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In our recent email blast we shared that NGLCC will always continue to work for you and our communities. We ask all stakeholders to check NGLCC’s social media pages for updates on business development webinars and trainings; online matchmakers, both B2B and corporate; support with drafting capability statements and RFPs; and much, much more to help our businesses and community stay strong and ready for the year ahead.

We encourage all stakeholders to regularly check our landing page for Coronavirus relief and other essential updates: NGLCC Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There you will find resources from the Small Business Administration, as well as NGLCC Corporate Partners, to assist small businesses with their recovery.

Additionally, many NGLCC local affiliate chambers have regional information an economic recovery opportunities available. To find your closest local affiliate, click here.

Special Resources:

1) NGLCC COVID-19 Resource Hub for the LGBT Business Community

2) LGBTBE Business Webinars And Video Resources During Covid-19

NMSDC – A Message From The President

Like everyone in the network, NMSDC’s national office is innovating every day to keep our mission and our work moving forward during the COVID-19 virus emergency.

Take a look at this new update from NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne C. Trimble about how the NMSDC is working in this environment – and how that is reshaping our plans for 2020.

NMSDC is mobilizing on the virtual level. Our national office and our regional affiliates are all operating remotely, in safety and security, but we are still conducting business as usual. We are here for you, as always.

We hope you are participating in our new, weekly virtual Town Halls – online every Thursday afternoon. Join us this week for our live stream on YouTube: How CPOs Are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges.
Technology is allowing NMSDC to keep the conversation going between MBEs and corporate members, even as we are all isolated. Engagement so far in the Town Halls has been vigorous, thought-provoking, and helpful in these difficult days. Stay tuned to your email and social media for more information on these can’t-miss events.

Sadly, as you know, the health emergency has forced the postponement of Leadership Week and the Leadership Awards gala. We hope to reschedule or otherwise make the planned content and meetings available to you.

We are also monitoring developments to see how they might affect our “destination” events later in 2020 – notably, the Program Managers’ Seminar July 14-16 in Orlando, and the annual Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange October 25-28 in Phoenix.

We will keep you apprised of developments as they occur.

Staying in touch is vital during this crisis. Never has it been more important for all of us to remember that, even from a distance …

Working Wardrobes Announces the Appointment of Steven Forry as the Chief Development Officer

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. (March 18, 2020): Among his new responsibilities, Forry will play a key role in
helping Working Wardrobes rebuild after a fire destroyed the nonprofit’s Irvine headquarters in early
February of 2020.

Throughout his professional career, Forry has raised millions of dollars for well-known organizations
throughout Southern California, including St. Joseph Health’s Mission Hospital, Scripps Institute of
Medicine and Science, Sharp Healthcare, UC San Diego School of Medicine & Science, and Memorial
HealthCare. His proven track record includes expertise in fundraising, board development, strategic
planning, capital campaigns, staff development, and organizational administration.

“We are so grateful Steven has joined our leadership team at such a critical time,” said Jerri Rosen, Founder,
and CEO of Working Wardrobes. “Our world took a major turn on February 2nd after a fire devastated our
operations. We’re facing this challenge head-on and with full force. I am confident that with Steven’s
guidance and support, the remainder of this year – as well as the next 30 years – will be cause for

Along with many development achievements throughout his career, Forry’s credentials also include the
management of capital campaigns for Panas, Linzy, and Partners and for DeLauro and Associates. He is a
published author and educator, having taught literature at Columbia University and development classes at
UC Irvine, OneOC, and regional Association of Fundraising Professionals conferences. Forry is a graduate
of UC Santa Barbara and holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

Working Wardrobes is Orange County’s foremost career development nonprofit, championing on behalf of
at-risk men, women, young adults, and veterans to help them achieve the dignity of work. Founded in 1990
by CEO Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes has been serving the Southern California region for over 30 years,
providing job training, career placement, and wardrobe services to more than 105,000 clients to overcome
barriers to employment and achieve the Power of a Paycheck®. For more information please visit, . Please direct media inquiries to Devon Poer, Marketing and Public Relations
Manager at or (949) 558-4145.

Airport Restaurateurs, Retailers and Small/Minority Businesses Urge Airports and Congress to Provide Financial Relief Industry Experiencing Unprecedented Business Impact

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WASHINGTON, DC (March 18, 2020) – The Airport Restaurant & Retail Association (ARRA) and Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) urged airports and Congress to quickly pass financial relief for airport restaurateurs and retailers given the unprecedented business impact caused by the spread of the Coronavirus and resultant COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of both organizations, which include restaurants, gift shops and retail stores, have been seriously impacted given the rapid decline in airline bookings and passenger counts which are falling at unprecedented rates. Further, several state and municipalities are closing restaurants, including at airports, to help contain the spread of COVID-19. All stakeholders in the industry—airlines, airports, airport retailers and restaurateurs, and other related companies—are financially suffering.

