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Nashville LGBT Chamber Holds Hybrid Event to Honor Pride in Business Finalists and Announce Winners

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Bass, Berry & Sims take Corporate Diversity Award and D'Andrews Bakery Wins Small Business Award





Joe Woolley, CEO




Bass, Berry and Sims take Corporate Diversity Award and

 D’Andrews Bakery Wins Small Business Award

NASHVILLE, TN (June 4, 2021) - The Nashville LGBT Chamber held its annual Pride In Business Awards on Friday to honor members and the community for their work on advancing LGBT issues through the workplace and in society. The Awards were a hybrid event with 40 guests in person at Play bar and over 140 watching on Airmeet, a virtual events platform. The awards were also streamed live to the Chamber social media on YouTubeFacebook, and LinkedIn, and you can watch the whole event there. 

The LGBT Chambers Titanium Member, Dell Technologies was the presenting sponsor for the event, with HCA Healthcare/TriStar Health as a title sponsor for the 5th year in a row for this event. Award sponsors were Amazon, Comcast, MediCopy Services, Nashville Area Chamber, and Waller.

Nashville LGBT Chamber CEO, Joe Woolley, said about the event, “The Pride in Business Awards is an inspirational day for the LGBT Chamber and our community. This unique and exciting event attracts our largest, most attentive, and most influential audience. It is a great crowd in front of which to share these powerful LGBT-inclusive success stories. We had to do things a little differently this year due to COVID19 restrictions, but we did not want to go another year without celebrating.” 

The 2020 awards ceremony was postponed last June during the height of the pandemic. Plans were made to bring a small, safe and responsible event to the community and chamber members. Finalists and presenters were given an option to attend the small gathering in person or submit videos to be shown during the program. When COVID restrictions were lifted the Chamber remained with the smaller event but looks forward to expanding back to the 700 person crowd sizes from years past. 

“This was a great and responsible way to celebrate. I think they did a wonderful job making the finalist feel special and honored, and as a winner, I definitely feel like I was celebrated,” said Donna Drehmann, Ally Award winner for 2021. 

Over 100 individuals and organizations were nominated across seven categories. Nominees completed questionnaires describing their accomplishments over the last twelve months. Questionnaires were scored by an awards committee made up of a diverse group of LGBT Chamber members and former award winners. The nominees who receive the top three scores are the finalists in that category. All current LGBT Chamber members voted for one winner in each category to add to the judges’ scores of each finalist. Winners were announced at the event. The 2021 finalist and winners were: 

Corporate Diversity


Bass, Berry & Sims- Winner

Nashville International Airport

Small Business Diversity

D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe- Winner
Green Pea Salon

TN Event Designs 

Entrepreneur of the Year 

Sarah Ashley, TN Event Designs

Christopher Lester, Clifton + Leopold- Winner

Elliott Noble-Holt, MediCopy Services, Inc.


Business Leader of the Yea

Hal Cato, Thistle Farms- Winner

Rich MacKinnon, Music City PrEP Clinic

Matthew Shaw, Dell Technologies

Ally Award 

Donna Drehmann, Consultant- Winner

Dan Frailich, Dell Technologies

Beth-Ann Martorello, AllianceBernstein

Community Service Award

Rev. Dawn Bennett, The Table- Winner

Dakerri Rhone, HRC Nashville

Michael Reding, Nashville in Harmony

Leadership in the Arts Award

Nashville Children’s Theatre- Winner

Southern Word

Here are the presentations for each award:

Presidents Award - Ron Snitker

Community Service Award - Rev. Dawn Bennett, The Table

Ally Award - Donna Drehmann 

Leadership in the Arts Award - Nashville Children’s Theatre

Entrepreneur Award - Christopher Lester, Clifton + Leopold

Business Leader Award - Hal Cato, Thistle Farms

Small Business Award - D’Andrews Bakery & Cafe

Corporate Diversity Award - Bass, Berry & Sims


CEO Keynote - Joe Woolley

Membership Manager Report - Lauren Bland


You can find more about all of our finalists here.

About the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce

The Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce advances common business interests, economic growth, and equality in the workplace and society for its LGBT members, businesses, and allies by providing educational, networking, and community-building opportunities.


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