Date: Thursday, 16 March 2017
Time: 08:30 AM
Member Price: $95.00
Non-Member Price: $95.00
Address: 515 Madison St, Seattle, WA
Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Phone: 206-363-9188

Working Together for Shared Prosperity
, the first-ever LGBT economic summit, will explore topics such as: leveraging the power of LGBT businesses; Blue State tourism; maintaining Left Coast politics in the post-election era; working together to promote diverse supply chains; unlocking the power of bringing marginalized communities together; and homelessness. Through keynote presentations and panel discussions, attendees will share information, provide critical input to regional challenges, and form lasting relationships with LGBT and allied business leaders from Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and British Columbia.


Full day (includes Lunch and Power Connect reception) | Register here.
$50 Lunch only | Register here.


8:30am - 9:00am
Registration and Breakfast

9:00am - 10:30am
Breakfast Panel: Leveraging the Power of LGBT Businesses
A panel of successful and diverse LGBT-owned business leaders.

Moderator: Roger Nyhus, Nyhus Communications

Roz Edison
, Marination
Joe Fugere, Tutta Bella
Curtis Thornhill is the CEO of Apt Marketing Solutions, a firm that brings enterprise marketing practices to businesses of all sizes. Apt Marketing was named to the 2016 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies and was profiled in Adweek magazine. Curtis frequently speaks and writes about improving the impact of technology, data, and processes in marketing.

10:30am - 12:00pm
Plenary Session: Working Together to Promote Diverse Supply Chains

Moderator: Bryan Adamson, Seattle University Law Professor
Panelists: Sam McClure, NGLCC; Michael Herrera, SoCal Gas, Diversity Liaison; Mark Morales, State of CA, Dept of Insurance, Diversity Task Task Force

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch and Panel on Left Coast Politics in the Post-election Era

Sally Clark, former Seattle City Councilmember
Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle

Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, has been a pioneer for LGBTQ rights in Santa Clara County for nearly four decades. In 1984, he co-founded a four-county LGBTQ political action group called the Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee after coming out in the OpEd pages of the San Jose Mercury News. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed as the first chairperson of Santa Clara County’s AIDS Prevention Task Force. Upon his election to the San Jose Community College District in 1992, he became the first openly gay elected official in the County. Ken then served six years as a San Jose City Councilmember and has served on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors since 2006. In 2008, Ken became a Deputy Commissioner for Civil Marriage and has since solemnized over 100 same gender unions. In 2015, he created the Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs, the first county-level office dedicated to serving the unique needs of LGBTQ residents.

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Unleashing the Power of Bringing Diverse Communities Together
A discussion with ethnic and minority chambers.

Panelists: Jaebadia Gardner, OnPoint Real Estate; Jennifer Jimenez, Eastside Total Health & Lactation; Martha Lee, Chinese Chamber and the Ethnic Coalition of Chambers of Commerce; Frank Montes, California Hispanic Chamber; Beto Yarce, Ventures

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Plenary Session: Blue State Tourism

Tom Norwalk, CEO, VisitSeattle, Seattle, WA

5:00pm - 7:00pm
Power Connect reception (21+ only)
Learn more here.


The Western Business Alliance, formed in 1992, is a coalition of LGBT and allied chambers of commerce located on the west coast of the United States and Canada. WBA chambers are committed to expanding economic opportunities for the LGBT and allied community by promoting equality through business. Through cooperation and sharing best practices, our chambers are integral to the economic health of our region and proudly connect the more than 3000 businesses we represent located throughout the West Coast.

The WBA Chambers:

Desert Business Alliance (Palm Springs, CA)
Golden Gate Business Alliance (San Francisco, CA)
Greater Seattle Business Association (Seattle, WA)
Inland Northwest Business Alliance (Spokane, WA)
Lambda Business Association (Las Vegas, NV)
Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Long Beach, CA)
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Los Angeles, CA)
LOUD Business of Vancouver BC (Vancouver, BC)
Portland Area Business Association (Portland, OR)
Rainbow Chamber of Commerce of Silicon Valley (Sunnyvale, CA)
Sacramento Rainbow Chamber (Sacramento, CA)


The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) has released its "America's LGBT Economy" Report -- the first ever snapshot demonstrating the economic and social impact of America’s leading LGBT business owners and entrepreneurs. Learn more here.

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