Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Ambassador of the Month - May 2020

This month we begin a new feature… our nglccNY Ambassador of the Month Honor.

In May we are spotlighting Mary Blanchett. Mary is a beloved member of our chamber family and a Registered Representative/Licensed agent  through New York Life Insurance Company, and several other independent insurance companies. She always goes above and beyond to connect our members to new opportunities, to one another, and to the broader NGLCC/nglccNY mission.

Phyllis Mehalakes, Chair of The Ambassadors Committee offers high praise for Mary, saying:

“Mary is one of our most senior Ambassadors and we're lucky to have her on our team.  Recently voted 'Outstanding Ambassador' by our membership, she excels at connecting people, making meaningful introductions and bringing new members to our events.  She’s professional, approachable, and always willing to help. Working with Mary is a delight.”

Upon learning that she is our Ambassador of the Month, Mary said:

“Being an ambassador of nglccNY is about making it better for everyone. As an ambassador I do that by encouraging everyone to fully participate.  I encourage attending the M3s and losing inhibitions when surrounded by strangers at networking events. I enjoy introducing people who may have ability to refer each other or need each others services. Growing individual businesses means growing a better Chamber. I encourage LGBT certification, participation in the biz pitch competitions as well as talking to corporate partners about Request For Proposals (RFP). Being an ambassador also means I get to know many wonderful professionals which makes me better.”

As Phyllis noted above, last September at a special M3 aboard Spirit Cruises, we awarded Mary the Outstanding Ambassador Award after a vote by our membership. At the time she said:

"I am so grateful my efforts are a positive force. I have a talent for remembering people's professions and focus on introducing folks who may collaborate or fulfill an expressed business need. I try to make professional networking fun and fruitful. All the wonderful members make that easy.”

Congratulations, Mary! We’re all proud to have you on our team!

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