The associations represent a $10 billion industry made up of firms of varying sizes, including many small and local businesses which contribute $2.5 billion to airport revenue streams. Together these businesses employ more than 125,000 workers in U.S. airports. The restaurants and retail shops are a vital part of the airline passenger’s travel experience, and a major revenue source on which airports depend for their operations, development and bond financing.

John Clark, Chair of AMAC commented, “Our members are suffering tremendous sales losses exceeding 50% and in some cases as high as 90%. The industry is facing a major financial crisis. Many businesses, including those classified as small and/or disadvantaged, may not be able to continue operations.”

Restaurateurs and retailers in the aviation sector are contracted by airports, airlines and third-party developers to provide passengers a full range of food, beverage and retail services. Pat Murray, Chair of the ARRA explained, “our members’ ability to retain and pay employees, as well as pay rents to airports, has been seriously jeopardized. Some of our members will likely be unable to meet our debt obligations and will be forced out of business if quick action is not taken to provide relief.”

The two associations urged airports to engage with their members quickly and adopt mitigating actions to save the businesses:

• Waive rent, other fees and the imposition of penalties for at least six (6) months with the opportunity to extend depending on the extent and impact of the crisis.
• Suspend and defer concessionaires’ capital investment requirements.
• Provide operational flexibility including, but not limited to adjustments to operating hours, locations and menus/product selections as well as selective temporary closing of stores and restaurants in order to better align with passenger volumes and flows and reduce the impact on employees.

ARRA and AMAC strongly support the airports’ request for emergency financial assistance and flexibility to help sustain operations, preserve jobs and bonds, including assistance and flexibility for concessionaires during this critical time. ARRA and AMAC urged Congress and the Administration to also provide financial relief and assistance to airport concessionaires to ensure business continuity, secure loans and make debt service payments. Specific measures ARRA and AMAC urge Congress and the Administration to act upon are:

• Provide grants and low-interest or interest-free loans to concessionaires to allow concessionaires to cover operating expenses.
• Provide loan guarantees to concessionaires to assure their ability to continue making debt service payments and secure loans for their ongoing capital investment requirements.

About Airport Restaurant & Retail Association
The Association’s mission is to work collaboratively with aviation-industry trade associations and the airport community on matters of policy decision-making with a collective impact on restaurant/retail members. As members of the airport communities we serve, ARRA members have an expertise and understanding of best practices in the complex aviation restaurant and retail operational environment. Our knowledge can ultimately deliver powerful solutions of benefit to our airport partners.

About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advance the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the Federal government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education and guidance on business and employment matters. For more information, visit

NDILC Introduces Ten Women Leadership Principles



In the upcoming weeks, each of these principles will be presented in detail with a personal message from an NDILC member about her experiences applying these principles to her professional and personal life. Share, engage, and practice every day at all levels of leadership. Be the storyteller!

The NDILC is dedicated to raising the number of women leaders and growing women’s employment and empowerment at all levels in the housing ecosystem. The Council comprised of senior executive women, works diligently toward gender equality and obtaining equal opportunity for women across America. To learn more about the NDILC, please visit

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is a leading provider of consulting services and directives for women’s leadership, advancing gender equality at all levels, raising the utilization of women-owned businesses and providing women the tools for economic security, stability and sanctuary. From poverty, homeownership and professional ownership, to the C-suite, Corporate boards and Family Offices, we are redefining wealth by having options.

Health Care HR Week 2020 Sponsored by ASHHRA


Health Care Human Resources Week will be observed March 16-20, 2020. It is designated to recognize human resources professionals in health care organizations across the nation for their important role across the continuum of care.

For more information visit

2020 Marks the 13ᵗʰ Anniversary of the Women Presidents’ Organization 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies™ Sponsored by American Express

50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companiesᵀᴹ Deadline Extended to March 1, 2020!

To be eligible, companies must be:

• Privately owned

• Women-owned/led

• The business must have generated at least $500,000 (USD) in 2015 revenue (and every subsequent year)

• Revenues must be converted to USD

Applicants are not required to be WPO members.

Click HERE to apply!

International businesses are encouraged to apply.

AWIS Innovation Summit 2020

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Visit AWIS Innovation Summit for more information about this Spring event coming to Houston, Texas.

Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance Donates Over 750 Pieces of Clothing to Dress for Success Greater Orlando

Lena Graham-Morris is presented a donation of over 750 items of business attire and accessories
Lena Graham-Morris, VP of Development Dress for Success Greater Orlando is presented a donation of over 750 items of business attire and accessories by Anna Raney, Foundation of AFWA, Director, and Cindy Stanley, AFWA Executive Director.

