The 2015 GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards

| Jan 11, 2016


The GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards honor top businesses and business leaders each year, recognizing business performance and contributions to the community. GSBA will honor eight individuals and businesses at our annual Business & Humanitarian Awards dinner on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, 2100 Alaskan Way.

The keynote speaker will be Gina Grahame, VP of GaymerX. Ms. Grahame is a highly successful professional and a member of and an advocate for the Transgender Community. She will talk about “The Power of Authenticity, the Process of Overcoming Adversity, and the Transgender Experience."

The 2015 Business & Humanitarian Award recipients are:

Business of the Year: Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes, David Meckstroth and David Haggarty, Co-Owners
Business Leader of the Year: Mona Smith, Attorney At Law
Corporate Leader of the Year: Kevin Baldwin, Northwest Managing Partner, PwC
Community Leaders of the Year: Tamara Murphy and Linda Di Lello Morton, Terra Plata
New Business of the Year:  Bulk Fr8, Wayne Levinson, Owner
Non Profit of the Year: Ventures, Beto Yarce, Executive Director
Special Recognition - Voice for Social Justice: Ana Mari Cauce, President of University of Washington
President’s Award: Kent Thoelke, Executive Vice President of Scientific & Medical Affairs, PRA

Event Emcee: Sally Clark, Director of Regional and Community Relations, University of Washington

“Being recognized for business success is not new, but being honored for
understanding that success in the 21st century must also include a commitment to equality, philanthropy, and sustainable business practices, is definitely unique,” said Louise Chernin, GSBA President and CEO. “For 35 years, GSBA has stood out among business organizations, often as the lone voice for its commitment to advancing equality in business. Over 80% of GSBA members are small businesses, but the important role they play in keeping our local economy strong is huge. They are employers committed to equality, volunteers, and philanthropists, often using the limited resources they have to give back to their community. The impact of GSBA’s work has never been more evident as a growing number of businesses strive to create inclusive work places in order to attract diverse talent and a changing customer base.”

Title Sponsor: Wells Fargo | Presenting Sponsor: Vulcan
Dinner Sponsors: RBC Wealth Management, Seattle Goodwill
Award Sponsors: BECU, Pride Foundation
Supporting Sponsors: Girlie Press, Team Photogenic, Sal Floral Design

Purchase your tickets here.


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