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The Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce Announce Theme for Pride Across Texas Virtual Networking Event - Rainbow Washing in Corporate America

The Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce is holding their second quarter Pride Across Texas virtual networking event and welcome Valerie Salinas-Davis and Katie Martell as special guest speakers on May 27th.
Valerie Salinas-Davis is a social impact strategist, writer, and consultant specializing in change-related communications - especially in the areas of environmental protection, health, public affairs, and diversity, equity and inclusion issues. She has spent her career breaking down complex environmental issues into fun, profound campaigns that take creative risks and get results. Valerie is a Lecturer at University of Texas.
Katie Martell is the author and producer of Woke-Washed, a book and documentary exploring the collision of marketing and social movements, and the author of Trust Me, B2B, a short book about building long term trust through marketing. Named "one of the most interesting people in B2B marketing" and a top marketing voice on Linkedin 3x, Katie has been a startup CMO, SaaS entrepreneur, communications consultant and startup "Director of Buzz."
We are coming up on Pride month and already seeing rainbow Legos® and rainbow merchandise being sold at Bath & Body Works, Target, Bombas, and many more. Valerie Salinas-Davis and Katie Martell will give consumers and companies advice on how targeted advertising can and should be backed up with a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy. How many companies that made statements a year ago, after the death of George Floyd, actually have a Black person in senior leadership or on their Board of Directors?
Registration is still open. Guests are invited to attend in this lively conversation.
Pride Across Texas is a quarterly virtual networking event for the LGBTQ & Allied Business Community. The event launched in June 2020 by the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce, a coalition of the Austin LGBT Chamber, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber, North Texas LGBT Chamber and San Antonio LGBT Chamber.
Combined, Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce have more than 1000 members. This event gives LGBT Chamber members and their guests a chance to reach beyond their city, county, and region to create new business networks!
Pride Across Texas will take place on May 27, 2021 | 4:00-5:30pm. The agenda includes:

  • Networking – attendees freely move around to tables in AirMeet
  • Introduction and mission of Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce
  • Special guest speakers:  Valerie Salinas-Davis and Katie Martell will discuss Rainbow Washing in Corporate America
  • Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce announcement of future events
  • Networking
 For Pride Across Texas sponsorship information, click here to find benefits.
About the Texas LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce: The Texas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Chambers of Commerce is a coalition of the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, North Texas GLBT 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 LGBTQ and Ally businesses.
The 1,000+ LGBTQ and Allied businesses of the Chambers speak with one voice. We call upon our local elected representatives to introduce or support legislation that supports diversity in the workplace and opposes discrimination. We know, in Texas, when business thrives, people prosper. For this to happen, all Texans must be included and respected.