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Power of Connection: OUT Georgia's 2021 LGBTQ+ Business Summit

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Angelica Ross

Actress, Advocate, and Founder & CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises

Sam Park

Georgia State Representative, House District 101

Stacey Abrams

Politician, lawyer, voting rights activist, and best-selling author

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

American politician and lawyer who is the 60th mayor of Atlanta, Georgia

Justin Nelson

Co-Founder & President, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

Austin Hill

President, Austin Hill Realty

Candace Hardnett

Pastor, Agape Empowerment Ministries

Dusty Church

Board Chair, First City Pride Center

Ken Grandlund

Inclusion & Diversity Leader, Cox Enterprises

Jeff Graham

Executive Director, Georgia Equality

James Wheeler

Owner, J. Wheeler Designs

Sabrina Kent | she/her

Senior Vice President, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

Hillary Williams Thomas

Associate State Director, Advocacy and Outreach, AARP Georgia

Scott Mitchell (he/him)

Owner, Travis Jean Emporium

Latasha Griffin (she/her)

Supplier Diversity Manager, UPS

Jim Farmer (he/him) Craig Hardesty (he/him)

Festival Director, Out on Film

Demarcus Beckham

Southern Field Organizer, Georgia Equality

Sybastian Smith (He/Him/King)

National Organizer, National Center for Transgender Equality

Timothy Bussey

Associate Director, Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Kenyon College

Dr. Elijah Nicholas

Founder, Dr. Elijah Nicholas, LLC

Gabrielle Claiborne She/Her/Hers

Co-Founder & CEO, Transformation Journeys Worldwide

Steven Igarashi-Ball

Assistant Event & Teams Manager, AID Atlanta

Vanessa Wagner (she/her)

Director of Business Development & Strategic Programs, Golden Isles Development Authority

Brian King

Founder & CEO, MODIV

carlton brown

President/CEO, Occasional Occasions by Carlton

David Gacsko

Founder, Executive Creative Director, Hierarchy, Inc.

Dana Dickson (she/her/hers)

Trademark Attorney, Dana Dickson Law

Jamie Anne Harrell, MBA (she/her)

Business Intelligence & Analytics Lead, Emory University Goizueta Business School

Lynn Barfield

Operations Manager, Atlanta Pride Committee

Jon Gist

Director of Multicultural Publicity, Universal Pictures

Cadence Kidwell

Owner, Fuzzy Goat

Mary Anne Adams

Executive Director, ZAMI Nobla

Bonita Doster

Small Business Loan Officer, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE)

Geoffrey Repella

President, Byrd Cookie Co.

Nathan Regan

SVP Economic Development, Invest Atlanta

Bruce Logue

REALTOR® + Associate Broker, PalmerHouse Properties & Associates

Raymond Martins

Starland Family Practice

Chloe Burke

Public Policy, AirBnB

Eshena Roman

EVP of Marketing, Authentique Agency

Matt Keith

SVP, Business Strategy & Initiatives Executive, Bank of America

Kurtis Purtee

Adlerman, City of Savannah

Calvin Pegus

DE&I ERG Program Manager, Papa John’s

Gary Young

Sr. Procurement Specialist, Bank of America

David Lewis

Area Director, UGA Small Business Development Center

Erica Backus

Dir of Public Relations, Visit Savannah

Michael Maher

Best Selling Author, Coach, and Speaker

Michelle Shaw

Director, Existing Industry & Regional Recruitment, Georgia Department of Economic Development

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OUT Georgia Business Alliance

OUT Georgia Business Alliance proudly serves as Georgia’s only LGBTQ+ and Allied Chamber of Commerce

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OUT Georgia Business Alliance

Proudly serving as Georgia’s only LGBTQ+ and Allied Chamber of Commerce

Bank of America

The power to make a difference

Southern Company

Our mission to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy is about more than our bottom line. We’re committed to supporting and improving our communities and environment at the local level and beyond, while conducting business with honesty, integrity and fairness.


Empower Results®

Bruce Logue, PalmerHouse Properties

Never too busy to find your way home!


Moving our world forward by delivering what matters.

Glass House Guide

Reach More Real Estate Buyers with Alexa

Katie Leikam, MBA

Leikam Consulting can help you become the CEO of your company.

Equitable Advisors

Face the future with courage, strength and wisdom


We focus on improving the shopping experience for consumers and their connection to brands to foster positive results at the point of purchase.


Go Above. Bo Beyond. Go the Distance for Change.


Refreshing the World and Making a Difference.


Taking people where they want to go today and tomorrow.


PRIDE is Ageless

Meak Productions, Inc.

The World’s 1st LGBTQ EXCLUSIVE Talent Agency & Production Company!

Errantry Design

Design for adventure.

All Love Travel

We're vacation matchmakers! With All Love Travel, you’ll just need to figure out what to pack and enjoy your vacation! #CelebratingLove #CreatingMemories


CBRE Group, Inc. is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm


In business, there will be no rebound. Only evolution.

Dr. Elijah Nicholas

Illuminating light and love around the world.

Travis Jean Emporium

Where Change Is Not Just An Idea

APG Emerging Tech

Design and build what’s next: voice, web, and mobile digital solutions

Out On Film

Out On Film - Atlanta's LGBTQ film festival

Skidmore Consulting LLC

Scalable Leadership Solutions by a Certified Leadership Training & Leader Development Service Provider

B. McGuire Designs

elling Your Story Online