Celebrating Inclusiveness in Nashville Business

The Nashville LGBT Chamber will present its annual business awards at a high-profile virtual event on Friday, June 4, 2021.

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: $25 members, $45 non-members
Half-Table Sponsorship: $500 for 5 attendees
Table Sponsorship: $1,000 for 10 attendees

Presenting Sponsor

award Sponsors

Finalist Announcement Coming Soon

Nominations are now closed.

Finalists will be announced in a virtual live broadcast in May. Please send as many deserving nominees as you want in the following categories:
  • Corporate Diversity
  • Small Business Diversity
  • Business Leader of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Ally Award
  • Community Service Award
  • Leadership in the Arts

You can read all the award descriptions below

Sponsor the Awards

Your Dollars at Work

The Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation educates, inspires, and empowers our individual, small business, corporate, and nonprofit members, and the community-at-large; who share the values of promoting equality and diversity in business and society.

Our 2021 goals are to provide professional development education and programming for LGBT business professionals, provide programming for LGBT entrepreneurs and small business owners, advocate for contracting opportunities for LGBT business owners, fund a scholarship for an LGBT entrepreneur to participate in local programs, and offer scholarships for LGBT candidates to attend classes at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Launch Tennessee, and other programs.

 

Sponsorship Levels

Look over our Sponsorship Prospectus for benefits for each of the following levels:

Presenting Sponsor- $10,000- SOLD OUT
Title Sponsor- $5,000
Award Sponsor- $2,500
DJ Sponsor- $2,000
Photo Booth Sponsor- $2,000
Table Sponsor- $1,000
Half-Table Sponsor- $500

Event Details

We will be holding the awards virtually on the Airmeet events platform. There will be an hour of networking, and sponsors and community partners will have virtual booths that you can visit and talk about their work. This will keep the amazing networking and connection past in-person awards were known for.

The awards ceremony will run from 12-1 and will be a hybrid event with presenters and nominees safely distanced in a location or online.

Enjoy your lunch while watching or join a “viewing party.” There may be opportunities at member locations around the city to watch safely in person.

Award Descriptions

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

The Corporate Diversity Award (150+ employees) is given to the company that has the most policies and practices that protect and engage their LGBT employees, customers, and suppliers. The better candidate will be involved in the local LGBT community. The best candidate will have a consistent relationship with the LGBT Chamber.

The Small Business Diversity Award (<150 employees) is given to the company that has the most policies and practices that protect and engage their LGBT employees, customers, and suppliers. The better candidate will be involved in the local LGBT community. The best candidate will have a consistent relationship with the LGBT Chamber.

The Business Leader of the Year is presented to someone who identifies as LGBT and has an employer. First, the candidate should show strong business results over the last 12 months, including increased revenue, attendance, programs, clients, promotion, or whatever is relevant to their field. The better candidate will be involved in the LGBT community or give back to LGBT organizations. The best candidate will be able to tie their increased outcomes to the LGBT Chamber.

The Entrepreneur of the Year is presented to an entrepreneur or small business owner who identifies as LGBT. The candidate should be able to show increased outcomes over the last 12 months. The better candidate will give back to the LGBT community and the best candidate will have a consistent relationship with the LGBT Chamber.

The Ally Award is presented to someone who does not identify as LGBT and has shown a commitment to helping the LGBT community. Donations include monetary, time, policies, budgeting, treatment, support, engagement, etc. An ally uses their resources and centers of influence to provide opportunities for and empower their LGBT peers, employees, organizations, or the community.

The Community Service Award is given to an individual who identifies as LGBT or an organization that caters specifically to the LGBT community (like Pride or GLSEN). The better candidate will be involved in the local LGBT community. The best candidate will have a consistent relationship with the LGBT Chamber.

The Leadership in the Arts Award is given to an individual who identifies as LGBT or an organization (which does not) who, over the past year, has demonstrated a commitment to equality, especially LGBT equality. Considerations should be given to performance topics, performers, staff, audience, policies, and more.

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

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

2019 Focus Middle Tennessee

2018  Medicopy

2017  The Turnip Truck

2016  GS&F

2015  Emma

Business Leader of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

The Awards Throughout the Years...

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