Wednesday, October 3, 2018

October & Upcoming Events

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

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Corporate Partner Spotlight: JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. has long been a supporter of LGBT inclusion in the workplace and the supply chain. As a founding member of NGLCC and nglccNY, JPMorgan Chase has paved the way for LGBT-owned businesses in New York and beyond and continues to do so with its generous support of the upcoming NY10 Gala celebrating ten years of nglccNY.

What do diversity and inclusion look like at JPMorgan Chase?  How does inclusion affect the company’s mission and work with employees, suppliers, and more?

JPMorgan Chase looks at diversity from three perspectives: Workforce (ensuring our employees are diverse); Workplace (providing an inclusive work environment); and Marketplace (seeking opportunities to work with diverse suppliers). Approaching diversity across all of these dimensions helps to make JPMorgan Chase a preferred place to work and do business with, and one that lifts communities and the economy.

What is something exciting JPMorgan Chase has done to promote diversity and inclusion in the past year? What major achievements keep JPMorgan Chase raising the bar for inclusion in its industry?

JPMorgan Chase launched the LGBT Executive Council, led by managing directors who are ‘out’ and part of the LGBT+ community. This group of senior leaders works in partnership with the diversity team to focus on specific needs and support for the LGBT+ community.

JPMorgan Chase was recognized with the 2018 Apex award. This award recognizes companies that are living the values embodied by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) presented Bill Kapfer, Global Head of Supplier Diversity with a special recognition—The Champion of Enterprise Award. The organization wanted to recognize Bill for his tireless efforts in fostering success for LGBT business owners and executives.

PRIDE, JPMorgan Chase’s LGBT and Ally Resource Group, has 12,851 members in 38 chapters across 25 countries. The BRG’s mission is to engage employees and allies to promote an inclusive environment that gives lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender colleagues the opportunity to build successful careers and reach their greatest potential.

The firm sends over 50 people from across the globe to Out & Equal conference. We invite our BRG leaders to participate and gain information and best practices that they can bring back to their regions.

Why did JPMorgan Chase decide it was important to support nglccNY and the nglccNY 10th Anniversary Gala?

As a founding member of NGLCC, we see this event as an opportunity to recognize our relationship and underscore the firm’s commitment to the LGBT+ business community.

What makes the nglccNY gala a “can’t miss” event?  What is JPMorgan Chase most looking forward to at the upcoming gala?

We look forward to the opportunity to network with LGBT business owners and other like-minded organizations who understand the value of working with diverse-owned business; the power of bringing diverse talents and perspectives to business. Getting together with entrepreneurs and fellow corporate executives in a moment of celebration is a great way to make new friends, as well as solidify current relationships.

What is a notable nglccNY initiative in which JPMorgan Chase participated?

In 2016 we hosted a very successful half-day symposium with a panel discussion, pitch contest and a networking event for certified suppliers of nglccNY. Events such as these enable us to connect with prospective suppliers and introduce diverse companies to our sourcing professionals.

Non Profit Spotlight: NewFest NYC

NewFest will be celebrating its 30th Annual New York LGBT Film Festival from October 24th – 30th, 2018. The festival will feature over 100 films, panels, and parties that reflect the LGBT experience.
It has never been more important to support the creative minds in our community that are dedicated to amplifying visibility through film. This year’s #NewFest30 theme Lose Yourself. Find Yourself. Is geared to showcase the stories in which we can lose ourselves in the stories or find ourselves represented. NewFest uses the power of film to amplify LGBTQ visibility, equality and celebrates the spectrum of our community.

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 area. 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.
NewFest connects diverse populations, helps them discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. This years’ festival will be showcasing over 140 films from over 30 countries. Films carefully selected to ensure as many voices are represented.

Check out the NewFest trailer on Vimeo or Facebook. Be inspired to support the LGBTQ artists telling our stories. Find the full online guide and tickets at
Each film is carefully crafted to give voice, demonstrate the artistry of the emerging filmmakers; many of whom are willing to take risks in telling the stories that fully reflect the diversity and complexity of our lives. One of the films being featured is banned in its native country. Filmmakers put themselves at risk to share their stories, ensuring that the community and world know that they are here, and they have a story to tell.

