Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Empyreal Review

High above Bryant Park with an empyreal view, May’s LGBTBE Certified Supplier Roundtable and the NGLCCNY’s Members’ Monthly Mixer (otherwise known as the M3) both went off without a hitch.

This is the first time a Certified Supplier Roundtable was transformed into a panel discussion. The panel focused on Procurement and Supplier Diversity and included HBO’s Senior Manager of Strategic Procurement, Alberto Merced; TimeWarner’s Executive Director of Procurement Services and Supplier Diversity, Clint Grimes; and NBCUniversal’s Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity, Angela Guzman. The discussion was so successful; NGLCCNY’s Supplier Diversity chair and panel moderator Rob Finkelstein said the scheduled August roundtable will likely be turned into a panel discussion as well, with three corporate partners on the docket.

From Left to Right - Clint Grimes (TimeWarner), Angela Guzman (NBCUniversal) & Alberto Merced (HBO)

I thought it was incredibly informative and very educational for us as chamber members, as certified suppliers, and for the chamber in general. Everyone learned a lot, and I think the panel was very informative on how to engage and how they engage,” Rob stated.

TimeWarner’s Supply Chain Inclusion policy defines a diverse business as one that is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by one or more members registered as MBE, WBE, LGBT, or SDV, and focuses on identifying diverse businesses as sources of supply for required goods and services. The panel stressed the significance of registering your certified business. 

The NGLCCNY’s Monthly Members’ Mixer (M3) followed the panel discussion, giving members a chance to mingle and network; however had a bitter sweet atmosphere following the announcement that this was the last mixer for Derrick Brown as the NGLCCNY’s Executive Director.

“It has been my pleasure and a true honor to be able to serve in this role and help people and their businesses realize their next level,” Derrick stated. In the past two years as Executive Director, Derrick said the organization’s membership, corporate partners, and supplier numbers are all on the rise; and the NGLCCNY has successfully rebranded itself as a community organization.

Derrick Brown (R) with his husband Dan Ritchel (L)

“I think the membership here is unlike any organization I’ve ever been a part of. We are a family,” he said. Derrick has high hopes for the future of the NGLCCNY and its ability to continue making positive strides toward LGBT business equality. 

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Written by Ashley Bellman,
Corporate Journalist, Media Communications Committee.

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