Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Corporate Spotlight: Theresa Harrison from EY

Heidelberg (born), Memphis (raised), Secaucus (employed) – March’s 2017 Corporate Spotlight brings you Theresa Harrison, Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Procurement Lead at EY. EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, an NGLCC Founding Corporate Partner and nglccNY Silver Level Corporate Partner. Theresa is responsible for the design, development and implementation of diverse supplier policies, processes, and procedures, at EY.

For Theresa, the path that led to D&I, which she refers to as “a great journey impacting lives,” began in 2000 where she answered an ad for Baker Hughes, an oilfield services company out of Houston, TX, to build and run their supplier diversity program which she did for 4 years. Shortly after, Harrison was recruited by Robert Half to fill the Supplier Diversity role at EY, where she will be celebrating 13 years this June.

Surrounding herself with a great team (internally and externally) allows her to execute exceptional client service to all consistencies, says Theresa. “I serve as the lead but the foundation of great people with the common vision and values is crucial to my success," she said. As a recognized leader in the industry, Harrison sits on the NGLCC Procurement Council as Co-Chair of the Mentorship Committee and is also the Chair of WBENC – one of her greatest successes - where she’s helping create opportunities for economic growth for all suppliers and future entrepreneurs.

What drives your personal commitment to Supplier Diversity?

My drive is that every day I get to make a difference in the lives of many to achieve economic growth and impact local and global communities to succeed in creating wealth.

What drives EY’s commitment to Supplier Diversity?

For EY, it is our overall commitment to building a better working world. I can harness all the EY resources and thought leadership to inspire diverse suppliers to think big and be confident in their ability to provide high quality products and services that meet EY needs. Through our initiative EY aims to create a distinctive experience for suppliers by teaming together to develop innovative solutions, strategies and accelerating possibilities as we respond with a diverse mindset to our customers, clients and communities around us.

What prompted EY to get involved with the NGLCC?

Our holistic commitment to diversity and the LGBT community. LGBTBE is one of the pillars of diversity within our supplier diversity platform. The NLGCC is a valuable partner that delivers on value and allows us to build capacity in the LGBTBE supplier community, certifies businesses and provides access to our stakeholders to connect for opportunities.

What categories of LGBTBE owned-businesses are best suited to do business with EY?

We have four main categories within Procurement:
  1. Products & Services (Professional Services, Marketing, Facilities, Talent)
  2. Real Estate
  3. Travel
  4. Technology
Please go to www.ey.com/procurement to learn more about our Procurement Organization.

What is a current challenge that you experience while integrating new diverse suppliers into EY’s current supply chain?

The change in geography moving from domestic to global regions; a supplier must have capabilities as an Americas as a whole and global capability.

What are common mistakes that some diverse suppliers make when approaching EY?

Not understanding the value or solution they can bring to our organization or what it is that we do. Do the research and go to the website, ask questions at events when EY is in attendance. Get to know the business we are in.

What are three things that LGBTBEs can do to showcase their capabilities to EY?

  1. Come to events to showcase to our procurement and build relationships.
  2. EY seeks innovative solutions (think: how can you be our solution).
    • How can you help us better deliver services to our internal and external stakeholders?
  3. Know your business and the business we are in.
EY is Co-Hosting with nglccNY the SDI event next week on March 14. What can our suppliers expect and more importantly, what should they walk away with?

An overview of our commitment to LGBT in the workplace and in supplier diversity. As well as how the digital age is impacting the way companies are doing business - The Disruption.


To connect with Theresa Harrison, learn more about Supplier Diversity, Procurement and/or engage with EY in general, please connect via the following:

Theresa Harrison
Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Procurement Leader

Social media/online:

EY Supplier Diversity Website:

EY Procurement Website:

EY Careers Website:

EY US Careers Facebook:

Interview by 
Gonzo Araya,
Executive Chair, Media Communications Committee, NGLCCNY
Cheif Creative Officer, Socio

Interested in being featured? 

Please contact me at Gonzo@NGLCCNY.org.

Non-Profit Spotlight: A Wider Bridge

Building Bridges. Growing a Movement.

In 2010, Arthur Slepian Founded A Wider Bridge (AWB) in San Francisco. He created a place where his intersectionality of being American, gay, and Jewish could be used to bring people together.

AWB believes there is a unique and powerful connection for all with Israel. They have been hard at work sharing their strong commitment through building relationships and working together. Their goal is to help people find a meaningful connection with Israel, its culture and its people regardless of their religious affiliation.

"AWB believes we are all obligated to do our part to create a better world." AWB promotes inclusion and aspires to a world where the lives of all people are celebrated.

