WHY JOIN A COMMITTEE?

One of the best ways to get involved and expand your network is through committees. We work together to solve problems and impact change in our community from advocating business policies to events and so much more! 

Committees and their composition and areas of responsibilities are listed below.

ADVOCACY AND PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE

Chair: Gary Schumann
Email: gschuman@austinlgbtchamber.com

ADVOCACY

This committee researches ordinances, regulations, and propositions at the local, state, and national levels that will impact the LGBTQ business community. 

AREAS OF FOCUS

Federal Advocacy

We support the following:

  • Increasing diversity and inclusion for LGBT owned businesses.
  • Promote International Trade and broad based economic advancement and empowerment of the global LGBT community.
  • Implementation of pro-business, LGBT-inclusive policies at all levels of government.
  • Study and distribution of LGBT Data and our community’s impact to the economy.
  • Develop Workforce and Leadership of LGBT Employees.

State Advocacy

On the state level:

  • We formed a coalition with the other LGBT Chambers of Commerce in Texas (North Texas, Houston, and San Antonio)
  • Partnered with the Texas Association of Business on many initiatives in order to defeat the discriminatory and anti-business bathroom bill during the 2017 Legislature.  
  • Austin LGBT Chamber 87th Legislative Priorities

Local Advocacy

Areas of interest:

  • We are working to secure a land development code rewrite that allows for multiple housing types across the city.
  • We are supportive of transit options that reduce single occupancy vehicle use and move people through the city efficiently. 
  • In 2019, we were supportive of the recent unanimous Council action on an expanded convention center that also creates a funding mechanism for homelessness services.

AMBASSADOR COMMITTEE

Chair: Becky Arreaga
Email: becky@thearreagaagency.com

Ambassadors

Ambassadors are Austin LGBT Chamber Members committed to welcoming new members and strengthening the bonds of membership! They attend orientations, ribbon cuttings, and mixers. Our Ambassadors let people know about our programs and resources, and act as mentors for new members, reaching out to the new member, personally inviting them to any upcoming events, and introducing them to other members. 

HEALTH & WELLNESS COMMITTEE

Health & Wellness 

This committee will map out strategies to convene healthcare providers to impact the health and wellness of LGBT Austin. We focus on employee wellness and healthcare advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. We act as a resource and neutral forum for the entire community, both patients and providers, through advocacy, education, and connections.

Chair: Rich Segal
Contact: rsegal@austinLGBTChamber.com

BUSINESS ACADEMY

Chair: Josh Kettler
Email: jkettler@austinlgbtchamber.com

Business Academy

This committee is tasked with supporting our Business Academy programs. Sourcing panel subject matter experts and assisting with program development around educational programming opportunities for our members in marketing, finance, I.T. human resources, and more!

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WITH PRIDE COMMITTEE

Chairs: Nico Ramsey
Email: nramsey@austinlgbtchamber.com

Young Professionals with Pride

Young Professionals with Pride is a networking group for the young and the young at heart. Our mission is to empower and strengthen the Young LGBT and Allied professional community in Austin through networking, community outreach, and education. A minimum of 4 programmatic events.

EMPLOYEE RESOURCE COMMITTEE (ERG ROUNDTABLE)

ERG Roundtable

The Chamber acts as a convener of existing and new ERG groups to provide a forum for education and awareness supporting the professional growth of LGBT  individuals by fostering a safe environment within their companies/businesses for individuals to be authentic in the workplace.

SUPPLIER DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

Supplier Diversity 

Formally the LGBTBE Committee, this group is directed with increasing programming and growth in the numbers of certified LGBT Business Enterprise businesses through education of resources and value while delivering more training vital for certified businesses. This committee will also review ALGBTCC’s sponsorship structure, identifying potential new corporate partners.