• Excellence in Business Awards Excellence in Business Awards

    The Excellence in Business Awards is the Nashville LGBT Chamber's premier business event. This high-energy lunch is best known for its diversity of attendees, powerful presentations, and inspirational acceptance speeches.

    The LGBT Chamber presents seven awards:

  • The Megan Barry 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 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.

     

    The Samuel L. Felker 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 Mark Lee Taylor Community Service Award is given to an individual who identifies as LGBT or an organization which 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 least qualified candidate will one who get paid for the work they do to serve the community.

     

    The Corporate Diversity Award and Small Business Diversity Award are given to the company who 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 least qualified candidate will be one who intentionally markets to the LGBT community but does not protect and engage their own LGBT employees to the best of their ability.

     

    The Maria M Salas 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.

  • Past Excellence in Business Award Winners Past Excellence in Business Award Winners

    Corporate Diversity Award

    2017  Waller

    2016  Baker Donelson

    2015  Fifth Third Bank

    2014  Nissan

    2013  Vanderbilt University Medical Center

     

    Small Business Diversity Award

    2017  The Turnip Truck

    2016  GS&F

    2015  Emma

     

    Samuel Felker Business Leader of the Year

    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

     

    Mayor Megan Barry Ally Award

    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

     

    Maria M Salas Entrepreneur of the Year

    2017  John Dyke, The Turnip Truck

    2016  Jack Davis, J.D. Events & Festivals

    2015  Bruce Pittman, Bruce Pittman, Inc.

    2014  Joey Amato, Unite Magazine

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    Mark Lee Taylor Community Service Award

    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

    2017  Oz Arts Nashville

    2016  Nashville Ballet

    2015  Nashville Opera

    2014  Jim Robert, ALIAS Chamber Ensemble

    2013  Nashville in Harmony