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Rooms are still available at Planet Hollywood, but at the current prevailing rate. Be sure to book your room right away!

Early Bird Conference Rates Start at $299

Out for Business 2011 Early Bird Conference Rates start at $299. But act fast – these rates are only available through June 15!

National Leaders Invited To Address Out for Business

Leaders in business and government invited to address Out for Business 2011.

Exhibit at Out for Business 2011

Maximize your company’s exposure with an exhibit booth at our Marketplace Expo!

Out for Business isn’t your typical conference.

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. Read testimonies from business leaders and explore pictures and video from last year's event.

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 conference presents opportunities for LGBT-owned businesses to seek new clients and relationships with companies that truly value diversity. Year after year, our decision to attend is reinforced by a fantastic return on our investment.

- Neil Cerbone, President, Neil Cerbone Associates, Inc.

The NGLCC Conference allows us to significantly grow the reach of our corporate supplier diversity program in the LGBT segment. 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. Sponsorship of the NGLCC Conference is a worthwile investment for corporations with LGBT-inclusive supplier diversity programs.

- Theresa Harrison, Director, Supplier Diversity, Ernst & Young

The networking that happens at the NGLCC Conference is unlike any we’ve ever experienced. Attendees are genuinely interested in building business relationships and come prepared to form lasting connections. Investing in the success and growth of LGBT companies and entrepreneurs has positively impacted our employees, our communities and our business. We wouldn’t miss this conference for any other opportunity!

- Chip Wheeler, President, ING Foundation

As an LGBT-owned business, participating in the conference is essential to my client development strategy. I come prepared to build relationships, learn about potential new clients and take home new insight on ways to improve and grow my company. Being a small business sponsor of the event raises my visibility and impact at the event to an even higher level.

- Eileen Kessler, President, OmniStudio

The NGLCC conference is where you will see the seeds of business partnering being planted and flourishing. Year after year, I know this is where I’ll see our current LGBT business partners and meet potential new ones. The programming isn’t content you will find at any other conference. It is fresh. It is new. It is beneficial to entrepreneurs and corporations. It is the LGBT business movement and IBM is proud to be a leading sponsor of it.

Most remarkable are the networking opportunities. IBM won’t miss this conference because of the LGBT businesses we could miss meeting.

- Irwin Drucker, Program Director, GLBT and International Programs,
Supplier Diversity, IBM Global Procurement

Out for Business 2011

After experiencing a 60 percent increase in attendance last year, Out for Business! has arrived as the premiere LGBT business conference. 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. This is one conference you—and your business--can't afford to pass up!

Pre-Conference Day

Tentative Agenda:

Please note agenda items and times are subject to change.
Click here for detailed descriptions of conference sessions.

8:00 –10:00 AM Westwood Board Room NGLCC Council of Chambers & Business Organizations (CCBO) Leadership Meeting (by invitation)
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Registration Desk 1 Registration
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Celebrity Ballroom 5 NGLCC Procurement Council Meeting (by invitation)
10:00 AM – 5:30 PM Santa Monica 2 NGLCC Pacific Northwest regional CCBO Meeting (by invitation)
12:30 PM –1:30 PM Santa Monica 2 NGLCC Pacific Northwest regional CCBO Meeting - Working Lunch (by invitation)
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Santa Monica 4 B2B Boot Camp for LGBT Certified Business Enterprises
2:00 PM  – 4:00 PM Celebrity Ballroom 5 NGLCC Corporate Advisory Council Meeting (by invitation)
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Cafι Nikki @ Tropicana Las Vegas QVegas Mixer & Pre-Conference Reception
Day 1

Tentative Agenda:

Please note agenda items and times are subject to change.
Click here for detailed descriptions of conference sessions.

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Mezzanine Registration Desk Registration
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Celebrity Ballroom 5 CCBO Session
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Conference Center Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Mezzanine Social Media Lounge
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Celebrity Ballroom 4 General Session – Opening Plenary
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM CCBO & Business Sessions
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Celebrity Ballroom 4 Luncheon Plenary
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Back of Mezzanine NLGCC Matchmaker Meetings (by invitation)
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM Business Sessions
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM CCBO & Business Sessions
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM London Club @ Planet Hollywood Welcome Reception
Day 2

Tentative Agenda:

Please note agenda items and times are subject to change.
Click here for detailed descriptions of conference sessions.

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Mezzanine Registration
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Mezzanine Social Media Lounge
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Celebrity Ballroom 4 General Session -  NGLCC Chamber Awards Breakfast
10:30 AM – 3:00 PM Celebrity Ballroom 6 & 7 Marketplace Expo
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Celebrity Ballroom 5 CCBO Session
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM Celebrity Ballroom 6 & 7 Social Media Strategy Series in Marketplace Expo
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Planet Hollywood Resort Lunch – On your own
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Celebrity Ballroom 5 CCBO Networking Lunch
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Celebrity Ballroom 5 CCBO Session
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Celebrity Ballroom 5 CCBO Session:  Collaboration
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Celebrity Ballroom 4 General Session - WBI Roundtable
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Cleopatra's Barge WBI Networking Reception
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Mezzanine Presenting Sponsor Reception
Day 3

Tentative Agenda:

Please note agenda items and times are subject to change.
Click here for detailed descriptions of conference sessions.

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Melrose 1 Virtual Leads Group Meeting (by invitation)
8:30 AM – 6:00 PM Mezzanine Social Media Lounge
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Mezzanine Registration
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Wilshire B Mentor Meeting
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Melrose 4 CCBO Session
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Business Sessions
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Business Sessions
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Celebrity Ballroom 4 Closing Plenary Luncheon - Roll the Dice
2:45 PM – 4:00 PM Business Sessions
2:45 PM – 4:45 PM Melrose 4 CCBO Session
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM TBD B2B Networking Reception (certified LGBTBEs only)
10:00PM – 12:00 AM ROK Nightclub Closing Party

Invited speakers include:

Aaron Walton

Co-founder, Walton Isaacson

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.

