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Meeting May 2015

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
6:30 pm at
Coquette Brasserie!

COQUETTE BRASSERIE
4351 The Circle at North Hills
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Ellen L. Shepard Ellen Shepard
is our Speaker

Ellen L. Shepard is an award-winning professional filmmaker, screenwriter, and assistant professor at St. Augustine University. Her new film debuting this month, Sitting at God’s Table, is a full-length documentary featuring local distinguished religious leaders who tackle with candor, respect, and personal insight the most controversial subjects of our day.

Come hear Ellen speak at the May dinner about her work, her passion, and her mission - and in particular, this intriguing film.

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Meeting April 2015

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
6:30 pm at our new location!

COQUETTE BRASSERIE
4351 The Circle at North Hills
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Tracy HollisterTracy Hollister
is our Speaker

In the last three years, local LGBT activist Tracy Hollister resigned from her research job to fight for the cause of marriage equality: as a leader against Amendment One here in NC, as a field manager for campaigns in five other states, through the implementation of national storytelling and education programs, and currently by conducting interviews abroad - all the while engaging in curious and respectful dialogue with those on the “other side.” Why does she do what she does?

Come hear Tracy speak at this month’s RBPN dinner about her journey, about what motivates her to do this work, and about how we all can come together to ensure that these gains are not lost.

Meeting March 2015

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
6:30 pm at our new location!

COQUETTE BRASSERIE
4351 The Circle at North Hills
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Patrick RodriguezPatrick Rodriguez
is our Speaker

Patrick Rodriguez, Raleigh’s Senior Area Manager of the North Carolina District Office of the Small Business Administration, will speak with us about a promising new initiative for our community from the SBA - LGBT Business Builder. He’ll fill us in on how this program pools expertise and resources from the SBA’s district and regional offices and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s 38 affiliate chapters, helping business owners leverage the chamber’s LGBT-owned business certification and tap into the SBA’s various services assisting businesses in obtaining government contracts, exporting goods, and obtaining capital right here in the Triangle.

Meeting February 2015

Join us for dinner on
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
6:30 pm at our new location!

COQUETTE BRASSERIE
4351 The Circle at North Hills
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

Ella Beavers
is our Speaker

Ella BeaversElla Beavers is a local real estate investor and broker whose previous career as a microfinance consultant and executive spanned seventeen years and brought her to eighty countries. She’ll be speaking to us about her first-hand experiences witnessing the profound impact that small (micro) loans can make in the lives of people in developing countries - especially in the lives of women who struggle under the burdens of third world cultural oppression - and how we all can support this work.

Here are links to some of the organizations that Ella spoke about:

Contact Ella Beavers