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LGBTBE® Roundtable Program: Doing Business With...

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (3:00 PM - 4:30 PM) (CDT)


LGBTBE® Roundtable: Doing Business With...
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 3 pm - 4:30 pm


This event is open to Greater Houston LGBT Chamber members who are LGBTBE® certified.

Join the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce for the exclusive quarterly statewide program, 2021 LGBTBE® Roundtable Program, to support your certified business and learn, grow, connect. Connect with LGBTBE businesses across the State of Texas!

The primary focus of the program is to foster the development, growth and sustainability of certified LGBTQ-owned businesses which are members of the Austin LGBT Chamber, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber, North Texas LGBT Chamber, and San Antonio LGBT Chamber.

Join other LGBTBE® certified businesses across the State of Texas for this roundtable program to learn more about making a good first impression, developing relationships, and fulfilling opportunities with corporate partners. Participants will hear from a panel of supplier diversity experts who will share best practices for doing business with their companies and others like them. 

Participants will....

  • Hear directly from supplier diversity experts about how to make connections and pitch your business.
  • Learn what corporate partners are looking for in potential suppliers
  • Discover some of the best events for supplier diversity networking.
  • Learn more about how to utilize the NGLCC and local Chambers' member portals to find tools and make connections. 
  • Gain a better understanding how LGBTBE® businesses can use certification in their branding to potential partners.
  • Network with other LGBTBE certified businesses across the State of Texas and make valuable connections
  • Engage in roundtable breakouts with individual panelists
  • Observe and learn from a peer who makes a pitch and receives feedback from experts

Panelists include:

James Harris, DCP
Director - Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity

Heather Herndon-Wright, MCA, CPSD, CPSM
Director - Supply Chain Diversity & Sustainability
Meredith Melecki,
Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability

The Chamber is proud to call H-E-B one of our Corporate Partners!  H-E-B has a long history and commitment to supplier diversity and supporting small businesses.

This event is part of the statewide LGBTBE® Roundtable Program which offers education, connection and opportunities to help your certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) grow and thrive. The program is held quarterly and is complimentary to members of the collaborating chambers. Hold the 3rd Tuesday in January 2022 on your calendar a future LGBTBE program.

The goals of the statewide LGBTBE® Roundtable Program are:

  1. Support Certified LGBTBE® members through education
  2. Create connection opportunities for LGBTBE® certified businesses to support business development and growth
  3. Connect LGBTBEs across the State of Texas for business development, best practices share and more  

The statewide LGBTBE® Roundtable Program is consistent with the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber's mission of supporting our members through business growth, education, and advocacy.  As an LGBT Business Enterprise and Chamber member, certified LGBTBE® businesses are automatically eligible to participate in the LGBTBE® Roundtable Program, comprised exclusively of certified, LGBT-owned companies.

Not LGBTBE® certified? Do you want to participate in future opportunities through the LGBTBE® Roundtable Program? Is your business 51% or more LGBT-owned? Click here to learn more about how you can apply for the LGBTBE® certification through the NGLCC and how to waive your certification fee. 

The information provided in this Chamber event does not, nor is it intended to, constitute legal, medical, or other professional advice. Information, content, and materials are intended for general information purposes only.

Opinions expressed are the speakers’ own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Greater Houston Chamber of Commerce or its Foundation. The Chamber or Chamber Foundation does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained herein.

By registering and/or attending a Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce program or event, in any format, you agree to the above and to the Chamber’s Meeting & Event Photo Policy available online at


This program is complimentary to Chamber members who are LGBTBE certified businesses

Registered participants will receive a link and password to join before the event.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (3:00 PM - 4:30 PM) (CDT)
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