and for those Corporate Partners to identify opportunities to increase their diverse spend.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Out at the Ballpark Reception
Presented by Molson Coors
Location: Coors Field
Description: Get ready for an exhilarating night out at the ballpark as Molson Coors presents the Thursday Night Out at the Ball Park Reception! Join us at the iconic Coors Field for an unforgettable evening filled with excitement, great company, and interactive games. The event will take place from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Transfers will begin at 5:30PM for VIP Attendees (with ticket) and 6:30PM for all attendees. Busses will run continuously to and from the venue, the last bus will return at 9:30PM.

Friday, August 18

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration & Help Desk Open
Presented by Wells Fargo
Location: Centennial Foyer

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Breakout Block 6

From A to Z: Building an Inclusive Workforce and Supply Chain by Leaning into Intersectionality and TGX Inclusion
Speakers: LaTonya Fourte-Lyles, Kristy Ramsey, David Spitzer, Wen Stenger, Elijah Nicholas
Location: Capital 1 - 3
Description: Forthcoming

ERG - Supplier Diversity Synergies
Presented by EY
Speakers: Chris Crespo, Kanak Singh, Lorenzo Bell

Location: Capital 5-7
Description: This session will provide specific examples of ways to empower and encourage synergy between ERG chapters/groups and Supplier diversity efforts. A strong DEI and ERG effort necessitates collaboration with supplier diversity initiatives, a growing effort to define proactive business processes that provide equal access to supply chain procurement. By choosing to do business with newer, smaller or innovative suppliers, organizations can maximize innovation. Join to learn more from leading companies about how ERGs can play an essential role in identifying and contracting with diverse suppliers, driving relationships with diverse entrepreneurs and innovative small-business leaders, and advocating for progressive DEI and supplier diversity agendas.

Hacking the Fear of Public Speaking for LGBTQ+ & Allied Leaders
Speakers: Eduardo Placer
Location: Capital 4
Description: 76% of people admit to fear of public speaking-and we're pretty sure everybody else is lying. The ability to connect with an audience as your authentic self can mean the difference between being celebrated for your work and being stuck on the sidelines. But for many LGBTQ+ leaders, authenticity comes at a cost. We face pressures to perform versions of dominant identities that can silence our voices and prevent us from stepping into the spotlight.

In this 1-hour breakout session with Fearless Communicators' Founder Eduardo Placer, a top public speaking coach for US Presidential candidates, Fortune 500 companies, and entrepreneurs across the world, you'll get:

· Vocal/physical hacks to disrupt your body's fight-or-flight response to public speaking
· A mindset framework that turns panic into power
· A freer, more connected voice so that you can speak publicly as your authentic yourself

How to Do Business with the Federal Government
Speakers: Barry Covert, Melissa Poli, Jami Rodgers, Aditi Dussault, and Ernest Cordova
Location: Mineral A-C
Description: U.S. Federal Government contracts represent a tremendous sales and revenue opportunity for small businesses. As the world’s largest customer, the U.S. government buys many types of products and services in both large and small quantities and is required by law to provide opportunities for small businesses. Subcontracting is an excellent way to enter the Government contracting market and participate in large-scale opportunities. In this session, you will learn how to contract directly with Federal Agencies, join large business prime contractors’ teams as a subcontractor, and more. 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.

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Closing Plenary: Champagne Awards Brunch
Presented by Accenture
Location: Centennial Ballroom

Pricing Information (per attendee)

  • LGBT Business Enterprise ®: Price after May 16 $749.00

  • Corporate Partner:  Price after May 16 $1,449.00

  • Non-Profit: Price after May 16 $749.00

  • NGLCC Affiliate Chamber Member:  Price after May 16 $749.00

  • Small Business Local Chamber: Price after May 16 $749.00

  • Local Chamber: Price after May 16: $749.00

  • Government Agency: Price after May 16 $749.99

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Join us at the official Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO | August 14 - 18, 2023

Explore the Sights and Sounds of Denver from this Modern Downtown Hotel
Experience the culture of downtown from Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. Located one block from the 16th Street Mall and walking distance to Denver Center for the Performing Arts, our hotel offers a stylish stay in downtown Denver with access to the 27th-floor Peaks Lounge, the highest-rising lounge in the city with spectacular Rocky Mountain views.

Rest easy in one of 1,100 contemporary hotel rooms, including 59 suites, when you stay at Hyatt Regency Denver in downtown. Each of their accommodations provides a sophisticated respite in a walk-friendly area and is adjacent to the Colorado Convention Center. In addition to a convenient location, many of the rooms and suites offer impressive views of downtown Denver, the State Capitol, or the Rocky Mountains.

The NGLCC team is excited to expand on last year’s Marketplace Expo and work with your team to help you build a dynamic display that highlights your company’s impact and initiatives!

Please go to our page for all information regarding the Marketplace Expo.

General Questions about the Conference

Is the event virtual or in-person?
This event will happen IN-PERSON at the Hyatt Regency Denver in Denver, CO. There will not be virtual programming associated with the event.

Questions about public transportation options? Denver’s public transportation provider, RTD, is running a campaign in July and August called Zero Fare for Better Air Campaign. For the months of July and August, ALL rides on RTD vehicles are FREE!  This includes the A-Line from the airport to downtown!  More information on this campaign can be found on the VISIT DENVER Airport Rail page

Questions about Matchmakers at the Conference

Where can I find out more about Matchmakers?
More information about the in-person Matchmaking sessions will be available in the coming weeks, but here is advance information to help you plan for this incredible opportunity.

Who can participate in the in-person Matchmakers?
NGLCC Certified LGBTBE® companies and NGLCC Corporate Partners

When will the Matchmakers be?
Exact timing is subject to change, bu as of Monday, May 1: Matchmaking will take place on Thursday, August 17 from 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM and from 2:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Where can I learn about Matchmaking?
Read about NGLCC Matchmaking and how to prepare here.

Will there be an option to join a Matchmaking session virtually?
No, all matchmaking at the conference will be conducted in person.

Supplier Presenting Level Sponsors

Marketplace Expo Presenting Sponsor

CEO Level Sponsors

Vice President Level Sponsors

Director Level Sponsors

Manager Level Sponsors

Associate Level Sponsors

Specialty Level Sponsors

Matchmakers Co-Sponsor

Co-Sponsor: Wednesday Night Reception

Thursday Night Out at the Ballpark Sponsors

Communities of Color Initiative Biz Pitch Sponsor

Mentorship Lunch Sponsor

Closing Awards Brunch Sponsor

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