Work It! MAAP anniversary, AGLCC seeks volunteers, NGLCC conference keynote

MAAP celebrates 26 years

LGBTQ networking group Metro Atlanta Association of Professionals (MAAP) celebrated its 26th anniversary in late March. MAAP creates an inclusive environment for the Metro Atlanta LGBTQ community through networking, events, training, mentoring and education.

“Twenty-six years ago, the business world for the LGBT community was far different than what it is today,” MAAP President and CEO Joshua D. Lorenz said in a statement to Georgia Voice. “While our community has certainly changed dramatically in 26 years, networking is still just as vital. Just as when MAAP (then AEN) was founded, we continue to believe that building a network of professionals that focuses on the unique gifts of the members rather than sexual orientation empowers the organization and Atlanta’s LGBT community as a whole.”

The group hosts its next networking event on April 13 at TEN Atlanta.

AGLCC looking for volunteers

The Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC) is looking for ambassadors.

“If you have a few hours a month to connect with AGLCC members and be a friendly face at events, let us know! Ambassadors receive free access to our events and have the best member connections around!” the group wrote in an April 5 Facebook post.

Interested parties are being asked to email for more information.

Martha Stewart headlining NGLCC conference

The 2018 National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) International Business and Leadership Conference takes place this August in Philadelphia, and the group has lined up some A-list talent for the affair. Media icon, entrepreneur and LGBTQ ally Martha Stewart will the keynote speaker.

The event will attract over 1,300 entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, affiliate chamber leaders and government officials from across the country and around the world. In addition to the keynote address, there will be the annual B2B Boot Camp for LGBT Enterprises, a chamber development track, marketplace expo, one-on-one matchmaker meetings and more.

Early bird registration is open and a finalized conference agenda will be made available in early May. Visit for more information.