Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Shining Stars 2012: A Star Is Reborn

Shining Stars returns in a dramatic new incarnation October 25, 2012. The new Shining Stars is an afternoon of supplier diversity-focused business development and an evening of community building programming for NGLCCNY Members and Corporate Partners.

Superstar Connection Center

A powerful keynote session kicks off the afternoon, setting the stage for a day and evening of creating new connections. Immediately following, NGLCCNY rolls out the new Superstar Connection Center. As an NGLCCNY certified LGBT Business Enterprise owner you have a special opportunity to meet face-to-face with Procurement, Line Buyer, Supplier Diversity and Diversity & Inclusion teams. All NGLCCNY certified businesses in good standing are encouraged to exhibit in the “reverse-marketplace” inspired Superstar Connection Center.

All NGLCCNY Corporate Partners are invited to visit the Superstar Connection Center. 

Connection Reception

Your opportunity to forge new business relationships continues at an hour-long Connection Reception at the Shining Stars Evening venue. Admission to this exclusive, invite only, cocktail reception is open to Certified LGBTBE owners and Corporate Partners.

Shining Stars Evening

NGLCCNY superstars go supernova in an all-new Shining Stars Evening at The Box on the Lower East Side. Food and drink will be abundant. A cabaret performance by rising star music sensation Gregory Nalbone sets the stage for lively community building.

This year the Chamber introduces the new Shining Star Awards. One award each will be given to a Business Member and a Corporate Partner in recognition of extraordinary participation in the Chamber community. In addition, a vacation package including two domestic first-class tickets from American Airlines will be raffled, and the proceeds given to an NGLCCNY Non-Profit Community Partner.

The entire Chamber community is encouraged to attend this special evening!

Full Schedule

1:00pm – 1:30pm Keynote Speaker
1:30pm – 1:45pm Short break
1:45pm – 4:00pm Superstar Connection Center 
4:00pm – 6:00pm Break – Move from Superstar Connection Center venue to The Box
6:00pm – 7:00pm Connections Reception (by invitation to Superstar Connection Center and Corporate Partners)
7:00pm -- Shining Stars Commences (open to all Chamber members)
8:00pm – 8:30pm Shining Stars Awards Presentation
8:30pm – 9:00pm Special Entertainment
10:00pm Shining Stars Closes


Participation includes one space at the Superstar Connections Center and admission to the Connections Reception and Shining Stars Evening.

All certified Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Business Members are invited to exhibit at the Superstar Connection Center free of charge. Your Membership Benefits include a quantity of tickets to the Connections Reception and the Shining Stars Evening based on membership level.

Certified Copper Business Members are invited to participate in the full day and evening for a discounted members’ only rate of $295 per attendee.

All Chamber Members are invited to attend the Shining Stars Evening. Ticket information will be released soon. 

Enhanced Participation

Enhanced Participation promotes your company as a proud supporter of the day’s events and demonstrates a high level of commitment to LGBT inclusive supplier diversity and the development of economic opportunities for certified LGBT Business Enterprises.

Options for enhanced exposure include: Keynote Presentation, Superstar Connection Center and the Connection Reception. All packages include additional value-added presence at the Shining Stars Evening. Packages range from $5,000 to $25,000.


For more information and to RSVP for the Superstar Connection Center and Connection Reception contact NGLCCNY Supplier Diversity Chair David Ricciardi at

Tickets for the Shining Stars Evening will go on sale soon at Stay tuned for the announcement!

For further information about Enhanced Participation, contact NGLCCNY President Richard Oceguera at

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