Former Belmont University women’s soccer coach Lisa Howe has been hired as the first executive director of the Nashville Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Chamber of Commerce.
Howe departed Belmont after telling her team that she and her partner, Wendy Holleman, were due to have a baby. Belmont and Howe called the departure a “mutual agreement,” but the issue still received national media attention.
“Lisa Howe knows first-hand how it is to come out in the work place and suffer discrimination because of sexual orientation,” said Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce President Michael Fluck.
“After a national search we are pleased to announce that she is the first ever full time executive director for the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce. She has a passion for workplace equality that can’t be matched and is the perfect fit as our new executive director.”
Fluck said Howe’s qualities as a former coach would “prove invaluable” in moving the NGLBTCC forward.
Howe called the position the “the perfect job to fulfill my goals and vision.”
She started her new job on Feb. 1. Her responsibilities include oversight and management of day-to-day operations; membership recruitment and retention; corporate partnership development; calendar development; recruitment and oversight of volunteers and the development and execution of an annual fundraiser.
The NGLBTCC has more than 125 members in the Nashville area.