Austin LGBT Chamber Committees
We need you!
One of the best ways to get involved and expand your network is through committees. We work together to solve problems and impact change in our community from advocating business policies to events and so much more!
Committees and their composition and areas of responsibilities are listed below:
Ambassadors are chamber members committed to welcoming new members and strengthening the bonds of membership! They attend orientations, ribbon cuttings and mixers. They are so special that they get their pictures on our website. They let people know about our programs and resources, and act as a buddy for new members, reaching out to the new member, personally inviting them to an upcoming event, and introducing them to other members. This committee will also review ALGBTCC’s membership numbers and structure. It's goal is to support the chamber's membership goals as outlined in our strategic plan. It will review ALGBTCC's membership structure and recommend changes as appropriate. It will also drive partnerships and collaborations to increase membership. Serving as an ambassador is a pathway to serving on the board.
Chair: Hunter Coleman
Health & Wellness Committee
This committee will map out strategies to convene healthcare providers to impact the health and wellness of LGBT Austin. We focus on employee wellness and healthcare advocacy at the local, state and federal levels. We act as a resource and neutral forum for the entire community, both patients and providers through advocacy, education and connections.
LGBT topics in medicine are those that relate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's health issues and access to health services. According to the US Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), besides HIV/AIDS, issues related to LGBT health include breast and cervical cancer, hepatitis, mental health, substance abuse, tobacco use, depression, access to care for transgender persons, issues surrounding marriage and family recognition, conversion therapy, and refusal clause legislation, and laws that are intended to "immunize health care professionals from liability for discriminating against persons of whom they disapprove. Studies show that LGBT people experience health issues and barriers related to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity or expression. Many avoid or delay care or receive inappropriate or inferior care because of perceived or real homophobia or transphobia, and discrimination by health care providers and institutions; in other words, negative personal experience, the assumption or expectation of negative experience based on knowing of history of such experience in other LGBT people, or both.
Contact info@austinLGBTChamber.com to join
Programs and Communications Committee
This committee is tasked with strategies for securing funding for ALGBTCC, keeping in mind our current programs. It will review ALGBTCC’s sponsorship structure, identify potential donors and corporate partners, and ensure that our communication reflects our mission and programs. This committee also oversees our major events; Austin LGBT Biz Day, BigGay Kick Off Party, Business of Pride Awards, PROUD! Gala, SAVOR - A Taste of LGBT Austin, and our monthly networking events as these have fundraising goals and therefore sponsorship drives. This committee will also provide feedback to the board and staff on new outreach initiatives like Queer People of Color in Business, Pride in Business Roundtable and the Young Professionals group.
Supplier Diversity Committee
Formally the LGBTBE Committee, this group is directed with increasing programming and growth in the numbers of certified LGBT Business Enterprise businesses through education of resources and value while delivering more training vital for certified businesses. This committee will also review ALGBTCC’s sponsorship structure, identifying potential new corporate partners.
Chair: Mia Parton
Employee Resource Committee (ERG Roundtable)
The Chamber acts as a convener of existing and new ERG groups to provide a forum for education and awareness supporting the professional growth of LGBT individuals by fostering a safe environment within their companies/businesses for individuals to be authentic in the workplace.
Chair: Liz Baloutine
- Transportation & Land Use Committee
Interested in serving on any Chamber committees? Complete this online application.
Want to spin up a new committee or serve on one of the "coming soon" committees? Email us at info@austinLGBTchamber.com