Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February & Upcoming Events

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

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nglccNY Media Partner Chinamerica helps us celebrate the Lunar New Year at this M3 at Slate
 in conjunction with NYC’s LGBT Asian American community.


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

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



Woman Spotlight: Christina Clark

Manhattan Mushroom Company is the first organic specialty mushroom farm located in New York City.  They are dedicated to recycling local source coffee grounds and biomass to grow and distribute fresh, no pesticide, organic gourmet mushrooms year around. 

Manhattan Mushroom Company was established in 2015 with a mission to operate an urban mushroom farm with a focus on ecology. Their ecological-consciousness is being aware of their business in relation to other ecosystems, people, and environment.  The business gives back to the community by teaching workshops and classes in mushroom cultivation and agriculture to youth and local residents. 

Christina Clark, M.S.
Director of Development & Chief Agriculture Ecologist
Manhattan Mushroom Company Inc.

Meet Christina Clark, M.S. - “I grew up in East Palo Alto, an inner city of the bay area, during the 1980's in the height of its crime and crack epidemic. East Palo Alto had a lot of liquor stores but no supermarkets or grocery stores. Because of growing up in an area where there were no grocery stores, no access to fresh healthy food. I became hyper aware of the lack of resources in my community. The closest grocery store was miles away, a long ride away by car or bus. During my studies at UCSC, I learned how to grow mushrooms in the lab. After many successful home-grows, I continued to grow mushrooms as a hobby. My passion and ingenuity drive me to reuse products of my environment like spent coffee grounds to create a product that ultimately adds value to people’s health, way of life and wellbeing. East Palo Alto like many inner cities in New York are food deserts. My goal is to give back to communities that are food deserts in New York and use the resources in the environment to provide delicious organic grown gourmet mushrooms.”


Christina Clark's business plan and model won 3rd place of 400 contestants in 2016 at the New York Public Library StartUP Awards. From there she’s been on a trajectory to educate NYC about mushrooms, how to cultivate them, cook with them and enjoy them. Check out this video about the award and it's winners. 



Manhattan Mushroom Company is a social enterprise corporation that provides STEM education in mushroom cultivation and shares the Grounds to Food philosophy of using urban resources to make hand crafted grow-ready gourmet mushroom kits.

Manhattan Mushroom Company's Grounds to Food Program
“Recycling service that is aimed at helping coffee shops and restaurants decrease their waste load and save money by picking up the used coffee grounds for free. This program also helps New York City divert a major source of its food waste from the community, landfills, and recycles into a local food source for people.” Learn more about Manhattan Mushroom's Recycle Service here

Enroll Your Class for STEM Education in Mushroom Cultivation
“We give back to the community by teaching workshops and classes in mushroom cultivation and agriculture to youth and local residents. Topics include microbiology, lab techniques of mushroom cultivation, and agriculture ecology. Visit here to learn more about how you can book our Chief Agriculture Ecologist to speak at you conference, school, or event.”

Click here To get a Manhattan Mushroom Kit. 

To stay connected to the Manhattan Mushroom Company follow them via social media:

Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn  



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: The Center for Black Equity


On July 28, 2012, the International Federation of Black Prides Board of Directors voted to re-brand and restructure the organization. The new name, Center for Black Equity (CBE), refocuses and elevates the deep commitment to our mission of achieving equality and justice for Black LGBT communities through expansive platforms focused on Health Equity, Economic Equity and Social Equity.


Earl Fowlkes, President & CEO
The Center for Black Equity

This branding shift also fosters a much-needed sense of urgency to increase the public’s understanding of the myriad challenges LGBT communities face daily. CBE believes that the new identity and expanded platform will facilitate the erosion of misconceptions and prejudices against members of the community and revitalize the public’s commitment to advocate collaboratively for immediate institutional changes in laws, policies, programs and resource availabilities that allow everyone, including Black LGBT people, to compete effectively in the marketplace.