Arthur Slepian
Founder & Executive Director

A Wider Bridge

“I am a gay man, an American, and a Jew. I am passionate about Israel, devoted to its well-being, and I want to see a resolution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians that will enable both to live in peace and security.” 
 - Arthur Slepian 

A Wider Bridge builds connection to Israel among LGBT Jews and non-Jews in the U.S. through programming that focuses on bringing LGBT people into meaningful and thoughtful connection with Israel and LGBT Israelis. The programs create opportunities for education, engagement and experience, and include travel, speakers and discussions, cultural events, online resources, advocacy and philanthropy. AWB brings Israeli LGBT leaders, activists and artists to the U.S. to talk about their work, and share their personal and organizational stories of struggle, triumph and hope.

AWB brings Israeli and American Jewish and LGBT community leaders together to learn from each other, share best practices and build lasting collaborative relationships. 

Join AWB at their next event 
Opening Hearts and Minds:
LGBTQ Engagement in Jerusalem

Thursday, March 16. 6:30 p.m.
Temple B’nai Jeshurun
257 W 88th St, New York

To learn more about AWB's work please visit them at the work of A Wider Bridge, Facebook and Twitter.

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming,

Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

Thursday, February 9, 2017


Saturday, June 17, 2017
NGLCCNY and NYBG social event from 6:30–8 p.m. in the Pine Tree Café Terrace, followed by an evening viewing of Chihuly.

The New York Botanical Garden invites you to CHIHULY Nights and a special NGLCCNY Pride 2017 event featuring networking, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks in the Pine Tree Café terrace, followed by an evening viewing of Chihuly. Viewing the CHIHULY sculptures at night is thrilling, as each one takes on a magical energy. See their colors and forms in a whole new light as the Garden’s vistas and the Conservatory become living canvases for these works of art. A rotating lineup of performing artists and musicians sets the stage for an entirely different CHIHULY experience while you enjoy shopping, food, and themed cocktails available for purchase.

Please note that attendance is limited to the first 100 members and guests* to register. The New York Botanical Garden will offer a discount to members/friends to attend the Chihuly evening after the limit is reached.

*Please note that complimentary tickets are limited. Members and guests who RSVP after registration is full will be provided with a discount code in an individual email. 

  • To RSVP for tickets please visit here
  • For more information about CHIHULY Night please click here

We hope to see you at the NGLCCNY Pride 2017 Summer Event at NYBG.

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

Interested in being featured? 
Please contact me at 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Non-Profit Spotlight: Bailey House

Bailey House was founded as “Home, Hope and Community."

In response to the AIDS Crisis of the early 1980s, a small group united to form a much-needed service to the community facing AIDS. The model they created to house those affected by AIDS has been adapted internationally. Thirty-four years later Bailey House is still going strong. The team has piloted and launched programs and services such as Project FIRST (Formerly Incarcerated Rental Support and Training) which helps individuals recently released from prison reacclimate to their community. They opened a food pantry to help critically underserved communities obtain access to nutritious food. Bailey House has been a leader in teaching others how to care for the vulnerable individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Late Gina Quattrochi
Former CEO, Bailey House

It takes a Village People!

Words and actions that are alive and well at Bailey House. These days those words weigh a bit more as they were best exemplified by their beloved leader, CEO Gina Quattrochi. Ms. Quattrochi passed away in Mid-December, when she lost a hard-fought battle to cancer. She was a powerhouse attorney who was personally affected by the loss of personal friends due to the AIDS epidemic in the early eighties. She took up the charge to make a difference and a difference she made. She led the team that helped create the country’s largest housing provider for families affected by HIV/AIDS. As CEO, she led the way in critical strategy for addressing the needs of the clients long before AIDS became the global epidemic we know today. Quick to educate and persuade she did just that with the some of the toughest opponents in NY politics. Suffice it to say she set the tone, the standard and the level of commitment required to bring everyone to the table to truly achieve the seemingly insurmountable challenges of the early days of the epidemic to the current day’s changing needs and growing number of clients. Her achievements are too numerous to list. Learn more about her valuable contributions at Bailey House News and the New York Times article about this amazing and inspiring woman. Her legacy will be her energy to change the world for the better and lead others to embrace the challenges of making change for the good of the community.

A testament to the holiday spirit of the team at Bailey House

The work at Bailey House continues and the holiday season is no exception. This past fall, they approached the nglccNY with an unforeseen economic challenge. They had lost the funding and support for the annual toy drive for the kids at Bailey House. Understanding the importance of giving each child at least one gift to unwrap at the holiday party, the members of nglccNY (Shout to Rivendell Media’s Steve Levenberg, His husband Anthony Graham and new member Felix Armstrong) who stepped up and generously provided toys and gift cards. Over 200 individual items were collected – enough to ensure each child had a gift at the holiday celebration. The team at Bailey House works through challenges, together with the spirit of their fearless leader shining in everything they do each day.

