Thursday, August 10, 2017

Socio FIRST LOOK: Humanizing Supplier Diversity




As active members of the Supplier Diversity Community - procurement organizations, supplier diversity professionals, and diverse suppliers – we are all committed to building a diverse supply chain and sourcing process.

Our drive to sustain an inclusive work environment through products and services is often met with resource constraints and uncertainty. Together, we have experienced the challenges of bringing “new suppliers” to the table who offer cost effective and innovative solutions.




At Socio, we believe that innovation lies well beyond a company’s offering, products and services. It’s the people, their culture, and their stories that empower a supply chain to become inclusive, diverse, and innovative.

Socio FIRST LOOK is changing the narrative in supplier diversity. Our first release (which many of you already have), is a beautifully handcrafted book of small and medium-sized  businesses and diverse suppliers. The names and faces within FIRST LOOK enjoy who they are as much as what they do.




Use FIRST LOOK as a tool to find strategic partners and introduce innovative companies into your supply chain. Use FIRST LOOK in meetings to talk to stakeholders and suppliers in new ways. 

FIRST LOOK is the first of many tools Socio will be releasing in the coming weeks.

We hope you enjoy reading and sharing these authentic stories of innovative people.

visit: thinksocio.com/firstlook

Enjoy!

Leadership Team @ Socio





Be a part of Socio and the FIRST LOOK Community 




Posted by 
Sean Franklin,
Senior Associate, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Experience Producer, Socio

What's your story? 
Please contact me at 
Sean@NGLCCNY.org.




Socio is a creative, communications and customer experience agency shaping how companies do business. A certified LGBT Business Enterprise. 


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer/Fall 2017 Upcoming Events

Featuring local, state and national events for NGLCC, nglccNY, our Membership and Community Partners. 

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Posted by 

Sean Franklin,
Senior Associate, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Experience Producer, Socio

What's your story? 
Please contact me at 
Sean@NGLCCNY.org.


Socio is a creative, communications and customer experience agency shaping how companies do business. A certified LGBT Business Enterprise. 




Jenn T. Grace: Everyone Has A Story

Jenn T. Grace
Founder, Purpose Driven Publishing

Jenn T. Grace is a nationally recognized business strategist, speaker and author specializing in the LGBTQ market. Guided by the mantra, “change happens in business,” Jenn believes social change happens first in the workplace before spilling over into mainstream society. She has written several books about her experience in the business world as an out-LGBTQ person. Channeling her passion for helping people share their stories of adversity, Jenn Founded of the Purpose Driven Authors Academy and Purpose Driven Publishing. 

Everyone has a story and Jenn’s started with her career in a hot water heater factory, where in less than six months she managed to create efficiencies that propelled her career there. While the roles were physically demanding they taught Jenn about the difficulties of manual labor and that the creative spirit within us is waiting for us to activate creativity and build something special – no matter where we are. Her next growth spurt was in the retail space where once again Jenn channeled her energy for efficiency and created new and inspiring ways to entice customers.


In 2004, Jenn went looking for her next adventure and found a position in a customer service department she thought might be a fit. During the interview, the CEO created a Marketing Analyst position for her on the spot. She spent five years creating LGBTQ Marketing. This opportunity created the space for her to explore LGBTQ business. It was at this point of her career that she became familiar with NGLCC and got involved with the CTGLC. She became so inspired, she joined the chamber and held several positions before being named Executive Director. In 2013, after accomplishing many goals, she stepped down from her role and started on the road to help others share their story.

How did you find your way to the nglcc?
Back in 2006, I encountered nglcc when I was working for an insurance company. I decided that I was going to launch an LGBT outreach effort at the insurance company and the company let me do whatever I pleased. We joined nglcc, and a year later the CT affiliate popped up and I immediately joined them as the marketing chair and worked my way up to Executive Director to the CT affiliate. I recently joined nglccNY in an effort to spread my wings.

How does one embrace their “Professional Lesbian?"
I feel everyone has the potential to be a Professional Lesbian. I think simply it means being out in your business or career. All too often we are stereotyped. The more out we all can be the more diversity among us to be seen by the outside world. It helps in building relationships with peers, colleagues and customers.

When did you start Purpose Driven Publishing?
The seedling for PDP began in 2016. When I took my experience of writing books and created a program to teach others how to write their story. During this time, the participants asked if I would publish their books. I realized that I was only getting participants so far and this was a way for me to go “all in” to help tell these stories. August 2016, I publicly declared this was indeed my business.

How does somebody join Purpose Driven Authors Academy group?

It is a 14-week session that covers the process of writing a book. To date, I have helped more than 20 people develop their books and am currently working with a few others.

How can those in the membership, interested in writing their book join one of your sessions?

I run group programs that start September 19th and anyone interested can go to the website: PurposeDrivenPublsing.com/Academy.

What do you hope to get from creating this platform?
From the big picture of equality, the more of our voices that can be heard is really important because that is how change happens.

What is your message to the universe?
It is our collective responsibility to be out and proud. Tell your story, it may help inspire somebody.

To learn more about Jenn T. Grace, check out her sites: JennTGrace.com and PurposeDrivenPublishing.com. Check out her books on amazon JennTGrace.com/all-books/or chat her up at the next M3.


Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming,
NGLCCNY

Organizational Development Consultant, 
Strategic Remedy Group







Strategic Remedy Group is a certified LGBTBE focused on cultivating collaborative communities to propel business success.