CBE organizes and promotes a multinational network of Black Prides dedicated to: building solidarity; health and wellness; promoting unity; and ensuring the development of education, economic empowerment, and individual and collective work, responsibility and self-determination. As such CBE offers the Official Black Pride Calendar online and as a downloadable PDF. (Please note, 2018's calendar will be published in the days to come.  Please check at centerforblackequity.com for publication).

The Center for Black Equity (CBE) is an institution committed to supporting leaders, institutions and programs for health, economic and social equity for LGBT people of African descent. They welcome visitors at centerforblackequity.com to learn more on how CBE is empowering the next generation to activate Black LGBT Pride.


CBE President Earl Fowlkes and
Congresswoman Elenor Holmes Norton

Their mission is to promote a multinational LGBT network dedicated to improving health and wellness opportunities, economic empowerment, and equal rights while promoting individual and collective work, responsibility, and self-determination.


The vision of CBE is build a global network of LGBT individuals, allies, community-based organizations and prides dedicated to achieving equality and social justice for Black LGBT communities through Health Equity, Economic Equity and Social Equity.


To lean more and to connect with the CBE, visit their website and follow them on social media.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram



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.

Hootology Wins Biz Pitch!



nglccNY congratulates LGBTBE Hootology for winning our first-ever Biz Pitch competition sponsored by EY! We also congratulate LGBTBEs Blackland Data Management and Windows Management Experts for participating and fiercely pitching their companies.






Following the huge success of our last Certified Superstar in 2017, EY graciously offered to sponsor a competitive track to our traditional Certified Superstar program. The first of our 2018 Biz Pitch competitions was held on January 25, 2018 at EY’s offices in Times Square. The judges included EY professionals in procurement, lines of business and supplier diversity. 

There will be two more similar competitions where eligible LGBTBEs can apply to pitch to compete for the chance to pitch in the final competition in December for one of three prizes. The next Biz Pitch will take place on June 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at EY’s offices in Times Square. (The application period will open in May.) The third Biz Pitch will take place in September. (The actual date for September will be announced in coming months). 

In December, Hootology, together with the winner of the upcoming June 28 Biz Pitch and the winner of the September Biz Pitch, will compete for one of the following 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)

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 critique of style, content, presentation skills and communication. Participation in Biz Pitch is also a tremendous opportunity to make memorable impressions upon key decision makers at an NGLCC Corporate Partner that is deeply committed to assisting in the success of all LGBTBEs. 

Congratulations again to Hootology, the winner of our first Biz Pitch!

STEFANIE FRANCIS
Hootology, Founder & Lead Innovator
hootology.com

If you have any questions about Biz Pitch or any Supplier Diversity program, please feel free contact nglccNY Supplier Diversity Chair Rob Finkelstein at rob@nglccny.org


Written by Rob Finkelstein,
Chair, Supplier Diversity, nglccNY

Partner,
Finkelstein Platt LLP




Finkelstein Platt LLP is a certified LGBTBE focused on providing comprehensive legal and business advisory services.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Certified Superstar Gets Prize



We successfully closed out our 2017 Supplier Diversity programming with the help of our gracious host and corporate partner EY and Supplier Diversity Champion, Theresa Harrison, EY's Director of Diversity & Inclusive Procurement.



The event occurred on November 30, where EY supplier diversity, procurement and line of business executives participated as judges and our certified LGBTBE suppliers as mock-pitch participants. The excitement of being at EY's Time Square offices motivated our suppliers and the guest aspiring mock-pitch suppliers who observed the event kick-off from the background.



Our LGBTBEs consisted of the following suppliers.  See through their lens what they experienced...


