If you are in the search for an opportunity to network, connect, and engage with the LGBT business community and allies in Miami look no further. The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) will honor corporate and individual supporters of the Miami-Dade LGBTQ community at its 16th Annual Gala and Awards Celebration “The Topaz Gala” presented by Wells Fargoon Saturday, May 13, at the Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Boulevard. At this event there will be plenty of opportunities to network while celebrating the honorees who were selected for their long-term commitment to fostering diversity, as well as for their efforts in contributing to the overall quality of life in South Florida.  

Networking enhanced by an innovative app and “pop-up” opportunities for interactive networking are two of the new surprises in store for guests.  This year, the MDGLCC is incorporating new technology and reviving tried-and-true one-on-one personal interaction opportunities so our crowd of 500 guests will be able to mix, mingle, party and make lasting connections.

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There’s an app for that. The MDGLCC is the only Chamber in Florida utilizing the SOCIO app technology. SOCIO enhances the networking experience by allowing attendees at the Gala to “shake and connect” by shaking their mobile devices and connecting with fellow attendees they would like to meet based on their SOCIO profile. The app also provides mechanisms to take notes, star, and arrange follow-ups to a guest’s favorite connections.

For attendees and organizations who prefer a more old-school personal touch, “The Topaz Gala” will provide an exclusive 15 “interactive pop-up” opportunities. The pop-ups include a space near the ballroom to engage with guests during the evening. In addition to display materials and literature about the organization, each pop-up participant is encouraged to get creative and offer something interactive that will engage guests, make the experience more memorable and create buzz throughout the event about the interactivity. Cost for a pop-up space is $1,000 and includes two admissions to the Gala.

Tickets to “The Topaz Gala” are $2,000 for tables of 10 or $200 for individual tickets and are available online at www.gaybizgala.com, or by calling 305-673-4440.  To become a member of the MDGLCC please visit gaybizmiami.com or contact us at 305-673-4440 /  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


— Jorge Richa, Marketing & Programming Director, Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce