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Announcing our Job Fair at Diversity Richmond!

January 25, 2017 10:01 AM | Anonymous

For further information: Bary Hausrath, 804 482-1649


The Richmond Business Alliance is pleased to announce the Richmond Business Alliance (“RBA”) Job Fair at Diversity Richmond on March 25, 2017.

The Richmond Metro area’s first annual job fair to connect local employers with LGBTQ-identifying job seekers, the fair is the concluding event in the inaugural RBA Career Readiness Series, a multi-week series of educational programs, workshops, resources, and services geared towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/gender nonconforming (LGBTQ) job seekers.


RBA president Bary Hausrath explained, “the job search process is inherently intimidating, even for many qualified applicants.  The Richmond Business Alliance Job Fair aims to address this.  Exhibitors have demonstrated commitments to inclusion and diversity for LGBTQ employees. From the job seeker’s perspective, having confidence that their sexual orientation or gender identity is neither a liability nor a threat to their livelihood is incredibly important.”

The RBA Career Readiness Series includes workshops on resume building, mock interviews, conveying an appropriate professional presence online and in-person, programs around navigating identity issues in the job search and workplace, and even wardrobe and styling assistance. 

Bill Harrison, Executive Director at Diversity Richmond observed that the “project is so needed as employment is an issue with many, especially the transgender community. Also, the classes that are being offered are invaluable to job-searchers. We are very proud to play a role in this endeavor.”

 “Recognizing the employment difficulties faced by so many in the LGBT community, Equality Virginia is proud to be a part of this job fair that will provide days’ worth of practical and meaningful assistance to members in our community who are seeking to provide for themselves and their families,” said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia.

 “In addition to our community partners that are helping spread the word, the donations from RBA members and other for and non-profit service providers have made the RBA Job Fair at Diversity Richmond, long a goal for many community activists, a reality,” Hausrath added.

The Richmond Business Alliance Job Fair and Career Readiness Series are collaborative efforts involving representatives of community organizations including the Richmond Business Alliance, Equality Virginia, Diversity Richmond, Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic), Nationz Foundation, and Richmond Transformers. The effort is funded in part by a grant from Diversity Richmond. 

Community partners include Diversity Richmond, Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic), and Equality Virginia.

Vendor inquiries should be directed to

Sponsorship inquiries should be directed to

More information about the Job Fair and Career Readiness Series can be found online at


Address: Event Hall (Entrances 2 & 3) at Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond VA 23220.

Parking: Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to Entrances 3 and 4; free overflow parking on the street will also be available.

Date: Saturday March 25, 2017

Time (Exhibitors) Setup between 9 and 10 a.m.; The Richmond Business Alliance Job Fair at Diversity Richmond runs until 2 p.m.

Schedule for Job Seekers:

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Light Breakfast (sponsorship still available)

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Panel discussion: How to Make the Job Fair Experience Rewarding and Successful

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Coffee break (sponsorship available)

10:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Richmond Business Alliance Job Fair at Diversity Richmond

Community partners:

The Richmond Business Alliance


The Richmond Business Alliance is the local affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.  Both organizations work to encourage businesses large and small to engage in practices that treat all people equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, promote diversity in the workplace.  The RBA provides a pathway to the NGLCC-administered LGBTBE designation, which is available only to LGBT-owned and operated businesses.  Approximately one-third of the Fortune 500 recognizes the LGBTBE designation in procurement decisions as part of supplier diversity initiatives.


For further information, contact:

Bary Hausrath, President, Richmond Business Alliance, 804 482 1649 


Founded in 2002, the NGLCC is the business advocate and direct link between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) business owners, corporations, and government, representing the interest of more than 1.4 million LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs. The NGLCC is committed to forming a broad-based coalition of LGBT owned and friendly businesses, professionals, and major corporations for the purpose of promoting economic growth and the prosperity of our members.

Richmond Business Alliance

The Richmond Business Alliance is the local affiliate of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and supports businesses and professionals affirming to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.   The RBA brings together individuals and organizations from across various sectors of the business community to experience unique commercial, educational, networking, and social programming opportunities that increase visibility and promote economic success.

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