JBC Executive Recommends Conference As Way to Grow and Support LGBT Business
There’s no better place to experience a truly inclusive business community than at the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Conference, according to Jennifer Brown, CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC).
And if you work at it, she advises, you can get a taste of the success it engenders, and build valuable and long-lasting relationships with potential clients and partners as a result. But most powerful is the mutual commitment between suppliers like JBC and the large corporations that attend to do business together that revitalizes Brown, as she continues to fulfill her company’s mission of helping her Fortune 500 clients create more inclusive workplaces.
Brown attended the 2015 International Business and Leadership Conference in Fort Lauderdale from Aug. 11 to 14. JBC is a certified LGBT Business Enterprise through NGLCC.
The NGLCC is the “business voice of the LGBT community,” according to its website, “and the largest global not-for-profit advocacy organization [of its kind], dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people.”
JBC’s mission is to help corporations build more inclusive workplaces where all kinds of talent can do their best work, Brown explains. That involves assisting top companies in managing workplace diversity by interacting with thought leaders in the field, understanding best practices and establishing a working relationship with JBC as a guiding partner in the journey and an experienced advisor in change management.
The conference “connects us directly, accelerating the process,” Brown says.
The constant stream of events, conversations and resources that the NGLCC provides recreates a supportive, commercially-minded community “whose purpose is to access the talents of LGBT business owners – supplier to supplier, and supplier to corporation – to help grow our businesses,” she said.
Membership, as a result, enables her to “reach people I wouldn’t have been able to on my own,” Brown notes. “I can name at least 10 current clients whom I met originally in the context of NGLCC.”
For the consulting company, meeting members, participants and sponsors readily puts JBC in touch with firms “dedicated to the cutting edge conversation about how every company’s ecosystem matters”– not just for its internal talent and external customers, but its supplier community as well, Brown said.
It’s not only networking with like-minded individuals and potential clients that engaged Brown, however, but also being able to rely on organizers to help her make connections. In JBC’s category of HR and diversity, for instance, staff knows and works with decision makers constantly, she said.
“In the end,” Brown concluded, “it’s exciting to be a part of such a dynamic and growing conversation about the importance of supplier diversity in business. Our numbers – of companies, of spend, of growth, of economic impact – speak for themselves, but our voices must be heard.”
Read more about the conference and Brown’s contribution at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/brianhonigman/2015/08/09/certified-lgbt-owned-business/