Coronavirius Update: Pride Life Expo 2020 has been postponed.

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Be a part of PrideLife Expo 2020, the largest ever exposition of businesses, agencies and non-profit organizations in North Carolina who want to connect with, support and serve the LGBTQ+ community. Produced by the Raleigh Business Professional Network (RBPN) and the LGBT Center of Raleigh with official partner Resources for Seniors this will be a great opportunity for members of the LGBTQ+ community and exhibitors to come together.

April 4th, 2020


10:00am - 3:00pm

Join the excitement while interacting with over 100 organizations that want you to know that they value their relationship with you and all members of the LGBTQ+ community. Some of them are LGBT owned or operated; all others identify as community friendly. While you move from table to table getting to know the many exhibitors and sponsors on the expo floor enjoy complementary hors d'oeuvres, music by DJ Freddie Livingston, and much more.

Drag Queen Story Hour

10:30am - 11:30am

Emory Starr

Emory Starr is a local performer at Legends Nightclub. She is also the owner of Sugar Qween Bakery where she enjoys producing creative, beautiful and delicious confections. Emory has been reading for Drag Queen Story Hour since August 2019 and loves the joy and excitement on children’s faces when in attendance at the DQSH events.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Mary-Ann Baldwin

Mayor of Raleigh

Mayor Baldwin will be joined by Representative Allison A. Dahle, Raleigh City Council Members Saige Martin and Jonathan Melton, Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson, and others other community leaders. Live entertainment provided by the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus, the Triangle Pride Band, and the Common Woman Chorus.

"Spilling the T" (A Transgender Q&A)

10:00am - 3:00pm

"Spilling the T" is dedicated to helping answer Transgender questions. In this space, questions can be asked freely without fear or judgement, anger or hurting someones feelings. We will have a transgender woman, man and non-bianary person on hand to field all your questions. All questions are private and held in a one-on-one private setting broken up in 10 min sessions throughout the day. Questions can also be asked anonymously, during the expo, from the panel and will be answered electronically as time permits. Education is our goal.

Name Change Clinic

12:00pm - 12:45pm

Kori Hennessey

Director of Education & Programs at the LGBT Center of Raleigh

Kori and representatives from Counsel Carolina will be talking about the steps necessary to legally change a person's name in the state of North Carolina. Although it will be Wake County specific, most county practices are the same or very similar. Example packets will be available to look through and presenters will be available for Q&A.

Financial Solutions for Life

12:45pm - 1:30pm

Lorraine Johnson

CFP®, CFA Wealth Consultant, BBA in Trust & Wealth Management (MTWM)

Lorraine Johnson works with business owners, non-traditional families, and those who are either retired or within 5-10 years of reducing their involvement in the workforce. She has a passion for helping them create, manage and preserve their wealth while bringing them financial independence and confidence. Her services include financial planning, investment management and insurance. She particularly enjoys providing investment advice and helping business owners to integrate their personal and business planning.

Tips for Travelers and Tourists - The Joy of LGBTQ+ Travel

1:30pm - 2:15pm

SAGE Central North Carolina

The Joy of Travel is that indescribable feeling you get when you take that first step on a new journey to discover another part of the world. It doesn't matter if the journey is a thousand miles or much, much less. What matters is that it makes you feel alive and brings you enjoyment.

Our assembled panelists, composed of travel agents and experienced travelers, will provide important general information dealing with the many different opportunities and significant aspects to consider for achieving rewarding travel experiences. Topics will include safety, cost and LGBTQ+ welcoming destinations. There will be time set aside in the presentation to ask general travel related questions.

Supplier Diversity - Why Should I Certify My Business?

2:15pm - 3:00pm
Supported By:

Saima Cardwell

Supplier Diversity Specialist – SAS Institute, Inc.

