Las Vegas, NV saw the strength of the LGBT and allied business community at the sold out 2014 NGLCC National Business & Leadership Conference. To receive email updates NGLCC 2015 conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, please send us your email address at [email protected] and put conference updates in the subject line.
First-time certified LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) will maximize their NGLCC conference experience by building a game plan unique to your growth strategy. Organizational sustainability and operational excellence for local chambers of commerce require strong, well-staffed members.
Get a healthy start to your morning and make fresh business connections with Supplier Diversity representatives and fellow entrepreneurs.
Come prepared to hear how fitness guru and fellow LGBT entrepreneur, Shaun T, celebrity trainer and creator of INSANITY and Focus T25, took his passion for exercise and turned it into a multi-million dollar fitness empire. The federal government spends $100 billion annually on small businesses; learn how to seize these opportunities and position your enterprise for long-term success in federal contracting. When reaching out to the $800 billion spending power behind LGBT consumers, equip yourself with the right comprehensive research, marketing avenues, and communication tactics.
The Supplier Diversity Initiative provides a suite of powerful resources to certified LGBT entrepreneurs; learn how to utilize these benefits for long-term success.
Whether an attendee wishes to change careers, pull the entrepreneurial trigger, restructure their division, commit to a new lifestyle, or tackle some other bold turnaround plan, the key ingredients for affecting significant change are largely the same.
Judy Dlugacz is President and Founder of Olivia and is a visionary LGBT entrepreneur and human rights pioneer. Whether your business is well-established or just starting out, understanding how to grow and scale your business is critical to long-term success. Specifically designed for corporate representatives, this session will provide insight and guidance as to how to best engage and leverage your company's business or employee resource groups (ERGs) to support the mission and impact of supplier diversity.
LGBT-owned businesses are seeking to connect with America's top corporations in hopes of collaborating with them.
Identifying opportunities at all levels of the procurement chain is the key to a diverse customer portfolio and untapped growth in America’s largest industries. Building a breakout client proposal is a challenge, but it can be a canvass for demonstrating how your enterprise is uniquely suited to deliver exceptional solutions. Successfully navigating international business relationships is a must for entrepreneurs and corporate leaders entering the global space. Generational strategies are a business imperative today, evolving from a fun training topic to a powerful tool for workforce engagement and innovation. This moderated panel discussion will explore emerging trends within the legal industry, including supplier diversity. Local affiliate chambers will learn how to best navigate their partnership with the NGLCC to deliver added value to local LGBT-owned and -allied businesses and to build strong sustainable local chambers.
Join us as we celebrate LGBT business leaders who took their enterprises to the next level by becoming certified over the last year!
The essential complement to NGLCC’s LGBTBE certification is membership in a local LGBT chamber of commerce.
Members expect their chambers to solve problems and provide access to business growth opportunities.
Spearheaded by the NGLCC and launched in 2011, the mission of the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) is to expand opportunities for diverse-owned businesses and enhance access to resources, contracting, education, and mentoring for entrepreneurs representing diverse communities. This session will take a close look at cross-segment diversity and collaborative work among the leading charter members of the NBIC.
Even with all the progress that has been made, 53% of LGBT employees in America remain in the closet in the workplace.
With over 500 certified LGBT Business Enterprises, you are part of a powerful network of business leaders.
With the rapid growth in the numbers of certified LGBTBEs local chamber have an opportunity to build strong local cohorts that can support each other’s business growth strategies with peer to peer mentoring and contracting opportunities. This workshop will review the top ten most important attributes that procurement executives, prime, and first-tier contractors are looking for when building their teams and hiring qualified firms. Expressing one’s opinions confidently and authentically leads to success and overall well-being.
