Empowered Bridges and Latinos in the House! Power Lunch V

What a great honor it was to be part of the Golden Gate Business Association Power Lunch V "bridges" on Friday, February 1, 2019. The event was held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis and over 500 guests attended.

Our commitment, as an allied to the LGBTQ community, goes beyond words and we were happy to be Advocate Level partners and hosted a table at the event. Our guests included Victoria Sanchez de Alba, of De Alba Communications, Adam Horsman of Sakari, Luis Zamora president of IFMA SF, Connor Maclean of Oasis Legal Services, Manny Nungaray with San Francisco State University College of Business Development & Campaign Operations, Gerardo Rico, co-owner of famous San Francisco based Taqueria Cancun. Erika Hom of A52 Signs also joined our table. We chose our table guests based on their shown commitment to the advancement and support of diverse and small businesses, also because they are all fun people!

The newly elected Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, attended the event and addressed the crowd. Breed is the first African American woman to be elected San Francisco Mayor, and only the second woman Mayor after Senator Dianne Feinstein. She reiterated her support for the small business community, as well as for the LGBTQ community and vowed to make the process of doing business in the city, more accessible to all.

The featured artist, was Opera Singer Breanna Sinclairé, the world's First Transwoman Opera Star. Ms. Sinclairé's personal story of resilience, dreams and struggles deeply touched all of us. We were treated to two beautiful songs, but the honest, inspiring and uplifting message of her journey as a transwoman opera artist was an even more beautiful gift.

As a Latino owned business, and supporter of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, it was great to see two of the chambers that we deeply love, and feel supported by, work together and honor one of our own. Mr. Juan P. Novello, Senior Vice President California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce was honored at the event. Novello shared his personal journey as a DACA recipient and as a member of the LGBTQ community.

Next, Mr. Ricardo Lara, Insurance Commissioner of California was honored. Lara was elected in 2018 , as the California Insurance Commissioner, making him the first LGBTQ person in the history of California to be elected to statewide office. He shared his experience as a the son of undocumented parents, and growing up with the dreams of fighting for the rights of all Californians.

We also heard from honoree César Casas Ferrer, President & Founder Mexican Federation of LGBT Business. Casas Ferrer challenged us to see outside of ourselves, and to hire those we may feel are different from us.

Lastly, we were joined by honoree Fabrice Houdart, Human Rights Officer for the United Nations. He shared alarming statistics about the discrimination and challenges LGBTQ workers face around the world. He also challenged us to stand up as corporate citizens and support our employees and communities overcome bias, prejudice and outright violations of human rights.

The fireside chat was led by Bevan Dufty, President BART Board of Directors who spoke with Stacy Lentz, co-owner of historic Stonewall Inn, New York, NY. The birth place of the modern gay rights movements after the Stonewall Riots in 1969.

The Golden Gate Business Association has always been a very diverse and lively chamber. But, this Power Lunch V takes the award for most diverse, uplifting and entertaining yet. We left feeling connected and inspired.

Congratulations to the GGBA Board of Director, and to our own CG Moving Co. Manager, Olga Garcia for such an outstanding event! GGBA's Paul Pendergast's leadership and guidance and the current president Audry deLucia deserve a huge thanks for working on such a diverse and uplifting program!

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