Speakers

We're gathering a group of preeminent  experts and LGBTQ leaders in their fields to discuss the importance of economic empowerment  with political leaders.

Speakers will be added on a rolling basis.

Representative Angie Craig

Rep. Angie Craig represents Minnesota’s Second Congressional District. She is fighting for working families - and for a Minnesota where every member of every family gets a fair shot. That means an opportunity for an outstanding education, career skills and technical training for 21st century jobs of the future, and a better life. She will work with anyone to improve the lives and opportunities of Minnesotans.

She and her wife Cheryl Greene have four sons – three in college or tech school and one in high school. She is a small business investor, the former head of Global HR for a major Minnesota manufacturer, and a former newspaper reporter.

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Representative Mark Takano

Rep. 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. 

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Representative Chris Pappas

A lifelong resident of Manchester, New Hampshire, Congressman Chris Pappas is a local business owner and public servant who has a longstanding record of working to put people before politics. During his time in elected office, Chris also served as an Executive Councilor, State Representative, and County Treasurer. As the fourth generation owner of a family business that opened in 1917, Chris understands the need to focus on constituent services and delivering results for New Hampshire’s working families and Main Street businesses.

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Representative Sharice Davids

Representative Davids was raised by a single mother, who served in the Army for 20 years. After graduating from Leavenworth High School, she worked her way through Johnson County Community College and the University of Missouri-Kansas City before earning a law degree from Cornell Law School. As a first generation college student who worked the entire time she was in college, Rep. Davids understands the importance of quality public schools and affordable higher education. It is that foundation that allowed her to go on to a successful career, focused on economic and community development, which included time as a White House Fellow under President Barack Obama.

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Ambassador Rufus Gifford

Rufus Gifford served as United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark from August 2013 - January 2017. As Ambassador, his personal mission was to transform a historically great relationship to meet the challenges of the future by engaging Danes  on bilateral and global issues. Determined to modernize diplomacy and build back trust in institutions, Gifford pursued a never-before-seen public diplomacy strategy, allowing cameras to document his life and his work. The award-winning documentary series titled “I am the Ambassador” was bought by Netflix and iTunes and is currently being aired on television in over 10 countries.

Ambassador Dan Baer

Dan Baer is a Democrat running for US Senate in Colorado. He represented the United States and President Obama in over fifty countries around the world as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and as US Ambassador to OSCE, the world's largest regional security organization. Dan helped Secretary Clinton develop her landmark LGBTQ speech and worked with Vice President Biden and Secretary Kerry to get international monitors to Ukraine in the wake of the 2014 Russian invasion. Dan was later appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to head the Colorado Department of Higher Education. 

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