Weekly Wrap-Up: March 8, 2019


Legislative Update

 

It was quite the week at the State Legislature. Tuesday was the Tennessee Equality Projects Day on the Hill and was attended by so many people that were pushing back against the “Slate of Hate” we are facing. A packed press conference was held about what legislation we are facing and how it impacts people. Several groups spoke out to oppose the discriminatory legislation from the faith community, the civil rights community, and I spoke for the business community. You can watch this live video from Focus Middle Tennessee of the Legislative press conference held at Cordell Hull on Tuesday. 

 

The adoption bill was taken off notice Monday but has been put back on for next week. 

 

The Licence to Discriminate Bill moved out of the House committee after testimony was heard on Tuesday. Something that became evident during the testimony is that this is not just an anti-LGBT bill targeting protections and benefits for LGBT employees, this bill will have an impact on any business that gets an incentive for anything beyond State and Federal recognized protections. So if business A gets an incentive or contracts over business B because business A offered paid family leave (something not covered State or Federal protections), business B could say they were discriminated against. This new understanding of the bill should bring in businesses, even more, to be against this bill. This bill is bad for business on so many levels. Contact me to explain it more or how you can engage to kill it. 

 

For the upcoming week, there are several things happening that we have to keep fighting back against. Our partners at TEP have organized the following- 

Stay engaged and look for action alerts from TEP or us this upcoming week. 


AllianceBernstein

 

 

At the press conference, I highlighted many reasons why these bills are bad for Tennessee. The economic impact that would come with the passage of any of them from boycotts, the image that Tennessee would have to attract employers and workers. What really hit this home was the statement that I read on behalf of AllianceBernstein - 

AB chose to move to Tennessee because we believe it is a welcoming state that is focused on growing jobs, incomes and the tax base, which will improve lives for all Tennesseans. We believe strongly in the need for continued investments in education, safety and infrastructure for all. The bills being debated in the current session of legislature send a clear message to certain constituencies that they are not welcome. Other states have tried to pass similar bills, and this has proven to be anti-growth, anti-jobs and against the interests of the citizens of those states.”

With that statement, AB showed great courage and leadership by confronting what most corporation believe but often don’t publicly say. We are so proud of our member AllianceBernstein for speaking out on these issues. We need more corporations taking their lead to keep Tennessee welcoming and open for business for all. 

The Press definitely focused on the AB statement in coverage but the message and the attention to the other bills got out as well. Here is the article from the Tennessean. Here is coverage from the Nashville Scene. It was picked up nationally as well by several media outlets. 

 

AllianceBernstein took the above stance on the same day that Metro Council was voting on an incentives package for them. AB got the incentives from Nashville on relocating here. The Chamber advocated for this and talked about AB being the type of corporate citizen that Nashville needs to attract more of. Thank you to the many members that also reached out to their council members and asked them to support the incentives. 


Nashville Addy Awards

 

 

Our logo is amazing! We already knew that but now it is official! We are so proud of and thankful for DVL Seigenthaler and their designer Noelle Grimes. Their hard work and dedication to our rebranding and logo design has resulted in them winning a Nashville Addy Award for the Chamber logo. Please see DVL Seigenthaler’s press release for further details. 

 

Cocktails and Conversation

 

 

The Conference Advisory Board for the 2019 LGBT+ College Conference at Middle Tennessee State University held an evening of cocktails and conversation around this year's conference theme, All Identities—Building Support, on Tuesday. Panelists included Jarod Forsythe of Nissan Motor Corporation, Meg Harris of AllianceBernstein, Officer Catie Poole of the Metro Nashville Police Department, Marisa Richmond of Middle Tennessee University, and me. You can find the live feed video from this event here.  

 

March Brewing Up Business

 

We are excited to announce the location for our March Brewing Up Business! We will meet at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown/The Gulch on Thursday, March 21st from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. We will be announcing all finalists for the Excellence in Business Awards, so don’t miss this incredible opportunity to network with members. Register today. If the last BUB is any indication we will have a packed rooftop. The views from UP their restaurant are incredible. 

 

Excellence in Business Awards 2019

 

 

Thank you to everyone who sent nominations in for the Excellence in Business Awards. Nominees were contacted today and all finalists will be announced at our Brewing Up Business event on March 21st. 

We still have some sponsorship opportunities available but they are going quick. Please reach out to Lauren if you are interested in sponsoring the Business Awards. Tickets are already selling fast. 

 

Visit our event page to make all ticket and table purchases. Don’t miss this premier business event!

 

Adult Mental Health 

 

 

Last year the State Legislature passed a discriminatory counseling bill that allowed counselors to reject treatment to LGBT individuals based on the counselor’s faith. This legislation produced a boycott of Tennessee and Nashville by many organizations. The LGBT Chamber worked to stop the National Counseling conference from boycotting and not coming to Nashville this year. 

 

The conference is coming to Nashville March 25-27 and this event was developed to try and give back to the LGBT community. It is being brought to Nashville by Mental Health First Aid USA in partnership with the Nashville LGBT Chamber. This is an excellent educational opportunity that you don't want to miss. Please forward this event to friends, family, and co-workers.

 

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health and substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. 

 

This is a free event but is limited to 30 attendees. Register today!

 

Collaboration for Excellence: Women’s History Month Celebration

 

 

Members of the Collaboration for Excellence invite you to Celebrate Women’s History Month at Salsa Restaurant in Nashville. This is a free event but you must register before March 18th. The Nashville LGBT Chamber has partnered with the TN Latin American Chamber, Metro Nashville Airport Authority, Nashville Black Chamber, and many others to bring you this event. We hope to see you!