To learn more about ways to support the work at Bailey House please go to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Save the date for Bailey House's 2017 Gala & Auction, Thursday March 9, 2017, Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers. To learn more visit here

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming,

Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Annual Bailey House Gala & Auction

One of New York’s premiere annual events 
Annual Bailey House Gala & Auction 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Pier 60, at Chelsea Piers

Each year the Bailey House Gala & Auction welcomes more than 600 philanthropic, compassionate and trendsetting New Yorkers who represent the fashion, fine art, design, entertainment, media and business industries. 

Tickets and sponsorships are available now here.

Mark your calendars and plan to join Bailey House!

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

Interested in being featured? 
Please contact me at 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NGLCCNY Night at Wicked

Special Performance to Benefit the Trevor Project

Join WICKED for a special NGLCCNY night!

A Portion of Proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project

Wednesday March 1st, 2017 at 7pm
Two packages available. Limited quantity- purchase by February 17th!

Reception Package- $129
Orchestra ticket plus a post-show reception at The Palm Restaurant (250 W 50th St) with current cast members. Hor d’oeuvres will be served and the first drink is on us!

Mezzanine Ticket- $89
Mezzanine ticket to the show

For more information and to purchase 
tickets please go here.
Or, you can purchase in-person at the box office 
using the code “SOCIAL”

Offer valid for the March 1st 7:00pm performance only. Must purchase by February 17, 2017. Offer subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets and may not be combined with other offers. Price includes $2 facility fee. Prices applicable only as specified. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. Seating restrictions may apply. Sale prices may not be available on all seats. Blackout dates may apply. All prices subject to change. Offer may be revoked at any time. Offer, cast, & performance schedule subject to change without notice.

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

Interested in being featured? 
Please contact me at 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Non-Profit Spotlight: NYLAG's LGBTQ Law Project

In 2008 NYLAG’s LGBTQ Law Project was founded to protect and expand the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and to provide services that meet the unique legal needs of low-income LGBTQ New Yorkers. LGBTQ communities, especially those of color, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and youth, are at greater risk of living in poverty and of being targeted for violence. 

“Through direct legal services and systemic advocacy efforts, NYLAG strive to work at the intersections of gender, racial and economic justice, and believe that with economic and physical security come empowerment, leadership and collective change. The LGBTQ Law Project envisions a world where all people, regardless of sexual or gender identity, have access to legal protections under the law, dignified work, adequate housing and health care, the right to create families and the ability to live fulfilling lives.”

The LGBTQ Law Project provides high-quality, free legal services in a wide variety of civil legal matters impacting the LGBTQ community, including employment, housing, public benefits, shelter access, name changes, gender marker changes, family law and life planning. They staff four legal clinics in New York City and host a variety of know-your-rights trainings and educational workshops throughout the year. 

Heather Betz, Executive Director

“NYLAG has strong partnerships within the LGBTQ and social services communities, and a strong network of referrals to reach the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community. The organization also engage in systemic advocacy efforts to reform city and state policies, and work to ensure that LGBTQ New Yorkers have equal access to critical services, benefits and legal protections.”

Heather Betz, Executive Director shared that the LGBTQ Law Project plays an active role in advocating for the rights of LGBTQ individuals. In the last several years, in coalition with community organizations, the Mayor’s office and the New York City Council, NYLAG has supported the creation of a gender-affirming Municipal ID, reforms to State and City birth certificate and Medicaid policies, and stronger policies to enable New York City’s Commission on Human Rights and Human Resource Administration to better serve LGBTQ communities.

Tell me more about the LGBTQ Law Project?

We are small project within a larger organization. NYLAG is about 20 years old and is made up of many different units. Some units include family law, housing, special lit immigration to name a few. Each project has its own special funding. We work with the LGBTQ community.

What types of requests do get from people in need?

From name change to housing to partner violence. We get request from parents that don’t know or understand the gender non-conforming.

How do you handle the challenges of such a diverse community?

We try to do everything we can while being as efficient as possible. We’re a work in progress. We try to hit on a lot of different issues and we partner with other services related to LGBTQ. Host drop-in clinics that work with vulnerable population including youth, the elderly, trans-persons, etc.

While we’re a small staff, we are willing to go where people are. We are looking to start a legal clinic in Brooklyn.

How can people engage and support what you’re doing?

We are always looking for volunteer attorneys who want to come to legal clinics. We do a good deal of work on bullying. It’s a complex issue. We are interested in working with attorneys who know/understand this issue. Real Estate Attorneys are other type of volunteers we are interested in engaging.

In general, we maintain a list of LGBTQ attorneys for referral services that we happily share with those in need of services.

What is the LGBTQ Law Project doing in terms of fundraising?

We have a small advisory board. Looking to raise the profile and funds for the organization. Aim to do an event in 2017.

The work of the LGBTQ Law Project is generously supported by The Orrick Community Responsibility Program.

To learn more about NYLAG’s LGBTQ Laws Project go to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion and Programming, NGLCCNY

Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group