Showing posts from July, 2020

July Ambassador of the Month — Jerry Kajpust

This month nglccny has named Jerry Kajpust as our Ambassador of the Month. Jerry is a treasured member of our Chamber family and we are grateful for his service. His first encounters with the Chamber began with his early days at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art. Now going on twelve years, he currently serves as the Director of External Affairs for the Museum. He says nglccNY was and continues to be an invaluable resource, and is his first “go-to” when looking for professional support for the Museum and for himself. “When the ambassador program began, I thought it was an excellent way to get more involved and give back to this amazing organization.  As an ambassador, I see my role as that of a connector.  One of my greatest satisfactions is when I make introductions, and in turn, those connections create new business opportunities and colleagues. What has been truly inspiring is seeing how much the Chamber has grown with members, corporate sponsors, non-profits and other profession

nglccNY Spotlight: Anthony Hayes, The Hayes Initiative

Anthony Hayes, founder of The Hayes Initiative “A great group of older gay mentors took me under their wing. They said, ‘You can be going out all night having fun, being young…but you are also going to the Human Rights Campaign Dinner, to the Empire State Pride Agenda,’ and so forth. I quickly became socialized around the idea of community.” So began Anthony Hayes’ journey to the founding of The Hayes Initiative. When he arrived in New York in 1998 from Oklahoma, Anthony was in his early twenties. He began working in fashion, but by his mid-twenties, Anthony knew that he wanted to work with the LGBTQ community. At the end of a day spent lobbying Congress on behalf of HRC, he asked, “Can someone make a living doing this,” and was assured that the answer was yes. This led to a job at HRC in 2007. Working through the 2008 election cycle, Anthony and HRC focused on both federal and state elections, approaching them through the lens of LGBTQ issues. This was his entryway into the gov