Stephen Goldsmith, Deputy Mayor featured at Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Stephen Goldsmith, Deputy Mayor of Operations was the featured speaker at Manhattan Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman’s Breakfast hosted by MetLife in their Sky Garden Auditorium in New York on January 28, 2011.

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Breakfast on January 28, 2011. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Chairman

The quarterly breakfast event is photographed by MCC Photographer, Jeffrey Holmes Photography. Jeffrey is a creative New York event photographer, he is the photographer for events and event photography New York. Great images and superb customer service.

Goldsmith spoke to the city’s goal of streamlining city operations, making the processes more expedited and customer friendly. Questions from the guests called to attention traffic/parking issues and coordination of non-profit efforts.

Here is more about Stephan Goldsmith from the New York City web site:

Stephen Goldsmith is the Deputy Mayor for Operations. Deputy Mayor Goldsmith is focused on creating a City government for the 21st Century that is smaller, more efficient, and more cost effective; uses fewer vehicles; consolidates back office functions and reduces redundancies across agencies; shares data, and uses technology to better serve the public.

From 1992-1999, Goldsmith served as Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country’s most innovative public officials. His transformative efforts to revitalize urban neighborhoods and to transfer real authority to community groups received national acclaim. Deputy Mayor Goldsmith served as a special advisor to President Bush on faith-based and nonprofit initiatives and served as the Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service for eight years under President Bush and President Obama, where he helped lead efforts to expand and strengthen the government’s service agenda. Deputy Mayor Goldsmith was District Attorney for Marion County, Indiana from 1979 to 1990.

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Breakfast on January 28, 2011. (Jeffrey Holmes/JeffreyHolmes.com)

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Chairman

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Mayor, Goldsmith was the Daniel Paul Professor of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has authored a number of books, including The Power of Social Innovation: How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite Community Networks for Good, Governing by Network: the New Shape of the Public Sector, Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship and The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America.

Young Leaders for Tomorrow, MLT shapes them today.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow Corporate Photographer

Corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes captured these inspiring images as New York event photographer for MLT. Students participate in programs that prepare students for leadership in future positions. Corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes captured these inspiring images as New York event photographer for MLT. Students participate in programs that prepare students for leadership in future positions. (Jeffrey Holmes)

Corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes captured these inspiring images as New York event photographer for MLT. Students participate in programs that prepare students for leadership in future positions. Corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes captured these inspiring images as New York event photographer for MLT. Students participate in programs that prepare students for leadership in future positions. (Jeffrey Holmes)

Management Leadership for Tomorrow is a favorite non-profit for which I am their preferred photographer.

Here is a summary, from their web site, of the great things that MLT does for the world today and tomorrow:

MLT is the premier career development institution that equips high potential African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans with the key ingredients—skills, coaching and door-opening relationships—that unlock their potential. By cracking the code on career potential, MLT is developing the next generation of minority leaders, for the corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurial sectors, who will in turn have transformational impact on our communities.

MLT delivers programming that puts minorities on the fast-track to success at every stage of their careers: from College through MBA and the Executive levels.

MLT is a leading source of minority talent for top graduate business schools and for many of the nation’s premier corporations including Citi, Goldman Sachs, Google, McKinsey & Co, PepsiCo and Target.  MLT’s innovative solution has also resulted in strategic partnerships with leading philanthropies such as New Profit, Inc. and The Starr Foundation.  MLT has been featured on the cover of Fortune and in CNN’s “Black in America 2: Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

The Problem

Corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes captured these inspiring images as New York event photographer for MLT. Students participate in programs that prepare students for leadership in future positions. Corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes captured these inspiring images as New York event photographer for MLT. Students participate in programs that prepare students for leadership in future positions. (Jeffrey Holmes)

Corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes captured these inspiring images as New York event photographer for MLT. Students participate in programs that prepare students for leadership in future positions. Corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes captured these inspiring images as New York event photographer for MLT. Students participate in programs that prepare students for leadership in future positions.

There is a leadership pipeline crisis in the US.

Although comprising nearly 30% of the US population, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans comprise only 3% of senior leaders in corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurial ventures.
Despite having broader preparation, access and financial support for the best colleges and graduate schools, these minorities continue to fall out of the leadership pipeline at alarming rates.  As a result:
  • Corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurial ventures struggle to attract and retain the best diverse talent they need to achieve their goals.
  • The individuals who are most connected to our struggling communities, and therefore most motivated to improve them, are not in a position to make those solutions possible.

Because conventional wisdom is that higher education ensures the American dream, we have not invested in giving those who make it to college the other ingredients they need to realize their full potential as leaders.

MLT is the Solution

Corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes captured these inspiring images as New York event photographer for MLT. Students participate in programs that prepare students for leadership in future positions. Corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes captured these inspiring images as New York event photographer for MLT. Students participate in programs that prepare students for leadership in future positions. (Jeffrey Holmes)

Corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes captured these inspiring images as New York event photographer for MLT. Students participate in programs that prepare students for leadership in future positions. Corporate photographer Jeffrey Holmes captured these inspiring images as New York event photographer for MLT. Students participate in programs that prepare students for leadership in future positions.

