Friday, November 14, 2014

Join us for 42 live webcasts from Techweek LA!

NGLCCNY's Startup/Tech Council in partnership with TechWeek brings to you
 So-Cal's greatest tech conference to your living room via BigMarker

November 20 - 21, 2014 

Techweek LA is a week long celebration of technology and innovation coming to you live from Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles. It is one of 12 standard events Techweek hosts each year to engage and excite in every way imaginable.

Featuring a 2-day technology conference and expo, startup competitions, and a ton of great panel discussions and keynote speakers, Techweek LA is designed to give you many opportunities to learn and explore with the tech community.

Learn what you need to know to succeed in tech from hundreds of top speakers, interact live with Q&A, and engage with a community of peers from around the world.

For the first time, we're giving you the opportunity to join in on Techweek LA from the comfort of your home or office, from anywhere in the world. Browse sessions that we offering virtually, and click Register to participate.

Lets show how NGLCCNY'ers in Tech can be bi-coastal and global via this virtual engagement.  We look forward to seeing you starting November 18th!  

Monday, November 10, 2014

NGLCCNY on Panel for Baruch College LGBTHM NPO

On October 16, 2014, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Society (G.L.A.S.S.) of Baruch College hosted a series of events for LGBT History Month.  The NGLCCNY’s Supplier Diversity Chair, David Ricciardi, was a panelist for one of the events: “Making Strides: The Importance of NPO's in the LGBT Community”.  Other panelists were from notable LGBT organizations including Lambda Legal, Hetrick-Martin Institute, Bailey House, and The Ali Forney Center.  

The topic of the panel was how non-profit organizations (NPOs) make a difference in the LGBT community.  The NGLCCNY brought the perspective of how its efforts to service and grow the LGBT businesses positively impacts the community and these other organizations.  “No one can compete with giving a homeless LGBT youth a bed and a place to stay,” said David, “but through our efforts we see to have LGBT businesses employ people, be successful, and connect them to our other NPO partners.  We engage LGBT employees through corporate employee resource groups, all of which has an impact within the community at large.”

2014 Panelist
(l-r) Robert M. Rooney, Vice President of G.L.A.S.S; Joshua J. Altamirano, President of G.L.A.S.S
 Joey Lopez, Ali Forney Center; Bridget Hughes, Hetrick-Martin Institute; Russell Gregory, Baily House;
Aron Cobbs, Lambda Legal; David Ricciardi, Supplier Diversity Chair, NGLCCNY

This is the second year in which David has represented the NGLCCNY on a G.L.A.S.S. panel, and the Chamber looks forward to continuing its relationship with Baruch. 

David Ricciardi
Supplier Diversity Chair, NGLCCNY

Meet The Team at CreagerCole Communications

Interview by Ingrid Galvez
NGLCCNY Diversity Inclusion Outreach Chair

Last year I had the pleasure of being introduced to Cindi Creager and Rainie Cole Co-Founders of CreagerCole Communications.  Whether working with professionals on public speaking for personal/professional growth to working with individuals thrust into the spotlight for high profile media appearances, these professionals transfer their calm, cool collected air to their clients so that they may be able to handle the anxiety and pressure of the media spotlight.

CreagerCole Communications is comprised of two talented, dedicated and thriving members of the NGLCCNY whose impact is far reaching. From actors like James Franco on handling inappropriate interview questions for his role in the film MILK to Janice Langbehn, who was thrust into the media spotlight after challenging the unfair treatment of her family during the passing of her partner in a Miami hospital to Rachel B. Tiven, former Executive Director of Immigration Equality attorneys fighting on the frontline of immigration reform; CreagerCole Communications works with their clients to craft and hone their message so that it is heard over the noise of media scrutiny.

CreagerCole communications has its finger on the pulse of media relations and it is my privilege to bring you my interview with these very talented ladies.

Tell me about CreagerCole Communications and how you came up with the idea for your business? 

Cindi’s background in local and national news coupled with the media advocacy and communications positions she held at GLAAD and the NYC LGBT Center were the springboards for starting CreagerCole Communications.

Rainie moved to New York City to be a singer/actress and spent a good deal of her life here performing. She also discovered that she had the additional skill of promoting her solo cabaret shows. Now, through CreagerCole Communications, she is passionate about promoting other people.

We also love working together.

From Cindi:

“I love working with my wife, Rainie Cole. She is my rock in life and in business. Theres no one I trust or rely upon more.”

From Rainie:

“Sharing my life and my work with my wife Cindi is the biggest gift of all. Our combined personal and professional skill sets are a winning combination.” 

What sets CreagerCole Communications apart from others in PR & Communications?

Some skills can’t be taught. Many have told us that we have a gift for making people feel respected and valued. It could be the way we see the potential in people who may not initially see it in themselves. Perhaps it’s our desire to lift people up and empower them to be their best. Whatever that special something, it really does make a difference and it’s what makes our services unique.

One of our clients, world-renowned classical pianist Sara Davis Buechner, sums up our work even better:

“In the field of media relations, Cindi Creager and Rainie Cole have the insight, the determination, the creativity, and a reputation of gold standard to make the connections for their clients that matter most. To all of these talents they bring a personal touch and sensitivity that is rare in todays world of communications. And from my own personal experience - - matching my own story up with a Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer from The New York Times to tell it in just the right way- - I can attest that they have the goods to make the best kind of miracles happen.”

