Where We Came From...
In November of 2010, Dan Nilsen, CEO of Bishop-McCann, gained certification as a gay owned business with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) at the encouragement of a large client of his company. The NGLCC’s mission resonated with Dan so much that he took on the challenge of starting an affiliate chamber to serve the Kansas City LGBT community and their allies. Dan assembled a board of talented business professionals from a variety of backgrounds, and brought on Michael Lintecum as its first Executive Director. This founding board of passionate and visionary leaders worked to lay the foundation for what the chamber would become.
On May 31, 2012, the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce officially kicked-off with a huge community celebration that included over 200 attendees and a personal address from then Mayor of Kansas City, Hon. Sly James. Since then the chamber has experienced rapid growth with members engaging monthly at networking events, professional development programming, community partner events, and our annual Business Equality Awards Luncheon.
and Where We're Going!
Strategic Initiatives and Objectives Coming Soon!
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is made up of up to 18 individuals. The Board of Directors is responsible for strategic direction, financial sustainability, and effective execution of programs and services under the leadership of the Executive Director. The Board of Directors meet monthly and all board minutes and governing documents are public and on file with the Office of the Secretary of State of Missouri.
Nominations for the Board of Directors are open every year and managed by the Nominations Committee under the leadership of the Chamber Secretary. Typically, successful candidates are individuals who have positively contributed to the success of the Chamber, the LGBT community, and/or the greater Kansas City.
If you are interested in being considered for the Board of Directors, please submit your Board Member Application.