Friday, August 21, 2015

How to Do Business with the NYC Department of Education!

The NYC Department of Education’s (DOE) invites all NGLCCNY Members to its next “How to Do Business with the DOE” presentation will be held with the Brooklyn Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Friday, September 25, 2015. The presentation will be held at NYC College of Technology-Howard Building, located at 25 Chapel Street, Room 411, Brooklyn, New York 11201. The event will be from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. To register, please contact MWBEs and all other prospective vendors are invited to attend.

A summary of the DOE’s current solicitations can be viewed online at the following links: Request for ProposalsRequest for Bids, and Multiple Task Award Contract.

Vendors who are interested in participating in any of these procurements must be registered on DOE’s Vendor Portal, available here. The solicitation and requirements are available for download on Vendor Portal. The free registration takes minutes to complete, and registering for Vendor Portal connects your firm to information about the wide range of goods and services purchased by the DOE. Once registered, your firm will receive e-mails whenever new bidding opportunities become available at the DOE. If you have any questions regarding any of these procurements, please contact DOE’s Vendor Hotline at (718) 935-2300 or

DOE’s Commitment to Equal Opportunity: DOE has contracts with vendors to purchase the goods and services necessary to ensure that students receive the quality education they deserve. The agency strives to give all businesses, including Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), an equal opportunity to compete for DOE procurements. The agency casts a wide net in search of talented vendors, seeking qualified suppliers from all segments of the community. The DOE’s mission is to provide equal access to procurement opportunities for all qualified vendors including MWBEs. The DOE works to enhance the ability of MWBEs to compete for contracts and DOE is committed to ensuring that MWBEs fully participate in the procurement process. 

DOE encourages all eligible vendors to seek MWBE certification. To learn more information about how to become certified as an MWBE by New York City, please click here. To learn more information about how to become certified as an MWBE by New York State, please click here.”

For more detailed information about the event and who you can expect to see please click here. For additional questions regarding MWBE certification, please contact Jamie McFarlane, Esq. EEO Diversity Specialist, NY Department of Education at 718.935.2138 or at

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

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NGLCCNY at NY Liberty Sept 11

The Madison Square Garden Company and the New York Liberty invite NGLCCNY members to their final home game of the season with a special Chamber rate of $21 per ticket. See details below:

NGLCCNY at New York Liberty

Friday, September 11, 2015, 7:30PM

Madison  Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

To receive the $21 ticket rate click here 
and enter the code: NGLCC

Come out and enjoy good drinks, delicious food and 
cheer on the ladies of New York Liberty to a victory against the Washington Mystics.

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

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Monday, August 10, 2015

NCA: An Affinity Inc. Magazine Top LGBTBE Company & National Conference B2B Boot Camp Leader

NGLCCNY member Neil Cerbone Associates and their communications platform, Priosys (short for Priority-Systems), has been recognized as one of Affinity Inc. Magazine's top 2015 LGBTBE companies.  Priosys is an easy-to-learn communication framework that helps you identify other people’s priorities and behaviors, so that everyone can communicate more effectively.  To see the article please click here.

In addition to being featured in Affinity Inc. Magazine, NCA delivers a pre-conference learning experience called the "B2B Boot Camp," at the NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference.  First time conference attendees (and those who need a refresher), can find great ways to  connect with other LGBTBE's and prepare for this remarkable conference! 

To learn more about the NGLCC U Bootcamp, click here

Neil Cerbone, President & Founder of Priosys
and Neil Cerbone Associates

Thanks to Affinity Magazine, Inc and Robin Dillard for spotlighting our NGLCCNY Member, NCA. 

Posted by Sean Franklin,
Senior Associate, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Director of Client Services, L7zGroup

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Corporate Spotlight: Joy Wong of New York Life

Joy Wong, Corporate VP, 
Supplier Diversity Programs
New York Life Insurance Company

An advocate of the LGBT business community and a corporate champion who fosters supplier and stakeholder connections, today’s Corporate Spotlight is Joy Wong, of New York Life.