The path to leadership is not taught in school.

It takes more than classroom education to create leaders. It takes hard and soft skills.  It takes early exposure to high-impact career opportunities.  It takes an understanding of the path to the senior levels; and it takes inspiring leaders and mentors.

Many organizations focus on providing minorities with access to educational opportunities and preparation for academic success.  MLT delivers key skills that are not taught in any classroom and that are critical to fulfilling one’s potential. Virtually every senior leader would say that they would not be where they are today without some or all of those key ingredients, yet these ingredients are not taught in even the best classrooms and instead are delivered through informal channels to which minorities have limited access:

  • A roadmap of specific steps to take to achieve one’s short and long-term goals
  • Coaching to develop the specific skills needed to distinguish oneself as a high performer
  • Mentorship to avoid career-limiting mistakes
  • Door-opening relationships that can lead to a “big break”
  • High-performing peers who provide motivation and support

MLT has formalized the delivery of these ingredients, filling a major gap in our education system and significantly broadening the pipeline of senior minority leaders who can catalyze change in our communities.

Inspiring images of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity by photographer Jeffrey Holmes

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer (Click on photo to view gallery)

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

I have had the privilege of documenting the great work of SEO since 2007. Here is a collection of those moments. View Photo Gallery

From SEO’s website: What began in 1963 as one of New York City’s first mentoring and college preparatory programs for underserved high school students of color has matured into a dynamic national organization.  Each year we provide a broad range of educational and career development opportunities to hundreds of high school students, college students and young professionals.

With more than 6,000 program graduates, SEO alumni are well-represented as leaders in virtually every imaginable profession.  Our alumni are committed to using their success to create opportunities for the next generation.

Jeffrey Holmes Photography has been capturing impactful images of these inspired associates since 2007. A number of favorite photos have originated with this organization. As a corporate portrait and event photographer who is experienced in corporate portrait photography and portrait corporate. Jeffrey Holmes is an accomplished artist among corporate portrait photographers and is a noted photographer in New York. Jeffrey Holmes Photography is known to his clients as a New York event photographer, photographer for events, professional photographer, event photography New York. These students in these programs are the subjects of the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Gallery.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity by photographer Jeffrey Holmes

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, event photographer

The SEO Career Program recruits and trains outstanding underrepresented college students of color for summer internships that lead to full-time jobs with investment banks, corporate law firms and other leading global companies. Over the past two years, SEO has provided more than 700 internships with more than 50 corporate and philanthropic partners.  What begins as a 10-week summer internship turns into a lifelong professional network and a resource base for SEO alumni through every step of their development.

The SEO Scholars Program prepares motivated New York City public high school students to gain admission and succeed at competitive colleges and universities throughout the country.  The program assists more than 400 high school and college students of color each year, offering a comprehensive roadmap to competitive college admissions and career success. We provide academic preparation, guidance, mentoring, and enriching life experiences that prepare students to take leadership roles in all areas of their lives.

The Alumni and Philanthropy Program drives SEO as an organization. Once a student is accepted into SEO, s/he becomes a member of a global network of more than 6,000 alumni representing 47 U.S. states and 43 countries, supporting each other professionally.  SEO Alumni are at the core of a new generation of highly successful people of color. Programming for this unique group focuses on bringing professional development events to our alumni and other young professionals who are in various stages of their careers, while helping them build capacity for, and commitment to, strategic philanthropy.

The Alternative Investment Fellowship Program is an educational program for recent graduates from groups underrepresented in financial services.  The program is open to SEO alumni and non-alumni.  The aim of the fellowship is to educate these young professionals on various aspects of the alternative investment industry and to strengthen fellows as candidates for positions in the alternative investment sector at the conclusion of their two-year investment banking analyst programs.

New York Enterprise Report presents Small Business Awards

NY Report Congratulates the 2010 Small Business Award Winners

Annual gala highlights the achievements of tri-state entrepreneurs.
By: Lindsay Tigar of New York Enterprise Report
October 7, 2010
 2010 Small Business Awards photographed by Jeffrey Holmes, New York event photographer

Robert Levin addresses business leaders at the 2010 Small Business Awards. (Click to view Photo Gallery)

Awards were granted, contacts were made, and deals were done at The New York Enterprise Report‘s Fifth Annual Small Business Awards. With over 400 in attendance, the who’s-who of the tri-state’s small to mid-size business community met, mingled, and celebrated the achievements of finalists and winners.

Our November issue will feature winners and details about their company’s success. If you’re not already a subscriber, please enjoy a complimentary subscription to our magazine by clicking here.

The New York Enterprise Report congratulates the 2010 Small Business Awards winners:

Advocate of the Year Award: Barbara Weltman

Sales & Marketing: eMazzanti Technologies and MediaTrust

Human Resources & Leadership: Los Ninos Services and sweetriot

Customer Service: Children’s Progress and ClearVision Optical

Green Business: Donnelly Mechanical Corp.

Technology: Vintners Circle Franchising LLC

Non-Profit Program of the Year: Out2Play, Inc.

