Weekly Wrap-Up: October 11, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-up 10/11/19
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CEO Brief- ?
Monday, I spoke to students at Belmont University about the Chamber and about how I became CEO. I graduated from Belmont in 2006, and it was great to return and talk about attending as an openly gay student and seeing the acceptance and openness of current students. The diversity of students today looks as different as the campus does. It was a great way to start the week, by speaking about how far the Chamber has come and the way we make change, how the road might be long and bumpy, but with dedicated work we can get a positive outcome. 

You received the board's update on CoreCivic membership on Wednesday. You can read more about it below in What We Did. As you can guess, this took up the majority of our time this week. Thanks to all the members that reached out regarding this matter. 

The rest of the time we focused on TASTE. We need your help with TASTE. We need silent auction items , and we need sponsors ! Tickets sales usually come closer to the deadline for earlybird pricing and spike the week of the event. If you want to buy your tickets now , that would be awesome. Taste is our annual fundraising event, and we need everyone's help to make it happen and help raise funds so we can continue to do what we do. Please help us, read more below for further details on how. 
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 their membership this week:
What We Did
Tuesday, we hosted a community meeting for chamber members and community members to share their thoughts on CoreCivic joining the chamber, and our work with them around our mission.

The Board of Directors released a statement on Wednesday morning announcing the results of the meeting. The Nashville Scene also covered the meeting . We thank everyone who has engaged on this issue and appreciate everyone's views. We are committed to learn from this and continue to move forward to advance LGBT equality through business.
It was an honor to present Changing the Game Doc last night at the Nashville Film Festival . This documentary was extremely moving and we were proud to be in attendance. Thank you to director Michael Barnett and producer Alex Schmider for participating in discussion with attendees following the screening!
Looking Ahead
Nashville Black Pride
Nashville Black Pride kicked off this week! You still have many opportunities to get involved. You can find the full list of events at- www.nashvilleblackpride.org

Friday, Oct. 11th -  Awards & Scholarship Dinner
Friday, Oct. 11th -  Black Pride Afterparty
Saturday, Oct. 12th -  Day Party
Saturday, Oct. 12th -  'A Different Direction' Screening
Saturday, Oct. 12th -  Show Your Pride Party
Sunday, Oct. 13th -  Fundraiser Brunch

The Nashville LGBT Chamber is proud to have been selected as one of the recipients of the 2019  Brothers and Sisters United Legacy Award  at the Awards & Scholarship Dinner tonight! We look forward to attending and celebrating with our member Nashville Black Pride!
Victory Fund Brunch
This year’s  LGBTQ Victory Fund  Nashville Champagne Brunch will be taking place on Sunday, October 13 at Johnny Cash’s Kitchen and Saloon from 11:00 am- 2:00 pm.

The annual event benefits the LGBTQ Victory Fund which supports LGBTQ candidates for public office at all level of government. Nashville had 7 Victory Fund- endorsed candidates run for Metro Council this election season with an historic 5 winning their races. Tickets are on sale now at  www.victoryfund.org/nashville!
October Brewing Up Business
Make sure you register for the October Brewing Up Business that will be held on Thursday, October 17th at  Fat Bottom Brewing Company .

Registration  is free for members and first-time guests and $10 for repeat non-member guests. Come eat, drink, and connect with the Nashville LGBT Chamber and our community while enjoying all the services offered by our member, Fat Bottom Brewing!
TASTE 2019
TASTE is just around the corner! Early Bird tickets are on sale now until October 31st.

We have many opportunities to get involved in this premier tasting event. Please use the links below to purchase early bird tickets, sponsor the event, and sign up as a food and/or beverage vendor.

We also also have volunteer opportunities . We can't wait to see you there!
Our TASTE planning committee will have a meeting on Monday, October 14th. Email Lauren if you would like to get involved!
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 18 to guarantee you’re sitting with other Pride Night attendees – don’t wait, get your tickets today!
Join PENCIL for Principal for a Day, an exclusive event that offers you the opportunity to spend the
morning with a Metro principal. As a  Principal for a Day , you will meet the school's students and staff throughout the morning in a series of activities unique to each school. The day concludes with a luncheon for principals and their guests at Lipscomb University. Check out this year’s event details below:
Date:  Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Time: First bell until 11:00 AM - In-school Experience ( start-time may vary based on school )
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Luncheon at Lipscomb University
Location: In-school Experience - Various Metro Nashville Public Schools (school location will be assigned to you after registering)
Luncheon - Lipscomb University
Register by Friday, October 11!
Join the National Organization for Workforce Diversity as they host the 2019 Workforce Diversity Summit and Bus Tour on Monday, November 4, 2019. This tour begins and ends at The Temple Nashville. Stops included the Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple, the Islamic Center of Nashville, Meharry Medical College, and Plaza Mariachi. Joe is one of the partner co-chairs for this event. Make sure to register below!
Membership Has Its Perks
Our member, Tennessee Performing Arts Center , is offering LGBT Chamber members a BOGO deal on tickets to see Kingdom Choir on October 15th! Use the link below to buy your tickets and use the code BOGOKING!

Following their show-stopping performance of 'Stand By Me' at the Royal Wedding in May 2018, London’s The Kingdom Choir will bring their infectious joy and inspiration across the Atlantic for a major North American tour in Autumn 2019. Founded in 1994 by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson, the choir draws from various Christian traditions and is dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performances. The Choir’s rendition of 'Stand By Me' went straight to the top of the Billboard charts and this coming November they will be releasing their first full length album worldwide on Sony Music. Their success at the Royal Wedding has already seen them on several UK and American television appearances including ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning.
Joe Woolley

Lauren Bland
Membership Manager

Nashville LGBT Chamber
41 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210
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