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. 

Charles Myers

Charles Myers, Founder and Chairman of Signum Global has over 20 years of US political and electoral experience advising candidates in Presidential, Senate, House of Representatives, Gubernatorial and Mayoral races, including Hillary Clinton for President 2016.  

Dr Vivienne Ming

Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, co-founder of Socos Labs, chair of the board of directors at StartOut and an international speaker covering her AI-driven research into the future of work, education, inclusion and gender in business, technology and more.

Drew Keller

Drew is the Global Program Director for Open For Business. He oversees the planning and implementation of all of Open For Business’s programs, leads the coalition’s research activities, and manages the relationships with corporate and civil society partners. 

Dan Bross

Dan is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, a coalition of organizations committed to leveraging their individual and collective advocacy to accelerate LGBTI equality and inclusion, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

Ben Grove

Ben is the President of Q Street and serves as legislative director to Thompson Coburn's Lobbying & Policy Group. He represents the firm's clients before Congress and the Executive Branch primarily in the areas of education, tax, and homeland security. 

Alex Slater

A creative force, Alex Slater has been on the founding team of three respected media and public affairs firms. In his latest venture at Clyde Group, he has led the firm to be recognized annually as a top five boutique agency in the United States.

Jocelyn Samuels

Jocelyn Samuels is the Executive Director of the Williams Institute. From July of 2014 through the beginning of 2017, Samuels was the Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer is  the Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting and one of the foremost experts on  diversity and inclusion and is dedicated to advocate for social equality helping businesses foster healthier, more productive workplace cultures.

Nick Alm

Nick is the co-founder and CEO of Mossier, a social enterprise that helps organizations recruit and retain LGBTQ talent. He co-founded The Carlson School’s first undergraduate LGBTQ student organization, Compass. Mossier intends to be a local, national, and global leader on LGBTQ economic and employment issues.

Suzanne Beall

Suzanne Beall serves as the International Franchise Association’s Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy, representing the franchising community before Congress, the Administration and national political parties. 

Amit Paley

Amit Paley is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of The Trevor Project, the world’s largest organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people.  Previously he was an Associate Partner at the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company serving numerous non-profit organizations, Fortune 500 companies and governments. 

James F. Keith

James Felton Keith is a serial entrepreneur and award winning engineer economist and author who defined personal data. Hehas incubated an industry: As chairman of The Data Union he defined the modern concept of "personaldata" through his books and the Personal Data Week conferences .

Brad Clark

Brad Clark is the president and chief executive officer of the Gill Foundation. Previously, he was campaign director of One Iowa and the executive director of Iowa Safe Schools, where Brad led a coalition of education, civil rights, labor, faith, and business leaders to help pass a comprehensive safe schools law and civil rights law to protect LGBT Iowans from discrimination.

Wesley Bizzell, Esq.

Wesley Bizell is the Senior Assistant General Counsel
Managing Director of Political Law & Ethics Programs at 
Altria.  He also  serves as President of the National LGBT Bar Association and was named as one of the 100 worldwide OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Corporate Executives by the Financial Times. 

Thomas E. Gaynor

Thomas Gaynor is a co-leader of our M&A and Corporate Transactions team, and the former office managing partner of our San Francisco office. Thomas represents clients from a wide range of industries in complex international corporate and finance transactions. In addition, he provides strategic legal and business counsel to his clients located around the world.

Trevor Burgess

Trevor Burgess is the Chairman of Neptune Flood,. Trevor is Chairman of TRB Development, and serves on the board of Zeguro, a cybersecurity insuretech. Trevor is the former CEO of C1 Bank. Taking his company public on the NYSE in 2014, Mr. Burgess became the first openly gay CEO of a publicly traded bank.

Andres Wydler

Andres is the Executive Director of StartOut and has a long career of supporting LGBTQ causes.  He's a passionate believer in the importance of economic empowerment and entrepreneurship for the community.

Dave Barmore

Dave is a Public Policy Manager at Uber. In this position, he leads the company's engagement efforts with Congressional, Administration, and third-party stakeholders on the issues of privacy, data security, and consumer safety. 

Jenny Kane

Jenny Kane is the is Director, Federal Government Affairs at Altria where she provides critical government affairs leadership on key issues related to it's industry and key social impact initiatives.

Sabrina Kent

Sabrina Kent serves as Chief of Staff at the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and supports the efforts of its Board of Directors in advocating for the economic empowerment of LGBT-owned businesses both within the U.S. and globally. Sabrina works cross-departmentally and as a member of the NGLCC Global Team with a particular focus on the division’s growing work in India.