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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York Co-Hosts Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards

2014-02-03 - Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards (3)
2014-02-03 - Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards

Richard Pelzer, Eugene Cornelius & Justin Nelson

2014-02-03 - Financial Services Diversity Leadership Awards (3)

Waddie G., Ingrid Galvez and Richard Pelzer

On Monday night, the New York City snowstorm did not damper the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York (NGLCCNY) organization from hosting a beautiful gala inside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) building to honor business leaders in the financial services industry on their achievements in diversity. Co-hosted with the National Business Inclusion Consortium, NGLCCNY brought together top financial services companies and members of Congress for this spectacular awards event at NYSE.

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.

Announced finalists included companies Allstate, BNY Mellon and Mass Mutual, workplace initiatives Bank of America’s LGBT Pride Ally Program, MasterCard’s #AcceptanceMatters Campaign and Northern Trust’s LGBT & Non-Traditional Family Practice and corporate leaders John Basile (Vice President Diversity and Inclusion at Fidelity Investments), Connie Bonello (Financial Services Sector Executive at IBM) and Paul J. Krump (Executive Vice President, The Chubb Corporation, and President of Personal Lines and Claims). National Black Justice Coalition was on the event sponsors.

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The “Black LGBT Power 100″ 2013: The World’s Most Influential Black LGBT Personalities Pt. 2

Monifah's "In Her Skin" Showcase

Earlier this month, the Black LGBT community celebrated 60 of its leaders, groups and personalities for their remarkable achievements and notoriety in part one of the 2013 BLACK LGBT POWER 100. The responses and curiosities were overwhelming and caused two days of record-breaking daily traffic on The G-List Society blog among many other milestones. Thus, the mission of this BLACK LGBT POWER 100 list was achieved before the top 40 of 2013 has been announced…until now.

Your compliments and curiosities legitimized the importance of this list. The G-List Society sought to introduce you to and reacquaint you with 100 people, organizations and groups who made noteworthy moves in 2013 attracting the attention of thousands and millions – locally and internationally, within and beyond the Black LGBT community. With a list of these esteemed individuals, the Black LGBT community has the opportunity to see what can be done individually and together regardless of obstacles, resources and opposition.

Since I published this list in 2012, many wanted to know what does it take to be on this list. Click here to understand the grading scale of this Power 100 list. It is paramount to utilize the LGBT bloggers, vloggers, organizations and media to make sure that your platform is known. We are here to serve where others overlook people like us. When you do not promote your platform or keep it from particular influencers, you limit yourself from garnering the attention and applause you might deserve. On the other hand, do not feel that because you exist or did something years ago that the world should bow to your space or legacy. For example, the word “socialite” screams “insignificant” because everyone can label themselves as such since it does not require talent, vision, drive or leadership. Even if the bloggers, vloggers and media do not pick up on your movement, do not feel you are being ignored. More than a quarter of these Black LGBT Power 100 luminaries are mentioned on The G-List Society for the first time.

On a personal note, each and everyone of these 100 people – and many more – inspire me for two common reasons. They put in the work – strategically and diligently – to garner the accomplishments we all have seen. More importantly, they worked with limited resources, closed opportunities and confidence in their vision to entertain, inform, inspire and lead their constituents. Because of these visionaries, I know my opportunities are limitless. Without them, I have no purpose to blog, put up YouTube videos or orchestrate events for LGBT people of color. My greatest passion is the Black LGBT community, and I am grateful to these 100 luminaries for having a platform worth me bragging to the thousands of people who check out this list.

With that said, let’s set our unrealistic egos aside and celebrate the personalities who made the top 40 of the 2013 BLACK LGBT POWER 100 list.
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