Annual luncheon hosted by LGBT Chamber of Commerce recognizes individuals, businesses committed to equality in the workplace
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 9, 2018) – The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosted its 6th annual Excellence in Business awards luncheon on Friday, May 4 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Nashville, celebrating businesses and professionals who lead the city in diversity practices. Dell Nashville and Cracker Barrel received the Corporate Diversity award which recognizes large companies that excel in promoting LGBT friendly policies and workplace environments. The event was emceed by David Brzozowski and sponsored by Curb Records, HCA, Synovus Bank, Waller, Asurion and MediCopy.
More than 300 people attended this year’s luncheon which featured a keynote address from Mayor David Briley. At the event, Briley announced Metro’s investment in the city’s minority community by including $25,000 in the city’s budget earmarked to the LGBT Chamber, along with equal investments in the Greater Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The 2018 luncheon featured seven awards categories, five for individuals and two for businesses in the community. More than 100 applications were submitted for consideration. A close, competitive score in the Corporate Diversity Award resulted in co-winners for the first time. A panel of board members, members and previous winners selected the finalists. Members were then able to vote on the finalists. "It is a privilege for me to work with these loyal members and local employers of choice," said Chamber CEO, Lisa Howe. "Our panel and our members recognize Dell's long-time commitment to diversity and inclusion and voiced a strong appreciation for Cracker Barrel's work over the last year to advance LGBT-inclusion as a part of their journey."
This year’s honorees include: