Showing posts from December, 2014

Meet Phyllis Mehalakes, Real Estate Broker & Member of NGLCCNY's Ambassador Committee

Phyllis Mehalakes Relocation Specialist, Douglas Elliman Real Estate An interview by Ingrid Galvez, Executive Committee Chair Diversity Inclusion & Outreach, NGLCCNY Many of you attending the Monthly Member Mixers (M3s) will recognize the face of this month’s featured member Phyllis Mehalakes . Phyllis is a long standing member of both the NGLCCNY and a member of the Ambassador Committee . Monthly, she welcomes the existing membership and our guests as she works the check-in at the M3s. Her calm demeanor keeps the lines moving as our attendance and membership grows each month. She is an active member developing strategic partnerships with other members of the NGLCCNY. She is a life–long activist and long standing volunteer in the community. When not volunteering at the NGLCCNY; Phyllis lends her skills and talent as President of her Co-op Board. As well as volunteering for various gay organizations. The NGLCCNY is lucky to have her as a member and ambassador. I

Healthcare Options for Small Business Owners

With November 15 marking the kickoff of the 2015 open enrollment period for the state’s new health insurance marketplace, NY State of Health, health insurance is once again top of mind for many small employers. As small business owners begin looking at purchasing 2015 coverage, they should   consider checking out their options through New York’s new marketplace for small businesses, called the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP for short. SHOP is open to employers with fewer than 50 employees and offers year‐round enrollment. SHOP offers several benefits including competitive pricing and tax credits to eligible small businesses that purchase coverage through the program. Small business owners can visit NY State of Health’s website to browse available plans and enroll in one that works for their business. If small employers want assistance in finding a plan, NY State of Health offers resources to connect small business owners with certified health insurance brok

ICNY Presents: The 12 Days of Xmas!

The Imperial Court of New York and T.M.I.S.M. Emperor XXIII Tony Monteleone and Empress XXVIII Twinkle Montgomery presents, The 12 Days of Xmas, Saturday December 13 from 7PM - 10PM.  Proceeds for the event will benefit LifeBEAT Music Fights HIV/AIDS . LifeBEAT, founded in 1992, is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to educating America’s youth (13-29) about HIV/AIDS prevention. Lifebeat mobilizes the talents and resources of the music industry to deliver HIV/AIDS and STDs awareness messages through broadcast, print, social and digital media, and distributes educational literature and condoms at concert venues, music festivals, clubs and other events. Lifebeat also provides quality of life services and support, such as musical performances, for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The fun will happen at Pieces Bar located at 8 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014. Suggested donation to attend is $10.  To learn more about the Imperial Court of N

2015 Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards

The 2015 Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards will recognize outstanding achievements in diversity and leadership in the financial sector. The NGLCC is proud to announce the application period for these prestigious awards is now open. For the last six years, the NGLCC has brought together top financial services companies, Members of Congress, Cabinet Secretaries and elected officials for this spectacular awards event at the New York Stock Exchange . Originally focused on LGBT diversity and inclusion and now expanded to include all diverse segments, this event is the premier forum to celebrate diversity and inclusion efforts and accomplishments of companies in the financial services industry. Honorees will be considered based on their employment policies, marketing initiatives, philanthropic endeavors, and procurement inclusion of LGBT people, women, persons with disabilities, and racial and ethnic minorities. The NGLCC along with its collaborating partners from t