Women at the Helm 2014

Meet the next wave of out leaders!

GLENNDA TESTONE
Executive Director, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

It seemed practically predestined that Glennda Testone would grow up to head one of the country’s largest LGBT centers. “My mother was the assistant director of an African-American community center when I was growing up,” she remembers, “so I got to see firsthand the difference such a place can make in people’s lives. I have always wanted to help people in a meaningful manner, and nonprofit leadership has afforded me the opportunity to do that in so many ways.” She’s changed the lives of countless New Yorkers by working to make The Center better—whether by expanding the organization’s existing programs, helping to initiate a new Center brand, or undertaking a gigantic renovation project to beautify the organization’s West 13th Street building. “Every day I walk through The Center, and I see people trying to make their lives better and their community stronger. It energizes me to do everything I can to make The Center a place where we can come together to support each other on our journey towards individual health and happiness, and to full equality and justice for our community.”