Opening Night Film & Party
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7PM - 11PM
Making Montgomery Clift
Closing Night Film & Party
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 7:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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 year-round programs like the ones listed below. Click on the links for more information and how to donate, sponsor or volunteer:

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

Connect with NewFest on social!
Written by Ingrid GalvezChair, Diversity & Inclusion, nglccNY
Thorp LLC

Thorp creates the foundation for companies to thrive. Thorp is a certified LGBTBE.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Congratulations September Biz Pitch Winner: The Proud Path

Rosemary D. Mitchell-Weppler of EY, Nathaniel Gray of The Proud Path, Florence C. Werner of EY, and Andrea M. Regina of EY. Photo by Robin Dillard.

nglccNY congratulates The Proud Path, a recently certified LGBTBE, for winning the third round of our Biz Pitch competition sponsored by EY! We also congratulate Five North Chocolate and Acronym for being selected to participate and successfully pitching their companies. Congratulations to all three LGBTBEs for taking part in this event! 

This was the third round of competition. In December, The Proud Path will pitch again, as will, Hootology, the winner of the first competition held in January, and The Mitch Lippman Group, Inc., the winner of the second competition held in June.

We hope all nglccNY members and Corporate Partners will join us on Monday, December 10, 2018, for the final round of the 2018 nglccNY Biz Pitch Sponsored by EY. The Proud Path, Hootology, and The Mitch Lippman Group, Inc. will pitch again and compete for one of the following three prizes:

  • Best pitch: Full scholarship to the Supplier Diversity Professional Excellence, Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth for 2019 (approximate value: $5,000)
  • Runner-up: nglccNY 2019 National Dinner Registration for one attendee (approximate value: $750)
  • Second Runner-up: nglccNY 2019 Conference Registration for one attendee (approximate value: $600)

The finale of our Biz Pitch competition on December 10, 2018 will be immediately followed by our December M3 where the Biz Pitch winners will be announced!

At each Biz Pitch, selected suppliers are allotted 10 minutes to present their pitch which is followed by helpful, constructive feedback from EY’s professionals. Feedback includes a critique of style, content, presentation skills and communication. Participation in Biz Pitch is also a tremendous opportunity to make memorable impressions on key decision makers at an NGLCC Corporate Partner that is deeply committed to assisting in the success of all LGBTBEs. 

Congratulations again to The Proud Path, the winner of our third Biz Pitch!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Non-Profit Spotlight: Institute for Career Development

For over 100 years, the Institute for Career Development (ICD) has been helping individuals who face barriers to employment, particularly those with disabilities, transform their lives. ICD’s goal is to meet each participant where they are, help them understand and apply their own unique set of strengths, and provide them with the highest quality education and training needed to compete successfully in the workplace.
Services ICD provides include industry-specific job-training programs in the areas of Building Maintenance, Child Care, Human Services, Information Technology, Office Technology, and Pet Care, Work Readiness training, job placement, pipelines for high school youth to attain internships, and up to 10-day-long diagnostic vocational evaluations, which matches a student’s unique set of skills and interests to a job-training program best fit for them.
ICD is committed to providing individualized attention to our students as they advance their educational and professional pursuits;  ICD understands that each person brings with them a diverse set of backgrounds and personal experiences and should be treated accordingly.
Today, ICD serves a variety of populations within the disability community, such as youth in transition from school to work, multi-challenged adults, post-9/11 war veterans, career changers, and those seeking employment for the first time. ICD has a wide network of company partners who understand the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Every day, they are identifying new partnership and collaboration opportunities, where they bring qualified candidates into the workforce. 
Susan Scheer, CEO of the Institute for Career Development was kind enough to share the work happening at ICD as well as how nglccNY membership can engage the next generation of employment seekers being trained at ICD.

What some statistics around the state or status of programs and services offered by Institute for Career Development?
In 2017, over 1400 candidates utilized one or more of the services we offer. Also in 2017, we placed over 300 individuals with disabilities in good-paying jobs that lift them out of poverty and put them on the path to greater independence and self-determination.

