Finding Suppliers in LGBT and Disability Communities With NGLCC, USBLN

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Justin Nelson, NGLCCJustin Nelson
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

Justin Nelson is the co-founder and president of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. He has used his background in small business and issues advocacy to help build a national organization that has given a much-needed economic identity to the LGBT community. Since its inception in 2002, the organization has grown to be the largest LGBT economic advocacy and business development organization in the world.

Prior to launching the NGLCC, Justin was the Director of Federal Affairs and External Relations for the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Washington, DC. While helping craft and implement the legislative agenda of one of the top medical specialty associations, Justin spent five years fighting for patient and physician rights before Congress, the White House and regulatory agencies. Justin was on the forefront of some of the most contentious healthcare debates in recent congressional memory. Justin worked to ensure equality and fairness in the healthcare system, making strides in areas such as helping to protect patients from managed care abuses under a Patient’s Bill of Rights, leading the charge on passing landmark Medicare preventative healthcare legislation for seniors and lessening the administrative burdens for physician small businesses. During his tenure, the organization was named one of the top 100 lobbying organizations in Washington, DC by Forbes Magazine.

Prior to lobbying Congress and the White House, Justin spent five years as an aide in the United States Senate. During his time on Capitol Hill, Justin worked on issues ranging from small business, labor and trade, to healthcare, travel and tourism.

Justin holds a BA in political science from the University of Wyoming.

Liz Taub, USBLNLiz Taub
Director of Business Relations and Strategic Partnerships
US Business Leadership Network

Liz Taub serves as the USBLN Director of Business Relations and Strategic Partnerships. Liz received her BS and MSW from New York University while directing and guiding the design, development, and implementation of a pilot program that runs today at the Center for Special Needs in NYC. While working with dedicated, intelligent, and productive young adults with disabilities, her interest in the business case for hiring people with disabilities sparked.

Upon graduation, Liz started working for Walgreens Co. on their initiative to employ more people with disabilities in the retail stores. She co-created Walgreens REDI (Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative) and expanded nationwide. Liz went on to serve as the Executive Director of Incline, where she focused on educating, supporting, and equipping military veterans with the skills to pursue careers in technology.


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