International Operations Program of the Year: Distinguished Programs

Social Responsibility Program of the Year: Enhanced Customer Care Solutions and Fuel Outdoor

Supplier Diversity Program of the Year: New York Staffing Services, Inc.

Ricoh Press Conference covered by Event Photographer Jeffrey Holmes

Ricoh Accelerates Business Shift with Global Managed Document Services Expansion. Focus is squarely on improving customers’ bottom line.

Ricoh Managed Document Services New York Press Conference photographed by corporate event photographer Jeffrey Holmes

(Click on Image to view Photographer Gallery) Shiro Kondo, President and CEO, Ricoh Company LTD speaking at Ricoh Managed Document Services New York Press Conference on January 20, 2011. Photographer Jeffrey Holmes is a professional photographer in New York, corporate portrait photography, portrait photographers, New York event photographer, photographer for events, event photography New York.

In a global event, held in Tokyo, London & New York, Ricoh Company, Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital office equipment and advanced document management solutions and services, today announced an investment designed to aggressively accelerate its shift to a services business model as a key growth strategy, building upon its core foundation of industry-leading hardware and software technologies and document and IT-related services. To advance this shift, Ricoh plans to invest $300 million USD over three years in its global Managed Document Services (MDS) infrastructure, underscoring the company’s commitment to its continued partnership with its customers, helping them to grow their bottom line through effective document management, improved workflow and increased productivity.

New Research Reveals C-Suite Mistakenly Believes Document-Related Costs are Insignificant.
Based on research from industry analyst firm IDC and Ricoh MDS engagements, a company with annual revenue of $250 million USD can save more than $6 million USD annually* through effective document management, according to Angele Boyd, IDC Group VP, General Manager, Imaging/Output Document Solutions & SMB. This includes savings of observed costs, such as printing, as well as unobserved costs connected to IT support, documents and records management, environmental, regulatory compliance and end-user productivity.

Ricoh Managed Document Services

Ricoh Managed Document Services New York Press Conference. Jeffrey Holmes is a professional photographer in New York, corporate portrait photography, portrait photographers, New York event photographer, photographer for events, event photography New York.

Ricoh also unveiled new research from a series of global focus groups and surveys with C-suite executives and senior IT managers. The research, conducted in partnership with IDC, found that while businesses are aware that they need to gain more insight into their information and document workflows, they continue to have little understanding of the specific amount of money spent in this area. This is largely attributed to the lack of consolidation of both observed and unobserved costs and fragmented distribution of these costs across different departments within the organization.

In addition, there is low awareness among executives of the positive impact a document management strategy could have on the business, including how much could be saved and the overall impact on the bottom line.

Harnessing the power of information contained in documents and processes as a core company asset is critical since the way organizations communicate and conduct business is changing at an unprecedented pace. Ricoh’s accelerated shift to services, with a strong focus on MDS, will help customers to become more responsive to the continual flow of information as they address the changes in their industries.

“Ricoh recognizes that global workforce trends, new technologies and the economy are transforming the way our customers must approach document management. It is now a key priority for CIOs to ensure their organizations are ready to meet the challenges brought by these forces,” said Mr. Shiro Kondo, President and CEO, Ricoh Company, Ltd. “Therefore, we are making additional investments to help lead our customers in the implementation of secure information infrastructure solutions that help them to become more agile, responsive and productive. Through our on-site and off-site support, we help our customers stay focused on revenue-generating activities, while we do what we do best – optimize workflows.”

Ricoh Managed Document Services New York Press Conference photographed by corporate event photographer Jeffrey Holmes

Ricoh Managed Document Services New York Press Conference on January 20, 2011.

A Holistic Approach
Ricoh’s investment in its global MDS infrastructure is designed to strengthen its best practices approach and technologies across its global footprint and help the company achieve an annual MDS revenue target of $3.3 billion USD by FY2013.
Investments will focus on reinforcing Ricoh’s key strengths and leadership including:

  • Enhancing Ricoh’s adaptive customer-focused approach, in which Ricoh partners with businesses to help them meet their goals. This approach includes development of Ricoh’s global change management professional services offering, based upon Prosci’s ADKAR® change management methodology, which is designed to help employees permanently change costly document-related behaviors. In addition, Ricoh has globally adopted the ITIL® services delivery framework, which is the most widely used approach to IT services management. Ricoh is also increasing the number of services teams professionally certified in the ITIL® and the ADKAR® methodologies.
  • Improving Ricoh’s holistic, vendor-agnostic approach to information, infrastructure and process management. This approach allows Ricoh to manage a company’s entire fleet, regardless of manufacturer. This holistic approach will be further enhanced as Ricoh accelerates the delivery of a suite of cloud-type tools for device and print management, optimization and decision support.
  • Broadening Ricoh’s global MDS workforce as well as globally standardizing its sales and services training. This is critical to maintaining a globally consistent approach to services delivery, regardless of where the customer’s offices are located. Ricoh has one of the industry’s largest direct sales and services organizations, which currently includes 30,000 services professionals.

*Projected annual savings in document management costs for a typical company of this size based upon IDC research and select Ricoh MDS engagements. Individual company results may vary and actual cost savings are not guaranteed.