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A Truly Triumphant Year

A Truly Triumphant Year

Thanks to our dedicated board members, staff, members and supporters, MBA Orlando has been able to positively impact the business community of Central Florida. We are very proud of everyone’s hard work and would like to share just a few of the many accomplishments this year that truly made 2012 a year of triumph:

  • Together with a coalition of LGBT organizations in the region, we helped pass human rights ordinances at the city of Orlando and Orange County, domestic partner benefits for city and county employees, and domestic partner registries for the city and county
  • 100+ inclusive networking events, compared to 12 in 2009
  • Formed an LGBTT Employee Resource Group Advisory Council to promote best practices and share crucial resources within our community.
  • 17 MBA Orlando members have certified, another 12 have committed to certification
  • Awarded Rising Star Chamber of the Year by the NGLCC
  • Membership has nearly tripled since 2009
  • Revenues have nearly quintupled since 2009
  • In April our chamber held its first awards gala with 180 attendees and a keynote address from Stuart Milk
  • Jason Holstein represented the Chamber in September when Justin Nelson (NGLCC President) and Chance Mitchell (NGLCC CEO) nominated me to attend the White House LGBT Emerging Leaders Summit
  • 100,000 people attended our chamber’s Come Out With Pride Parade in October, including representatives from the NGLCC
  • Hosted the NGLCC’S largest Road Show event of the year

Looking Forward

With such an amazing year, what could we possibly have in store for 2013? Well, there are still many opportunities to expand our chamber and impact the community. So, 2013 has a lot in store for us as we look to:
  • Grow the chamber beyond 300 members
  • Certify 50 total LGBTBEs
  • Begin holding local supplier diversity focused events
  • Develop salaried positions
  • Officially launch our LGBT Employee Resource Group Advisory Council to help ERG and Diversity & Inclusion leaders who are already engaged with Come Out With Pride events to see advantages to continuous participation in chamber endeavors.