IBA Hosts Largest Event in Organization’s History

August 21, 2018 – Last Tuesday, August 14th, the Independence Business Alliance hosted it’s largest ever event, welcoming over 900 LGBTQA professionals to Philadelphia for the 2018 NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference.

The IBA transformed the iconic Reading Terminal Market into a vibrant haven for networking and celebrating the start of the world’s largest LGBT business conference. The event came to fruition after a year-long strategic effort by IBA Board, Staff, Members and Sponsors. The event was presented by IBA Corporate Partner, TD Bank.

Check out the top 10 moments from this historic event, below! All photos by the talented Flat World Media Productions – view the rest on Facebook here!

  1. Guests arrived with a warm welcome from the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, and personal greetings from IBA Board Members.

  2. Attendees delighted in the culinary offerings of some of the Market’s most popular vendors, and got a true taste of Philly to whet their appetite for the week ahead.

  3. Sponsors shared giveaways and information about their services, and presenting sponsor TD welcomed guests to the extra special TD Lounge.

  4. There was lots of team building to find the perfect group photo pose, all captured by Flat World Media Productions!

  5. NGLCC President and Co-Founder, Justin Nelson, energized the crowd with a warm welcome to this year’s conference.

  6. The band kept the tunes flowing, as guests paused to listen to the sounds of Philadelphia.

  7. Attendees toured the historic Reading Terminal Market, finding a surprise around every corner!

  8. Old friends and colleagues were reunited…

  9. …and new friendships and connections formed.

  10. Most of all, it was a night of incomparable networking, to forge new business relationships and strengthen the LGBTQ economy across the country and around the globe!

Special thanks to our incredible sponsors who made this event possible!