Joy is a Corporate Vice President at New York Life Insurance Company responsible for the management of New York Life’s Supplier Diversity Program’s growth and strategies. She began her career with the company more than 20 years ago and promoted to various positions with increasing responsibilities. She assumed her role as supplier diversity director in June of 2011. Joy currently serves on two boards, the New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council and the Financial Services Roundtable for Supplier Diversity. She is also a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Procurement and Corporate Advisory Councils.

Tell me about the New York Life Supplier Diversity Program. How has it changed over the recent years?

New York Life’s Supplier Diversity Program was formed in 2002. I am the current program manager and I took over the program in June of 2011 when my predecessor retired. The supplier diversity program leverages the internal and external relationships in its outreach. Externally, New York Life is an active corporate member to the leading national organizations and its local New York area affiliates that certify, develop, and advocate for diverse owned businesses. These organizations include the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Internally, the team collaborates with procurement and the business areas to help identify opportunities to promote and advance the goals of the supplier diversity program. 

In the last two years, two key enhancements have contributed to the increase in the Supplier Diversity Program outreach. First is the addition of a second full-time team member dedicated to help manage the program. Second is the change in reporting structure. The team is now reporting to the Procurement Department, giving the team insight on upcoming Request For Proposal opportunities and garnering stronger supporters of the program. 

Tell me about some of New York Life’s LGBT related accomplishments and contributions.
  • Recognized by the Affinity Inc. magazine as a one of the Top Corporations for LGBT Economic Empowerment in 2015
  • Participate in the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Mentor-Protégé Program
  • Annual hosting and participation in various NGLCCNY programs, including the Certified Superstar Program, Certified Roundtable, M3, and ERG Roundtable
What are you currently doing in your role? What are your goals right now?

  • Most recently, I have been focusing on two main goals. First is increasing awareness and program outreach through collaboration inside and outside the company. Second is increasing advocacy through introductions of suppliers to stakeholders and by participating in third-party supplier development activities, such us the NGLCCNY Certified Superstar Program and NGLCC Mentor-Protégé program.
  • I continuously evaluate the program to identify opportunities for program enhancements
  • I speak on topics that are focused on developing diverse suppliers at various national and local conferences and forums 
I know you are very involved in education initiatives and mentoring. Can you tell me a little bit about that? 

As previously mentioned, I am involved with the NGLCCNY’s Certified Superstar Program. This is my fourth year participating in this impactful program, which is one of my favorite NGLCCNY initiatives. I serve as a panelist at events that help certified suppliers learn to navigate through and do business with large corporations like New York Life. I find satisfaction in introducing suppliers to my peers from other corporations; it helps diverse suppliers expand their network. 

I also volunteer as a mentor in NGLCC’s Mentor-Protégé program. It is a one-on-one program that helps the protégé work on his or her business goals. Mentors' criteria for selecting a protégé vary and are typically based on their corporate supplier diversity objectives. A mentee can be selected based on factors such as products and services, location, or business goals. It is a win-win scenario when a vendor offers services that the mentor’s company would normally source and when the mentor has the capabilities, resources, and capacity to help with the goals of the mentee.

How are you getting the New York Life Employee Resource Groups (ERG) more involved?

Currently, the Supplier Diversity team is engaged with NYLPride, the company’s LGBT ERG. We connect with the NYLPride leaders and representatives when hosting NGLCCNY events at New York Life, which helps them to become more familiar with NGLCCNY and supplier diversity initiatives. In addition, NYLPride helps the Supplier Diversity team spread awareness of the program to their network.

What are the benefits of suppliers being certified?
Becoming certified as a LGBT owned business benefits the suppliers and corporations alike, by expanding both parties’ networks. Through the different events and development programs offered by the certifying organizations, such as NGLCC, corporations like New York Life are able to easily identify qualified certified suppliers for future opportunities. 

Joy will be attending the NGLCC International Conference in Fort Lauderdale on August 11th, 2015. Should you be attending and happen to come across Joy, please introduce yourselves.

