2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference

August 14, 2018
to August 17, 2018


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NGLCC Is Coming To Philadelphia For Our Biggest And Most Inspiring Conference Yet!

Looking to jump-start your business or build a stronger professional network? Interested in bringing more LGBT-owned businesses into your corporate supply chain? Aiming to strengthen your local LGBT chamber of commerce and network of B2B referrals? There is only one place to be: the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference, August 14-17 in Philadelphia!

The event will attract over 1,300 entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, affiliate chamber leaders, and government officials from across the country and around the world. The connections made at the conference can be the basis for contracting opportunities and strategic growth for years to come.

This world-renowned, three-day educational conference delivers innovative leadership programming, networking and engagement opportunities for business leaders like you. Our cutting-edge educational programs will include inspiring keynote speakers, the annual B2B Boot Camp for LGBT Business Enterprises, a chamber development track, marketplace expo, one-on-one matchmaker meetings, and much more.

Due to unprecedented growth last year in Las Vegas and space limitations in Philadelphia, this year's conference will sell out earlier than ever before! Secure your spot at the world's largest LGBT business event today!

Early bird registration has closed, but there's still more to come! A finalized conference agenda will be made available in early May. Similar to past conferences, we invite you to exhibit at our Marketplace Expo this year. To reserve your Marketplace Expo space, please contact the NGLCC Events & Experience team at [email protected] for additional information and pricing.

See highlights from our record-breaking 2017 NGLCC Conference in Las Vegas:

2018 NGLCC Business & Leadership Conference Registration Rates

Prices reflect per person rates. Registrations are audited to ensure registration type accuracy.
Full registration includes access to all plenaries and breakout sessions; three full meal functions; open bars at evening receptions; and transportation to offsite Conference events. Attire is business casual for all events during the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference.
Early Bird Registration
February 5 - April 27
Regular Registration
April 28 - August 13
NGLCC Certified LGBTBE or NGLCC Registered International Supplier 
Small business who is currently certified through NGLCC as an LGBTBE or small business that is currently registered through NGLCC as an International LGBT Supplier 
Affiliate Chamber Leader or International Affiliate Chamber Leader 
Attendee who is recognized as an affiliate chamber staff or board member 
Small Business Local Chamber Member
Small business who is a member of their local chamber, but is not NGLCC certified
Small Business (Non-affiliated)
Small business who is not a member of their local chamber or NGLCC certified
Corporate Partner
Corporation that is a corporate partner of the NGLCC
Corporate Non-Partner
Corporation that is not currently a corporate partner of the NGLCC
Government Agency
Attendee who works for a Government Agency
Nonprofit Organization/Organizational Ally
Attendee who works for a Nonprofit Organization or an Organizational Ally
Spouse/Partner/Companion Pass
Registration for those who want to attend the social networking receptions only with their spouse, partner or companion


Submit A Conference Session Proposal

Conference proposals are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted proposals to present at this year's conference.

NGLCC will announce its speakers for our International Business & Leadership Conference in the weeks ahead of the conference. Please check back soon for a preliminary agenda. 



The 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. If you're interested in being a part of this incredible LGBT business event, please contact our corporate relations team at [email protected]. Additional information about sponsorship opportunities can be found in our 2018 Sponsorship Brochure.

2018 Presenting Sponsors


CEO Level Sponsors


VP Level Sponsors


Director Level Sponsors



Manager Level Sponsors


Associate Level Sponsors


Marketplace Expo Sponsor

Matchmakers Sponsor

Mentorship Breakfast Sponsor

Room Key Sponsor



Book Your Hotel

Already secured your spot at #NGLCC18? Don't forget about your hotel room! Our host hotel, the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, will be the place to be! It's home to not only our formal programming but also all the networking and fun that happens between sessions. Attendees can book their room at a special conference rate of $189/night. Like our conference registration, these rooms will sell out, so book today to guarantee your spot at the heart of the action!

To ensure that the room block is being utilized by NGLCC conference attendees, those booking a room at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown will be required to pay a one night, non-refundable, deposit (as required the past three years).  The deposit is to safeguard the NGLCC against room inventory attrition and gives everyone attending the 2018 conference the best opportunity to secure a room at the host hotel.

Please consider using one of NGLCC's partner airlines for your travel to Philadelphia:
American Airlines is offering discounted flights for Conference attendees! American Airlines is offering a 5% discount to NGLCC 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference attendees who fly in and out of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) on American Airlines operated and marketed flights between August 7, 2018, and August 18, 2018. To take advantage of this special discount, use promo code 7288BM when purchasing on (or through your travel agency).


2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference Press & Media:

The NGLCC 2018 International Business & Leadership Conference is proud to welcome journalists and news outlets from around the world to our conference! Camera crews are welcomed in our Plenary Sessions with prior authorization and interviews with NGLCC leadership and business experts are available upon request in our media suite.

Interested in obtaining press credentials for the 2018 Conference?  Contact the NGLCC press team at [email protected].

Interested in joining us as a Media Partner for #NGLCC18 and gain tremendous visibility and access? Contact the NGLCC team at [email protected].

Our current 2018 Media Partners: