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posted Friday, February 2, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 05
The GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards dinner 'Together We Rise,' to be held Thursday, February 15
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The GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards dinner 'Together We Rise,' to be held Thursday, February 15

The 37th annual GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards dinner on Thursday, February 15, will honor businesses and community leaders who are successful, exemplify the highest standards of their profession, promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrate leadership and invest time and resources into their community.

The dinner will be held at 5:30pm at Seattle Marriott Waterfront (2100 Alaskan Way). Tickets: $165 individual; $1650 table for ten. To register or to learn more about the event, visit the GSBA website at www.theGSBA.org.

At this year's dinner, 'Together We Rise,' GSBA will recognize eight remarkable individuals and businesses.

The evening will feature Special Remarks by Governor Jay Inslee and Keynote Speaker Jennifer Brown, an award-winning entrepreneur and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the founder, president and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm that coaches business leaders worldwide on critical issues of talent and workplace strategy. Brown is a passionate advocate for social equality who helps businesses foster healthier, more productive workplace cultures. Her book Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change inspires leadership to embrace the opportunity that diversity represents and empower advocates to drive change that resonates in today's world.

The recipients of this year's GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards are:

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Precision Garage Door Service, Kevin Spratt and Kurt Sarchet, Owners

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Peter Shalit MD, Peter Shalit MD and Associates

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Diverse City LLC, Cheryl Ingram, Owner

CORPORATE LEADER OF THE YEAR
René Neidhart, General Manager, Renaissance Seattle Hotel

COMMUNITY LEADER OF THE YEAR
Aleksa Manila, Founder, Pride ASIA

GREEN/SUSTAINABLE LEADER OF THE YEAR
Fremont Brewing, Sara Nelson, Owner

NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, Christine Charbonneau, CEO

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Voice of Social Justice
Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General

The award Finalists are:

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Marination, Roz Edison, Co-owner
TomboyX, Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez, Co-Founders

BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR
Kate Beck, Mortgage Consultant, HomeStreet Bank Dani Cone, Owner, Cone & Steiner General Michael Scott, Attorney, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S

NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Aluel Cellars, Alex Oh and Samuel Hilbert, Owners
House of Ruff, CJ Tomlinson and Crystal Jacobson, Owners
The Riveter, Amy Nelson, CEO
Wag N' Wash Natural Food & Bakery - Seattle/Queen Anne, Bill Wolfe and Andrew Held, Owners

CORPORATE LEADER OF THE YEAR
James Hing, Category Manager, Global Sourcing and Supplier Relations - Supplier Diversity, Starbucks Coffee Company
Shaunta Hyde, Managing Director, Community Relations, Alaska Airlines

COMMUNITY LEADER OF THE YEAR
Monisha Harrell, Equal Rights Washington, Chair
Seth Kirby, Oasis Youth Center, Executive Director

GREEN/SUSTAINABLE LEADER OF THE YEAR
InterChange Media Art Productions, Jenny Ting and Michelle Gomes, Co-Owners
Soaring Heart Natural Beds, Michael Schaefer, President

NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR
Ethnic Coalitions of the Chambers of Commerce, Martha Lee, President
Gender Justice League, Danni Askini, Executive Director
Q Youth Resources, Maggie Rich, President

Courtesy of the GSBA

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