ONE COMMUNITY ANNOUNCES 2023 SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS HONOREES
Event Celebrates Arizona’s LGBTQ+, Allied Businesses and Community Leaders
(Phoenix, AZ) - ONE Community, the coalition of socially responsible businesses, organizations and individuals working to advance diversity, equity, equality and inclusion for all Arizonans, is proud to announce the 2023 Honorees for the thirteenth annual marquee event, Spotlight on Success Awards, scheduled to be held on Friday October 13th, 2023, at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix.
This year’s Spotlight event is particularly meaningful, as it is also the ten-year anniversary of the UNITY Pledge, which is now the largest equality pledge in the nation! The UNITY Pledge is a concerted effort by Arizona businesses, organizations, and individuals to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing, workforce, and public accommodations. To date, over 3,500 businesses and 25,000 individuals have proudly signed the pledge, supporting an update to Arizona’s non-discrimination laws.
The 2023 Honorees include:
Common Good Award:
ONE Community and the Equality and Fairness Campaign will honor Senator Krysten Sinema (I-AZ) with the ONE Community Common Good Award. Sen. Sinema, Arizona’s Senior Senator, is the first to be recognized in this new category. The Common Good award honors bipartisan leadership that brings people together to work for the common good of our state and nation. Senator Sinema was instrumental in introducing and passing the landmark Respect for Marriage Act in 2022 that repeals the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and requires the U.S. federal government and U.S. states and territories to recognize the validity of same-sex and interracial civil marriages in the United States.
“I am deeply humbled and honored by this esteemed recognition from ONE Community, as we share the common goal of bringing diverse viewpoints together to make a positive impact,” stressed Senator Sinema.
Furthermore, this year’s Local Heroes Honorees represents a diverse group of individuals, from various backgrounds; however, what they have all demonstrated their dedication to ensuring Arizona is a place that celebrates, respects, and protects all who live and work in our great state:
Local Heroes Awardees include:
Sarah Krahenbuhl, Executive Director, Phoenix Suns Charities & Vice President of Social Responsibility, Phoenix Suns & Phoenix Suns Charities
Terri Kimble, President, Chandler Chamber of Commerce
Jennie Patel, Vice President, Social Responsibility & Volunteers, NCAA Mens’ Final Four Local Organizing Committee
Paul Rockower, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Phoenix
Gabe Hagen and Jesse Shank, co-owners Brick Road Coffee
Unity Agent Honor:
Presented by PetSmart, this year’s Unity Agent honor is awarded to Lynette Braddock, an Arizona mom who has advocated tirelessly on behalf of her daughter Chloe, who is an incredible transgender young woman in her second year of law school. Braddock spoke and testified at the Arizona State Legislature and the Chandler City Council last year on behalf of her daughter and others in the community seeking fair and equitable laws. She also traveled to Washington D.C. twice during the summer with the Equality and Fairness Campaign to advocate for a comprehensive update to federal non-discrimination law. Without statewide non-discrimination protections, Braddock worries about her daughter being discriminated against in employment, housing and public accommodations once she graduates law school in 2024, even though she ranks in the top 10% of her law school cohort at NYU. Braddock has and continues to work collaboratively and advocate for full inclusion through policy measures alongside ONE Community to protect her daughter and so many others in our community.
Additionally, ONE Community will be highlighting past collaborative efforts that led to the passage of ten municipal ordinances that updated or created non-discrimination policies over the past ten years. To date, these cities include Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Sedona, Winslow, Flagstaff, Scottsdale, Glendale, Tolleson and Chandler. These ordinances protect residents living in their respective cities from discrimination in housing, employment and places of public accommodations based on characteristics including race, ethnicity, disability, religion, age, nationality, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
“It is with deep appreciation and gratitude that we come together to honor these brave leaders from across our community who work to find common ground by working to ensure Arizona is a place that sincerely respects and protect all people on the same terms,” said Angela Hughey, President, and Co-Founder of ONE Community and ONE Community Foundation. “Every one of our esteemed honorees have their own unique story of how they have positively impacted and contributed to our community and how they work together to promote diversity and inclusion measures that are critical to our collective success,” concluded Hughey.
The recognition and special awards will take place at a luncheon scheduled for October 13th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a networking cocktail reception to follow from 1:30 - 3:00pm at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, 340 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix. Individual and corporate tickets for the Spotlight on Success Awards are available at www.ONECommunity.com
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About ONE Community
Since our inception in 2008, ONE Community has evolved into the member-based coalition of socially responsible businesses, organizations and individuals moving diversity, inclusion, equity and equality for all Arizonans forward. We are committed to reshaping Arizona’s image through educating, empowering and connecting our diverse LGBTQ+ and allied communities on the benefits of inclusion and its direct impact on attracting and retaining top talent and businesses—and thereby, ensuring our state’s economic sustainability.
About ONE Community Foundation
The ONE Community Foundation is committed to diversity, inclusion, equity, and equality for all Arizonans. We are committed to reshaping Arizona’s image through educating, empowering and connecting our diverse LGBTQ+ and allied communities on the benefits of respecting, protecting, and celebrating all who live in our great state.