OUT Georgia Business Alliance’s 2022 Community Honors Celebration, spotlighting the inspiring individuals and organizations boldly leading Georgia’s LGBTQ+ community forward.
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|6:00 PM||Reception with MetroGnomes Big Band|
|7:30 PM||Community Honors Program Begins|
|7:30 PM||Ella/Saurus/Rex | Performance|
|7:35 PM||Co-Chairs Welcome: Malik Brown & Walter Scott-Williams|
|7:39 PM||TGX 360 Moment: Montañita Vargas & Andi Monroe|
|7:41 PM||Club-Q Remembrance / Featured Performance: SHI|
|7:44 PM||Presenting Sponsor: Amazon|
|7:47 PM||Sponsor Recognition: Chris Lugo|
|7:51 PM||Business Leader of the Year|
|7:57 PM||Community Leader of the Year|
|8:02 PM||Michael Robinson | Performance|
|8:07 PM||Next Gen Leader of the Year|
|8:12 PM||Nonprofit of the Year|
|8:18 PM||Dotte Com | Performance|
|8:24 PM||Corporate Ally of the Year|
|8:29 PM||New Business of the Year|
|8:35 PM||Ella/Saurus/Rex | Performance|
|8:40 PM||Small Business of the Year|
|8:45 PM||Member of the Year|
|8:50 PM||Dotte Com | Performance|
|8:55 PM||OUT Georgia Impact Fund|
|9:00 PM||OUT Georgia Board: David Gacsko & Luis Ruiz|
|9:08 PM||Michael Robinson | Performance|
|9:15 PM||After Pary with GeeXella|
Business Leader of the Year
This award is given to the LGBTQ+ business leader in our community who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to their organization, as well as to the OUT Georgia Business Alliance and the LGBTQ+ business community.
OUT Georgia’s 2022 Business Leader of the Year finalists are:
- Raphael Bostic, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
- Scott Mitchell, The Bohemian Den
- Betsy Robinson, Tier4 Group
- Pamela Stewart, The Coca-Cola Company
- Ja’Mel Ashely Ware, THRIVE SS Project Innovate
Community Leader of the Year
This award recognizes a Community Leader who demonstrates a commitment to serving and advancing the LGBTQ+ community by having created or contributed significantly to the success of one or more local nonprofit organizations or community efforts.
OUT Georgia’s 2022 Community Leader of the Year finalists are:
- Paul Conroy, Out Front Theatre Company
- Craig Hardesty, Out on Film
- Candace Hardnett, Agape Empowerment Ministries / Proud Savannah
- Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO
- Charles Stephens, Counter Narrative Project
Next Gen Leader of the Year
This award is given to a young LGBTQ+ leader, professional, or entrepreneur who has demonstrated exceptional performance and an innovative drive that has benefited their organization and the LGBTQ+ community.
OUT Georgia’s 2022 Next Gen Leader of the Year finalists are:
- Antwan & Jeremy Aiken, The Aiken Foundation
- Liliana Bakhtiari, Atlanta City Council
- DeMarcus Beckham, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia / Reach to Impact
- Bentley Hudgins, Activist
- Toni-Michelle Williams, Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative
Nonprofit of the Year
This award is given to a nonprofit organization that works tirelessly in order to positively impact the health, happiness, and general welfare of those in the LGBTQ+ community.
OUT Georgia’s 2022 Nonprofit of the Year finalists are:
Corporate Ally of the Year
This award is given to the Corporate Partner or Member that has shown exemplary support to the LGBTQ+ business community and to OUT Georgia Business Alliance. As a corporation, the nominee has taken a leadership role in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace; demonstrates a high level of corporate social responsibility in the community; and supports their employee diversity of LGBTQ Employee Resource Group.
OUT Georgia’s 2022 Corporate Ally of the Year finalists are:
New Business of the Year
This award is presented to the LGBTQ-owned small business that is less than two years old and already building a track record of excellence, innovation, and impact.
Small Business of the Year
This award is given to the LGBTQ-owned small business in the community that has shown exemplary support to the LGBTQ+ business community and to the OUT Georgia Business Alliance.
OUT Georgia’s 2022 Small Business of the Year finalists are:
- APG Emerging Tech
- Automation Intelligence
- Balmori Balmori Home Fragrance
- The Bohemian Den
- Tier4 Group
Member of the Year
This award is presented to the LGBTQ+ or allied entrepreneur or professional who has shown innovation in their business practices resulting in the advancement of their organization. In addition, this award recipient will also have advanced the mission, goals, and purpose of OUT Georgia Business Alliance, resulting in a positive impact for the LGBTQ+ business community.
OUT Georgia’s 2022 Member of the Year finalists are:
- Miko Evans, Meak Productions, Inc
- Felicia “BG” McCoy, BG Promotions, Inc.
- Matt Mitchell, Mitchell Event Planning
- Dr. Elijah Nicholas, Dr. Elijah Nicholas, LLC
- Vanessa Wagner, Georgia Power Company