The donation was collected through AFWA’s Gives Back initiative at the 2019 Women Who Count National Conference in Orlando last month.

Each year, Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance selects a local charity or non-profit to support through its AFWA Gives Back initiative during the Women Who Count National Conference. This year, AFWA challenged conference attendees to bring gently used professional attire to support Dress for Success of Greater Orlando.

Attendees from across the country brought over 750 pieces of professional clothing and accessories to donate to Dress for Success. The donation was presented to on October 23, 2019 to Lena Graham-Morris, VP of Development Dress for Success Greater Orlando.

Dress for Success is a global nonprofit organization that provides professional attire for low-income women, to help support their job-search and interview process. Their mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work is similar in nature to AFWA’s own mission.

“We have a shared mission to empower women to achieve their full potential. This makes Dress for Success the perfect AFWA Gives Back partner and one which our members are especially proud to support,” said Foundation of AFWA Director, Anna Raney.

About The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance:

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance promotes the professional growth of women in accounting and finance. Members of the nationwide association benefit from opportunities to connect with colleagues, advance their careers, and become industry leaders. For more than 80 years, the organization has proudly upheld its mission to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their profession. Visit for more information.

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Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance Announces Recipients of the 2019 Women Who Count Awards

The National Awards recognize outstanding women who exemplify AFWA’s core values in career and life, and set a positive example for other women in the accounting and finance industries.

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) announced the recipients of the 2019 Women Who Count Awards during the annual Women Who Count Awards lunch held October 22, 2019 in Orlando, FL.

This year’s recipients demonstrate a drive to take on challenges and strive for success. They are leaders in their companies and communities. They’ve earned the trust and respect of their clients and peers. And they show enthusiasm toward their career and the accounting and finance industry as a whole.

Emerging Leader: Kelsey Scott
Director of Finance, Brief Media, Tulsa, OK
Kelsey Scott
In 2015, after just two and a half years of studies, Kelsey Scott earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Oklahoma State University. She began her professional career as an accounting assistant with Brief Media and has quickly risen through the leadership ranks, now to Director of Finance. She demonstrates an emerging pattern of leadership as a result of a fierce passion for finance done right.

Emerging Leader: Nicole Hopkins
Director of Business Retention & Expansion at Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa, OK
Nicole Hopkins
Nicole Hopkins is the Founder of multiple Tulsa networking groups, and an active participant on a number of community volunteer Boards. She demonstrates leadership in AFWA within her local Tulsa chapter and within AFWA’s National LEAP Advisory Council. Nicole’s impact on the community is evident, and she’s not stopping yet! Says a former co-worker of Nicole’s, “When I think of the impact that Nicole has had on her community, I’m amazed at the tenacity, creativity, and passion that is inside of her.”

Women Who Count Award: Jaime Oehlwein
Vice President of Finance at ACH, Edwards, IL
Jaime Oehlwein
Jaime rose to leadership positions early in her career.  Following the financial crisis, as the only manager left standing in a startup manufacturing company, she was thrust into leadership positions and responsible for running the facility on its own cash flow.  When others may have given up her integrity did not allow it.  She successfully ran the facility on its own cash flow while entertaining prospective buyers.  Jaime is now the Vice President of Finance for Advance Correctional Healthcare. She demonstrates commitment to her team and company by working alongside her employees with a positive attitude and passion for producing quality work.  She is a trusted leader who doesn’t shy away from recognizing her team’s successes or providing coaching when necessary.

Women Who Count Award: Jill Mitchell
Professor of Accounting at Northern Virginia Community College, Arlington, VA
Jill Mitchell
In her roles as a professor at Northern Virginia Community College, adjunct professor at George Mason University, and Wiley author, she invests her deep knowledge of the accounting profession and collaborates with students to help them achieve their educational and professional goals. She gives her time to the DC Chapter of AFWA and the  Virginia Society of CPAs, among other organizations. She is grateful for the opportunities the professionals in these organizations provide for her students.  This award and others are a formal recognition of Jill’s superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and service.

“These women are not only successful in their own right, but they are pulling up the women behind them to ensure their success as well. That is what AFWA is about. I am incredibly proud to have these amazing women in our AFWA network, and proud to recognize them with these awards,” said AFWA National President, Laura Mangan.

About The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance:

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance promotes the professional growth of women in accounting and finance. Members of the nationwide association benefit from opportunities to connect with colleagues, advance their careers, and become industry leaders. For more than 80 years, the organization has proudly upheld its mission to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their profession. Visit for more information.