Susan Scheer, CEO, Institute for Career Development

What is the primary goal of the Institute for Career Development?
What was your biggest driver?
70 percent of people with disabilities in the United States are unemployed. That number has not moved by much in the 28 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. At ICD, we want to raise awareness of our well-established and proven pipelines for employing qualified individuals who face barriers to employment, specifically for our populations with disabilities. This, in turn, would lower the percentage of unemployed people with disabilities and offer employers a means of hiring skilled workers who appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities.

How are you reaching the Institute for Career Development audience and how may those interested get involved?
Here at ICD, we have recently begun bolstering efforts in our social media presence and reaching out to community partners so we can maximize our reach to populations who can truly benefit from the services we provide. ICD also has long-established relationships with agencies including the New York State and City Departments of Education, the Veteran’s Administration, New York Serves, and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, from whom we receive referrals.

Tell us about the top 3 programs at the Institute for Career Development. How do you go about delivering the content?
Our three most-utilized services are career planning and counseling, industry-specific training programs, and job placement services.    
Our services are delivered on-site by our professional staff.  We pride ourselves on our one-person-at-a-time approach that allows us to customize our services to meet individual needs. Our certified vocational rehabilitation counselors administer one-on-one career assessments and hands-on aptitude tests as well as conducting personal interviews to help each participant develop an individual employment plan. Our licensed non-profit vocational school provides 6 training programs taught by industry experts. Most of our programs involve 2-3 months in the classroom and 2-3 months on an internship and culminate in nationally-recognized credentials and certifications. Our job developers help candidates with job search activities, including identifying relevant opportunities, resume-building, practicing for interviews, and building relationships with potential employers to provide them with qualified candidates.

What can we expect for the year ahead?
We will be focusing our efforts on outreach to Veterans seeking employment opportunities and ramping up our Youth Internship Program offerings.
We are also looking forward to the September 2018 launch of our newest training program, IT Academy.  The IT Academy is a 6-month program which will prepare students for Cisco certifications in the fast-growing areas of Networking and Cybersecurity. This is the first time on-site Cisco training modules have been developed and offered expressly to prepare individuals with disabilities for employment in these fields.  The IT Academy is a partnership with NYC: At Work, a new initiative by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities that seeks to connect hundreds of people living with disabilities in NYC to meaningful living wage jobs across the five boroughs.

What message do you want readers to take with them about Institute for Career Development in general or specific?
ICD identifies and creates career opportunities for people with disabilities. But we also serve companies seeking to scale up their diversity and inclusion efforts within their organizations. We are experts in coaching businesses in hiring, retaining, and advancing the careers of people with disabilities.  

How might the nglccNY membership best support the Institute for Career Development?
We would like to establish working relationships with members of the nglccNY committed to increasing diversity in their companies and organizations. If now or in the future, you’re seeking to hire qualified candidates and/or bring on interns, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss partnership opportunities. We are also looking for potential Board members and participation in our Business Advisory Council.

What can we, the membership, at nglccNY do help to support your programs?
We welcome volunteers to help our participants succeed in their job search, including speaking with our students about career options, sharpening their resumes, and/or conducting mock interviews. It would be great to have members from the nglccNY participate in different aspects of our Youth Internship Program, a 360-degree work readiness experience that covers a variety of topics, such as goal-setting, career exploration, resume writing, and professionalism in the workplace. 

What is your favorite quote?
“Nothing about us, without us.” 
This is the unofficial mantra of the disability rights movement.  It is meant to convey the sentiment that people with disabilities should be involved in decision-making that impacts their lives, from making sure that subway stations have elevators to designing products that everyone can use. It’s about empowerment, representation, and respect.

What inspires you?
Our students inspire me. Although many members of our society see only their disabilities, our students have the inner strength to come to ICD and focus on sharpening and expanding their myriad abilities. Hearing their personal stories at graduation last Spring and watching them move into jobs with incomes that allow them to live with dignity reminds me that everyone has the potential to transform their lives. I’m so fortunate to have a job that lets me help people achieve their dreams and positively impacts the disability community as a whole.

Is there a message that you would like to put out to the universe?
I look forward to the day full inclusion is everyone’s default option.
Connect with ICD on Facebook!

Written by Ingrid GalvezChair, Diversity & Inclusion, nglccNY

Organizational Development Consultant, 
Strategic Remedy Group

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