Weekly Wrap-Up: October 25, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-up 10/25/19
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We solidified some great community partnerships this week. The Nashville Soccer Club is an official member and boy do we have some great things in store. Our work with the Area Chamber is only continuing to grow just as our memberships with each other are. We are looking forward to what the future holds collaborating with one another even more. We also had a great meeting with the Center for Nonprofit Management this week. They are the go-to organization for nonprofit work. I sit on their CEO advisory board and we discussed some very exciting work in store that we will connect to you.  

The connections that were made at our Pride in Business meeting on Tuesday were many. I love this meeting and the discussions that are had there. Our corporate members are doing incredible things and we love getting them together to discuss and plan even more gains in the diversity and inclusion arena. As our corporations continue to push these initiatives, the effects are felt far outside the organization's walls. 

Our corporate members really stepped up with TASTE sponsorship this week. We want to welcome our new TASTE sponsors- Amazon (Gold Chef), Liberty Party Rental (Gold Chef), Tito’s Vodka (Gold Chef), Nashville Area Chamber (Award), SunTrust Bank (Award). We can't raise the funds we need from TASTE if it were not for our sponsors. Check them all out here , and read more about TASTE and get your tickets before they go up in price. 

I had a good meeting yesterday with the Mayor's Office. They have a lot of work in front of them and are dealing with the major issues affecting Nashville. It is all about commitment to causes, and I would like to see a bigger commitment to diversity and inclusion coming from the office. We discussed this at great length and we are here to work with them. I recommend you read this story in the Scene today to see how many important issues are out there and need attention, and if you can help us continue the push for equity and inclusion advancement with this mayor, we would appreciate it. We understand that there are only so many things you can focus on in-depth, this should be one of them. 
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 are so excited to announce a partnership with one of our newest members, Nashville Soccer Club ! Welcome to the Chamber! We are excited to announce your membership, continue to work together on many important diversity initiatives, and start planning our PRIDE night at a soccer game! And about that partnership-

Nashville SC is giving 10% of all ticket proceeds to the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation. This offer ends on November 30, 2019. This is a great opportunity to support our local soccer club and the Foundation that educates, inspires, and empowers LGBT professionals who are looking to gain employment, climb the corporate ladder, or build a small business.  Use the link below to purchase your Nashville Soccer Club tickets now and use the promo code LGBT to support the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation!
Our Pride in Business group met on Tuesday for our Q4 meeting. Thank you to our hosts at   Warner Music Group  for providing an amazing space and lunch from our LGBT certified owned business member   D'Andrews Bakery & Cafe !

?We discussed the Out & Equal conference, Chamber events and updates, and ERG development. These invaluable meetings give LGBT corporate ERG leaders the chance to share ideas and programs to help strengthen diverse and inclusive work spaces.
We attended the soft opening for  Pins Mechanical Co. / 16-Bit Bar + Arcade  Wednesday night . We are so excited to welcome them to town and to have them as a member & Brewing Up Business host in 2020.

They open to the public tonight! We are planning a rainbow ribbon cutting on Monday afternoon, look for more details on our social media if you would like to attend!

Read about the place here and go have some fun!
Lauren spoke on a panel about gender diversity and inclusion on Thursday. The panel was hosted by Together Digital Nashville and was well attended.

It's important to continue to educate the community on the importance of inclusion for all.
Looking Ahead
The Partnership 2030 Advisory Committee kicked off last 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.
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To do this, please take part in this survey to make sure our voices are heard in the process. Survey closes on November 5th.
Purchase your tickets now for Nashville Horror Story on Thursday, October 31st ! This event is brought to you by our members Ron Sanford Productions & Music City PrEP Clinic and a membership discount is offered in the next section!
The Halloween fun continues at our member C615 's Nashville Scares: Dead Disco on Friday, November 1st ! Get your tickets below!
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. R egister below.
Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive society. They are hosting a Diversity & Inclusion Symposium on Friday November 8 from 8:30am to 4:00pm prior to Discover Weekend for prospective students.

The Symposium will allow attendees from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives to discuss, learn, and share experiences about trending topics within the diversity and inclusion space. They have opened the symposium up to LGBT Chamber members! Register below.
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.
Nashville Area Chamber 's Leadership Connect program is an exclusive opportunity for area small business owners to engage more with the Nashville community and become leaders. Leadership Connect aims to give small business owners from all walks of life a bigger platform for making the changes they want to see in our region. See below to nominate yourself or another small business to participate in this program by October 31st.
Expand Conversations
Join our member Nashville Business Journal for Expand Conversations on November 19th where 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.
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:
Purchased 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.
Membership Has Its Perks
Nashville Story Discount Tickets
You don't want to miss Nashville Horror Story hosted by our members Ron Sanford Productions and Music City PrEP Clinic ! Members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber can use the promo code NASHCHAM10 for discounted tickets! Purchase your tickets below!
Joe Woolley
CEO

Lauren Bland
Membership Manager

Nashville LGBT Chamber
615-507-5185
41 Peabody Street
Nashville, TN 37210
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