Weekly Wrap-Up: October 18, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-up 10/18/19
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It was a busy week, from an award last Friday from Black Pride, to speaking on our mission to many members and representing the community and making sure there is equity for all, read below on all the things we did and what we have coming up. 

Spirit Day was yesterday, I wore purple to show my support for LGBT youth and stand against bullying. One of the questions I was asked yesterday in a panel discussion (you can watch the video below), was what I would go back and tell my younger self. I said I would go back and tell myself to stay strong, that none of the things people are saying and you are feeling right now are going to matter and that you will be accepted, find love, a community, and profession that you can be your whole self in, and most of all, that it gets better. I so believe in the It Gets Better Campaign, we need to keep spreading that message. It does get better. Look how far we have come in a short time. We have major companies with programs to make sure you can bring your whole self to work. We have LGBT business owners that are out and get certified as LGBT, it does not hurt their business but helps it. We have a candidate for president that is running out and proud. Things do get better and they will only continue to get better, we have to stay committed and keep working, there is still much to do, and we are here to do that with you. Thanks for being a member. 
Nashville Business Journal’s 2019 Power 100 List
I am very honored to have made the  Nashville Business Journal’s 2019 Power 100 List as a 'Connector.' I love what I get to do, for the LGBT community and for the city, making connections and forging relationships, working together to make Nashville a more equitable place for all.

From the article: 'These are the power players who know everyone. Their Rolodex is packed with big names, across multiple industries. They specialize in bringing together powerful people to get things done, often driving decisions under the radar. In short, when you need to connect with someone, these are who you call.'

Connect is one of the main things the Chamber does! The others are advocate and educate. We do it all for you, thank you for being a member. Let me know how I can help with a connection.
Ashford Hughes Opinion Article in Tennessean on Equity Gains
We want to thank our friend and ally  Ashford Hughes  for his tireless work for equity for the city of Nashville. We are only beginning to feel and see the changes that he has helped push forward. His focus on equity is so important.
While we won't be working with him in Metro, we will continue to push for and protect the things he lead on, and work with him in any way we can.

We are ready to get to work with  Mayor John Cooper  and the  Metro Nashville  Council to keep moving forward around diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Please read Ashford's opinion piece featured in the Tennessean below. It lays out the historic gains we have made and where we should go next.
New and Renewing Members
Please join us in welcoming the following businesses that joined our Chamber this week:
  • Keith Glad (Hilton Nashville Airport) - Individual
  • Jennifer Stephenson - Individual
What We Did
The Chamber was honored to receive an award from  Nashville Black Pride  last Friday Night at their Brothers and Sisters United - BASU Awards. Our partnership goes back 17 years and we look forward to continuing working together.

?Thank you to the Nashville Black Pride board members for all their hard work, many of them serve on the Chamber board and we thank them for all their service to both organizations and to the community.
TASTE 2019 is gearing up to be the best Chamber event yet. The planning committee met on Monday to discuss all things that go in to the event- vendor, silent auction, entertainment, sponsors, and all the small details.

We need your help! Connect us with any of those items and buy your tickets.

We really hope you will join on Sunday, November 24th at OZ Arts Nashville for our 8th annual TASTE! It benefits the Chamber Foundation and all of our education programming.
The Partnership 2030 Advisory Committee kicked off this week. We are honored to be included in this important group.

We need your help to guide the future of the Nashville region and ensure that prosperity and growth reaches all communities.
To do this, please take part in this survey to make sure our voices are heard in the process.

Survey closes on November 5th .
Wednesday we attended our member Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP 's second-annual Diversity & Inclusion Fair, where firm staff participated in an enlightening discussion where we and Robert Lawrence Wilson of Culture Shift Team, Inc talked about diversity and inclusion initiatives and what other corporate citizens are doing in the field.
Thank you to our member the  Tennessean  and  USA Today Network  for having a conversation on issues facing LGBT businesses and business owners, hosted at the new Tennessean building in Nashville's Midtown neighborhood on behalf of the PrideForward Employee Resource Group and The Tennessean's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

It was streamed across the USA Today Network with the main focus being the audience of their employees but you can view the conversation if you like from the link below. .

Thank you to our LGBT business owner members  Diversity Builder, Inc.  and  Social Link  for sharing their experiences.
Oh the connections that were made!

We had another very successful Brewing Up Business networking event last night. Thank you to our host,   Fat Bottom Brewing , and all who attended this great connection opportunity. 

Be sure to check out the   live video  of our program where we heard about our host's history and space, and what a welcoming and inclusive business they are, and upcoming Chamber events! We also have great photos  from the event! Thanks Myl and MPack Photography.

Our next networking opportunity will be on Thursday, December 12th at the Nashville Children's Theatre . Look for the announcement and invite for that event soon!

Looking Ahead
BEQ Pride Magazine and the Business Equality Network are looking for amazing young, LGBTQ+ (and Same-Gender-Loving) leaders to be nominated for our annual list of  40 Leaders Under 40  from our area.

Please nominate leaders in our community who you believe deserve this recognition. We have nominated several members!

The nomination period ends TODAY . All winners will be announced New Year’s Day, 2020. 
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 and will be moderating a panel on LGBT diversity in the workforce.

Make sure to register below!
TASTE 2019
TASTE 2019 is just around the corner. Early Bird Tickets are on sale now until October 31st!

Make sure to double check this list. Have you:
Bought your tickets?
Donated to our silent auction?
Volunteered your time and talent?
Signed up as food or beverage vendor?
We are looking forward to seeing all of our members, partners, and friends on Sunday, November 24th at OZ Arts . Come TASTE Nashville!
Predators Pride Night 2020
?We are teaming up with Nashville Pride as the Nashville Predators to bring you Predators Pride Night 2020 on Tuesday, February 18th! 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.
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BNA Vision
We are so excited for the transformation and growth of our Platinum Member , BNA . BNA Vision is a growth and expansion plan in our continued effort to maintain Nashville International Airport as a world-class facility for the future of Nashville. It’s the type of innovative undertaking and bold planning that’s needed to accommodate Middle Tennessee’s booming population and the airport’s record-breaking passenger increases. They just released this incredable website showing you how the airport is transforming.
We have a few extra 2019 NLGBTCC Membership Sticker available. Please reach out to Lauren if you want any additional stickers!
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Lauren Bland
Membership Manager

Nashville LGBT Chamber
41 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210
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