Business Equality Conference

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Name: Business Equality Conference
Date: October 10, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM CDT
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Event Description:
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Diana Kander Featured Keynote Presenter at Third Annual Business Equality Conference

The Mid-America Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to the third annual Business Equality Conference on Friday, October 10th from 10:30 am - 5:30 pm at Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP.
The theme of the 2014 Business Equality Conference is "A Force For Change". We look forward to the exploring policies and strategies that can take LGBT businesses and our allies to the next level.

The keynote address will be given by Diana Kander, Attorney, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri and Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Kander is the author of All In Startup, a New York Times Bestselling novel outlining the lessons for launching successful products through a story of a struggling entrepreneur making his way through the World Series of Poker.

Providing the Opening Message will be Buck Wimberly from Hallmark Cards, Inc. with his incredible story of authenticity in the workplace.

We are excited to welcome a number of local, regional, and national leaders that will share their knowledge and experiences.

Breakout Sessions:

  • How to be a Face for Change as an Ally--presented by Connecticut based Jenn T. Grace (Author of The 7 Mistakes Preventing You From Selling to the $830 Billion LGBT Market and author of But You Don't Look Gay: Successful Marketing Strategies for Doing Business with the LGBT Community.)
  • DOMA & Financial Planning for the LGBT Community--presented by Chicago based Kenneth L. Jordan, Jr. (Executive Director, Wealth Planning Director--Heartland Region at Morgan Stanley)
  • Your Personal Stress Analysis--presented by Dr. Linda Moore (President, Linda L. Moore & Associates and author of Your Personal Stress Analysis
  • Equal Benefits for LGBT Employees--presented by Jim MacDonald (Vice-President Community Impact, Heart of America United Way) and Brian Johnston (Head of Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice at Polsinelli)
  • Transgender in the Workplace--presented by Madeline Johnson (Future partner at Edelman Liesen & Myers)
  • Supplier Diversity and the NGLCC--presented by Natalie Rojas of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Mid-America GLCC Board President, Dan Nilsen.

We are also excited to welcome a number of experts in their respective fields to the first ever B.E. Talks Series (Business Equality Talks), presented by Google Fiber.

Speakers of the inaugural B.E. Talks Series, presented by Google Fiber, include:

  • State Senator Jolie Justus, Attorney, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • Chris Hernandez, Director of City Communications, City of Kansas City, MO
  • Tim VanZandt, Vice-President Public Affairs, Saint Luke's Health System
  • Mary Timmel, Midwest Outreach Manager, Small Business Majority
  • Kyle Piccola, Senior Field Organizer--Kansas City Region, P.R.O.M.O.
  • Megan England, City Councilwoman, Roeland Park, KS
  • Dr. William Self, Assistant Professor of Leadership & Organizational Behavior, University of Missouri--Kansas City.
  • Angie Cottrell, Human Rights Campaign Board of Governor Kansas City
  • Paul Turner, owner of Macher Logistics, a LGBT Business Enterprise

The conference will conclude with an opportunity to mingle, discuss, and network with other conference attendees prior to the October B2B Network which will also be held at Shook, Hardy, & Bacon LLP. The October B2B Network will be underwritten by Chairman's Plus Partner, flux forward.

Mid-America GLCC Members may attend the conference for only $75 and Non-Members can attend for $125. Conference attendance is limited to 120 attendees, so it is important to register early to secure your spot!

You can register by clicking on the blue "REGISTER NOW" button at the top of this page.


2014 Business Equality Conference Co-Chairs:

Jim Giles, Director of Council and Community Relations in the Kansas City, Missouri Mayor's Office

C. Stephen Metzler, Area Executive Vice-President at Gallagher Metzler Insurance

The Mid-America GLCC is a proud affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Event Media:
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
2555 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64108

Complimentary parking is available in the Shook, Hardy & Bacon garage via the entrance on the north side of  SHB's building. 
  • Park in any space not marked “Reserved.”
  • Elevators are in the southwest corner of each floor in the parking garage.
  • Access to SHB’s Office is on the “L” level of the garage.
  • Please bring your parking ticket to the event for validation.

Date/Time Information:
Friday, October 10th
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
$75 for Mid-America GLCC Members
$125* for Non-Members

*Non-Members may choose to allocate up to $50 of their conference fee to be applied towards a Mid-America GLCC Membership 
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