Rockwell Automation recognized as Corporate Partner of the Year
MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce today announced the winners of its 2018 Business Awards, a program that recognizes the contributions made by Chamber members to building a more diverse and inclusive business community in Wisconsin.
“The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize these amazing award recipients for all that they have done to build a more diverse and inclusive business community in Wisconsin,” said Jason Rae, President & CEO of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “These winners represent the best of Wisconsin. We are excited to be able to recognize these deserving companies and individuals that are committed to building a pro-fairness business community in Wisconsin.”
Those businesses and individuals receiving awards this year are:
- Corporate Partner of the Year: Rockwell Automation
This award is given to a corporation that is a member of the LGBT Chamber that has shown a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace and has worked to positively grow the LGBT and allied business community around the state. Specifically, Rockwell Automation has been instrumental in growing and supporting the LGBT Chamber by serving as a Gold Founding member since 2014, being a leader of the LGBT Workplace Alliance which connects area LGBT employee groups, and signing on as a supporter of the Wisconsin Businesses for Equality campaign to advocate for modernization of the state’s non-discrimination law.
- LGBT Business of the Year: MOXIE Food + Drink (Whitefish Bay, WI)
This award is given to an LGBT-owned business that is a member of the Chamber, is an active participant in building a more diverse business community in Wisconsin and has a proven track record of success and involvement. MOXIE Food + Drink, is a certified LGBT Business Enterprise by the NGLCC and has been an active participant in numerous LGBT Chamber events, including Out in the Kitchen for several years. They are dedicated to building an inclusive restaurant that welcomes all people.
- Allied Business of the Year: Short Stack Eatery (Madison, WI)
This award is given to an allied-owned business that is a member of the Chamber, is an active participant in building a more diverse business community in Wisconsin and has a proven track record of success and involvement. Short Stack Eatery has been an active Chamber member and a participant in the newly formed Hospitality Council. They have participated actively in Chamber events, including hosting a Coffee Connection, and have worked intentionally to support all customers, particularly trans individuals.
- Nonprofit Organization of the Year: Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (Menasha, WI)
This award is given to a nonprofit organization that is a member of the Chamber, with a proven track record of success and involvement and a commitment to building a diverse community. Goodwill NCW has participated actively in the Chamber as a gold founding member since 2016, advocating tirelessly for inclusion of all people and advancing a diverse business community. Goodwill NCW was a founding supporter of the Wisconsin Businesses for Equality campaign, has hosted nearly all of the Chamber’s Lunch & Learns in the Fox Valley, and participated in the Chamber’s LGBTQ+ Career Fair.
- Business Leader of the Year: Leonard Sobczak, Eastmore Real Estate & Wisconsin Gazette (Milwaukee, WI)
This award is given to a hard-working and dedicated individual who has had a positive professional and personal impact on building a diverse business community in Wisconsin. Leonard Sobczak has been an active and forceful leader in growing the LGBT community for years and has been an instrumental part of the Chamber since the beginning. The owner of two businesses that belong to the Chamber, he served as one of the original Co-Chairs for the Chamber’s Steering Committee when it launched. He has been one of Wisconsin’s most forceful business leaders calling for full inclusion of all people.
- Advocate of the Year: Shiva Bidar-Sielaff of UW Health (Madison, WI)
This award is given to an individual who has been a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity within the larger business community. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff has been an active ally supporting a diverse business community throughout the state. She is the first Chief Diversity Officer of UW Health and has worked with the Chamber and the larger business community to find ways to build intersectionality. She has been a regular and active participant in the Chamber’s Leadership Council. In addition, she has been a leader through her role as an Alder for the City of Madison.
“Each winner demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace, has a proven record of community involvement, and has worked to positively grow the LGBT and allied business community in Wisconsin,” added Rae.
The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s Anniversary Celebration and Business Showcase on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and the presentation of awards will take place around 6:45 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Registration is requested and can be done online at www.wislgbtchamber.com/anniversary.
The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and LGBT-allied businesses, corporations and professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. It offers networking opportunities, business development efforts within the LGBT community, and educational programming to its members. The organization has more than 575 members from around the state. In 2015, the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce received the National Chamber of the Year Award from the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). More information can be found online at: www.wislgbtchamber.com.