2024 NGLCC XLR8 Program Application

The NGLCC XLR8 Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (LGBTBE) Capacity Development Program is designed to help LGBT-owned businesses grow and succeed in a highly competitive market. XLR8 will consist of a series of by-application cohorts of NGLCC Certified LGBTBE® companies distinguished by revenue, focusing on businesses ranging from $100,000 to $999,999, $1 million to $3.99 million, and $4 million+ (known as NGLCC’s Platinum Circle) in annual revenues to help them create sustainable and meaningful growth for their companies. Start-up companies and those with less than $100,000 that have high-growth potential will also be considered. Applications for 1st  cohort are due April 26, 2024.

Key areas of focus include: management and leadership innovation, access to capital and financial literacy, cybersecurity, team development, as well as marketing, communications, and branding.

This year's program will feature three (3) cohorts*.

Cohort I Schedule (2-3:30pm ET; virtual) 


Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | Session 1

Mark Bertolini - CEO, Oscar Health


Tuesday, May 28, 2024 | Session 2

Anthony Shop - Co-Founder of Social Driver, Chairman of National Digital Roundtable, Host of Chief Influencer Podcast

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | Session 3

Mark Bertolini - CEO, Oscar Health

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 | Session 4

Robert Schapira - Director of Small Business Diverse Customer Segments, Senior VP at Wells Fargo

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 | Session 5

Ernest Cordova and Glenn Ballard - Dragonfli Group

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 | Session 6


*2nd Cohort (Conference) and 3rd Cohort (Virtual in Fall)

Applications for 1st  cohort are due April 26, 2024.

Any questions can be directed to education@nglcc.org.