The statewide LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance program creates connection, learning and community for LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Groups across Chamber Corporate Partners, affiliated with the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce, through networking and programming across the cities, regions and state of Texas.

Through the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce, those Corporate Partners affiliated with the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce can participate in the LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance program.

The program was developed exclusively for Chamber Corporate Partners  – to facilitate engagement and learning between LGBTQ+ employee resource group (ERG) leads and others who are a part of their companies’ diversity, equity & inclusion initiatives.

LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance Program Pillars

Upcoming Events

Statewide

Texas Diversity Equity and Inclusion Conference
July 19-21, 2022
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Check back for more regional and statewide events coming up in 2022!

Questions about the LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance?

Engagement & Support

The LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance is geared to support Chamber Corporate Partners that are committed to LGBTQ+ inclusion/DEI goals through intentional collaboration.  The program is open to seasoned companies that are engaged around LGBTQ+ inclusion as well as those companies just getting started on their LGBTQ+ inclusion journey’s.

The Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce is at the intersection of business and community and is in a unique position to offer connection, expertise, and resources to help companies with their LGBTQ+ inclusion journey.  The Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce helps support LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Groups at private and public sector companies throughout the State of Texas and serves as a catalyst and convener for LGBTQ+ ERGs to support LGBTQ+ and Allied employees and help them connect, share and ultimately thrive.

The LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance program supports the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce mission and goals to:

  • Create a network of ERGs to support and connect with the LGBTQ+ community across the city, region and state.
  • Build a more diverse business community through workforce engagement and attracting and retaining the best possible LGBTQ+ talent in the region
  • Lift up LGBTQ+-owned businesses by connecting them to ERG groups to create economic opportunities for member businesses

How does the program support Corporate Partners?

  • Support for LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Groups by cultivating growth through best practices sharing, collective learning and networking opportunities to help build inclusive and welcoming work environments.
  • Connecting executives, HR and DEI professionals, and LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group Leaders within Chamber Corporate Partners locally, regionally and across the state to create opportunities for them to learn, grow and thrive.
  • Offering access to high-quality learning opportunities for companies to move beyond “checking off boxes” through their LGBTQ+ ERGs and workplace inclusion initiatives.
  • Creating a deeper connection to the LGBTQ+ community at the local, regional and statewide level to engage beyond the “four walls” of the organization.

Collaboration

The LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance program includes both regional and programming.

Statewide programming as part of the collaboration with the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce

Focused on Corporate Partners engaged with the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce with the goal of creating a strong connection between ERG’s at the statewide level

  • Virtual networking and learning opportunities
  • LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance Summit
  • LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance Networking Café
  • LGBTQ+ DEI Conference

Regional programming through each affiliate market chamber

Focused on Chamber Corporate Partners engaged with each affiliate market chamber.   The goal is to create a strong connection between ERGs at the regional level

  • In-person networking
  • Regional learning opportunities
  • LGBTQ+ community engagement opportunities

Visit each market chamber to learn more about regional opportunities.

Participation in the LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance

Participation in the LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance is open to any LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group at any private and public sector company that is currently a Corporate Partner in good standing with any of the four market chambers.

If your company is not a Chamber Corporate Partner with one of the affiliate market chambers and you would like to learn more as well as participate in the LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance, please complete the Corporate Partner Interest Form.

With the overall aim that Chamber member companies participating in the LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance are committed to LGBTQ+ inclusion and are:  (create graphic for info below?)

  • FOCUSING on growing their existing LGBTQ+ ERG or starting their LGBTQ+ inclusion journey for long-term and authentic support of LGBTQ+ employees
  • SUPPORTING LGBTQ+ ERG leaders and employees to develop and thrive in their workplace
  • CREATING the environment to attract and retain the best possible LGBTQ+ talent in the region and state

The number of employees eligible to participate are based on Chamber Corporate Partnership level.  For existing Chamber Corporate Partners, additional employees can be added for a nominal fee or by an increase in the Corporate Partner level.  Please contact your home chamber to inquire. 

Programming & Events

Through both the regional and statewide programs, Corporate Partner’s will have an opportunity to engage through the LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance throughout the year.  Examples of events and programming include:

  • LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance Summit
  • Learning opportunities with top-notch LGBTQ+ inclusion experts from around the country
  • Executive Sponsor Panel
  • In-person networking events including the annual LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance reception and Executive Sponsor reception
  • Virtual networking events through the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce
  • LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance Networking Café where participants can connect 24/7
  • LGBTQ+ community engagement events

Learning opportunities will include topics such as:

  • Starting an ERG
  • Best practices for ERGs
  • Working with the C-Suite for Your ERG
  • HRC CEI: Getting to 100
  • Ally Engagement
  • Supporting Trans Employees in the Workplace
  • Engaging your ERG with the LGBTQ+ community
  • Belonging in the Workplace

Even more topics, programming and events are planned for 2023 and beyond!  The LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance program will continue to grow to support Chamber Corporate Partners and their LGBTQ+ and Allied employees.

Sponsoring the LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance

The LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance offers sponsorship opportunities for current Chamber Corporate Partners.  Opportunities to sponsor include the overall program, at the regional or statewide level, or various events including the annual LGBTQ+ Workplace Alliance Summit, Executive Sponsor panel and more. 

About the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce

The Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce is a coalition of the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce. We work to achieve equality and inclusion by promoting economic vitality in our communities and strengthening LGBT and ally businesses.  Learn more at https://texaslgbtqchambers.com/