Sunday, March 29, 2015

Accelerate Your Passion

For an ambitious college student, it’s a paid, microinternship that doesn’t require travel, relocation, or coffee runs. For an employer, it’s a way to get actual work accomplished and find future personnel.  

“It’s a way for students to be test driving careers while they are still in college,” according to TestTracks co-founder, Tony Ray Meyer.

Tony Ray Meyer and Rich Mangione started TestTracks two years ago. The program was initially exclusive to students at Harvard, Tony and Rich’s alma mater, as well as Georgetown, Duke, Berkeley, and Carnegie Melon. This spring, TestTracks will be accessible to students from any college across the country.

“It’s a low commitment way to test out if you want to go into fields like entertainment, finance, or consulting; and for companies, it’s helping them find students…especially from colleges that they may not be recruiting from already,” Meyer stated.

Unlike the traditional eight week internship, the microinternship is a virtual project that can take students anywhere from one to twenty hours to complete. Interns get paid fifteen dollars an hour, and a taste at tackling tasks that would be commonplace in their first year at the company: “You are getting good money but you are also able to build a resume,” Meyer said.

In his spare time, Meyer works with two groups, Education in Motion and After-School All-Stars. Both groups are dedicated to helping junior high and high school level students stay involved and learn a wide range of skills from math to martial arts. In true TestTracks fashion, students can take part in miniature microinternships to illustrate the relevance of their classroom curriculum in the real world. For example, students can apply their math lessons to a stock-trading project, and then take a trip to the New York Stock Exchange.

TestTracks became a certified member of the NGLCCNY last July; and Meyer’s experience so far has helped him start discussions with corporate partners interested in both helping and getting involved with TestTracks: “The Supplier Diversity teams have been fantastic in terms of helping put us in contact with the right people inside their organizations, helping us to start building the relationships we need as we grow our client base. […] Now we know where we need to be going and what metrics these companies care about; and the NGLCC was really great in helping us get to that spot,” Meyer stated.

TestTracks will be leading a panel with two corporate members and two other LGBTE’s at the August NGLCC National Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Meyer will be discussing millennial recruiting, and the benefit of businesses taking on college students.

Since high school, Meyer has enjoyed getting involved and staying active in meaningful organizations. He believes the NGLCCNY is the perfect platform to promote social action from a corporate standpoint. Plus, in a business designed to help young people, being a member sets a great example: “I think students are really excited to see that when you leave college, idealism doesn’t die, that working for a big company in a cubical doesn’t mean you have to give up everything you believe, and I think that’s really exciting,” he said.   

Companies that wish to participate in TestTracks can reach out to Tony at Let the microinternship process begin! 

Written by Ashley Bellman,
Corporate Journalist, Media Communications Committee.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

March 2015 M3 Mixer at NY Botanical Gardens

Spring has sprung at the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show, making it the perfect escape from the menacing snow falling on the first day of the much-anticipated new season.

The orchids blossomed overhead Thursday night at the NYBG Chandeliers exhibit, creating an exquisitely picturesque and aromatic atmosphere for this month’s NGLCCNY Members’ Monthly Mixer.

Glenn Reimer is the Events Chair for the NGLCCNY.  He said that having the M3 at the New York Botanical Garden is special.  “It’s an amazing space because you are surrounded by flowers and beauty and color from around the world that you don’t normally see in Manhattan, so it’s well worth the trip,” Reimer stated.  This is the 4th year in a row for the NYBG to hold an M3, making them a legacy host. The NYBG works with the LGBT community events throughout the year.

Sean Franklin is an NGLCCNY member (L7z Group) who has been attending the M3 events for years.  He said that the mixers are excellent ways to network and meet more people within the community. He said attending this particular mixer is a must because of its uniqueness.

Monthly Mixers usually take place on the third Wednesday of every month (except for March and April this year), and are hosted by different NGLCCNY Corporate Partners or Business Members in or around the city.

If you missed the March M3 Mixer, please visit us on Flickr to see the event.

Please join us for April's M3 Mixer hosted by Etcetera Etcetera on April 23rd at 6pm.  You can join us by registering via our website here.

Written by Ashley Bellman
NGLCCNY Corporate Journalist, Media Communications Committee.  
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Bailey House Gala & Auction 2015

Bailey House, a non-profit organization that has been servicing homeless people with HIV/AIDS, will be hosting the Baily House Gala & Auction 2015 on March 26 at Chelsea Piers beginning at 6PM.

