Meeting June 2019

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
at 18 Seaboard!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

18 Seaboard

Click here to visit 18 Seaboard's website.
18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh NC 27604
919-861-4318

Justin G. Nelson
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

Justin G. Nelson

Justin Nelson is the Co-Founder and 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 will be visiting us from the NGLCC headquarters in Washington DC, and will be discussing business inclusion, the importance of certification for LGBT businesses, the importance of being an affiliate chamber, and how companies are supporting LGBT businesses.

Also, join us for our special half-day event the morning of June 13, “Promoting Economic Growth for LGBT Businesses and Entrepreneurs.” (Register separately for this half-day event.) Event Information


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, 18 Seaboard will provide a buffet dinner for our group. There will be plenty of food and vegetarian options. A salad, entree, sides, and dessert will be provided. Beverages: Soda, Tea, or Water plus a full Cash Bar available with a wide selection of beer, wine, well drinks, and non-alcohol beverages.

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Promoting Economic Growth for LGBT Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Special Event Sponsored by RBPN – Raleigh’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce

RBPN Logo 2018 Compact 500

Co-sponsors:

  • National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Wells Fargo
  • NC State Poole College of Management
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Morning Workshop and Event

Thursday, June 13 8:15 AM – 12 Noon
Workshop: Grow your business – becoming a Certified LGBT Business Enterprise
Speed Marketing opportunities with National Chamber Corporate Partners
Location: NC State University Poole College of Management
Nelson Hall Room 2406
2801 Founders Drive
Raleigh, NC 27696
Parking available Dan Allen Drive Parking Lot, 110 Dan Allen Drive

Tentative agenda

08:15 – 09:00 Registration and Breakfast
09:00 – 09:10 Welcomes, introductions, agenda
09:10 – 09:25 Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Adrienne Cole - their new diversity initiative
10:35 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:15 Resources for Small Business – Wells Fargo
11:15 – 11:50 Speed marketing with some corporate partners
11:50 – 12:00 Noon Close

Register Online for this Event

Meeting May 2019

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
at 18 Seaboard!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

18 Seaboard

Click here to visit 18 Seaboard's website.
18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh NC 27604
919-861-4318

The Honorable Lydia Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro

Lydia Lavelle, Mayor of Carrboro

Fifty Years after Stonewall:
Reflections on the Gay Rights Movement

Many credit the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village in New York City the night of June 28, 1969 as the start of the modern gay rights movement. Mayor Lydia Lavelle will discuss the history of this movement over the past five decades, as well as important litigation that occurred during this time. Mayor Lavelle will close with comments on the current state of the movement, highlighting challenges the LGBTQ+ community still faces.


Lydia Lavelle, born in Athens, Ohio, has a bachelor’s degree from St. Andrews University, a master’s degree in parks and recreation administration from North Carolina State University, and a law degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham, where she currently works as a law professor. After being elected to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen twice, she was first elected as mayor of Carrboro in November of 2013 and is now serving in her third term. Lydia has served on numerous boards and committees and is currently a member of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, the Orange County Solid Waste Advisory Group, and the Orange County Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.

AT NCCU School of Law, courses she has taught include State and Local Governmental Law, Sexual Identity and the Law, and Transgender Rights and Social Justice. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the National Gay and Lesbian Bar. She also is a former president of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and serves as the faculty advisor at NCCU to the Women’s Law Caucus and Outlaw Alliance student organizations.

Lydia is honored to serve as mayor of Carrboro, and believes the town is one of the most progressive and forward-thinking communities in North Carolina. Lydia is especially proud of her town’s numerous human rights resolutions, support for human service agencies, and willingness to improve underserved communities.

Lydia and her wife, Alicia Stemper, have two adult children.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, 18 Seaboard will provide a buffet dinner for our group. There will be plenty of food and vegetarian options. A salad, entree, sides, and dessert will be provided. Beverages: Soda, Tea, or Water plus a full Cash Bar available with a wide selection of beer, wine, well drinks, and non-alcohol beverages.

Make Reservations Online

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Meeting April 2019

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
at 18 Seaboard!
6:00 - 7:00 pm • Networking Hour
7:00 - 9:00 pm • Dinner and Speaker

18 Seaboard

Click here to visit 18 Seaboard's website.
18 Seaboard Restaurant, 18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh NC 27604
919-861-4318

Kendra R. Johnson

Kendra Johnson

Using Your Power to Make Difference

Kendra R. Johnson joined Equality North Carolina in May 2018. She is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, where she previously worked to advance fairness and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people right as the State Director for the Human Rights Campaign. In her work to promote equity, Kendra has focused on building a better, more equitable South that is strengthened by diversity, safe schools, inclusive institutions, and welcoming communities.

Kendra has been a lifelong volunteer and activist, including founding the first lesbian/bi-sexual support group at Spelman College in the 90s and volunteering communications services for Brazil’s first historically black college. She currently serves as the Board Chair for Southerners on New Ground (SONG), the largest grassroots LGBTQ organization in the South.


Enjoy our networking cocktail hour. Then, 18 Seaboard will provide a buffet dinner for our group. There will be plenty of food and vegetarian options. A salad, entree, sides, and dessert will be provided. Beverages: Soda, Tea, or Water plus a full Cash Bar available with a wide selection of beer, wine, well drinks, and non-alcohol beverages.

Make Reservations Online

(Note: You do not need a PayPal account to make reservations.)