For Transgender Day of Visibility, we asked everyone to take time to educate themselves on how to speak about transgender people. We also want to highlight last year's program where we heard from Olivia Hill and Jace Wilder on their personal stories and on trans issues. We must continue to hear from trans voices and educate ourselves on trans issues. We look forward to doing more programs soon regarding this.
Yesterday was the final day to submit nominations for the Pride In Business Awards. Did you miss the deadline? Well, you are in luck, you can still submit but do it now below!
Predator Pride Night tickets are almost gone. You better grab yours now!
Lauren attended, with several of our small business members, two forums this week on supplier diversity. You can find more information about those forums below.
I was in East Tennessee this week for Leadership Tennessee. It was a wonderful experience in a part of the state I was not familiar with and I learned so much. The people are passionate and engaged in making their area of the state thrive. I was able to meet with Eastman Chemical, Bristol Motor Speedway, Balad Health, and ETSU to discuss the Chamber’s work and membership. We were also able to meet with the Appalachian LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the newly formed chamber in the area covering Tennessee and Virginia. We had a wonderful conversation and made plans for collaboration and partnership in our work of advancing LGBT equality through the workplace.
That mission was front and center last Saturday when the board met for our strategic planning retreat. Thank you to our Titanium member, Waller Law, for hosting us and to all the board members that volunteered their time on a beautiful Saturday to chart the future of the Chamber.
Looking through the survey results for the retreat, Lauren and I were happy to see that 75% of respondents (which half of the membership responded) listed the Weekly as their top member benefit, and left many other comments on how much they valued it. We are thrilled to hear this and will keep bringing these to you, highlighting all you need to know that the Chamber is working on for you!