Membership in a unique network of nearly 600 certified LGBT Business Enterprises provides you with powerful opportunities to do business at all levels of the supply chain. Enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer and be a patron at our Las Vegas affiliate chamber’s partner restaurants and bars. The NGLCC National Business & Leadership Conference offers robust programming designed to meet the interests and needs of our corporate partners, LGBT-certified business owners and entrepreneurs, allied companies and NGLCC affiliate chambers from around the country. We put a premium on leadership networking, professional development and advocacy opportunities. The workshops, panel discussions, and council meetings at the National Business and Leadership Conference ensure that every attendee walks away with an energized and educated understanding of ways to improve LGBT diversity and inclusion efforts at their company. The NGLCC Conference allows us to significantly grow the reach of our corporate supplier diversity program in the LGBT segment. As an LGBT-owned business, participating in the conference is essential to my client development strategy. The NGLCC conference is where you will see the seeds of business partnering being planted and flourishing. Aaron Walton, co-founder of Walton Isaacson (WI), a full service brand building firm, with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Tokyo, is a pioneer in the arena of marketing and advertising and has built a world-class agency to help brands build their relationship with consumers. Journal, Crain's, and Sirius Radio, with recent TV appearances on Fox News, WCBS, and Better TV. When Geri is not working in television, she is a highly sought after motivational speaker and trainer in the areas of disability and diversity. She is famous for her uncanny ability to captivate the hearts of her audiences by using humor to facilitate attitudinal change. She is co-staring in a new independent film, "Night of the White Pants" which will be released on DVD October 14 2008. Franc shot to stardom with the creation of Gaga's meat dress, which she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Franc, himself a LGBT business owner, will be on hand to share some his latest designs as the NGLCC pays tribute to Mother Monster during Thursday night's reception. As the lead executive for Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility at Harrah's Entertainment, Gwen Migita is a key executive who drives the development and execution of environmental strategy. Gwen joined Harrah's in 2004 as the Manager of Market Research where she directed consumer research for a variety of corporate and property initiatives. Gwen came to Las Vegas in 2002 where she was promoted to QMark's Executive Vice President of Research. Catherine (Cat) Ommanney, London interior designer and author of her upcoming biography, Inbox Full, has become Washington's latest hot commodity, and socialite, in the ever-changing world of journalistic talent, political intrigue, and D.C. The Londoner and mother of two arrived in the States in August 2008 after a seven month whirlwind romance. American Airlines is proud to offer a discount of 5% off the lowest applicable published airfare.

Each exhibitor will receive a 6' draped table, 2 chairs and a sign with the exhibitors name and booth number.
Those who have not registered but still want to attend may register at the conference at the on-site registration rates.
Join the Houston SBA, Houston Community College and OutSmart Magazine, for the Houston LGBT Business Builder.
NGLCC co-founder and President Justin Nelson said that through this order “Massachusetts continues its tradition as a leader in LGBT rights by living up to its slogan and creating greater access to the American Dream. Nelson added, “LGBT-inclusive supplier diversity means that there will be greater LGBT business visibility across Massachusetts. He followed up by calling on “leaders in states with large LGBT business populations, like New York, Illinois and others” to follow Baker’s lead.
Nelson said the new policy would directly impact an estimated 21,000 LGBT-owned businesses in Massachusetts. This program transforms the core principles of business development into easy, actionable skills and techniques that result in securing power connections.
This Academy will deliver interactive training designed to increase skills and provide inspiration.
Join fellow attendees for early-morning networking walks along a course through the Caesars Palace Convention Center. Hear from certified LGBTBEs and federal contracting officers for practical strategies on navigating federal procurement chains. Develop strategies for effective local engagement and deploying your certification nationally. This session seeks to focus on the examination of the barriers that prevent people from getting unstuck, the how-to on the reorientation of an individual’s perception of risk as well as facilitating transformative change, and the necessary methods of building resilience to flourish through change. Brooke-Marciniak is Global Vice Chair of Public Policy at EY and is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board. Judy will share her story of building Olivia over the past 30 years from its inception as a record company specializing in women artists to today’s Olivia Cruises & Resorts that connects women across the world through travel. Join Nikki Barua, CEO of BeyondCurious, as she discusses Ten Keys to Growing Your Business, a practical philosophy for how to grow and scale a profitable business.
Learn how this panel of experts has connected the dots between their ERG and supplier diversity program and how ERGs play a vital role in the NGLCC Supplier Diversity Initiative, expanding opportunities for LGBT businesses as well as your employer. At the same time, these companies are being asked by their stakeholders and C-suite to diversify their supplier base. This panel will cover strategies for enlisting your colleagues in the battle to increase diverse spending. Discover where your business can fit into the value chain, whether you’re the prime supplier, direct subcontractor, or critical supplier further down the line. Get tactical advice for creating proposals and tips for negotiating contracts that will accentuate your core strengths, impress potential clients, and create new business. Attend this session to explore your leadership style to effectively work with colleagues, clients, partners, and customers around the world. Learn how LGBT-owned firms, NGLCC National Legal Partners and Corporate Partners are addressing the changing landscape.
Do you want to know how you can take your business from struggling or mildly successful to stratospheric? Keeping your local advocacy hyper-focused on opening up opportunities for LGBT business owners in partnership with the NGLCC will allow your chamber to do both. Together, these collaborating organizations represent diverse communities that account for more than nine trillion dollars in consumer spending power and significant contributions to the marketplace and workplace.
