Friday, September 12, 2014

OPAM New York Presents OUT Field

OPAM New York, presents OUT Field, a discussion on out LGBT athletes and what it means for marketers. The panel discussion will be on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30PM at The New York Times Building located at 620 8th Avenue.

Kate Fagan - Writer ESPN
Steve Eder - Investigative Sports Reporter at The New York Times
Bruce Hayes - Managing Director at Edelman
Doug Melville - Chief Diversity Officer, North America at TBWA\Worldwide
Mark Truss - Global Director of Brand Intelligence at JWT

Moderated by Stuart Elliott - Advertising Columnist at The New York Times

6:30 - Cocktail  Reception
7:00 - Panel Discussion

To RSVP click here.

Sting, Patti LuPone, and Jane Lynch in One-Night-Only Concert for Global Equality

We are thrilled to share about an amazing benefit concert starring Sting and Patti LuPone and hosted by Jane Lynch on Monday, September 15th at the Gershwin Theatre in New York at 8:00PM. 
Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality stars 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting and two-time Tony and Grammy Award-winner Patti LuPone. Hosted by the hilarious Jane Lynch from Glee, the evening also features performances from Tony and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter; the cast of WICKED; the cast of ONCE; Matt Gould, Griffin Matthews, and the cast of Witness Uganda; members of the cast of I Am Harvey Milk; country-music star Chely Wright; Bollywood star Celina Jaitly; a Grammy Award-winning surprise musical guest, and more

Written by Academy Award-winning Dustin Lance Black (Milk), executive producers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook) have brought together this all-star cast for a one-night-only show that will weave together stories and performances from activists and musical artists from around the world. 

The net proceeds raised from the show will go to Fueling the Frontlines, a campaign by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the only philanthropic organization in the United States solely dedicated to advancing LGBTI rights globally.
For more information and tickets for the show click here

LGBT CONFEX Ready for LGBT Business Forum in Colombia's Equality Week

New York, September 9, 2014 – The 5th edition of LGBT CONFEX’s LGBT Business Forum will bring a delegation of international business leaders to this year’s IV Equality Week taking place in Bogota, Colombia from September 28 to October 5, 2014.

This marks the first time Latin America's leading LGBT business network, LGBT Confex, brings the full conference outside of Mexico, where it has held editions in Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Guadalajara and this year’s Vallarta-Nayarit. The tailor-made event was developed and produced an LGBT Business Forum for Bogota's Equality Week as part of a request made by the City of Bogota.

The LGBT Business Forum will be held at Camara de Comercio de Bogota - Chapinero and will be a B2B and consumer event focused on the LGBT community in an effort to increase awareness and respect for sexual orientation and gender identification in the workplace and in the community in general.

The LGBT Business Forum will open with an exclusive showing of Oasis/Keidas a documentary on the struggles of HIV + indigenous populations in Mexico which won this year’s Guadalajara Premio Maguey International Film Festival

In addition, it will include elements designed to maximize networking business and educational opportunities in addition to educational and social opportunities, making the experience as complete as possible for all participants. Including Marriott International’s Vice President of Multicultural Markets and Alliances. “I am excited to be part of this important team working to accomplish business goals and to help position Marriott as a global diversity leader. Diversity is the one thing that we all have in common and I am proud to show how we at Marriott celebrate it every day” - Apoorva N. Gandhi // Marriott

Other participants include Deena Fidas of the Human Right’s Campaign workplace equality program and Daniel Lawrence Smith of the San Francisco-based Out & Equal Workplace Advocates will present workshops focused on LGBT diversity in the workplace Representatives from Mexico’s Mundo Cuervo and Quist App will also be on hand to develop new connections with local businesses.

We are proud to be a part of this year’s Diversity Week in Bogota as this is a great opportunity to spotlight the importance of sexual and gender diversity and acceptance in Latin American culture, be it in the workplace, schools or our daily life,” said CEO of LGBT Confex, Ruben Sandoval. “The 5th edition on LGBT Business Forum will showcase our commitment on the ways education and acceptance in the workplace can provide the tools for innovation and creativity.”

For more information click here.

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Latin America’s leading LGBT Business Network is LGBT Confex. Established in 2011, the organization has quickly demonstrated its capabilities to put together a professional team with staff that brings many years in event management and business networks expertise. Following the success of their inaugural event in 2011, LGBT Confex doubled in scale with its 2012 edition in Cancun and continued its growth in 2013's International LGBT Business Expo in Guadalajara, Mexico.  In 2014 the 4th edition was held in Puerto Vallarta in June.

Monday, September 8, 2014

National Conference Participation Aids in Long Term Growth Business Strategy for Local NGLCCNY Members

Re Perez of BRANDING FOR THE PEOPLE and Michael Hudson of Site Search & Select were both recently tapped for another year of speaking at the 2014 NGLCC National Business and Leadership Conference held in Las Vegas.

Each one of these dynamic LGBTE business owners were excited to be asked back a second time to share their stories with both corporate partners as well as other recently certified business owners.  Here is what they say is part of their success strategy:

Michael Hudson, President
Site Search & Select

Michael Hudson says that S3’s company goals and objectives strongly align with what NGLCC is achieving through the launch of their new GLOBAL INITIATIVE.  Speaking on global topics at the National Conference has allowed him to increase his visibility with corporate partners as well as add additional credibility for his business.  Corporate Partners have a better recognition for his company and its services.  Now that is turning into more conversation and ultimately more contracts.

Re Perez, CEO & Founder

According to Re Perez, speaking engagements have been the single most effective method of increasing awareness, exposure, and revenue for his branding agency. He encourages entrepreneurs and small businesses to do the same. While having a well-designed business card, a beautiful website, and fancy marketing materials are important, it’s equally critical to remember that, at the end of the day, people buy from people they trust, like, and respect. Speaking engagements give you a platform for people to connect with you. 

Here's what other members who attended the conference had to say:

"I had a great time.  Next time I’ll definitely stay in the conference hotel, I spent a lot of time running between hotels.  The breakout sessions were very helpful, especially wrapping my head out the whole corporate procurement process.  In the end, I feel that my company might be too small to make it through the procurement process without someone really pushing us from within.  This is definitely a long term process and I feel privileged to be a part of the network." - Nathan Byrne, Owner, Fabler Studio and Certified LGBTBE Supplier

"As a first-time conference attendee and a fairly recent small business member, we did not know what to expect from this year's NGLCCC conference in Las Vegas. Needless to say, we were rather blown away by the organization, level of quality workshops, and economic opportunities the conference presented to attendees. The NGLCC conference was a great opportunity to, not only hear and learn from inspiring, well respected and established entrepreneurs, but meet and talk hand-in-hand with so many members of the LGBT community with the same goals in mind, to support and grow. We're already looking forward to the next!" David & Phillip, Co-Founders, PBJ Marketing and Certified LGBTBE Supplier

"From our perspective, the conference was a fantastic way to get to meet all of the NGLCC members who had been so incredibly helpful in ushering us through the certification process. On top of that, it was really enlightening to be able to meet with other LGBTBE's and hear how they navigated the procurement process in winning contracts and making connections with some of their top clients. The ability to speak directly with those in the know from top corporate partners and Fortune 500 business gave us a really good look at what they were expecting from their suppliers and how we could best communicate with them; furthermore, the Matchmaker meetings were an incredible chance to make our case to some of our top company targets and start building relationships we've now been growing in the weeks thereafter." 

"All in all, a really fantastic experience personally, an incredibly valuable experience professionally, and most definitely something I am already looking forward to returning to next summer!" - Tony Meyer, Co-Founder, TestTracks and Certified LGBTBE Supplier