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.
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.
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.
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 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.