Weekly Wrap-Up: November 15, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-up 11/15/19
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It is Transgender Awareness Week and we want to make sure you are aware of what that means. We have been highlighting events and news all week on social and we will be in attendance on Wednesday, November 20th, at the Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony at Scarritt Bennett. We hope you will join us. We were very moved by what our member Nissan 's LGBT ERG, GSAN, did to highlight Trans Awareness Week

TASTE is what we are focused on, it is a week away, coming up next Sunday. Do you have your tickets ?! You heard from our President, Ron Snitker, this week asking for help. We need silent auction items and for you to buy your tickets. Thanks to all the responses, we would love more. 

Besides working on TASTE, we also had a lot of events for our members and community partners. Collaboration is key and we are happy to be working with so many amazing organizations.  
New and Renewing Members
Please join us in welcoming the following businesses that joined our Chamber this week:

We are proud of the continued participation from the following individuals and businesses who renewed or upgraded their membership this week:
What We Did
We held a roundtable discussion on Monday for Metro Council members. We partnered with the NBC- Nashville Business Coalition and GNAA- Greater Nashville Apartment Association.

We discussed a number of topics affecting our city and how we can all assist the council in fixing them. The Chamber, of course, brought up the work we have been focused on around diversity, inclusion, and equity with Metro. Our work to make Nashville the most equitable place to live. 

Thank you to those council members that were in attendance and to our community partners for hosting with us. 
We met with Mayor Cooper's new LGBT Liason, Brandon Marshall, on Tuesday. Brandon is also the Digital Director for the administration.

We discussed the work of the Chamber with past Mayors and what we can work together on now, as well as the diversity and inclusion initiatives we have been pushing with the city and for Nashville. We look forward to continued conversation and are happy to have him involved. He will be attending TASTE where you can meet him in person and we will have him and the Mayor to other events.

Reminder- The Mayor's Office is looking for LGBT citizens to serve on Boards and Commissions, please contact me is you are interested. 

We enjoyed celebrating the 50th anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters at their annual breakfast Thursday morning. We are proud to have them as members and love the partnership we have.

They are working hard to diversify their Bigs and Littles, and have a special initiative to grow LGBT diversity in both. This type of mentorship is so needed. Contact us on how to get involved and become a Big.
It was wonderful to celebrate our newest member, Nashville Civic Design Center,  at their annual luncheon on Friday. The work they do to help inspire the city to be better designed and imagined for everyone is so needed. Its hard to imagine what the city would look like if NCDC was not in it.

We are happy to have them as members and look forward to collaborating more. 
It was wonderful to attend the annual dinner on Thursday night for the ACLU Tennessee, supporting the vital work they do.

They are a key partner in the fight at the state legislature, pushing back on anti-LGBT legislation. We thank them for all the work they do fighting for the LGBT community.

We ran into a strong ally and friend to the Chamber, Council Member Zulfat Suara.
Have you seen our ad in the Nashville Business Journal?

As part of NBJ's 'Giving Guide' edition, we are featured in a spotlight. Also check out ads in the print edistions of the Giving Guide and the Book of Lists.

Take a look at all of our accomplishments from the past year in the Giving Guide online Profile!
Join our member  Nashville Business Journal  for Expand Conversations on  November 19th.  

You will use your leadership skills to work in diverse groups and explore how to bring conversations regarding race, diversity and inclusion to your organization.

Why? Because being more aware of race and inclusion will positively affect our economy, businesses, community and families. Particularly at a time when finding and retaining talent is a challenge, building an open comfort level within our organizations will attract the best employees possible.
Nashville Area Chamber 's Leadership Public Education (LPE) seeks dedicated individuals to join us during the 2019-­2020 cohort year. Participants will develop an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) and acquire the skills and knowledge to serve at all levels of community leadership in the school district. Applications are due by  November 22nd.
Tickets for TASTE are going fast, but you still have time to grab yours!

Join us on Sunday, November 24th at OZ Arts Nashville for a night of food, drinks, dancing, and connecting!

We have secured Nashville's finest tastemakers and incredible silent auction items. This is a can't-miss event.

?PLEASE get involved in one of the ways below with TASTE !
Nashville CARES Red Ribbon Breakfast
Join our member Nashville CARES for their annual Red Ribbon Breakfast: Ending the HIV Epidemic on  Thursday, December 5, 2019  at the Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education at Meharry Medical College. Red Ribbon Breakfast advances a Public/Private partnership to end the HIV epidemic. You may purchase a table or tickets at  redribbonbreakfast.org
Annual Meeting / Holiday Party
Our December Brewing Up Business, which is also our Annual Meeting and Holiday Party, will be held on  Thursday, December 12th  at the  Nashville Children's Theatre .  

?Guests will eat, drink, and connect with our community AND get a special preview of 'Auntie Claus'! Registration is free for members & first-time guests and $20 for repeat non-member guests.
Predators Pride Night 2020
Predators Pride Night 2020 will be held on  Tuesday, February 18th ! Come join the Nashville LGBT Chamber and  Nashville Pride  as the  Nashville Predators  take on the Carolina Hurricanes! Pride Night packages include a game ticket and a limited edition Pride Night t-shirt! Before the game, all Pride Night attendees are welcome to join us at Bridgestone Arena for a mixer with light refreshments.

Purchase your tickets by  December 18th  to guarantee you’re sitting with other Pride Night attendees – don’t wait, get your tickets today!
Joe Woolley

Lauren Bland
Membership Manager

Nashville LGBT Chamber
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Nashville, TN 37210
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