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You Are Invited: NGLCC NYSE Trading Floor Reception

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On Monday, January 14, the NGLCC will host the 6th Annual Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards at the New York Stock Exchange. T his is the only cross-segment diversity event in the financial services sector. NGLCCNY Members can purchase tickets to the  reception on the NYSE trading floor at a special price. Photo: JeffreyHolmes.com What: Trading Floor Reception at the  Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards When:  Monday,  January 14 Where: New York Stock Exchange Cost: $300 regular admission, $200 for NGLCCNY Members To register, go to the  Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards web page . Be sure to select  “trading floor reception only” when prompted. At the end of the registration, enter the discount code  memberNGLCCNY and press "apply" to receive the $200 ticket price. Photo: JeffreyHolmes.com For more information or for assistance, contact NGLCC Events at ( 202) 234-9181.

Images from Shining Stars 2012

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Jeffrey Holmes ( jeffreyholmes.com ), Ryan Prado ( ryanprado.com ) and Roberta Raeburn captured Shining Stars 2012 at Avon and The Box. The first annual Superstar Connection Center was hosted by Avon. Photo: Jeffrey Holmes ( JeffreyHolmes.com ). Michael Contos (left) of John E. Osborn P.C., with Craig de Thomas and Luciana Cortina of Insignia National Title in background. Photo: Jeffrey Holmes ( JeffreyHolmes.com ). NGLCCNY President Richard Oceguera delivers opening remarks at the Superstar Connect Center. Photo: Jeffrey Holmes ( JeffreyHolmes.com ). Keynote speaker David Ricciardi at the Superstar Connection Center. Photo: Jeffrey Holmes ( JeffreyHolmes.com ). Matt Cluney and Thomas Koveleskie. Photo: Ryan Prado ( RyanPrado.com ). Jonathan Utley sings during the Connection Reception at The Box. Photo: Jeffrey Holmes ( JeffreyHolmes.com ). Jonathan D. Lovitz, the Awards emcee. Photo: Jeffrey Holmes ( JeffreyHolmes.com ). The entreprene

Legal Industry Council Hosts Intellectual Property Hot Topics Panel

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by John Osborn On Tuesday, November 27, the Chamber's Legal Industry Council hosted a panel discussion titled "Intellectual Property Hot Topics Review" at the downtown offices of WilmerHale LLP.  Forty attorneys attended the event, receiving 1.5 continuing legal education (CLE) credits. The audience included  partners from major New York firms and in-house counsel from  Fortune 500 companies. I had the privilege of moderating the discussion, which included the following panelists: David Manspeizer, a  partner in the Litigation/Controversy Department and member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group at WilmerHale LLP William Tanenbaum, Chair of the Technology, Intellectual Property and Outsourcing Group at Kaye  Scholer LLP Richard Samson, Senior Counsel, The New York Times . We opened the dialogue with Richard Samson discussing the difference between fair use and infringement in a copyright context, using case examples from The New York Tim

Embracing Diversity at Aon

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Aon plc prides itself on supporting diverse employees and suppliers of all backgrounds. Aon became an NGLCCNY Copper Corporate Partner in June 2010 and its strong commitment to the LGBT business community is evident through its ongoing partnership with the Chamber. In 2011, Aon hosted their first M3: Members' Monthly Mixer. This year Aon teamed up with Zurich (now a Platinum Business Member) to host the October M3, which was attended by nearly 100 Chamber members and guests including many LGBT and allied representatives from both Aon and Zurich. Given the great turn out and positive results, Aon and Zurich immediately reserved the November 2013 M3. “We're starting a tradition,” said Peter Eich, an Account Executive with Aon Risk Solutions and Co-Chair of Aon’s New York Pride Alliance. "There's something special about Aon being one of the hosts of the final M3 of the year and we're happy to support the Chamber community in this way.” Aon is particularly exc

10 Questions with Michael Todd Cohen

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By Richard Oceguera Subject: Michael Todd Cohen, Staff Creative Producer Name of Business: Lumina Films Making Movies Since: 1996 Number of Employees: 3 Location: 231 W. 29th Street, #807 NY, NY 10001 Web: www.LuminaFilms.com What is Lumina Films and what services do you offer? Lumina Films is a full service production company. We produce content from television shows, to local and national broadcast to small business promotional videos. Your role is “Staff Creative Producer.” What does that mean? In a company this small it means a lot of things. It includes researching stories, writing scripts and physically producing shows in the field. I bring together all the different logistics behind a show such as handling schedules, crews, travel. I act like the glue for the crew making sure everything is running as smooth as possible. It can be very stressful. Thankfully I have a very great fiancé, Daniel, who calms me down at times! The film and video industry is extre

LGBTQ Wedding Expo Takes Second Walk Down the Aisle

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The second annual LGBTQ Community Wedding Expo will be held at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Sunday, January 13, from 11am to 6pm. The market is definitely there: during the first year of same-sex marriage in New York State, more than 7,000 licenses were issued in the City. Many of those happy couples live in Brooklyn, proud home to one of the largest LGBTQ communities in America, including an especially vibrant lesbian population. When Brooklyn Borough Hall threw open its doors last January for the first major LGBTQ wedding expo, it was a marriage made in heaven as hundreds turned out to meet with vendors hawking all things matrimonial. Scheduled appearances for this year's expo include Brooklyn’s own Angela “Big Ang” Raiola of the hit VH1 reality series “Mob Wives,” as well as drag divas Peppermint Gummybear and Strolling Tables. Sponsors include NGLCCNY, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Classic Party Rentals and media sponsors Gay City News and Go! . For vendor informati

SBA Partners with SCORE NYC Chapter to offer Disaster Counseling to Small Businesses

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The U.S. Small Business Administration New York District Office has partnered with the SCORE NYC Chapter to extend resources and free counseling services to small businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy. Services include a comprehensive business assessment and development strategy to sustain business during recovery efforts. Flooding on Avenue C at 6th Street. Photo:  David Shankbone on  wikipedia . The counselors available through the SCORE NYC Chapter are experienced business professionals, and will be able to assist business owners in planning the next steps for businesses recovering from damage, to include physical relocation and what small businesses can do now before they receive disaster loans and after. Through the free mentorship services available, small businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy will be able to understand the outlook for their business in the coming year. “A great benefit of this partnership is that small business owners can meet with SCO

Social Impact Industry Council Announces Second Annual Board Retreat

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The NGLCCNY Social Impact Industry Council is pleased to announce its second annual  Board Retreat on  Saturday, January 12, 2013, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. a t The Standard High Line. Among the challenges facing non-profits, none is as crucial as the elusive yet much talked-about concept of board performance. A high functioning board is a key driver of organizational success that often seems impossible to achieve. NGLCCNY President Richard Oceguera speaks at the opening of the first Board Retreat in February 2012. Photo: Jeffrey Holmes ( JeffreyHolmes.com ). “Is There Such a Thing as a High-Performing Board?” is precisely the question we will explore. The day will be dedicated to investigating: • Why have a laser-focused board – what becomes possible? • What are the best practices to promote effective board engagement? • How can a board drive its organization to have greater impact? If you, or someone you know, is currently on the board of directors of a non