Congressional Summit on LGBT Innovation

Leadership Council

The Congressional Summit's Leadership Council is a group of senior corporate executives, leaders of industry, and policy experts in the LGBTQ community. They offer strategic guidance, help expand our community, and advise on programming - contributing to all areas of our growing Summit.

An avid believer in using travel as a force for good, Kelly is passionate advocate for causes around the globe, using his platform to create change and supporting organizations close to his heart.

CEO & Founder,

The Points Guy


Brian Kelly

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Charles is the former Vice-Chair of Evercore .  He's provided strong leadership by engaging political leaders on issues of LGBTQ Equality, in the US and abroad.  

Chairman & Founder,
Signum Global

Charles Myers


Mr. Aust works closely with Nasdaq’s Global Listing Services unit to assist clients and prospects worldwide. Mr. Aust also serves as President of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, located in San Francisco.

Vice Chairman,



Bruce Aust


Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, co-founder of Socos Labs, chair of the board of directors at StartOut and an international speaker.

Co Founder,

Socos Labs


Vivienne Ming


Emily brings her military and entrepreneurial leadership to public service and is passionate about finding new ways to harness the potential of innovators and entrepreneurs, with particular emphasis on inclusive entrepreneurship, alternative finance, social impact, and economic development.

Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship,

U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration

Emily Miller


Wesley is the President of the National LGBT Bar Association and named as one of the 100 worldwide OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Corporate Executives by the Financial Times. 

Senior Assistant General Counsel



Wesley Bizzell


Jordan Goldman has been a longtime supporter of LGBTQ entrepreneurs.  He's also presented to leaders at organizations including the White House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the British Embassy, Harvard Business School, NYU Business School and The New York Times; appearing as a guest expert on ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and Bloomberg News.

Chief Marketing Officer &
Head of Growth,



Jordan Goldman

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Lanae has served on President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and is the former President of Q Street. 

SVP for Social Policy & Politics,

Third Way


Lanae Erickson


Bethara is the former Head of Integrated Global Services for the Campbell Soup Company and is  has been named as a Top 100 Leading LGBT Executives in the world by Out-Standing and others.

Executive, Global Thought Leader, Speaker and Board Member

Bethmara Kessler


Robert is a recognized brand building leader who's leveraged his experience to positively impact the LGBTQ community.

Chief Client Officer,

Publicis Group


Robert Kasunich


Jennifer is  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.

Founder, President and CEO,

Jennifer Brown Consulting


Jennifer Brown


Sean has brought his  entrepreneurial experience and passion to help to a variety of initiatives ranging from PFLAG to MPact to help the vulnerable in our communities.

CEO, LGBT Foundation,

 Co-Founder, Hornet


Sean Howell


He has been on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Inc. and Forbes. He is a contributor for and an out LGBTQ business leader supporting many causes. 

Founder and CEO,



Allen Gannet


Joe DiPasquale is a co-founder of BitBull Capital, a crypto hedge fund; Regroup, the leading mass notification platform for large organizations; and StartOut, a non-profit organization serving LGBT entrepreneurs.


BitBull Capital


Joe DiPasquale

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Rusty D. Pickens is the Vice President for Innovation and Technology for oSTEM and the Founder of 580 Strategies. He is the former Senior Advisor for Digital Platforms at the U.S. Department of State, and former Acting Director for New Media Technologies at the White House.

Vice Presidentfor Innovation and Technology,



Rusty Pickens

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Erik is a member of Nasdaq’s Out and Proud Employees of Nasdaq (OPEN) community.  Prior to Nasdaq, Erik worked for an international law firm, where he was a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.  Over the past decade, Erik has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC.  

Senior Associate General Counsel Senior Enforcement Counsel,



Erik Wittman