You can also reach Joy Wong via the following:

Like and Follow New York Life: Facebook & Twitter

Article by Gonzalo Araya,
Executive Chair, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Partner, Socio

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Back-To-Shool with Bailey House

The children of Bailey House need your help! For the first time in a decade, the corporate partner that has provided backpacks filled with school supplies for Bailey House kids is unable to do so. Each of the children (ages 4-18) in the organization’s housing program, headquartered in East Harlem, lives in a household affected by HIV/AIDS. Bailey House is requesting in-kind donations to inspire the kids – prospective future business leaders and entrepreneurs – to do their best in school and to offset the high cost of purchasing school supplies, a hardship for low-income families. 

If you are able to donate supplies, please contact Bailey House by August 14,2015:

Supplies Needed:
  • 25 backpacks for children ages 4-10
  • 100 marble composition books
  • 100 three-ring folders (for three-ring binders)
  • 50 1” three-ring binders
  • 50 reams of three-ring binder paper
  • 25 1GB Flash Drives
  • 30 4-packs of fine-point Sharpie markers
  • 30 8-packs of colored pencils
  • 50 12-packs of #2 pencils
  • 50 packs of 3” Post-Its

If you don’t have time to purchase supplies, you can also donate to Bailey House by clicking here

Thank you for your support!

Posted by Sean Franklin,
Senior Associate, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Director of Client Services, L7zGroup

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Office Depot: Chamber Member Special Discount

Start saving now and get $15 off your qualifying order of $75 or more!

Use coupon code 51101254 when checking out. See below for details.

Offer ends August 31, 2015

NGLCC Corporate Partner, Office Depot is offering all Chamber Members a special $15 off discount for a limited time. From high-quality office supplies to breakroom and cleaning essentials, we offer continuous product innovation, quality, functionality and style that rival national brands. All at an exceptional value.

More than 4,000 products, across all major categories, including 1,300 greener products, deliver choice designed to work within your budget.

Chamber members always receive:
  • 15%-40% off web price at the time of order on a 500 items office supply core list.
  • 5% off web price at the time of order on all qualifying non-core items.
  • Up to 8% off web price at the time of order on 500 items technology core list.
  • Fast and free delivery on qualifying order of $50 or more within our local service delivery areas. See below for details (To get started click the appropriate image below)

Valid only at or by phone at 888.2.OFFICE or fax at 888.813.7272 and limited to in-stock items only. Offer not valid for government contract accounts. Not combinable with Store Purchasing or Procurement Cards. Use the coupon code for phone or fax orders or enter the coupon code to cart online at checkout. Coupon is good for one-time use only, is not transferable, is not for resale or auction and cannot be combined with other offers or promotions. While supplies last. No rain checks. No cash back. Void where prohibited. We reserve the right to limit quantities sold to each. Valid through 8/1/15 – 8/31/15 11:59 PM ET. Coupon Code 51101254

Order online/phone by 5:00 PM or via fax by 3:00 PM, local time (In most locations), and we will deliver your order free, the next business day (between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM) within our local delivery areas. Minimum purchase required after discounts and before taxes. Most furniture, oversized and special order items do not qualify. Non-qualifying orders incur a delivery charge (minimum charge of $7.95). Other restrictions apply. See, call 888.2.OFFICE or ask your Account Manager for details.

Posted by Sean Franklin,
Senior Associate, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Director of Client Services, L7zGroup

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LWT Scholarship Opportunity to Attend NYC Summit

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY to attend the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in NYC

NGLCCNY Startup & Technology Industry Council Community Member, Lesbians Who Tech (LWT), a global community of over 10,000 queer women (and allies) across all areas of technology, is hosting its Second Annual Summit in New York on October 1-4. The Summit will bring together over 1,000 LGBTQ women across all areas of technology, media digital and finance.

They are offering a limited number of scholarship tickets for people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the Summit – students, bootstrappers, and early-stage startups.

The application is super simple - apply here today!

The Summit includes the following speakers:

  • Megan Smith, CTO of the United States
  • Edie Windsor, DOMA Supreme Court Case and one of the first women engineers at IBM and many more. 
The Summit is a great way to meet amazing innovators across all areas of technology and make lasting personal and professional connections.

If you have any questions about the Summit or the scholarship application, email Patty at

LWT looks forward to receiving your scholarship application today.

Posted by Sean Franklin,
Senior Associate, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Director of Client Services, L7zGroup

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