As its first initiative, the New York chapter of Out@Ipsos participated in the 2017 AIDS Walk in New York with 60 generous donors – mostly NYC-area Ipsos employees. New York AIDS Walk benefits Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), a provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services and advocacy, serving nearly 9,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in the city. The event was held on a beautiful Sunday morning on May 21, with a dozen members of Out@Ipsos joining 20,000 other participants in the 10-kilometer walk through Central Park, Harlem and Riverside Drive. Walkers were cheered all along the route by musicians, DJs, volunteers, and locals.
Out@Ipsos NYC is hosting an in-office happy hour at the Time & Life Building on June 22 from 4:30-5:30 EST. The event is being held in honor of June being Pride month and is open to all Ipsos employees. The event also comes just days before the annual Pride Parade in New York. A similar event also on June 22 is being planned by Out@Ipsos Chicago, making it a day of Pride celebration across multiple North American Ipsos offices.
The Chicago chapter has been busy hosting monthly events, including an informal lunch and pizza allowing Out@Ipsos members to connect and meet new members. Other event highlights include the group attending the launch party for Coming Out, a national non-profit that allows LGBT people to share their coming out stories, as well as attending an Art AIDS America gallery with displays showing the AIDS crisis through art created by those who lived through it. Other teams also celebrated pride through artistic expression include the 12 Ipsos employees who volunteered with Another Door Opens, creating works of art which were later auctioned off.