The NBIC is a coalition of the nation's leading business organizations representing diverse communities. Having vocal and visible LGBT allies throughout your company, from the assembly line to the C-Suite, can help foster safe spaces that allow LGBT employees to bring their whole self to work. Exclusively available to LGBTBEs, entrepreneurs from three companies will be selected to give their best 15-minute presentations on their company, a new or existing product, market, or other innovation with the purpose of gaining valuable feedback from an expert panel of angel investors, venture capitalists, and other business experts. Small Business Administration and the NGLCC signed a historic memorandum of understanding last year that identified key areas of collaboration to benefit your company?
Build or enhance your business’ Line Card with specific direction and advice on what to include and how to include it. Collectively, assertiveness and diversity empower people to express, understand, and appreciate their differences leading to better work product, client satisfaction, and employee retention.
This powerful panel of professional advocates will talk about all that we should celebrate and the critical journey towards full equality.
In addition to connecting directly with over 140 of the NGLCC’s Corporate Partners, your fellow LGBTBEs are potential customers, teaming partners, and a gateway to tiered contracting opportunities. By the time the winds are howling and the rain is driving sideways it’s too late to start construction. Read testimonies from business leaders and explore pictures and video from last year's event.
The conference presents opportunities for LGBT-owned businesses to seek new clients and relationships with companies that truly value diversity. Through participation in one-on-one meetings with certified LGBT suppliers in the Matchmaker Event to ad hoc networking in the Marketplace Expo, we leave the conference every year with a new pool of innovative, competitive and creative potential suppliers with which to do business. Attendees are genuinely interested in building business relationships and come prepared to form lasting connections.
I come prepared to build relationships, learn about potential new clients and take home new insight on ways to improve and grow my company.
Year after year, I know this is where I’ll see our current LGBT business partners and meet potential new ones. Joining Pepsi-Cola as a Marketing Analyst at the company's headquarters in Purchase, NY, he was quickly promoted to brand management for the Pepsi and Mr. With two Masters degrees – in Vocal Performance and Organizational Development – and experience in non-profit management and marketing, Jennifer founded JBC in 2004, and she and her team have since facilitated and coached hundreds of leaders and their teams all over the world on critical issues of strategy, leadership and integrity. She has consulted for such companies as Hewlett Packard, Master Foods, Johnson Wax, AT&T, and Amgen.
Geri brings to her presentations her personal experiences in life, which in turn allow people to gain insight into the prospect of seeing disability in a totally different light, creating hope where there is none, and joy where there is pain. She has appeared on many of the cable comedy shows, including Evening at the on A&E, and Stand Up Spotlight on VHI. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the 1992 Founders Award, the 2005 Independent Living Legacy Award, and this year's 2006 Victory award. He also styles bands such as Scissor Sisters and contributes his talents to editorials in Vogue, Blend, and other design magazines.
She leads the organization and management of an enterprise-wide Green Steering Committee and serves as the corporate leader of forty property Green Teams. Prior to Harrah's, she spent six years with QMark Research & Polling, starting as Research Director. As a native of Hawaii, Gwen served as a charter member and former board of director of Rotary Clubs in Hawaii and on Guam, focusing on youth programs and vocational development for the community.

The hotel offers a wide range of rooms and suites, including the aptly-named Hollywood Hip Rooms. Exhibitors may not erect any walls, partitions, decorations or obstructions that interfere with the view of other exhibitors. This session will deliver hands-on, tactical skill-building for membership management, basic finance, bookkeeping, and working with volunteers and boards of directors. The session will focus on working with fellow entrepreneurs to gain experience and to position you for prime agency contracts. Learn about what every business needs to understand in order to operate and survive in today’s Digital Era from experts in social media risk management.
After lunch, join Judy Dlugacz, President and Founder of Olivia, as she discusses her journey as a dedicated entrepreneur. Beth has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in 150 countries as well as global responsibility for the firm’s Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts.
Judy will reveal the challenges and successes she has faced along the way and share her business philosophy rooted in recognizing areas of need and giving back. From practical tips, like knowing your Key Leading Indicators, to visionary exercises like how to Dream Big, 10 Keys to Growing Your Business will both inspire and prepare you to build capacity, implement strategy, and sustain a successful business. Three of NGLCC’s corporate partners will give insight on how LGBT-certified companies have managed to successfully navigate the supply chain management process to become suppliers.
Hear from a trade mission participant and successful LGBTBE about his international business experiences. From senior leadership to employee resource group members to preoccupied buyers, learn how to create a strategy that engages your whole company in reaching your goals.