“Certified Superstar rocks! We went in unsure what to expect. The judges, other presenters, and attendees created a warm, supportive environment. We left with feedback that we quickly incorporated into our pitch—and confidence bolstered by the positive reception. Anyone considering a pitch: Give it a go! You have nothing to lose.”
- Matthew Wilson and Kevin Schiesz, 
Bib and Tucker / eParel

“Pitching our company was an exhilarating experience. It pushed us out of our comfort zone and motivated us to articulate exactly what we do and how our clients have benefitted from our services. It was an honor to present at one of the most prestigious companies in the world before judges who gave us extremely valuable feedback that will make our future pitches better. We’re used to elevating other people’s work. This gave us the chance to bolster our own in a safe and supportive environment. We’re extremely grateful to nglccNY and EY for making it possible.”
- Cindi Creager and Rainie ColeCo-Founders, 
CreagerCole Communications

"Pitching as an nglccNY Superstar was an invaluable experience that put Spiire in front of influential business owners and community members. It also gave us a rare opportunity to solicit feedback and interest from Corporate Partners which helped to accelerate our business development efforts. It’s truly unforgettable."  
- Talonya Geary, Co-founder & CEO, 
Spiire

"The EY Superstar Experience has yielded unexpected benefits. In addition to getting great experience pitching along with feedback from the pros at EY, IM Creative got a chance to meet with other suppliers and explore relationships... even partnerships... that can help us move our business forward. We truly are stronger together, and the EY Certified Superstar was a chance to meet partners who can help us take that next step in the evolution of our business."
- Shanon Morrison, Chief Creative Officer, 
IM Creative


Each supplier had 10 minutes to pitch followed by 10 minutes of judges' critiques. The judges critique style, content, presentation skills and communication which is valuable advice for you to gain additional experience in pitching your businesses. At this particular Certified Superstar, EY surprised us all by wanting to recognize and celebrate a winner with a prize. After a few minutes of out of conference room deliberation, the winner was selected and awarded prize tickets to the 2018 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference in Philadelphia. EY's generous surprise prize as we ended 2017 was just a prelude to EY's sponsorship of the 2018 nglccNY Biz Pitch competition for LGBTBEs.

Congratulations to Bib & Tucker / eParel for their successful win at EY!




Written 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.






January & 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 



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



Woman Spotlight: Connie Grazia

Connie Grazia
Executive Producer, Director & Principal
Read Thread

Connie Grazia is a principal of Red Thread, as well as an award-winning executive producer/director. Leading from the Top is a priority for Connie Grazia and her co-founder, Nadine Licostie. Their leadership has driven Red Thread to make its mark in the world of TV & Film production for over 20 years.

Red Thread speaks to the powerful ways in which the firm brings to life the compelling stories being told by their clients. They are industry agnostic and their clients range from local non-profits to multinational corporations. Whether they are working with Anti-Violence Project, True Colors Fund, GLAAD or MTVNetworks, SAP, Bank of America, CBS or HP, Red Thread culls the essence of powerful story telling in getting the story and message across. The Red Thread team has done this so well that they have been recognized with Telly and Effie awards.



The Red Thread team is made up of individuals driven to deliver the very best of cutting edge and unprecedented ideas in storytelling or as they self-proclaim, “We are an agency of award-winners, quality zealots, brand whispers, creative directors, movie directors, quantitative focusers, technology jockeys, story boarders and story builders, copywriters and screen writers, MBAs and PAs, word editors and film editors, idea honers, showrunners, sound wizard, prop masters…”

Their drive to be the best is evident in the ways in which they leverage the teams experience to identify the right fit for a client. Enabling the client to share their story or message through film, special events and digital campaigns in new and exciting ways.



“Our studio is equipped with the most cutting-edge, collaborative post-production software and equipment available. Utilizing the tenets of the recently launched Avid Everywhere MediaCentral Platform, we can quickly and securely provide the best quality products and services for any media production. From live events to television and film, our post services can provide real-time collaboration across the globe.”


Intersecting Art, Commerce and broadcasting

Red Thread’s vision and leadership are evident in the ways in which they have demonstrated brand amplification for their clients. Working closely with clients to identify the client’s message and deliver it in creative ways is a key factor in the success at Red Thread.


Red Thread’s way forward is evolving as the mediums for delivering content is evolves. Red Thread’s is in a prime position to lead in live stream events and compelling story telling while connecting people the world over.


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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.