Celebrating Inclusiveness in Nashville Business

The Nashville LGBT Chamber will present its annual business awards at a high-profile event on Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Music City Center.

Support the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation at our annual Pride in Business Awards, which includes a Who’s Who of Corporate leaders, small business owners, civic leaders, and professionals. While reimagined for a virtual world, this high-energy event will still bring a powerful audience, emotional acceptance speeches, and optimism among those committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Tickets are on sale now!

Individual Tickets:
$75 members, $100 non-members
Half-Table Sponsorship:
$750 for 5 attendees
Table Sponsorship:
$1,500 for 10 attendees

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Award Descriptions

The LGBT Chamber presents seven awards (see award names and descriptions below):

Pride in Business Awards Descriptions

 

Corporate Partner of the Year
This award is given to an organization that is a corporate member of the LGBT Chamber and has shown a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace and to positively growing the LGBTQ and allied business community.

LGBT Business of the Year
This award is given to an LGBTQ-owned business that is a member of the Chamber, is an active participant in building a more diverse business community in Tennessee, and has a proven track record of success and involvement.

Allied Business of the Year
This award is given to an allied-owned business that is a member of the Chamber, is an active participant in building a more diverse business community in Tennessee, and has a proven track record of success and involvement.

Nonprofit Organization of the Year
This award is given to a nonprofit organization that is a member of the Chamber, with a proven track record of success and involvement and a commitment to building a diverse community.

Business Resource Group of the Year
This award is given to a business resource group at one of our corporate partners who works to support and build a culture of inclusion and acceptance.

Business Leader of the Year
This award is given to a hard-working and dedicated individual who has had a positive professional and personal impact on building a diverse business community in Tennessee.

Advocate of the Year
This award is given to an individual who has been a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity within the larger business community.

Click here for a historical list of nominees and winners.

Judging

The Chamber opens nominations. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination form.

Nominees are assigned a category and sent a questionnaire for the appropriate category.

A diverse panel of judges, made up of Chamber board members and former award winners, score each questionnaire. The Chamber staff gives a score based on the nominees membership level and engagement in the Chamber. The 3 nominees in each category who receive the combined top scores are named the finalists. 

Chamber members now get to vote for the winners. Each representative of a member gets one vote in each category. For example, a Silver level member has 4 representatives, so a Silver level member gets 4 votes, a Networking member gets 1 vote, etc. Finalists carry their judges’ scores with them all the way through voting. Members are adding points to the judges’ scores. 

The finalist who receives the most points wins.

Past Pride in Business Winners

Corporate Diversity Award

2021  Bass, Berry & Sims

2019  Asurion

2018  Cracker Barrel and Dell

2017  Waller

2016  Baker Donelson

2015  Fifth Third Bank

2014  Nissan

2013  Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Small Business Diversity Award

2021  D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe

2019  Focus Middle Tennessee

2018  Medicopy

2017  The Turnip Truck

2016  GS&F

2015  Emma

Business Leader of the Year

2021  Hal Cato, Thistle Farms

2019  Pamela Sheffer, Oasis Center

2018  Kimberly Stephan-Tate, Asurion 

2017  Paul Vasterling, Nashville Ballet

2016  Steve Smotherman, Cracker Barrel

2015  David Bzrozoski, Dollar General

2014  Bradley Pinson, Fifth Third Bank

2013  Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Entrepreneur of the Year

2021  Christopher Lester, Clifton + Leopold

2019  Jenny Ford, JF Government Strategies

2018  Phil Cobucci, BAM! Social Business 

2017  John Dyke, The Turnip Truck

2016  Jack Davis, J.D. Events & Festivals

2015  Bruce Pittman, Bruce Pittman, Inc.

2014  Joey Amato, Unite Magazine

2013  Amos Gott, AmosEvents

Ally Award

2021  Donna Drehmann

2019  Kathy Halbrooks, PFLAG

2018  Bethany Mason, Dollar General

2017  Sean Henry, Nashville Predators

2016  Amy Parker, Deloitte

2015  Megan Barry

2014  Christopher Robinette, Mass Mutual (Capital Financial Group)

2013  Don Abel, Jr., Fifth Third Bank

Community Service Award

2021  Rev. Dawn Bennett, The Table

2019  Brian Marshall, MashUp Nashville

2018  Joe Woolley, Get It Done Solutions

2017  Launch Pad Volunteers

2016  Jim Schmidt, Schmidt Government Solutions

2015  Marisa Richmond, Middle Tennessee State University

2014  Abby Rubenfeld, Rubenfeld Law Office

2013  Nashville CARES

Leadership in the Arts Award

2021  Nashville Children’s Theatre

2019  Belcourt Theatre

2018  Don Schlosser, Nashville in Harm

2017  OZ Arts Nashville

2016  Nashville Ballet

2015  Nashville Opera

2014  Jim Robert, ALIAS Chamber Ensemble

2013  Nashville in Harmony

President’s Award

2019  The Office of Mayor David Briley

2018  Ron Sanford

2017  Michael Burcham

2016  Jeremy Davis

2015  Kathy Werthan

2014  Bruce Pittman & Scotty Glasgow

2013  Michael Fluck

The Awards Throughout the Years...