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NGLCC selects Lovitz to lead external relations and NY subsidiary

Jonathan D. Lovitz, an advocate for LGBT equality who has served as a spokesman for GLAAD, Queerty Inc. and StartOut, is now the vice president of external affairs at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and director of NGLCC’s New York chapter. “I am so incredibly honored to join team NGLCC as the
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SBA and NGLCC unite to foster LGBTBE growth and opportunities

Recognizing the business imperative to embrace diversity, the U.S. Small Business Administration  and National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce launched the first initiative of its kind focused on LGBT business owners. LGBT Business Builder will bring together expertise and resources from staff at SBA district and regional offices, NGLCC’s 38 U.S.-based affiliate chambers and
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RBC Wealth Management U.S. CEO focuses on diversity

COVER STORY   In 2012, John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management-U.S. and great-grandson of President William Howard Taft, joined more than 50 current and former CEOs to publicly oppose a constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage in Minnesota. For Taft, marriage equality makes sense economically and personally.   Economic impact Diversity and
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Aflac’s Wassel Lewis pursues diversity throughout company’s supply chain

By Melissa Lowery Wassel Lewis, AFLAC Wassel Lewis, director of strategic sourcing at Aflac Inc., is on a mission to welcome more LGBT-, women- and minority-owned businesses to the insurance company’s supply chain. He is responsible for category management and sourcing activities, with an emphasis on information technology, operations and group insurance. He
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Lockheed Martin’s LGBT ERG breeds success

By Melissa Lowery Lockheed Martin Corp. has a long history of supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion. PRIDE, the company’s LGBT employee resource group, was founded in 1981 as an opportunity for LGBT and straight ally employees to seek ways to shape the future together. Lance Freedman, Lockheed Martin “At Lockheed Martin,
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PG&E, Prudential and Wells Fargo receive 2015 Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the National Business Inclusion Consortium, presented the 2015 Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards to three honorees in February. The evening began with a reception on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony. This year’s award
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Data management firm Proximo takes an in-depth approach

By Genny Hom-Franzen David Ricciardi is the president and founder of Proximo Consulting Services Inc., a certified LGBT business enterprise based in New Jersey. The company provides data warehousing, data integration, business intelligence, data analytics and data strategy. Its core mission is to help clients turn the massive amounts of data available today into information
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LGBT entrepreneurs present their businesses to investors at StartOut Demo Day

Left to right: JP Benini, Elemental Path; Jessica Lawrence, New York Tech Meetup; and Stephenie Harris, Maven Cocktails StartOut, a nonprofit organization that promotes equality in the business world, hosted Demo Day + Networking in February in New York City. The day was a forum for the most innovative startups from the StartOut
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Fourth Wall Events delivers corporate message all over the world

By Brenda Matamoros Fourth Wall Events handles all aspects of event-planning, from design to logistics management. In the theater, the fourth wall refers to the invisible wall between actors and the audience. Breaking the fourth wall while acting on stage means directly addressing the audience with the intention of making a personal connection.
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Zurich and Aon cohost NGLCC-NY mixer celebrating expansion of corporate partnerships

By T.J. Chernick The ongoing development of corporate alliances has been an ongoing highlight for the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce-New York as it supports the growth and partnerships of LGBT businesses and their corporate allies. The growth of these alliances were celebrated during the chamber’s mixer, co-hosted by the organization’s corporate partners
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