GGBA would like to thank the powerful speakers who made this the most memorable Power Lunch to date, including California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and San Francisco Mayor London Breed, our Honorees Juan P. Novello, César Casas Ferrer and Fabrice Houdart, as well Fireside Chat participants Bevan Dufty and Stacy Lentz. A special thank-you goes to our amazing Featured Artist, Breanna Sinclairé.
Juan P. Novello serves as Senior Vice President at the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce where he manages the operations and internal strategy; and engages with Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Businesses Associations, Corporations, and Elected officials throughout California.
Born in Mexico, he migrated to the United States at the age of 13. In 2012, Juan graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Management and a Specialization in Entrepreneurship. Juan founded and led student organizations and was actively involved in his community while completing his undergraduate studies. He was an Inaugural Fellow for both the CLYLP Comcast Fellowship Program and the EQCAI Comcast Fellowship Program. These fellowship programs allowed him to learn about California’s politics and to develop a passion for public service
Through President Barak Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) he was granted immigration relief. Juan’s undocumented status allowed him to develop a strong and unique perspective about life, and to share his experience with others.
Juan lives in Sacramento with his husband Josh and near his adoptive fathers Eric and Michael.
Founded in 1974, the Golden Gate Business Association (GGBA) is the nation’s first LGBT chamber of commerce and the first business organization founded by LGBT entrepreneurs. With members who live and do business across the San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Marin counties, and beyond, GGBA proudly serves as the voice for the San Francisco/Bay Area’s LGBT business community.
We envision an economically empowered San Francisco/ Bay Area LGBT business community that inspires others. We will empower our small business entrepreneurs and professionals, collaborate with non-profit advocates, and engage with business and civic leaders to support policies that foster a more inclusive and welcoming business community.
Our values are inherent to our identity as an organization. They guide the way we work with our members, our community, and with each other. They are: SERVICE, LEADERSHIP, PASSION, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION, and SUCCESS. Through these values, GGBA looks to support a culture where ideas can blossom, individuals can thrive, and our entrepreneurial spirit can flourish.
César Casas Ferrer is the President and Founder of Mexican Federation of LGBT Business (Federación Mexicana de Empresarios LGBT) FME-LGBT.
A serial entrepreneur acting as Director in several companies ranging from pet accesories to digital media, advertising, PR and movie production; Mr. Casas has a masters degree on Communications, PR and Protocol as well as major studies on advertising, design, multimedia communications and arts.
His interests in empowering the economic development of the LGBT community led him to develop a Mexican LGBT chamber of commerce: Federación Mexicana de Empresarios LGBT. This Chamber not only empowers the economic development of the LGBT community within business agents and entrepreneurs, but also helps to enforce inclusion in companies and corporations guaranteeing talent acquisition and diversity procurement programs.
Mr. Casas has also supported many government offices by leading them into diversity and inclusion, and their importance for the country and its development in areas like labor, tourism, and human rights, opening doors for the FME-LGBT and its members to effectively empower themselves.
The United Nations was created to strengthen the bonds of international cooperation around shared interests and values. It is the one place where all countries and citizens can unite behind collective action to address our greatest challenges and deliver a better world for all. The UN Foundation supports the UN’s ability to tackle these challenges and harness opportunities for the benefit of all humanity. As we head deeper into the 21st century, this task is more urgent than ever.
UN Free & Equal is a global United Nations campaign for equal rights and the fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people world-wide. UN Free & Equal launched a set of LGBTI standards of conduct for business that offers the private sector concrete guidance on how they can stand up for the rights of LGBTI people. The standards were launched in New York, Mumbai, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Melbourne in 2017, accompanied by a massive social media campaign that reached more than 183 million social media feeds during the last three months of 2017.