Wednesday, October 11, 2017

October & Upcoming Events

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

See you at our next event!






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: NewFest



As New York City's premier LGBT film organization, NewFest empowers, educates, entertains, and provokes the culturally rich and diverse communities of the greater metropolitan region. Through the annual film festival and year-round programming, NewFest showcases international, US, and local film, video, and other media, fostering a greater sense of awareness and community among LGBT and LGBT-friendly audiences.


SAVE THE DATE!


Thursday October 19 - Tuesday October 24
NewFest will be celebrating its 29th annual New York LGBT Film Festival from October 19th – 24th, 2017. The six-day festival will feature over 100 films, panels, and parties that reflect the LGBT experience.


To receive exclusive benefits and discounts for NewFest 2017 and all year-round events, become a member today.



Opening Night Film & Party

Thursday October 19 @ 7:00 pm
333 West 23rd Street ● New York, NY 10011 



New York Premiere
Dir: Anthony & Alex, US, 2017, 84 mins

A mesmerizingly expressive portrait of a fiercely individual New York counterculture icon, SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP candidly captures the titular “Queen of the Night” and patron saint of LGBTQ inclusion and advocacy with a commanding voice and sharp wit, much like its subject. More than just a tribute to the “Queen of the Night” and staunch LGBTQ advocate, this dynamic debut from directing duo Anthony&Alex captures the essence of Bartsch’s everyday balance between compassion and control. Featuring superstars and LGBTQ nightlife luminaries RuPaul, Simon Doonan, Michael Musto, and Amanda Lepore, this dazzling documentary homecoming for a living icon who has unapologetically been a champion for all things New York and queer.

The Opening Night screening will be followed by a talkback with Anthony&Alex and Susanne Bartsch, and moderated by Michael Musto.

Closing Night Film & Party
Tuesday October 24 @ 8:00 pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
260 West 23rd Street ● New York, NY 10011


New York City Premiere
Dir: Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell, US, 2016, 91 mins


Following a NYC to LA cross country move that ends in a breakup, singer-songwriter Becks (Lena Hall, a Tony Winner for Hedwig and the Angry Inch) returns to her Midwestern hometown, reluctantly moving back in with her mom. The time-warp sensation of being back in her childhood home is interrupted by an unexpected whirlwind affair with self-proclaimed “lonely housewife” Elyse (tenderly played with exceeding warmth by Mena Suvari) who finds inspired new life through the guitar lessons and generous spirit Becks provides. This electrifyingly effusive film from co-directors Daniel Powell and Elizabeth Rohrbaugh features strong supporting turns by Dan Fogler, Christine Lahti, and Mena Suvari. But it’s Lena Hall, who contributed original songs to the film and delivers a beautifully assured, live-in performance that makes BECKS really sing.

The screening will be followed by a special live acoustic performance by Tony Award winner and Grammy Award nominee Lena Hall, the star of BECKS.

In addition to New York’s LGBT Film Festival, NewFest produces monthly screenings at The LGBT Community Center, youth filmmaking and empowerment programs, a multi-borough outdoor screening series and more.


To help in creating and supporting of year-round programs like the ones listed below. Click on the links for more information and how to donate, sponsor or volunteer:




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.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Non-Profit Spotlight: The Center




Where everyone is celebrated for who they are. The Center is the heart and home of NYC's LGBT community, providing programs for health, wellness and community connection for over 30 years.

The center’s mission has always been to empower LGBT people and build a strong community. One of the key ways in which they showcase their capacity for this is through the Annual Career Fair.





Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with dozens of major employers that value LGBT diversity in the workplace! Explore possibilities for your future while experiencing panels, workshops and networking opportunities.


The 2017 LGBT Career Fair
Thursday, September 28, 2017 
hosted by Presenting Sponsor Citi 
Citi Executive Center, 153 E. 53rd Street, 14th Floor



Whether you’re looking for a job, support with transitioning in the workplace or information on job training options, The Center can help you achieve your professional goals. The career development programs are tailored to the unique needs of LGBT job-seekers.

Economic Empowerment Series
Shine at The Center’s LGBT Career Fair this year! Gain skills, inspiration, connections and more through our Economic Empowerment Series of workshops and events throughout September.


Trans and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC)
Discrimination places transgender and gender nonconforming communities at high risk of poverty, unemployment, underemployment and homelessness. To directly combat this inequality, The Center offers programs focusing on career exploration, access and advancement, all tailored to the unique needs and challenges of the trans and gender nonconforming community.


Career Advancement for Women
Women in our communities face serious economic challenges related to gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. While women in the United States who work full time are typically paid only 78 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts, women in the LGBT community face an even greater income gap. This disparity is felt even more acutely for women of color, women of trans experience and those over 40.
The Center offers programs that women in our communities won't find anywhere else; programs tailored to their unique needs to achieve financial security and explore new opportunities.


