Showing posts from January, 2013

Media and Entertainment Council Announces "Kick-Off" Breakfast

The Media and Entertainment Council is set to launch with a "Kick-Off" Breakfast  on Thursday, February 7  from 8-9am . The  coffee-fueled networking and brainstorming session will guide the Council on making the most of your goals in media and entertainment for 2013.   Platinum Business Member Proscenium Group will host the breakfast at its offices in midtown Manhattan. "This is a perfect opportunity for veteran and new chamber members alike to directly influence council events that will provide value to their business in media or entertainment," said Council Chair Michael Todd Cohen. "Whether you have a PR firm, production company, marketing group, hold a network position, or work as a freelance journalist or producer, this meeting is the right start to an exciting year." The Media and Entertainment Council for the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York is established to provide valuable networking opportunities and profe

Creative Collaborations Produce Winning Results

At NGLCCNY, businesses of all types, whether certified or not, are working in partnership to produce impressive business results. The most recent example of collaboration comes from Proscenium and certified LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) L7z Group . The two companies, both NGLCCNY Platinum Business Members, recently partnered to provide a full-service nine-city tour for ten thousand managerial employees of T-Mobile. Seattle, Washington (hosted 4,000 guests) Proscenium is a meeting and events production company, whose business includes arranging small, intimate meetings to large, full-scale sales and shareholder meetings, ranging from 50 to 15,000 people.  Proscenium manages all forms of logistics for its meetings and events, including registration, travel, and implementation of content, stage design, and media.  Transforming digital transactions into human transactions, L7z designs/develops responsive websites, mobile apps and social m

How to Do Business With the Financial Services Industry

The NGLCC is excited to announce an education event for LGBT   business   owners seeking opportunities within the financial services industry, to be held in conjunction with our annual Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards (FSDLA). The financial services industry is one of the largest and most vital sectors in the U.S., particularly in New York.  Pursuing contracting opportunities in this industry can be extremely beneficial for a diverse supplier, but it helps to have the inside track! The FSDLA recognizes firms who have made notable contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts in the world of financial services in the last year. We have invited representatives from these outstanding companies to participate in a panel session to share their insights on successful  business  development in the financial services arena. If wish to attend this session, please RSVP to me at  at your earliest convenience. There is no cost to attend this ev

ERG Roundtable Serves Up Value

By George Carrancho and Neil Cerbone Every other month, the Employee Resource Group (ERG) Roundtable Breakfast convenes to discuss some of the issues members are facing within their organizations. These Breakfasts provide guidance for ERGs, regardless of where they are in their development cycle. Co-chairs  Neil Cerbone, President of Neil Cerbone Associates , and George Carrancho, Manager of Diversity Markets for American Airlines  set the stage for engaging, comprehensive discussions benefitting everyone in attendance. The goal of the ERG Roundtable is to continuously improve the measurable value, impact, and reach of LGBT ERGs by providing best of breed thought leadership, sharing cross-company resources and pioneering new best practices. With that guiding principle in mind, the peer-led conversations scheduled for 2013 have been set to explore a series of specific new challenges, all of which were determined by the 2012 attendees. A number of these topics wil

Dispelling the Top 3 Intern Compensation Myths

Let’s start 2013 off right by dispelling three common myths about compensating your interns. Myth #1:   “Unpaid interns are not entitled to compensation.  That’s why they are called interns!” Fact:   An individual’s title as an “intern” does not determine whether they are entitled to compensation.  If an employment relationship exists, the “intern” must be paid. The Department of Labor has identified the following factors to evaluate whether an employment relationship exists: The internship is similar to training in an educational environment; The experience is for the intern’s benefit; The intern doesn’t displace regular employees; The employer derives no immediate advantage from the intern’s activities; The intern isn’t necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and, The employer and intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages.   Myth #2:  “My interns are paid in one lump sum, and that sum is more than wh