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Out & Equal Workplace Summit

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates held its 16th annual workplace summit at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco. More than 3,000 participants chose among 78 workshops, 12 roundtables and six case study discussions and enjoyed the Outie awards, which honor individuals and companies for outstanding efforts in advancing workplace equality (See list of honorees
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oSTEM and NOGLSTP joint meeting

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Inc. hosted its 4th Annual Conference in conjunction with the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals’ Out to Innovate™ 2014 in Atlanta. Held at the Georgia Tech Hotel, the event offered workshops, panel discussions and an awards ceremony.   Raytheon Team  
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Paragon Science puts patented technology to work for range of clients

Dr. Steve Kramer is the kind of person who dreams about physics and math, then wakes up and turns those dreams into a viable business plan. “Late in 2005, I was doing consultant work in the software space, and one night I started dreaming about mathematical Bessel functions,” he said. “I was having physics- and
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New SBA administrator reframes mission, easing access to funding and markets

Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA Administrator COVER STORY By Melissa Lowery The U.S. Small Business Administration is on a mission to modernize the organization and let small business owners know that they are standing by to provide support at every stage, from startup to expansion to globalization. Recently appointed Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet is leading the
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SCHOLARSHIP – Point Foundation partners with professionals and corporations to empower LGBTQ students

By Eugene J. Patron, communications & marketing director, Point Foundation  @PointFoundation Jorge Valencia, executive director and CEO of Point Foundation (left), accepts a check from Peter Lichtenthal, president of Bumble and bumble, a division of The Estee Lauder Companies. Today, it is easy for people to name celebrities and sports players who have publicly come out as being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. However, every year during the in-person interviews with finalists for Point Foundation’s LGBTQ higher education scholarships, there are young people who say to the review panel, “This is the first time I have met a group of openly gay professionals.” Many of these bright young people from communities around the country have never been introduced to a gay doctor, a lesbian lawyer, a transgender entrepreneur —
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NONPROFIT SPOTLIGHT – Forty to None Project and True Colors Fund aim to end LGBT youth homelessness

By Jama Shelton, LMSW, Ph.D., Forty To None project director @PagingDrJama   Jama Shelton In America, it is estimated that up to 1.6 million youth are homeless each year, and up to 40 percent of them identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Yet, only up to 7 percent of the general youth population does the same. The Forty to None Project is working both proactively and reactively to address the issue and, ultimately, reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40 percent to none. It is asking the business sector to join the effort.
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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS – With backdrop of glitz and neon, NGLCC hosts 11th annual conference in Las Vegas

Laura Spaulding, owner of Spaulding Decon LLC More than 700 LGBT entrepreneurs, corporate partners, government allies and organization leaders from seven countries gathered at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for the sold-out 11th Annual National Business & Leadership Conference of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Shaun T, celebrity fitness trainer and creator of the INSANITY workout and Focus 25, delivered the opening session keynote address. Attendees, who had been encouraged to wear workout attire, were invited to take advantage of a special workout afterwards. Other keynote speakers included Beth Brooke-Marciniak, global vice chair of public policy, Ernst & Young LLP, and one of Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women; Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO, Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises LLC, and host of CNBC’s “The Profit”; and Judy Dlugacz, founder and president, The Olivia Cos. LLC.
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NGLCC Pursues Parity for LGBT Business Owners Around the World

In June, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice announced a nearly $4 million partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to encourage and support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender business owners and entrepreneurs in developing countries. This unprecedented agreement is the latest in a string of accomplishments
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Aspen Ideas Festival unites leaders to create solutions to challenges

By Victoria Fulkerson, senior vice president, NGLCC This summer marked the 10th anniversary of the Aspen Ideas Festival, an event dedicated to bringing together leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion about the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our future. Produced by
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NGLCCNY expands with new office location and growing membership

At work in the new space, from left, Thomas Chernick, membership account executive; and Derrick Brown, executive director. By Thomas Chernick On July 1, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York unveiled its office at 6 E. 39th St. in Manhattan’s Midtown East. To accommodate growing demands for the chamber,
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