Immigrant Services
The Center offers a wide range of services to LGBT immigrants, taking into consideration the unique challenges this community faces. The free, drop-in support group provides a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can connect with other LGBT immigrants and discuss issues related to living in a new country. Also offered is a Social Action Group, through which LGBT immigrants collectively organize events and advocate for the community’s needs and rights. Regardless of your immigration status, the groups are a supportive place to discuss your feelings and experiences.


Supporting The Center
Your generosity helps The Center provide vital programs and services to support our evolving LGBT community. Learn how you can support The Center.





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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.

2017: Fall Upcoming Events

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

See you at our next event!



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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. 




Supplier Spotlight: Hootology



Using biometrics, eye-tracking, EEGs, artificial intelligence, creative concepts like creating a mock-reality TV experience, or simply presenting information in an actionable, easily understandable format, this is how Hootology not only differentiates itself but is also how they think differently about the process of collecting information for their clients.  Hootology, an innovative research firm, was founded on the premise that by marrying sound research principles with modern day sensibilities and technology, they can help businesses make smarter strategic decisions.

In 2016 Hootology was founded by Stefanie Francis, Founder & Lead Innovator, and her two business partners Shaelyn McCole and Jose Delgado. 


Stefanie Francis
Founder & Lead Innovator, Hootology


“I fell in love with the concept of quantifying information in business school.  I had a hefty art and humanities background and it felt like the “science” part of the statement, “It is a combination of art and science,” says Stefanie Francis.  “Over time, collecting data through traditional means (i.e. web-based surveys and focus group) began to feel outdated to me.  As my career evolved, I started to wonder if there were better, more modernized ways to go about the process,” she said.

Today, Hootology has the best, brightest and most grounded team doing innovative and interesting work for clients they absolutely love.  They’ve worked with over one-third of the Fortune 100 companies and tech startups on the cutting edge of innovation – so they feel very comfortable in either space.  Typical buyers/decision-makers for Hootology’s services reside in marketing and strategy, however, they’re willing to help anyone in need of information to help make smarter strategic decisions.

One common misconception before sourcing for a research firm is that you must first understand research.  Another is that companies will often initiate a conversation with the type of research they want conducted, before thoroughly thinking through the actual strategic question they’re hoping to have answered.  At Hootology, they help clients take a step back, begin again with the big question at hand, and then design the most thoughtful research approach from there.  The pay-off is in the depth of the information they’re able to help uncover, while allowing clients to remain focused on strategy; less about the weeds of how the information is collected. 

“A vendor who really knows research can explain the process without all of the research jargon, and we pride ourselves in that,” said Francis.

As a recently certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE), Hootology is still learning the ropes of supplier diversity.  They learned about supplier diversity through an NBA article about their supplier diversity program and how they were sourcing from NGLCC.  Being Hootology’s leadership has an extensive collective sports business background, they decided to check it out.  As a “newbie” LGBTBE, their greatest challenge seems to be guiding companies from prospective client, to actual clients – newbie or not, I think this is the challenge most of us supplier have and it is just part of the process.

“We appreciate that relationships take time to build and we continue to cherish the opportunity to get to know so many wonderful people and innovative organizations,” says Francis.  “We could not be more thrilled to be part of the family,” she said.

For Francis, it is important to be out in both personal and business.  Coming out in the late 80's/90's was a different age back then.  Like many, she spent years, if not decades, feeling less than different.  To be part of a community of driven, hard-working people that is founded in respect and admiration of what makes us unique, is quite special to her.

Some fun and interesting facts about Stefanie Francis:

  • Currently spends about 85% of her time in NYC.
  • Owns a home in Scottsdale, AZ, which serves as an Airbnb rental. (Contact her for an exclusive "NGLCC Framily" discount).  
  • Volunteers with abused and traumatized kids who she thinks have helped her as much, if not more, than she's helped them.
  • Made a passion project come to life - merit badges for the LGBT folk (SO FUN!). Visit here: happycamperbadges.com
  • Was an art minor in college and still has a kiln and pottery wheel that's used frequently. Friends have received a lot of coffee mugs and bowls as gift they probably didn't need or want and she frets that they probably feel too guilty to throw out.
  • Is technically Pope Francis.  She was ordained (online) by the Universal Life Church to officiate the wedding of two friends that she set up on a blind date.  As pare of the process, you get to choose your ordination title from a drop-down list.  With that last named like Francis, Pope was possible to pass up.  So, if you hire Hootology, you can legally says that the information you based your decision on was validated by Pope Francis. 





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Stefanie Francis

Founder, Hootology

Mobile: 480.685.0639




Interview by 
Gonzo Araya,
Executive Chair, Media Communications Committee, nglccNY
Chief Creative Officer, Socio

What's your story? 

Please contact me at gonzo@nglccNY.org.


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