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Charles "Chooch" Pickard | Board President | Founding Member | Events Committee Chair

Charles “Chooch” Pickard’s (he/him) career in Memphis spans over 25 years in the private, non-profit and quasi-governmental sectors. He is currently a principal at Architecture, Inc. His diverse career path including architecture, preservation, urban design, development, political candidacy, and community engagement/facilitation gives him the ability to bring creative ideas, innovation and problem-solving skills to any team.

His why: Chooch is excited about the opportunity to help grow his and other LGBT and LGBT friendly businesses through networking opportunities and professional development education.

Austin Rowe | Treasurer | Founding Member

Austin Rowe (he/him) has been a REALTOR in the Memphis area for 5 years and launched his brokerage, ROWE - REALTORS, earlier this year. Austin is a founding Board Director for the national LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance. He has served on multiple diversity and inclusion committees and most recently was appointed to the Tennessee Realtors Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee and Memphis Area Association of Realtors Government Affairs committee.

His why: We need something to represent our community and a way to connect businesses in our community to build and support each other.

Erin Swinney | Secretary | Founding Member | Membership Committee Co-Chair

Erin Swinney (she/her) is a daughter of the city. She worked as a retirement savings expert for six years, specializing in corporate and international accounts. Active in Memphis’ LGBTQ+ community for decades, Erin’s contributions include founding outreach programs for masculine of center lesbians, speaking at college Gay Student Alliances, serving as a trustee of affirming churches, and building a network of LGBTQ+ resource groups for advocacy in the corporate sector.

She serves as the Local Chair of the Raymond James Pride ERG and is a proud member of the OUTMemphis Board of Directors.

Her Why: The MidSouth is ready to lead the way in diversity and industry. She wants to see her community reach its full potential.

Virginia "Ginger" Leonard | Founding Member | Advocacy Committee Chair

Ginger Leonard (she/her) has been involved in the LGBT equality movement for 4 decades. Most recently, she is serving as the Board Chair and President of the Tennessee Equality Project and Tennessee Equality Project Foundation
and is also serving on the Board of Directors for Friends for LIfe.

Her why: Helping to found and organize the MidSouth LGBT Chamber of Commerce felt like the next logical step in working to ensure equality for the LGBT community in the business world.

Chris Miller | Board Member | Membership Committee Co-Chair


Our mission is to provide local business professionals who are LGBTQ+ or identify as an ally space where they can work peer-to-peer and business-to-business to enrich their careers through regional programming.

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