The 2018 Inaugural Congressional Summit on LGBTQ Innovation

StartOut's community of senior business leaders and executives met with Representatives and policy leaders at the Capitol to discuss some of the most prevalent issues related to the LGBTQ economic empowerment in the United States.
This Summit is a co-creation efforts between StartOut, it’s sponsors, and civil society partners working with the LGBTQ Equality Caucus in its official capacity, working together towards driving a diverse and inclusive economic environment.

Rep. Jared Polis

Jared Polis is an independent leader who uses his private and public sector experience to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing Colorado and the nation. First elected to represent Colorado’s Second Congressional District in 2008, Polis serves on the powerful Committee on Rules, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the  Committee on Ethics, and the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Rep. Mark Takano

Mark Takano represents the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris in the United States House of Representatives. He serves as Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and as a member of the Education and Workforce Committee, and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee..  In 2012, Mark became the first openly gay person of color to be elected to Congress.



Terry Young

Founder & CEO,

Sparks & Honey


Steve Clemons

Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and editor-in-chief of AtlanticLIVE,  editor-at-large of Quartz


Vivienne Ming

Founder & CEO,



James Felton Keith

Co-Founder, Slay

Founder, Personal Data Project

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Sam McClure

Senior Vice President at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) 


JT Batson

Partner, LUMA Capital

Co-founder and CEO of Hudson MX

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David Stacey

Government Affairs Director



Jennifer Brown

Founder, CEO

Jennifer Brown Consulting

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Eve Lieberman

Chief Policy Advisor

Gov. Jared Polis

David Sweeney

Director of Programs at The Ripon Society and Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange

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Download the 2018 Program