New LGBT Business Group Launches in Maryland

The Maryland Corporate Council is excited to host a Launch Event January 19th featuring a Keynote Address by Mayo A. Shattuck III, CEO Constellation Energy.

The Maryland Corporate Council is the new standard in LGBT business and corporate networking. Established as a statewide non-profit organization, and dedicated to bringing together top-level LGBT corporate executives and thought leaders for networking, business advancement, educational and charitable events.



As a member, you will gain access to an exclusive network of Maryland professionals and executives. Share best practices, find a mentor and/or grow your business by engaging with fellow LGBT businesspeople. Membership benefits include:


  • Invitations to exclusive networking events.
  • Access to business and professional development seminars.
  • Inclusion in our exclusive, online professional membership directory.
  • Discounted admission to private corporate activities.

If you prefer to apply for membership via mail, you can download a printable copy of this page with attached membership form.


The Maryland Corporate Council’s board of directors includes a diverse array of LGBT business leaders from the region’s leading companies. The founding board includes:

  • Christopher W. Apple, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Charles A. Berardesco, SVP and General Counsel, Constellation Energy
  • Sophie Dagenais, Senior Fellow, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • David J. Downey, Jr., SVP/Principal, Cassidy Turley
  • Ted Hart, CEO, Hart Philanthropic Services Group
  • William Jones, Officer/Branch Manager, SunTrust Bank
  • Scott H. Marder, Partner, Duane Morris, LLP
  • Michael McManmon, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Kevin Naff, Owner/Editor, Washington Blade


Whether you are interested in a corporate membership for multiple colleagues or a single membership for a small business owner, membership in the Maryland Corporate Council is affordable and rewarding. We have a variety of membership levels, and you can upgrade at any time.

  • Corporate Membership (10+ members): $5,000
  • Business Premier (5 members): $3,750
  • Business Executive (3 members): $2,500
  • Business Plus (2 members): $750
  • Small Business (2 members): $350
  • Non-Profit (2 members): $250
  • Individual membership: $150
  • Under 30 or retired (single membership): $100
  • Full-Time Student: $50
  • Non-Member Supporter: $250

For more information or questions about membership, send e-mail to


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