Board Member Receives Wells Fargo Scholarship

GGBA Board Director Receives Wells Fargo Dartmouth Scholarship to

Attend “Growing the Minority Business to Scale” Summer Course


Aaron Lander

Aaron Lander
Founder & CEO

We are pleased to announce that Founder & CEO of GGBA partner, PopUpsters, GGBA Board Director and Events Chair, Aaron Lander, has been selected as a scholarship recipient by Wells Fargo for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College summer course “Growing the Minority Business to Scale”.

Wells Fargo, a proud GGBA partner and LGBT business supporter, has dedicated $100K in scholarships to the program to cover the cost of the course and accommodations, five of which are specifically for LGBT business owners. The course, which runs from June 25th (his 30th Birthday) through June 30th, focuses on building a scalable business.

“This is a great opportunity to learn more about growing PopUpsters. I’ve had great mentors that are continuously helping me run my business, but this course will provide me with the tools and resources to overcome the challenges LGBT and other minority businesses face, something that is core to PopUpsters’ mission as a Public Benefit Corporation,” Lander said. A Public Benefit Corporation is a for-profit company with a social mission.

Lander first became partners with the GGBA when PopUpsters helped with the Business Pop-Up Expo at Hotel Kabuki. Since then he has taken advantage of all the GGBA has to offer.

“I’ve benefited from being part of the GGBA on not only a business level but personally as well. Last year, thanks to the GGBA, I was selected as a Top 30 Under 30 NextGen LGBT Leader by Coca-Cola. That and the amazing ability of the GGBA to make connections has really pushed me to a new level,” Lander continued. “Being part of something bigger has really made a huge difference. I would never have opportunities like this scholarship from Wells Fargo, the Coca-Cola Fellowship or all the friendships and business relationships I have solidified, if the GGBA didn’t exist. I love my new family!”

Aaron also recently attended the EQCA Leadership Academy, an weekend-long program to help LGBT individuals to strive to get appointed to State commissions or public office, with the support of the GGBA.

If you are interested in finding out about membership in the GGBA and taking advantage of all the GGBA has to offer, please contact Dr. Krystal Drwencke.


Safeguarding You and Your Life’s Work


By Jay Greene, Esquire/CPA  |  Greene Estate, Probate, and Elder Law Firm

This guest post from long-time member and GGBA board member Jay Greene of Greene Estate, Probate, and Elder Law Firm ( provides advice about the importance of creating an effective estate plan for you and your loved ones.

With over half of American adults not having an estate plan, it’s difficult to know what your options are and what decision is best.   Estate planning isn’t about how much money you have.  Estate Planning is about you, safeguarding your life’s work, and protecting those you love after you’re gone. Whether you become disabled or die, a proper plan will make sure that what you have gets to the people you love, the way you want, when you want without unnecessary cost or delay.

If you were to die or become disabled today, are you certain that everything will be taken care of the way you want? Estate planning is legally ensuring things will be handled the way you want by providing your set of instructions instead of relying on the plan that the government has created for you.

Estate planning really is for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you have $40,000 or $4 Million. Everyone needs to plan for their future. Whether it’s to name a guardian for your children, trustee if you become disabled, or ensure your loved ones don’t lose your assets when you die.

Proper estate planning is more than just feeling better about filling out a boilerplate form.  Estate planning is about actually achieving your goals.  This can only be accomplished by using an experienced estate planning attorney, who knows about probate, tax, business law, family law, veteran’s benefits, and Medi-Cal.  A plan can be simple or complex.  It’s really up to you.

Keeping your Estate Plan current

Once completed, your estate plan should be reviewed and kept current with life events such as birth, death, marriage or divorce of anyone included in your plan.  The one constant in life is change. You can count on it. Things change. No matter how hard we try to keep them the same, the inevitable will occur.  That includes relationships. Relationships change, usually over time… sometimes long periods of time and sometimes not so long. As relationships change, consider changing your plan for the future.

If you want to learn more about estate planning, join any one of our workshops! We regularly hold workshops in the Castro and San Francisco.  You can register here:


Jay’s free workshops will provide you with a step by step educational experience covering the fundamentals of estate planning and asset protection, whether you are a small business owner, parents with children, or considering long term care.

Our next workshop is the “7 Threats to Your Security” on Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:30pm at GGBA member, Spark Arts Event Space, 4229 18th Street, San Francisco, CA  94114. Please register online at to reserve your seat or call 415-905-0215.

Jay Greene Law Firm has been recognized by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as a Certified LGBT Business Enterprise TM (LGBTBE)


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