Networking events took a backseat to political activism in 2018, but its looking like 2019 will be the year that face-to-face networking returns … at least until the 2020 campaigns start to heat up. So, grab those business cards and join us for a little LGBTQ+ networking building next month.
Here’s our rundown of networking events to check out in February. Highlights this month include StartOut’s Celebrating LGBTQ Women, Transgender & Non-Binary Business Leaders and the SXSW LGBTQIA+ Community Meetup.
This is an active post and is updated. It also features a curated list of events. For a complete list of upcoming events, check out our community calendar.
Austin LGBT Chamber February Luncheon
The Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce‘s luncheon will be at the El Chile Café y Cantina on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019 from 11 AM – 1 PM. In addition to the luncheon, there will also be a Rainbow Ribbon Cutting for new members of the Chamber.
Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $30 for walk-up registration, space permitting. Advanced registration is highly recommended.
Celebrating LGBTQ Women, Transgender & Non-Binary Business Leaders
On THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019, StartOut Austin and the eBay Foundation will host an evening featuring several female, transgender, and non-binary founders and business leaders from 6-8:30 PM at Galvanize.
A panel featuring Danielle Skidmore, former Austin City Council candidate and President at Danielle Skidmore Consulting, Kerry Rupp, Partner at True Wealth Ventures, and Angelica Erazo, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Oracle. Led by Logan Wick, Founder & CEO of OutBranding Promos, the panel will feature an open, honest discussion about how they navigate being their authentic selves at work while leading companies.
Pride in Austin Networking Happy Hour
The last event Pride in Austin Happy Hour was back in October 2017, but it looks like Varela Properties is reviving the networking event. The next one is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019 from 6:30-11 PM and will be held at Lucille Patio Lounge over on Rainey Street.
LGBT+ Happy Hour with the ‘Loo
The second Thursday of each month, Rain on 4th hosts its monthly happy hour for Waterloo Counseling Center. Stop by on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2019 from 6-8 PM and find out more about the LGBT+ and HIV/AIDS-specialized counseling services the center offers Austin’s LGBT community. Plus, each month a portion of sales during happy hour is donated back to Waterloo.
SXSW LGBTQIA+ Community Meetup
The past couple years, SXSW has hosted a pre-festival community meetup for the LGBTQIA+ community here in Austin. It’s an excellent opportunity to find out more about queer content included in this year’s festival. If you haven’t already gotten yours already, the chance to get a discount on a badge. Plus, there is an opportunity to win a badge to this year’s festival.
This year’s event is held in partnership with the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. It will replace the chamber’s monthly networking happy hour normally held on the third Thursday of the month. Join us TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019 from 6-8 PM at the offices of DropBox Austin. The event is FREE with RSVP.
Stay tuned. We’ll be posting the details about our annual Big Gay Kickoff Party in partnership with the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce in the first week of February.
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Out Leadership Rings the Nasdaq Opening Bell
Out Leadership, the global LGBT+ business network, rang the Nasdaq stock market opening bell on Friday, November 2, 2018. The ceremony celebrated Out Leadership’s instrumental impact in making LGBT+ equality a priority in global C-suites, and the progress its executive events and talent initiatives have made towards inspiring Out Leaders and global companies to grow their businesses through inclusion.
“When I started this company, it was rare to see a CEO discussing LGBT+ equality as an issue that affected how they did business. In the last 8 years, we’ve engaged more than 400 global CEOs in our work, helping them realize the immense positive business impacts of inclusion. In many ways, ringing the opening bell is symbolic of the immense progress we’ve made in establishing LGBT+ equality as a guiding principle for many of our world’s most influential companies. As we ring the opening bell, we are grateful to the many companies and leaders who’ve helped us get here. And we are also reminded of how much potential remains locked behind closet doors. Our commitment to driving LGBT+ equality forward, in every kind of company, and in every region of the world, is stronger than ever before,” said Todd Sears, Founder and Principal, Out Leadership.
Todd Sears was joined by members of Out Leadership’s senior leadership team, representatives from Out Leadership’s member companies include members of its Leadership Committees, and other supporters.
StartOut, Citi Ventures Launch Global LGBTQ Entrepreneur Network
StartOut, the largest national non-profit organization to support, educate and connect LGBTQ entrepreneurs, announced the launch of its Global LGBTQ Entrepreneur Network, powered by Citi Ventures. The Global Network will empower the LGBTQ community by connecting entrepreneurs and their business partners, investors, and mentors with each other, in a safe and secure environment.
Built on the organization’s private online directory, the Global Network will include Citi and Citi Ventures employees and leading LGBTQ entrepreneurs and business partners across the world. The network’s goal is to inspire entrepreneurs and build global connections through premier, direct access to like-minded professionals in order to accelerate job creation, broaden one’s network through direct referrals to others including LGBTQ-friendly investors, and gain access to new distribution channels to build powerful businesses. Members, including Citi employees that opt in, will receive access to StartOut’s private global directory, online forums, mentorship program, and investor portal.
“Bringing a range of perspectives and experiences to the table is not just the right thing to do, it’s simply better for business because it leads to more creative solutions and ultimately stronger results,” said Vanessa Colella, Head of Citi Ventures and Chief Innovation Officer at Citi. “Partnering with StartOut is a natural next step for Citi Ventures as we continue to broaden and diversify our support for entrepreneurs. With Citi’s worldwide presence, we can help unite and support entrepreneurs everywhere.”
“Our driven LGBTQ entrepreneurs deserve the same access and success as their straight counterparts, to benefit the communities in which they live,” said Andres Wydler, executive director of StartOut. “We are excited to team up with these leading networks and honored that Citi, with its tremendous reach and services for entrepreneurs, chose to support this joint program.”
At launch, the program will reach 40,000 professionals in 8 countries, all of whom are invited to participate and engage with one other. The Charter organizations include:
- StartOut – US
- LGBTech – Israel
- The Golden Gate Business Association – US
- Lezervations – Canada & US
- Fruits in Suits – Japan
- Unicorns in Tech – Germany
- Reaching Out MBA(ROMBA) – US
- Series Q – UK
- Queer-Tech-MTL – Canada
- Manhattan Chamber of Commerce – US
- LFME LGBT – Mexico
- Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce – US
- PINKeLAB – Taiwan
StartOut plans to expand the Global Network to all major entrepreneurial hubs in the US and abroad, and will also join forces with other leading LGBTQ entrepreneur organizations. LGBTQ entrepreneurs and their friends who are not members of either participating organizations can sign up individually at www.startout.org/membership/.
MECA To Host Panel on Funding for Creative Entrepreneurs
The Multi-Ethnic Chamber Alliance, comprised of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce will host a free panel discussion and Q&A featuring local minority creatives. They will discuss how they have funded their endeavors from the start-up phase and onward. Do they self-fund, raise capital for specific projects, apply for grants, all of the above?
Featured panelist include:
- Jesus Patel, City of Austin
- Andrew Lee, Ralph Smyth Entertainment
- Winston Williams, 360 Productions
- Dr. Russell Reed, composer
The event is free to attend, but an RSVP by June 29, 2015 is encourage.
University Of Texas At Austin J.J. Pickle Research Campus, Commons Learning Center, 10100 Burnet Rd Austin TX 78758. Tuesday, June 30, 2015. 9 – 10:30AM. 21+. FREE, RSVP required..
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