Non-Profit Spotlight: PFLAG



Since 1973 Parents Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has been a resource to assist parents and friends on their journey to accept and support LGBTQ persons in their families, workplaces and communities. PFLAG’s work started with one mother who changed the world when she raised a homemade sign and her lone voice in public support of her gay son. In speaking up, her voice helped change the world and inspired others to act as well.

Today PFLAG NYC provides services to New York City families, schools, corporations, and the larger community in order to increase understanding and acceptance of LGBT people. PFLAG programs consist of:


  • Safe Schools – working with teachers, principals, counselors and students to ensure that LGBTQ youth are safe and successful in school
  • Support Services – preserving relationships within families when someone comes out as LGBTQ and supporting LGBTQ individuals whose families are not accepting
  • Corporate & Community Outreach – promoting an inclusive society through diversity education programs at corporations and businesses, community groups, religious institutions, and other organizations
  • Media Campaigns – changing hearts and minds in society at large, including through the “Stay Close” Campaign, which features celebrity families speaking out for loving family relationships regardless of sexual orientation
  • Advocacy – advocating for LGBTQ equality and civil rights
  • PFLAG NYC’s unique voice has helped thousands by making schools safer, keeping families stronger, improving the workplace, and educating the general public.

PFLAG NYC is the founding chapter and has led the way in accelerating acceptance in the home and strengthening familial relationships. PFLAG offers a variety of supportive services such as:



A cornerstone program is the Safe Schools Program in which PFLAG focuses on making schools safe for LGBTQ students. This program offers members of the community an opportunity to participate in creating a safe environment for students.
To learn more about PFLAG and how you may contribute to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for students in NYC, visit them on the web and/or Like and Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.



Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming,
NGLCCNY

Organizational Development Consultant, 
Strategic Remedy Group







Strategic Remedy Group is a certified LGBTBE focused on cultivating collaborative communities to propel business success.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July - August 2017 Upcoming Events

Featuring local, state and national events for NGLCC, nglccNY, our Membership and Community Partners. 

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Posted by 

Sean Franklin,
Senior Associate, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Experience Producer, Socio

What's your story? 
Please contact me at 
Sean@NGLCCNY.org.


Socio is a creative, communications and customer experience agency shaping how companies do business. A certified LGBT Business Enterprise. 




Non-Profit Spotlight: VideoOUT


VideoOut's founder, Jordan Reeves, didn't come out until he was 23. He knew he was gay from a very early age, but he didn't understand what that really meant. He grew up in Hueytown, Alabama, a place where he felt he had to repress his truth. It was too painful and unfamiliar for him to admit even to himself that he was gay, so he didn't. He lived a lie. He didn't know any gay people, and he didn't know anything about coming out. It wasn't until he heard Cliff Simon's story that he realized he wasn't alone. Cliff's story gave Jordan the strength to share his own.


Jordan Reeves
Founder, VideoOut

Jordan wants that same experience for everyone. “Stories have the power to unlock our personal truths, and allow us to live as the most authentic versions of ourselves. VideoOut exists so that every story can be told, and nobody ever feels alone. Whether you're 23 in Alabama or 78 in Ohio, VideoOut wants to provide access to stories that inspire and challenge you.”

Jordan invites everyone to add your own story to the library of coming out stories. “Visibility matters, and we want the world to know the many faces of the LGBTQ community. Brothers, aunts, mothers, neighbors, doctors, teachers, cashiers, and bus drivers - every story matters. And they all deserve to be heard.”
Jordan says. “By sharing that collective voice with VideoOut, we amplify real life stories of the LGBTQ community. We believe when our voice is strong, nothing can stand against us and full equality will one day be a reality.”





VideoOUT is a resource to support the coming out process by sharing personal “coming out” stories. Some are painful, others funny and all share the commonality of an individual’s need to belong.

To learn more about this organization chat up Jordan at the next M3 or check them out at VideoOUT.org.

Follow VideoOut through their social media channels:

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Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming,
NGLCCNY

Organizational Development Consultant, 
Strategic Remedy Group







Strategic Remedy Group is a certified LGBTBE focused on cultivating collaborative communities to propel business success.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Office Space for Lease: GlueAdvertising


Glue, a 5-person ad agency, is looking to share their gorgeous 5K sqft. office space on 27th Street between 6th and Broadway. The space is one in a thousand, with arched brick walls, oak floors, great 10th floor light, lots of space, including a penthouse on 11, southern and northern exposure (view of ESB), kitchen and bathrooms renovated with gorgeous tile, fixtures, and appliances. They have gorgeous Restoration Hardware dining tables for desks, not pictured. Come and see! 

Seeking to share costs with a compatible firm, eg, PR, media services, website or app developers, computer programmers, etc. They can accommodate companies with 4 to 20 people. Utilities including AC are covered. Your cost will be ~$800, comparable to WeWork on a per person basis. Less, the more people you have.


If interested, please stop by and see them at 49 West 27th Street, Penthouse 10 East, New York, NY 10001 or call them at 917.453.9760.



















Posted by 
Sean Franklin,
Senior Associate, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Experience Producer, Socio

What's your story? 
Please contact me at 
Sean@NGLCCNY.org.


Socio is a creative, communications and customer experience agency shaping how companies do business. A certified LGBT Business Enterprise.