This best practice discussion will highlight key generational insights and practices at Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and in the field. One continuing legal education (CLE) credit is available for members of the New York, Illinois, California, Florida, and Nevada Bars. Now you have the chance to have both questions answered! NGLCC is pleased to have Marcus Lemonis, American businessman, investor, television personality and philanthropist, as keynote of this plenary. Attendees will also learn how to leverage local strategic partnerships to increase their impact.
This session will highlight some of the most successful programs in corporate America that work to cultivate a strong Ally culture. Building on last year's successful teaming workshop, this year business owners will have an extended opportunity to engage with their colleagues in similar commodity areas.
All participants have the potential to continue their dialogue with the judges and one winner will be awarded a cash prize on stage.
These include access to capital, business counseling, federal contracting, exporting preparedness, technical assistance grants, and entrepreneurial development, among other points. We will work through different behavior and communication styles, how to recognize barriers to being assertive (and ways to overcome them), skills needed to listen and be heard, and the ability to effectively interact with people using different communication styles.
The question begs, what are the financial risks you face as an LGBT business owner and what are the steps you should take now to protect yourself and those you care about? Year after year, our decision to attend is reinforced by a fantastic return on our investment. Sponsorship of the NGLCC Conference is a worthwile investment for corporations with LGBT-inclusive supplier diversity programs.
Investing in the success and growth of LGBT companies and entrepreneurs has positively impacted our employees, our communities and our business. Being a small business sponsor of the event raises my visibility and impact at the event to an even higher level. Packed with educational sessions, world-class networking, and unbelievable special events, the conference offers incredible exposure and amazing opportunities for LGBT-owned businesses to build relationships with more than 130 corporate partners. Her focus today is on continuing to build JBC's "triple bottom line" as a company, identifying emerging workplace trends and building more enlightened organizations with her clients. Gwen drove the corporate expansion to the West Pacific for the research and advertising divisions of Starr Seigle Communications. She previously served as the President of the American Marketing Association – Las Vegas Chapter and garnered a national merit award for membership development.
If Cat is not walking her three dogs, turning heads at the White House, or working on homework with her daughters, Jade and Ruby, she can be found advising on interior design in the homes of Washington's elite with her British flair, and working on the sequel to Inbox Full. In addition to movie memorabilia, you will find each room thoughtfully appointed with high-tech necessities as well as other accoutrements that create an atmosphere of excitement, luxury and fame. The LGBT Business Builder is intended to assist with the economic advancement of LGBT entrepreneurs, capitalize on the momentum toward LGBT business inclusion, in some of the top entrepreneurial centers in America and will bring the combined resources of NGLCC and SBA to America’s 1.4 million LGBT businessowners. Celebrate the efforts of these exceptional leaders through countless stories of perseverance, resilience, and success. She has been named seven times to the Forbes list of "World's 100 Most Powerful Women" and is passionate about using her leadership platform to make a difference in the world.
In addition, an LGBT firm will give specific examples on how it was able to “thread the needle” in just a few short months to work with one of the world’s largest companies. Effective communication strategies allow businesses to drill down and talk to specific audiences and demographics -- including the LGBTQ community. Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, is also the star of CNBC's Primetime hit reality series "The Profit," where he lends his expertise to struggling small businesses and helps turn them around. Industry Clusters provide an opportunity to penetrate deeper into procurement categories with representatives from NGLCC Corporate Partners who have insight into your industry. In this session you will learn about all the tools SBA has to help you grow your businesses, most of them available free of charge to you as a U.S. The entrepreneur's passionate interest in the entertainment field proved invaluable to a company that was making competitive gains through its identification with popular music. In 1980 she performed at the 2nd Annual Media Access Awards, when she was introduced to Norman Lear by producer, Fern Field. In that role, Gwen worked with various multinational corporations such as Citibank, Kraft Foods and Anheuser-Busch, and as a research subcontractor to the U.S.
She is an Executive MBA graduate of University of Nevada Las Vegas and received her BA from the University of Washington with a concentration in marketing. In this conversation with Beth, hear how she is driving corporate social responsibility, encouraging economic empowerment through entrepreneurship, and shattering the glass closet with authentic leadership.
Attendees will garner increased knowledge of the importance of branding and messaging and will learn how to maximize public relations and marketing tactics that are integrated and audience-specific. He became the Entertainment Marketing Manager for Pepsi and developed the entertainment marketing strategy for the company. She also studied business at the University of Portland, and then abroad in Salzburg, Austria, where she focused on political science and philosophy. Come learn about the SBA and this important partnership that will positively impact your enterprise.

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