by Greater Seattle Business Association
| Dec 28, 2017
The GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards
honor businesses and business leaders who are successful, exemplify the highest standards of their profession, promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrate leadership and invest time and resources into their community.
2017 Community Leader of the Year: Aleksa Manila
, Founder, Pride ASIA
Drug counselor by day, drag diva by night, Aleksa Manila is a celebrated and respected drag personality and a favorite emcee/host, speaker/panelist, performer/model at many events in the region because of her smart and sassy presence onstage and her ease of engaging her audience. Aleksa recently received the prestigious Dr. Bob Wood Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention, and was 2014 Grand Marshal at the 40th Seattle Pride Parade alongside her hero, George Takei. In her professional career, Aleksa when “not-in-face” is the Program Coordinator of Project NEON (Needle Exchange and Sex Education Outreach Network) and Program Supervisor of Addiction Services at Seattle Counseling Service
(SCS). In addition, she founded ICON, the biggest fundraiser for SCS which raises over $100,000. In 2012, Aleksa founded Pride ASIA whose mission is to celebrate, empower and nurture the multi-cultural diversity of the LGBTQ communities through the Asian Pacific Islander lens. Aleksa states, “We learn to be resilient, persevere, and thrive as LGBTQ people.” It is a sense of community that makes her successful. Whether it is being part of Pride Asia, SCS, or as an individual, she takes pride in being a drag queen and she uses drag as an opportunity for dialogue for LGBTQ issues and disparities. Aleksa Manila…a true Seattle star!
We flourish as a community. We value our local and independent businesses, support our nonprofits, and come together to recognize, value, and celebrate the strength we have when we all work together. Together We Rise
The 37th Annual Business & Humanitarian Awards Dinner
| Feb 15, 2018