ALIVE Editor-in-Chief Kelly Hamilton Honored As Diverse Business Leader

By Krystin Arneson
In Culture
Courtesy of Great Plains Journalism Awards

Courtesy of Great Plains Journalism Awards

ALIVE staffers are thrilled to congratulate Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder Kelly Hamilton on his recent honor of being named one of 2014’s Diverse Business Leaders by the St. Louis Business Journal. The awards showcase standout community leaders who “promote diversity around race, sexual orientation and disability,” according to the Journal.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal in this way,” Hamilton says.

In addition to leading ALIVE’s creative departments day-to-day, Hamilton has worked extensively with organizations that promote and support the LGBT community over the last 10 years. He currently serves as Board President of PROMO, Missouri’s statewide organization that advocates for LGBT equality through political efforts and community education,  focusing on issues including nondiscrimination protections and same-sex marriage. In 2012-2013 he served as a founding steering committee member of  Washington University in St. Louis’ Pride Alumni Network, which encourages LGBT alumni to provide service to further the well-being of LGBTA students. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership St. Louis Class of 2013-2014,  the FOCUS St. Louis program that fosters leadership and networking among diverse members of the city’s business, nonprofit and civic community who have a deep and active commitment to community improvement.

“As an entrepreneur, I’ve had the privilege of being able to be out at work every single day for 12 years, but I’m very conscious of the fact that that’s not the case for most people in my community,” says Hamilton, who sits on workplace diversity panels put on by Diversity Awareness Partnership where he speaks about issues related to creating a welcoming culture for LGBT employees, particularly transgender employees. “As a transperson, which remains a less understood group within the LGBT community, it’s important to me to remain out and to be visible in order to foster diversity and inclusion in any and all groups with which I’m involved.”

Needless to say, we can’t wait to take a peek at the Sept. 12 issue of the Business Journal, where he’ll be honored in print, and to celebrate with him and the other deserving executives and entrepreneurs at the Sept. 12 awards luncheon at Renaissance Grand Hotel.

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