What is it and what types of certifications are there? Saima has held various roles in the past 20 years at SAS which have given her an in-depth knowledge of business development, strategic sourcing and procurement. Saima has always had a lifelong passion for helping others. Her current role allows her to use her passion and energy by engaging with diverse business owners, and SAS to diversify its supply chain by utilizing minority, women, veteran, LGBTQ and disability-owned businesses. Saima has a bachelor's degree from Campbell University and currently serves on the following boards:

  • Institute For Supply Management - Carolinas & Virginia - Triangle Chapter Vice President
  • Disability:IN - Board of Directors
  • RBPN Raleigh's LGBT Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors


  • A Great Idea
  • Advance Auto Parts
  • Advance Community Health
  • Advantage Lending - The Mortgage Professors
  • Ali Nininger-Finch, Attorney at Law
  • Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, North Carolina Chapter
  • Androgyny Music
  • Arts NC State
  • Bank of America
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle
  • Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More
  • Bliss Massage
  • BRITT TRAVEL GROUP - Dream Vacations
  • Butterfly Concepts, LLC
  • Cameron Advisors
  • Capital City Center (work.)
  • Caring Transitions of Cary
  • Carol Woods Retirement Community
  • Carolina House
  • Cengage PRIDE
  • Clarity Legal Group
  • Comfort Long Term Care
  • Core Realty Advisors
  • Daniel Turbert Photography
  • Doggie Spa & Day Care
  • Duke Health
  • Eco Development Partnership of NC (EDPNC) - Buisness Link NC (BLNC)
  • Edward Jones
  • Equality NC
  • Everybody Needs A Nurse
  • Firehouse Publications
  • Fonville Morisey Realty
  • FOR (Friends of Residents)
  • Free Mom Hugs
  • Gay For Good
  • Grist Realty
  • Haas & Associates, P.A.
  • Harmony Family Chiropractic
  • Homewatch Caregivers
  • Hopler Wilms & Hanna PLLC
  • Jessica Woodall Photography
  • Keelee MacPhee, MD, PA
  • Keller Williams Preferred Realty
  • Kustom Koozies
  • LGBT Center of Raleigh
  • LGBTQ+ Democrats of Wake County
  • LifeTime Asset Management
  • Lori and Matt Auto Sales Consultants
  • Lotus Temple Massage
  • Meals on Wheels Wake County
  • Move Elders With Ease
  • NAMI Wake County
  • NC AIDS Action Network
  • North Carolina Out Professionals
  • North Carolina Theatre
  • Nurse Care of NC
  • Osborn Gambale Beckley & Budd
  • Outlander Travel
  • OUTSouth Queer Film Festival/T
  • Poof Be Gone
  • PPD
  • QORDS (Queer Oriented Radical Days of Summer)
  • Quality Plus Automotive Service
  • Raleigh's LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Red Hat
  • Resources for Seniors
  • Right At Home of Wake & Johnson County
  • RTI International
  • SAGE Central North Carolina
  • SAS Institute
  • Scharff Law Firm
  • Shining Light In Darkness
  • St John's Metropolitan Community Church
  • St. Francis of Assisi LGBT Ministry
  • St. John's Metropolitan Commun
  • StickyLife
  • Stonewall Sports Inc.
  • Susan Melchione, MSW, LLC
  • TeamWOW Media
  • Terri Taylor Real Estate at Fathom Realty
  • Texana Bank - Mortgage
  • The Forest at Duke
  • The Medical Massage Clinic of Durham, LLC
  • The Office Nerds
  • The Smokin' Cardinal Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
  • The Travel Adventure Team LLC
  • The Triangle Group
  • Total Engagement Consulting by Kimer
  • Touchpointe Wellness
  • TradeMark Properties
  • Transitions LifeCare
  • Triangle Freethought Society
  • Triangle Gay Men's Chorus
  • Triangle J Council of Governments/ Area Agency on Aging
  • Triangle Pride Band
  • Triangle Vegfest/Vegfest Expos
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Umstead Park United Church of Christ
  • UNC Healthcare
  • United Church Homes
  • Vibrant Health
  • Village Hearth Cohousing, LLC
  • Wake County EMS
  • Wake County Government
  • Western Dragon Teas and Tisanes
  • Whittleton Consulting


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