 

Joe Woolley

CEO

Lauren Bland 

Membership Manager


Legislative Update

 

It was quite the week at the State Legislature. Tuesday was the Tennessee Equality Projects Day on the Hill and was attended by so many people that were pushing back against the “Slate of Hate” we are facing. A packed press conference was held about what legislation we are facing and how it impacts people. Several groups spoke out to oppose the discriminatory legislation from the faith community, the civil rights community, and I spoke for the business community. You can watch this live video from Focus Middle Tennessee of the Legislative press conference held at Cordell Hull on Tuesday. 

 

The adoption bill was taken off notice Monday but has been put back on for next week. 

 

The Licence to Discriminate Bill moved out of the House committee after testimony was heard on Tuesday. Something that became evident during the testimony is that this is not just an anti-LGBT bill targeting protections and benefits for LGBT employees, this bill will have an impact on any business that gets an incentive for anything beyond State and Federal recognized protections. So if business A gets an incentive or contracts over business B because business A offered paid family leave (something not covered State or Federal protections), business B could say they were discriminated against. This new understanding of the bill should bring in businesses, even more, to be against this bill. This bill is bad for business on so many levels. Contact me to explain it more or how you can engage to kill it. 

 

For the upcoming week, there are several things happening that we have to keep fighting back against. Our partners at TEP have organized the following- 

Stay engaged and look for action alerts from TEP or us this upcoming week. 


AllianceBernstein

 

 

At the press conference, I highlighted many reasons why these bills are bad for Tennessee. The economic impact that would come with the passage of any of them from boycotts, the image that Tennessee would have to attract employers and workers. What really hit this home was the statement that I read on behalf of AllianceBernstein - 

AB chose to move to Tennessee because we believe it is a welcoming state that is focused on growing jobs, incomes and the tax base, which will improve lives for all Tennesseans. We believe strongly in the need for continued investments in education, safety and infrastructure for all. The bills being debated in the current session of legislature send a clear message to certain constituencies that they are not welcome. Other states have tried to pass similar bills, and this has proven to be anti-growth, anti-jobs and against the interests of the citizens of those states.”

With that statement, AB showed great courage and leadership by confronting what most corporation believe but often don’t publicly say. We are so proud of our member AllianceBernstein for speaking out on these issues. We need more corporations taking their lead to keep Tennessee welcoming and open for business for all. 

The Press definitely focused on the AB statement in coverage but the message and the attention to the other bills got out as well. Here is the article from the Tennessean. Here is coverage from the Nashville Scene. It was picked up nationally as well by several media outlets. 

 

AllianceBernstein took the above stance on the same day that Metro Council was voting on an incentives package for them. AB got the incentives from Nashville on relocating here. The Chamber advocated for this and talked about AB being the type of corporate citizen that Nashville needs to attract more of. Thank you to the many members that also reached out to their council members and asked them to support the incentives. 


Nashville Addy Awards

 

 

Our logo is amazing! We already knew that but now it is official! We are so proud of and thankful for DVL Seigenthaler and their designer Noelle Grimes. Their hard work and dedication to our rebranding and logo design has resulted in them winning a Nashville Addy Award for the Chamber logo. Please see DVL Seigenthaler’s press release for further details. 

 

Cocktails and Conversation

 

 

The Conference Advisory Board for the 2019 LGBT+ College Conference at Middle Tennessee State University held an evening of cocktails and conversation around this year's conference theme, All Identities—Building Support, on Tuesday. Panelists included Jarod Forsythe of Nissan Motor Corporation, Meg Harris of AllianceBernstein, Officer Catie Poole of the Metro Nashville Police Department, Marisa Richmond of Middle Tennessee University, and me. You can find the live feed video from this event here.  

 

March Brewing Up Business

 

We are excited to announce the location for our March Brewing Up Business! We will meet at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown/The Gulch on Thursday, March 21st from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. We will be announcing all finalists for the Excellence in Business Awards, so don’t miss this incredible opportunity to network with members. Register today. If the last BUB is any indication we will have a packed rooftop. The views from UP their restaurant are incredible. 

 

Excellence in Business Awards 2019

 

 

Thank you to everyone who sent nominations in for the Excellence in Business Awards. Nominees were contacted today and all finalists will be announced at our Brewing Up Business event on March 21st. 

We still have some sponsorship opportunities available but they are going quick. Please reach out to Lauren if you are interested in sponsoring the Business Awards. Tickets are already selling fast. 

 

Visit our event page to make all ticket and table purchases. Don’t miss this premier business event!

 

Adult Mental Health 

 

 

Last year the State Legislature passed a discriminatory counseling bill that allowed counselors to reject treatment to LGBT individuals based on the counselor’s faith. This legislation produced a boycott of Tennessee and Nashville by many organizations. The LGBT Chamber worked to stop the National Counseling conference from boycotting and not coming to Nashville this year. 

 

The conference is coming to Nashville March 25-27 and this event was developed to try and give back to the LGBT community. It is being brought to Nashville by Mental Health First Aid USA in partnership with the Nashville LGBT Chamber. This is an excellent educational opportunity that you don't want to miss. Please forward this event to friends, family, and co-workers.

 

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health and substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. 

 

This is a free event but is limited to 30 attendees. Register today!

 

Collaboration for Excellence: Women’s History Month Celebration

 

 

Members of the Collaboration for Excellence invite you to Celebrate Women’s History Month at Salsa Restaurant in Nashville. This is a free event but you must register before March 18th. The Nashville LGBT Chamber has partnered with the TN Latin American Chamber, Metro Nashville Airport Authority, Nashville Black Chamber, and many others to bring you this event. We hope to see you!



 

Joe Woolley

CEO

Lauren Bland 

Membership Manager

 
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