Date: Thursday, 16 March 2017
Time: 08:30 AM to 07:00 PM
Member Price: $95.00
Non-Member Price: $95.00
Student Price: $35.00
Address: 515 Madison St, Seattle, WA
Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Phone: 206-363-9188
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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; and unlocking the power of bringing marginalized communities together.

Through keynote presentations and panel discussions, attendees will share information, provide critical input to regional challenges, and build relationships with other LGBT and allied business leaders from Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and British Columbia.

Online registration has closed. Please call (206) 363-9188 to purchase your tickets.

Full day (includes Lunch and Power Connect reception)
$50 Lunch only | Learn more here.
$15 Power Connect reception only | $25 non-member | Learn more here.

We never want cost to be a barrier to opportunity. If you are a small business owner that would like to attend, but may not have the resources, please contact us.



Event Emcee: Jerome Bader, Blue Guardrail Marketing

Morning Sessions

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 Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria
Gladys Gillis, Starline Luxury Coaches
Curtis Thornhill, Apt Marketing Solutions

Working Together to Promote Diverse Supply Chains

Moderator: Bryan Adamson, Seattle University School of Law

Sam McClure, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
Mark Morales, State of CA, Dept. of Insurance, Diversity Task Force
Jason Trimiew, Facebook


Luncheon Conversation
Left Coast Politics in the Post-Election Era
| 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Moderator: Sally Clark, UW Director of Regional & Community Relations, former Seattle City Councilmember
Joe McDermott, King County Council
Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle
Ken Yeager, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors


Afternoon Sessions

Unleashing the Power of Bringing Diverse Communities Together
A discussion with ethnic and minority chambers.

Moderator: Joe Mirabella, Communications Director, Seattle OED
Jaebadiah 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

Blue State Tourism

Moderator: Karen Olson, Chief Marketing Officer, Space Needle
Dean Nelson, & Whistler Pride and Ski Festival
Tom Norwalk, Visit Seattle
Tim Robinson, Visit Spokane


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

Learn more about our distinguished panelists here.

Thank you to our Summit Sponsors

Executive Sponsor


Session Sponsors


Power Connect Sponsors


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 Association (Palm Springs, CA)
Golden Gate Business Association (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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GSBA is Washington's LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce. We represent over 1,300 small business, corporate and nonprofit members who share GSBA’s values of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace.

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Become an Event Sponsor

Event Sponsors benefit from prominent exposure to more than 15,000 businesses, individuals, and nonprofit organizations throughout the region. To learn about how GSBA can help you achieve your promotional goals, contact Amy Burdick at (206) 363-9188.

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