Dear Members, Allies and Supporters,
In our second year, the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce has been recognized by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as the Rising Star Chamber of the Year and University of Baltimore School of Law awarded us with its “Community Action Award.” We are excited to be hosting our own Awards event on April 25th — First Annual LGBT+ Champions Awards — where we will be celebrating the outstanding leadership and advocacy of six awardees.
We are moving full steam ahead with programming growing into Howard County, Frederick, Annapolis, Bethesda and beyond. We now have over 150 Members and a jam-packed schedule of networking and educational events planned. If you are visiting our webpage for the first time, be sure to check out our MEMBER DIRECTORY to learn who our member companies are and what they do. You can also visit our JOB BOARD for opportunities to work within our member companies. And lastly, visit our EVENTS page to save the dates and RSVP for some of our many upcoming events including our monthly networking. Membership for Individual Professionals starts at just $100/yr and gets you free monthly networking throughout the year.
I look forward to meeting each of you at our events and learning how we can help your business grow and thrive in Maryland while embracing diversity. Join us today on our journey to educate, advocate and empower LGBT-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Allies and supporters are always welcome as well!
Our Mission and Vision for the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce empowers and promotes the economic well-being of the LGBT+ community in the Maryland marketplace through education, networking and advocacy. As a vital link between government, businesses and our allies, the Chamber facilitates equality, prosperity and inclusivity for all members of the LGBT+ community.
Our vision is to be the leader in the economic fabric of Maryland, working to unite LGBT+ professionals and businesses with business, government and community entities for the common goals of inclusivity, fairness and prosperity for all of our members in their business endeavors.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Joan Cox President | Tom Koerber Vice President | Terri Hett Treasurer | Andrew M. Weisbrodt Secretary
Betsy Cerulo Advisor/Co-Founder | Dave Imre Executive Advisory Board Chair/Co-Founder
Wil Graham Member-at-Large/Western Maryland | Anita McMullin Member-at-Large/Annapolis & East
Carlton Smith Member-at-Large/Central Maryland | Gavriel Legynd Member-at-Large/Southern Maryland
Lee Johnson-Lowe & Christopher Vaeth Program Committee Chairs | April Rancier & Anita McMullin Membership/Development Committee Chairs
Mare McCall Marketing Committee Chair | Ayla Harris Governance Committee Chair
Many, many thanks to all the volunteers who have been working hard behind the scenes to build this chamber!