(NGLCC) 2019 International Business and Leadership Conference, Diamonds in
Diversity Gala moves to October 18 , 2019
Tampa, FL — The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce will host the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
(NGLCC) 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference in Tampa, FL. This world-renowned conference is
the largest LGBT business event in the world and provides networking and engagement opportunities for business
owners in the LGBT community. The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce (TBDCC) in partnership with Visit
Tampa Bay won the 2019 bid over all other applicants to secure the NGLCC 2019 International Business &
Leadership Conference for the city of Tampa.
“We are excited to host the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference,” said Santiago Corrada,
President & CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. “Hosting this event will elevate the entire Tampa Bay community in the eyes of
the world and showcase Tampa as a major LGBTQ destination capable of putting on a significant, high-quality
To kick off The 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber will be
hosting the Opening Night Reception on the evening of August 13, 2019 at the Italian Club in historic Ybor City.
Over the coming weeks, the Chamber will be providing updates and information about sponsorships for this
milestone event. Inventory is limited so don’t delay on securing your spot.
Additionally, the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce will be moving its annual awards gala, “Diamonds in
Diversity,” originally scheduled for March 1 rd to October 18, 2019 to focus its resources, planning and full
commitment to the Opening Night Reception for the NGLCC Conference, and its regularly scheduled Breakfast ‘n
Learns, B2B Networking Socials and additional programing. More information on this event including tickets and
sponsorship can be found at https://www.diversitytampabay.org/Diamonds-In-Diversity .
“We’re working hard planning for 2019—we’re ready to do more than ever before,” said Justice Gennari, President
of Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce. “Celebrating 35 years, we are honored to host the 2019 NGLCC
International Business & Leadership Conference . We are dedicated to doing all we can to building trusted
connections and to expanding economic opportunities for all! We thank all our members for their ongoing support
of the Chamber.”
Founded in 2002, the NGLCC was created as a resource to support the LGBT business community and showcase the
diversity of talent, skills, and expertise that the LGBT community has to offer. The 2019 International Business &
Leadership Conference is expected to convene more than 1,300 LGBT and allied entrepreneurs, business owners,
government & corporate representatives, and LGBT chamber leaders from across the country and around the
globe. Attendees will take part in three days of symposia, panel discussions, development seminars, and special
events designed to generate business opportunities and build strong relationships.
“The NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference is the largest LGBT business event in the world, and
we’re thrilled to work with the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce as we bring our annual conference to
Tampa,” said NGLCC Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson. “With its rich history and reputation as regional
business center, Tampa will make an excellent host for the over 1,300 LGBT business owners, corporate thought
leaders, and public and private sector decision-makers that the NGLCC International Business & Leadership
Conference convenes each year.”
The 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference brought together over 1,200 business leaders to
the city of Philadelphia, PA. Attendees heard from media icon, entrepreneur, and LGBT ally Martha Stewart,
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who delivered special remarks on the
importance of including of LGBT Business Enterprises (LGBTBEs) in public and private sector contracting.
Throughout the week, attendees attended discussions with many of the world’s top corporate and government
leaders committed to LGBT business development and opportunity. With the help of the International Business
Alliance (IBA), the economic impact of NGLCC’s 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference was
estimated at roughly $3.6 million dollars and made a lasting impact on the region’s hospitality and tourism
For more information about TBDCC, visit https://www.diversitytampabay.org/ . Be sure to like the TBDCC on
Facebook and follow along on Twitter and Instagram @diversityTB . Learn more about NGLCC at www.nglcc.org ,
and find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @NGLCC.
To attend the NGLCC 2019 International Business & Leadership Conference, register at nglcc.org/nglcc19.
About Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce:
The Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce began over 35 years ago to provide an environment for business
owners and local organizations to build an inclusive community based on shared goals, friendship, and trust. We
serve the entirety of Tampa Bay, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and as far north as Tarpon Springs. The
TBDCC is an official affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest
global not-for-profit advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and
advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned
businesses. www.nglcc.org @nglcc