The Game Change Conference is a unique opportunity for you to connect with up to 250 area professionals who work in a variety of government and private sectors.
The Game Change Conference was first held in conjunction with the 2014 Gay Games. The 2014 Gay Games, also known as Gay Games 9, were an international multi-sport event and cultural gathering organized by, and specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) athletes, artists and musicians. It was held from August 9 to August 16, 2014 in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. An estimated 10,000 athletes from more than 60 nations participated in 37 sports and cultural events. The purpose of Gay Games is to foster and augment the self-respect of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and all sexually-fluid or gender-variant individuals (LGBT+) throughout the world and to promote respect and understanding from others. Gay Games are held internationally every four years.
In an effort to promote further inclusivity in the greater community, a collaboration of local social service agencies and professionals hold the annual Game Change Conference for professional development in current LGBTQ issues. “Often times, a lack of LGBTQ inclusion in the professional arena comes not from prejudice but from a lack of understanding,” said Rebecca Callahan, Executive Director for Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI). “The Game Change Conference provides an opportunity for professionals in the area to gain that understanding so they can play a more active role in making the greater community a more inclusive place for LGBTQ individuals.”
The Organizing Committee is committed to engaging attendees through an energizing and informative program of speakers, and facilitating networking and business opportunities for sponsors through and interactive exhibition and a dynamic program. Attendees will include social workers, healthcare providers, educators, and local business owners and employees from a wide range of industries. Sponsors will receive acknowledgement prior to, during and after the conference through conference materials and the CANAPI website, and enjoy significant contact with delegates during the exhibition and post conference reception.
We look forward to your participation in this premier community event, and to welcoming you in Kent in October 2016.