People Want Community – The very first M3: Members’ Monthly Mixer took place in May 2008 and 36 people attended, including a guest appearance by George Takei. That evening we unwittingly laid the foundation for what would become our flagship event. M3 was conceived as different from all the other networking options out there because it was designed to build community. M3 was a new place for LGBT and allied business professionals to come together, cultivating real relationships while furthering the financial, economic and social capital of our community. This spirit lives on at every M3 and it proves month after month that people want a professional place to connect in a meaningful way with like-minded souls.
People Want to Lead – Without a doubt, the building of NGLCCNY has been a collaboration of many, many people over the time. Our initial core leadership group consisting of Robyn Streisand, Bari Zahn, Jennifer Brown, Nick Cowan, David Ricciardi and Thomas Koveleskie worked tirelessly to put the Chamber on the map. Today we have more than 40 volunteers serving on and leading committees across the Chamber. Recently we've seen an explosion of members stepping up to contribute their time and treasure to support NGLCCNY. Because of these incredibly talented and generous individuals (and often times the staff at their respective companies) the Chamber has blossomed into a world-class organization. When people are aligned around a common cause that they believe in, they will do whatever it takes to have it succeed.
People Want to Win – To build an organization with 200 plus business, non-profit, corporate, individual and student members is no small feat. I believe the Chamber is such a success because our members want to win. They want to win at building quality relationships. They want to win at developing new business. And most importantly they want to see the Chamber win. It’s this spirit of goodwill and reciprocity that has become contagious, so much so that when new people attend our events they are surprised by the welcoming and energetic spirit that is palpable in the air. Our members generate such a winning attitude that it naturally inspires others to want to be part of what we have. And that is, by all means, a win for all.
Co-creating NGLCCNY with all of you has been the greatest joy and I couldn't be more proud of this beautiful, thriving community.
The future of NGLCCNY is yours to shape and I look forward to seeing you take the Chamber to soaring new heights.
NGLCCNY Founding President
2008 - 2013