NGLCC’s Makes History with 3rd LGBT Summit of the Americas

| By Michael Castellano
Two weeks ago, NGLCC’s 3rd LGBT Summit of the Americas made history in Lima, Peru. Following the inaugural LGBT Summit of the Americas in Colombia in 2012 and last year’s summit in Mexico, NGLCC was pleased to bring the third rendition of the series to Peru’s capital city. The event not only provided an unparalleled opportunity to assemble LGBT business leaders and corporate diversity professionals from across the Americas, but also served as the public launch of NGLCC’s newest international affiliate chamber, the Peruvian GLBT Chamber of Commerce (CCGLPE).
The Summit took place May 28 and 29 at the JW Marriott hotel and attracted over 150 attendees during two days of high-level programming. Notable speakers included LGBT rights advocate Congressman Carlos Bruce, managers for procurement and HR from IBM Peru, Luisa Revilla—Peru’s first openly trans elected official, as well as Apoorva Gandhi, vice president for Multi-Cultural Markets and Alliances for Marriott International, NGLCC’s 2014 Corporation of the Year. 
NGLCC was also privileged to welcome the honorable U.S. Ambassador Brian Nichols to deliver the Summit’s opening remarks and officially launch Peru’s new chamber. Ambassador Nichols, who began his Foreign Service career as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Lima from 1989 to 1991, commented that he could not have envisioned a Peruvian GLBT Chamber of Commerce just two decades ago, but that he is proud to partner with the NGLCC and CCGLPE today to promote diversity and inclusion for the Peruvian LGBT community. Ambassador Nichols proudly declared, “We are partners in the promotion of the social change that eliminates discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as the progress of our economic growth.”
The launch of CCGLPE marks a truly historic moment in Peru and culminates months of training and capacity building between NGLCC Global and CCGLPE—including an in-country evaluation to a leadership engagement. Peru marks the third international chamber and focus country under NGLCC Global’s public-private partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and NGLCC corporate partners. NGLCC will work in close partnership with CCGLPE to serve the Peruvian LGBT business community and act as a resource for both LGBTBEs and multi-national corporations who wish to do business with Peru.
In addition to business development and diversity programming, the 3rd LGBT Summit of the Americas concluded with a Cultural Exchange to the Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. A number of U.S. LGBTBEs joined team NGLCC Global for an incredible excursion, organized by a Peruvian Registered International LGBT Supplier.
Peru and the United States have strong bilateral relations, particularly in regards to business. The U.S.—Peru Free Trade Agreement (PTPA) dates back to February 1, 2009, with trade doubling between from $9 billion to more than $16 billion in 2013. These business opportunities will certainly continue to grow with the Obama Administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which is currently being considered in the U.S. Congress. NGLCC is excited to work with CCGLPE to ensure that the LGBT community not only gets a portion of that $16 billion but also grows the number of opportunities for economic exchange for U.S. and Peruvian LGBT business owners.
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