The Gala will be hosted by Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s Chopped and spokesperson for Dining Out For Life®.  The storied Auction follows the Gala and remains one of the hottest parties in town.  Featured Auction items include Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts photographs; a stay at Gaia Hotel and Reserve, a 5 star resort in Costa Rica; VIP set visit to The Good Wife; tickets to The Visit and backstage meet-and-greet with Chita Rivera; luxurious getaways to Paris and Los Angeles/Palm Springs; outstanding works of established and contemporary artists; and a unique and robust selection of home furnishings and décor.  Through generous sponsorships, celebrity support and phenomenal auction items, Bailey House has raised over $15M since its inaugural event in 1988.  All proceeds benefit Bailey House programs that help transform the lives of low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

Honorees include: Jane Pauley, a respected television anchor and journalist  who is a longtime supporter of Bailey House and a powerful advocate in the field of mental healthBrad Goldfarb and Alfredo Paredes, generous philanthropic leaders from the worlds of media, fashion and design; New York City Council Member Corey Johnson, a passionate leader in addressing the inequities in housing and access to healthcare facing low-income and HIV-positive New Yorkers; and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. and the 30 for 30 Campaign for the work each is doing to improve the lives of people of color and women living with and affected by HIV.  Presenters include Academy, Tony and Golden Globe-winning actor Joel Grey for Ms. Pauley, and Congressman Sean Maloney and his husband Randy Florke for Mr. Goldfarb and Mr. Paredes.

To purchase tickets click here. Also get a look at the Art Auction here. To learn more about Bailey House click here

Bailey House Gala & Auction 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Pier 60, Chelsea Piers
6:00 PM/VIP Cocktail Reception & Gala Dinner
7:00 PM/Auction

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Member Spotlight: NGLCCNY Discount with Luca Chiara


Italian-Inspired and Quality Designed for 21st Century Lifestyles

Company Description:
Luca Chiara is a fine accessories brand, offering Italian-inspired style with contemporary American design and technology. Fashion and modern-day function are integrated seamlessly across the Luca Chiara collections. “Our products are designed to be fashionable, functional and affordable for the hectic lifestyle of the 21-century but are based on 19-century old-world quality,” says Martin Salerno, one of the founders of the brand.

Product Range:
Wallets, card cases, billfolds, passport covers, mobile device sleeves, bags and shoes

Product Features:
Innovation is at the core of Luca Chiara design.
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID) protection to block identity theft, unauthorized credit card copying, passport chip access and other cyber banking crimes, which may unknowingly occur from a distance. Despite being literally lined with steel, these accessories remain soft, flexible and thin.
  • Luca Chiara’s combination of quality design, use of man-made and environmentally friendly materials has earned the brand the PETA seal of approval. 
  • The travel bags feature removable inserts which allow the consumer to have many color options as well as the ability to wash the bags for easy cleaning. (Additional insert options are sold separately). 
  • The use of non-traditional Shoe materials that have been proven in other accessory classifications, energize the collection with a superior level of style and comfort.
  • All Wallet seams are always stitched, never glued unlike most other competitive brands.
  • The Interiors are lined with a signature blue ascot stripe with floating credit card wings for easy access and additional storage.

  • Durable water-resistant nylon, 100% cotton canvas, water-repellent rip-stop and soft-grain vegan leather. These materials are light-weight and deliver the greatest comfort.
  • The color selections range from traditional black and brown to pops of blue, red, lime, yellow and pink. 
  • Exciting textures such as: wood grain, herringbone, crocodile, snake skin and camouflage.  

Price range
  • $24.50 for Carmela a credit card band case.
  • $209.50 for Alfonso a Large Weekender Bag.
  • Chamber members get a 20% discount with the code "chamber20"

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Jason Canales, Litigation Partner, Appointed to Appellate Division Disciplinary Committee

Jason Canales, a Partner in Moses & Singer's Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations practice groups, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee by the Justices of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial Department. The purpose of the Committee is to protect the public and the legal profession by ensuring that lawyers adhere to the ethical standards set forth in the Rules of Professional Conduct. The Committee protects the public by reviewing and investigating complaints against lawyers and by recommending sanctions against those who are proven to have violated the Rules. Committee members are selected by the Court based on their knowledge of the law and their reputation in the legal community for integrity and fairness.

Since 1919, Moses & Singer has provided legal services to diverse businesses and to prominent individuals and their families. Among the firm's broad array of U.S. and international clients are leaders in banking and finance, entertainment, media, real estate, healthcare, advertising, and the hotel and hospitality industries. We provide cost-effective and result-focused legal services in several practices and industries

Moses & Singer will be hosting NGLCCNY's Legal Industry Council Cocktail Mixer on Tuesday, March 24 from 6PM to 8PM at the Chrysler Building location.  To learn more click here.