The inaugural LGBT Week NYC – a week of business-related LGBT and marketing conferences – draws to a close tomorrow (24 Apr).
As well as hosting events at the New York City headquarters of Google and Microsoft, organizers were yesterday given the honor of ringing the closing bell at Nasdaq in Times Square.
LGBT Week NYC is co-produced by the companies Community Marketing & Insights and Pink Banana Media, and has been developed following the success over the last eight years of an annual, one-day LGBT marketing, advertising and technology conference.
This annual gathering has now been expanded into a whole week of business-related events, with supporting organizations including StartOut, LesbiansWhoTech.org and the NGLCC-NY [National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce – New York].
After the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq is the second-largest stock exchange in the world. Its opening and closing bells signal the beginning and end of trading each day, and outside parties are often allowed to ring the bells to help promote certain causes, brands or initiatives.
In honor of LGBT Week NYC, Matthew Skallerud (of Pink Banana) and Thomas Roth (Community Marketing), rang yesterday’s closing bell.
‘Partnering with New York Times, Microsoft and Google for LGBT Week NYC has allowed both the LGBT business community and corporate America to come together like never before,’ Skallerud told Gay Star Business.
‘Nasdaq recognized these connections and our group as collective leaders within our respective LGBT business communities … Ringing the closing bell together as a team allowed Nasdaq to take the lead in further uniting us to take LGBT business to a whole new level in the months and years to come.’