Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Creating a Relationship - NGLCCNY & Affinity Inc. Magazine

By Robert F. Finkelstein, Esq.

NGLCCNY is proud and thrilled to have developed a relationship with the recently created Affinity Inc Magazine.  Whether you are an LGBT employee or entrepreneur, or otherwise involved with supplier diversity and inclusion for a larger business entity, you will likely benefit from what Affinity offers. 

Robin Dillard, Affinity’s publisher, had the foresight to ensure that the LGBT community would not be forgotten in the supplier diversity and inclusion space.  As Robin explained, “In 2012, I was working as a professional photographer and attended the WBENC [Women’s Business Enterprise National Council] conference in Orlando where I took photographs for Diversity Publishing Group Inc.  The company publishes several niche market publications and saw the need to ‘tell the story’ of the LGBT business equality community.  The story was going untold.  We developed a partnership and working relationship which led to Affinity Inc Magazine.”

Later that year, leaders of Diversity Publishing Group and Robin attended NGLCC’s national conference in Chicago where they presented a 12-page preview piece of what is now Affinity Inc Magazine.  She developed strong relationships with NGLCC’s founders, Justin Nelson and Chance Mitchell, and Diversity Publishing Group Inc., the parent company of Affinity.  Given the Chamber’s obvious commitment to supplier diversity and inclusion, the relationship between Affinity and the Chamber will be of incredible benefit to NGLCCNY’s members. 

Robin Dillard
Publisher, Affinity Inc. Magazine

Robin’s history and commitment to diversity and inclusion stems, in part, from the devoted hard work of her mother, who has been a procurement professional for over 40 years, having assisted a Fortune 100 Company in reaching its current strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion.  In her continued support for equality, Robin will be racing on October 27, 2013 for the fifth time around Washington, D.C. in the Human Rights Campaign’s Athletes for Equality Marine Corps Marathon.  (For more information and to make a donation, please visit "here.") 

While directed to the LGBT community and businesses at large, Affinity is focused on LGBT diversity and inclusion issues for businesses of all sizes as well as individual LGBT employees.  “We really want to give corporate America something to think about, whether with respect to hiring diverse suppliers or ensuring that employees have a voice and are treated equally.”  Among other things, Affinity seeks to encourage more businesses to engage their LGBT employees in Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

“One of the most valuable things I believe an LGBT business can do for itself is to seek certification from NGLCC,” says Robin.  “As an LGBT Certified Business Enterprise (LGBTBE), you open the door for yourself to engage in tremendous business opportunities with businesses that are actively seeking to hire diverse suppliers.  Supplier diversity has become so instrumental to larger businesses because it is a means by which they are able to locate and attract great talent, obtain creative products and services, and demonstrate to their own employees their commitment to diverse communities.” 

For more information about Affinity Inc Magazine and to see all that is has to offer, please visit

If you are a business entity that is at least 51% LGBT owned, please contact NGLCCNY’s Supplier Diversity Chair, David Ricciardi, at for more information about becoming a certified LGBT enterprise.

Written by Robert F. Finkelstein, Esq., NGLCCNY Volunteer Correspondent; Media Communications Committee.  Rob is a partner at Finkelstein Platt LLP, a general practice law firm, with practice areas including commercial litigation, construction law, general business law, and employment law.

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