Ideally, who can benefit from your services?

We work with individuals, organizations and businesses who need help with media relations/public relations, media training (becoming a successful media spokesperson) public speaking prep, and message development. We have an expertise in LGBT issues.

Our motto: “We teach clients to cut through the clutter and get to the point so they shine in the spotlight.”

We work with LGBT and human rights organizations that need public relations assistance but may not be big enough to hire a full-time communications staff or they have limited communications support, and require an outside PR effort to promote their programs. We also work with authors, filmmakers, and artists who have new products to promote. In addition, we work with businesses, ensuring they are up to speed on terminology and overall best practices when working with the LGBT community. And we also help larger businesses and LGBT and human rights organizations by taking on specific PR projects in collaboration with their established communications teams. Bottom line, if we believe in your vision, your mission, or your product, and think we’re the right fit, we’ll gladly pursue a business agreement with you.

How did you become aware of NGLCCNY?

We learned about NGLCCNY from our friend who is a member, Amy Mayes, owner of Amy Mayes Photography. Amy invited us as guests to a NGLCCNY holiday gathering last December.

What was your initial impression? How has that changed over the last year?

From the moment we walked into our first NGLCCNY event we felt instantly welcomed and supported as a lesbian-owned business. The NGLCCY team is extremely smart, savvy, diverse, passionate and devoted to helping business owners like us. Our positive impression has only grown over time.

How has CreagerCole Communications been impacted since joining the NGLCCNY?

We have made wonderful friends and connections that have greatly enriched our lives and our business. Before we joined NGLCCNY, we felt a bit alone in the world as a small, lesbian-owned firm. Now we’re able to bounce ideas off other business owners on a regular basis. We have also been learning how to navigate the legal and administrative requirements of small business ownership. NGLCCNY’s overall resources coupled with the advice of its more experienced members have bolstered our efforts.

What special projects are you currently working on and how might NGLCCNY members support your endeavors?

We are currently working to promote the Arcus Foundation and Institute for the Future’s #My2024 Campaign, a national online conversation that asks the LGBT movement to collectively help shape positive futures by the year 2024.

We’re also working with Equality Card, a credit card startup that allows consumer and business cardholders to donate 1 percent of purchases back to LGBT nonprofits of their choice.

In addition we are handling day-to-day public relations efforts for two national LGBT nonprofits: The Transgender Legal Defense &Education Fund and Family Equality Council.  We are also working on a special project with the True Colors Fund. And on the artistic side, we’re promoting a Brooklyn-based, up-and-coming Americana band, The Sometime Boys.

NGLCCY can support our endeavors by spreading the word to those who may be looking for a small and special PR firm like ours. Thank you NGLCCNY!

To learn more about CreagerCole Communications visit

The Tyler Clementi Foundation's Upstander Legacy Celebration - Special Discount Rate for NGLCCNY Members

The Tyler Clementi Foundation presents its Upstander Legacy Celebration honoring lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz and former White House LGBT Liaison Gautam Raghavan on Monday, November 17th, 2014 beginning at 6PM.  MSNBC's Thomas Roberts will emcee an evening of music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. There will be a special musical performance of 'For Good' from the mega-Broadway hit WICKED featuring members of the  Pennsylvania Girlchoir and the Keystone State Boychoir with Stephen Schwartz on piano.

The Honorary Chair for the evening will be Bruce Cohen.  The host committee includes Paul Boskind, Peter Drake, Steven M. Fisher, Anthony Glomski, Steven W. Guy, Paul Mainardi, Joseph Neese, Christine Quinn, Thomas P. Rock, Bobby Steggert, John Suglia and Ari Waldman. 

The celebration will be at the New York Law School, located at 185 West Broadway, TriBeCa, NYC.  Special discount rates are now available to all NGLCCNY Chamber Members. Go to, pay $155 in the amount section and choose "Upstander Legacy" from the drop down (normal price is $200).

Hurry, tickets are going fast!

The Tyler Clementi Foundation is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

LGBT @ NYBG: Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show

NGLCCNY members save $5 off tickets by using code 9090 online at*

The New York Botanical Garden is launching a new initiative called LGBT @ NYBG. Join our inaugural event in the series, celebrating the LGBT community and its allies alongside the Garden’s year-round exhibitions. Enjoy mingling with friends, colleagues, and family, or chatting with someone new. For more information about Bar Car Nights and the Holiday Train Show®, visit

Community Partner

LGBT @ NYBG: Bar Car Nights at the Holiday Train Show

New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

Friday, November 21,  7 - 10 p.m.

 NOTE: FREE ACCESS & A PAIR OF TICKETS to the first 25 members who registers here

*Valid only when you use code 9090 and purchase tickets online at Offer valid between November 21, 2014 to January 10, 2015 for Bar Car Night tickets only. Limit one per customer. Offer subject to availability. Discount cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or on previously purchased tickets. Not valid on Group Tours. Discount may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.