Walton began his career as a marketing executive with the Pepsi-Cola Company. 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. Dew Brands. 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. He became the Entertainment Marketing Manager for Pepsi and developed the entertainment marketing strategy for the company.

In 2005, Walton, with his partner Cory Isaacson formed WI with the mission of becoming the "Planet's Most Interesting Agency." Walton's expertise in using entertainment objectives has quickly established the agency beyond just "interesting," as they have landed accounts as diverse as, Whirlpool, Right Gin, Unilever's Axe, Dove & Degree brands and the multicultural marketing and advertising for Lexus Automotive.

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is a passionate advocate and social entrepreneur committed to guiding leaders and organizations to create healthier workplace cultures that resonate with current and incoming leaders. 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. 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. Her areas of expertise include catalyzing diversity to drive innovation and business results, ERG/Affinity Group development, growing leaders in the new global, generationally-diverse and technology-connected workplace ecosystems, and aligning corporate strategy with individual, team, and societal values.

Jennifer is widely quoted in the media on topics of diversity and inclusion, the changing demographics of the workforce, women's career dynamics, and the LGBT landscape; her thought leadership on diversity in the workplace has appeared in leading media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Crain's, and Sirius Radio, with recent TV appearances on Fox News, WCBS, and Better TV. As a "diverse" business owner herself, she is consulted on supplier diversity, drawing on insights from her own identity, as well as her vast network of diversity professionals in multiple industries. Her pro- bono leadership positions include Out & Equal, The Women's Presidents Organization, and the social entrepreneurship engine, Starting Bloc. She is the recipient of NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson's LGBT small business owner of the year, and a finalist for Wells Fargo's LGBT Business of the Year award.

Geri Jewell

Actress and Comedienne

Geri Jewell is best known as Cousin Geri on the NBC sitcom, "The Facts of Life". She was the first person with a disability to have a regular role on a prime time series. She began her career doing stand up comedy at the Comedy Store in 1978. In 1980 she performed at the 2nd Annual Media Access Awards, when she was introduced to Norman Lear by producer, Fern Field.

After her ground breaking role on "Facts" she has appeared on such shows as "The Great Space Coaster", the Emmy award winning movie "Two of a Kind", "Sesame Street", "21 Jump Street", "Young and the Restless", "Strong Medicine" and the HBO hit series, "Deadwood."

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 has consulted for such companies as Hewlett Packard, Master Foods, Johnson Wax, AT&T, and Amgen. She has also trained such government agencies as The C.I.A., The U.S. Treasury Department, Defense Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Army.

She is famous for her uncanny ability to captivate the hearts of her audiences by using humor to facilitate attitudinal change. 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.

In addition to her ongoing speaking circuits, she has never forgotten her roots in comedy. 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 opened for and Judy Collins. She has been featured on Entertainment Tonight, E Hollywood True Story, and ABC's 20/20.

She is co-staring in a new independent film, "Night of the White Pants" which will be released on DVD October 14 2008.

All in all, Geri is enjoying a thriving career. 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.

Franc Fernandez


]Join Franc Fernandez, Lady Gaga's famed designer and creator of some of her most wild fashions, at the 2011 NGLCC National Business and Leadership Conference!

Franc shot to stardom with the creation of Gaga's meat dress, which she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. He also styles bands such as Scissor Sisters and contributes his talents to editorials in Vogue, Blend, and other design magazines.

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.

Gwen Migita

Lead Executive for Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility
Harrah's Entertainment

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. She leads the organization and management of an enterprise-wide Green Steering Committee and serves as the corporate leader of forty property Green Teams.

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. Prior to Harrah's, she spent six years with QMark Research & Polling, starting as Research Director. Gwen drove the corporate expansion to the West Pacific for the research and advertising divisions of Starr Seigle Communications. 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. Department of Commerce, U.S. Navy, U.S. Census Bureau and the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority.

Gwen came to Las Vegas in 2002 where she was promoted to QMark's Executive Vice President of Research. 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. She previously served as the President of the American Marketing Association – Las Vegas Chapter and garnered a national merit award for membership development. 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. She also studied business at the University of Portland, and then abroad in Salzburg, Austria, where she focused on political science and philosophy.

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We love our sponsors!

Increase your exposure by being a sponsor at the 2011 NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference—the largest gathering of LGBT suppliers and corporate purchasers.  

Sponsorship opportunities will help you reach hundreds of

  • Top corporate representatives,
  • LGBT-certified business owners and entrepreneurs, and
  • Allied companies.

Don't miss out on getting the exposure you want from the audience you care about the most!

Maximize your company's exposure with an exhibit booth at our Marketplace Expo!


Small Business Exhibitors:

Exhibit booth, one full conference registration & a half page ad - $649

Exhibit booth and expo only registration - $349

Corporate Exhibitors:

Exhibit booth, one full conference registration & a full page ad - $849

Exhibit booth and expo only registration - $549

Exhibit Booth Specifications

Each exhibitor will receive a 6' draped table, 2 chairs and a sign with the exhibitors name and booth number. Exhibitors may not erect any walls, partitions, decorations or obstructions that interfere with the view of other exhibitors.

Presenting Sponsor

Executive Vice President Level

Director Level

Manager Level

Associate Level

Break Sponsors

Special Event Sponsors

Media Sponsors

Registration Is Closed
Those who have not registered but still want to attend may register at the conference at the on-site registration rates.