Held during Pride Month, the Pride In Business event is a unique opportunity to celebrate the important role of LGBTQ+ and Allied businesses in the Greater Houston economy. The event underscores how the LGBTQ+ & Allied business community works with the broader business community and public officials to realize a better Houston.
The virtual event this year is also a celebration of the Chamber's milestone 5 Year Anniversary! Starting in 2021, the event recognizes, through the Pride In Business Awards, the contributions made by Chamber members in building a more diverse and inclusive business community.
Pride In Business is the only event in Houston focused on the LGBTQ+ business community during Pride Month. Reserve your Pride In Business Sponsorship today!
Thursday, June 24, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Louis A. Vega
President, North America
Vice President Government Affairs & Advocacy, North America
Over his 20+ year career at Dow, Vega has gained wide-ranging expertise, honed his strong business acumen, and led significant growth projects and business development programs. All of this has been augmented through his extensive international experience, which includes roles in Horgen, Switzerland; Washington D.C.; Dubai, UAE; Midland, Michigan; New York, New York; and Melbourne, Australia.
Previously, from 2011 to 2017, Vega served as chief of staff of the Office of the Chairman and CEO. Later, he was named vice president of Dow’s Olympic & Sports Solutions business, where he served from 2014 to 2019. He most recently headed up Dow’s presence in Australia and New Zealand as president and managing director for the two countries from 2016 to 2019.
A passionate leader who advocates for inclusion and works towards full equality for all, Vega strives to demonstrate how diversity can ensure enterprise success and deliver bottom line results. He was named to Australia’s 50 outstanding LGBTI business executives in 2018 and 2019. A philanthropist and member of many nonprofit boards, Vega is also a proud multi-year member of the OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Models list.
Vega is a trustee of the Chemical Industry Labor-Management Committee and a member of the Trilateral Commission. And, in 2015, his alma mater, New Mexico State University, honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award.
Prior to joining Dow, Vega had a series of roles in Washington, D.C. – from Capitol Hill to the Executive Branch – over the span of 12 years.
Co-Founder & President
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
Justin Nelson is the Co-Founder & President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community and the largest LGBT economic advocacy and business development organization in the world. NGLCC is the exclusive private sector certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses. In addition to over 50 LGBT affiliate chambers in the United States representing America’s 1.4 million LGBT business owners, NGLCC leads economic development opportunities for over a dozen international affiliates.
Justin is the recipient of the 2016 Excellence Award by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and the 2017 Disability:IN Global Disability Leadership Award for his work in building and leading cross-segment partnerships. He has also been named to the Global LGBT Power 100 by the UK’s Guardian Newspaper, Top 20 Leaders We Admire by SmartCEO Magazine, and twice to The OUT 100, to name a few. Justin resides in Washington, DC and holds a B.A. from the University of Wyoming.
Pride in Business Awards
The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce Pride In Business Awards recognizes the contributions made by Chamber members, Corporate Partners and other key stakeholders in building a more diverse and inclusive business community in Houston and the region. The awards spotlight deserving companies and individuals and showcase the amazing work they are doing to support the LGBTQ+ community.
2021 marks the launch of the Pride In Business Awards which include:
This award is given to a person who is a strong advocate for the Chamber and the LGBTQ+ & Allied business community. Through their work and impact, this person advances business prosperity for LGBTQ+ & Allied businesses especially BIPOC, trans and women owned businesses.
This award is given to a corporation that is a Corporate Partner of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber. This company has shown a strong commitment to positively growing the LGBTQ+ and Allied business community and to diversity in the workplace. In addition, the company goes above and beyond minimum corporate standards, proactively working with Chamber leadership and members with a common purpose of one day achieving equality through economic inclusion. Their voices and actions throughout the year show outstanding support for the LGBTQ+ community as a whole.
This award is given to a dedicated individual or individuals who have had a positive professional and personal impact within their company as champions for LGBTQ+ inclusion on behalf of employees, customers and the broader LGBTQ+ community. Their actions reflect support to advocate for and build a diverse business community in the region and beyond.
This award is given to an LGBTQ+-owned member business that is an active participant and champion of the Chamber. This business is committed to the Chamber’s mission to accelerate economic opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community. This commitment is reflected in their dedication to the overall community and their support of other members through creating connections and promoting opportunities. The business has a proven track record of success and serves as a strong example for other Chamber members.
This award honors an individual or organization that has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. Through the actions of advocacy, service, education or community initiatives, they have made significant and positive impact for the LGBTQ+ community.
This award is given to an LGBTBE® Certified Member Business that has a proven track record of success utilizing the certification and serves as a strong example for other Chamber members in terms of business success. This business is a champion for the Chamber and its mission to accelerate economic opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community.
This award is given to an Allied-owned business that is a member of the Chamber. This business is committed to LGBTQ inclusion through its work, actions and visible support of the community. The business has a proven track record of success and involvement and is a strong champion of the Chamber and the LGBTQ+ community as a whole.
This award is given to a nonprofit member organization that is committed to LGBTQ inclusion through its work, actions and visible support of the community. The organization has a proven track record of success and involvement with the LGBTQ+ community and is a strong champion of the Chamber. This organization is a champion for the Chamber and its mission to accelerate economic opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community and is committed to building and supporting a diverse and thriving community.
This award is given to an individual who works in supplier diversity or procurement and has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion within the larger business community.
This award is given to a Chamber Corporate Partner business/employee resource group that works to support and build a culture of inclusion and acceptance. The group is a strong advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion within the company and beyond.
This award is given to an organization that is a strong advocate for the Chamber and the LGBTQ+ & Allied business community. Through its work and impact, this organization advances business prosperity for LGBTQ+ & Allied businesses especially BIPOC, trans and women owned businesses.
The Chamber will also showcase 5 Year Anniversary Inaugural Members. The recognition includes those organizations that have supported the Chamber since the launch of the organization including:
- Inaugural Members
- Corporate Partners
- Founding Members
- Strategic Partners
Learn more about this milestone celebration.
Pride in Business is a great opportunity to promote your company during Pride Month!
- Presenting Sponsor - $10,000 (exclusive)
- Platinum Sponsor - $5,000
- Gold Sponsor - $2,500
- Silver Sponsor - $1,000
- Bronze Sponsor - $500
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