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Turknett Leadership Group and Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Announce Host Committee for 2016 Leadership Character Awards

Turknett Leadership Group and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership announced the members of the Host Committee for the 2016 Leadership Character Awards at a reception on June 7, 2016. Members of the host committee include:

Cathy Callaway Adams – FHLBank Atlanta

Roz Alford – Women In Public Policy

Ron Alston – Suntrust Bank

*Susan Bell – Ernst & Young LLP

Veronica Biggins – Diversified Search

Becky Blalock

*Karen Robinson Cope – NanoLumens, Inc.

Paulette Corbin – Corbin Executive Coaching

Tracy Crump – Foundation of Wesley Woods

Tom Darrow – Talent Connections, LLC

Kathy Dowling – United Way Women’s Leadership Cabinet

*Nellie Duke – Georgia Women’s Institute

Rita Evans – Merrill Lynch

Mary Ellen Garrett – Merrill Lynch

Stephen Hennessy – Hennessy Automobile Companies

Kym Harris, Ph.D. – Your Sweet Spot Coaching

Stephen Hennessy – Hennessy Automobile Companies

Glen Jackson – Jackson Spalding

Sharon James Jordan – AIG Property Casualty

Bob Littell – Littell Consulting

*Milton Little – United Way of Greater Atlanta

Susan O’Dwyer – Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP

Catherine Perry – Inward Bound Center

*Mike Petrik – Alston & Bird LLP

*Alana Shepherd – Shepherd Center

Elizabeth Levy Ward – United Way of Greater Atlanta

Sam Williams – Retired

*John Yates – Morris, Manning & Martin LLC

Members marked with an asterisk are former winners of a Leadership Character Award. Alana Shepherd received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominations are now open for the Awards at www.LeadershipCharacterAwards.org, and all nominees for the Awards will be honored at the luncheon ceremony on October 4th at the Georgia Aquarium. Nominations should be in process by June 30th, 2016 and will be accepted in 6 categories: CEO – Large Company, CEO – Small/Medium Company, Executive/Manager, Education, Non Profit, and “Inspiritor.”

Winners in each category are selected by the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board of the Leadership Character Awards includes  Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates and former Director for IBM of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, Tom Crawford, retired Chairman and CEO of Crawford & Company and a 2007 Turknett Leadership Character Award winner, David Ratcliffe, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Company, Conchita Robinson, President and CEO, C. Robinson Associates, Inc. and, Dr. Betty Siegel, President Emeritus and Endowed Chair of Leadership, Ethics and Character, Kennesaw State University.

Francis S. “Frank” Blake, former Chairman and CEO of The Home Depot, will be the fourth recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Leadership Character. Read more here.

AT&T will be the presenting sponsor for the 2016 Awards, and FHLBank Atlanta and Strategic Management Decisions will also sponsor. For additional information about sponsorship, please click here.

About the Leadership Character Awards

Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized individuals and companies who display character in leadership in accordance with the Leadership Character Model. Across Georgia, over 75 leaders and companies have been recognized since the Leadership Character Awards began. In 2014, the Turknett Leadership Group entered into a partnership with the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership to present the awards together. The 2016 Leadership Character Awards will be presented by the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership in partnership with the Turknett Leadership Group and will be held on October 4, 2016 at the Georgia Aquarium. Proceeds from the event will help the Greenleaf center (501c3) fulfill its mission of enhancing the awareness and practice of Servant Leadership to create a more caring society.

About the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Founded in 1964, the Greenleaf Center is an international nonprofit organization that serves students, individuals, workplaces and the community by growing servant-leaders through education and programming. Robert K. Greenleaf was the author of “The Servant as Leader,” a landmark essay that coined the phrase “servant-leader” and launched the modern servant leadership movement.  Today the Greenleaf Center nurtures students, enhances workplaces and builds the servant leader community through education, leadership development and conferences. To find out more, please visit www.greenleaf.org.

About Turknett Leadership Group

Turknett Leadership Group’s expertise is Leadership.  Founded in 1987, TLG is a premiere resource for Executive Coaching, Leadership Talent Assessment, Executive Team Development, Cultural Assessment, Executive Selection, and more. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership Character Model, we help organizations hire the best people, identify and develop high potentials, build high performing leadership teams, and create a culture of character. To find out more, visit www.turknett.com.

Frank Blake to Receive Leadership Character Lifetime Achievement Award

ATLANTA, Georgia (March 8, 2016) – Turknett Leadership Group (TLG) and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership announced that Francis S. “Frank” Blake, former Chairman and CEO of  The Home Depot, will be the 2016 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Leadership Character. The award recognizes exceptional leaders who exemplify the highest standards of character, integrity, and servant leadership over a lifetime of organizational service and service to the larger community.

Before retiring in January 2015, Mr. Blake held his position as Chairman and CEO of The Home Depot since 2007.   Prior to joining The Home Depot in 2002, he served as senior vice president of General Electric, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy, general counsel for the Environmental Protection Agency, deputy counsel to Vice President George Bush, and law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Mr. Blake graduated from Harvard University and earned a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.  In addition to his work in business and public service, Mr. Blake has been actively involved on the boards of multiple organizations including Delta Airlines, Proctor & Gamble, the Georgia Aquarium and Grady Hospital.  Most recently he joined the Agnes Scott College Board of Trustees and was named the Lead Director on Delta’s board.

“We are elated that Frank has agreed to allow Turknett Leadership Group (TLG) and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership to honor him with this well-deserved award.  For many years, I’ve viewed Frank Blake as not only one of the best CEOs in Atlanta, but also one of best nationally and globally.  Atlanta and The Home Depot have been very fortunate to have had Frank Blake’s leadership and presence.  Frank’s persistent quest for excellence, anchored and strengthened by his integrity and genuine humility, provide all of us a stellar role model at the highest level of leadership,” shares Bob Turknett, CEO, Turknett Leadership Group.

“Frank Blake is widely regarded as a man of great humility.  Within a week of taking the reigns as CEO of Home Depot, Blake adopted the company’s co-founders’ leadership philosophy of the inverted pyramid; with himself at the bottom with an intense focus on employees and customers,” said Pat Falotico, CEO, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

“Frank Blake embodies the true elements of the Turknett Lifetime Achievement Award! What has always impressed me is his authenticity, sincerity and integrity wherever he is – whether he is wearing his orange apron in the middle of a Home Depot store or speaking with investors on Wall Street – he brings the same humble, smart, committed, connected demeanor which elicits trust and respect. Frank’s leadership characteristics align with the primary thesis of the Turknett Leadership Character model: Frank is true to his values at all times and all places and with all people!” said Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates.

The Leadership Character Awards are presented by the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership in partnership with Turknett Leadership Group. The fourth Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented as part of the 12th Leadership Character Awards luncheon on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the Georgia Aquarium. Nominations for all other award categories open at www.LeadershipCharacterAwards.org  on March 1, 2016.

About the Leadership Character Awards

Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized individuals and companies who display character in leadership in accordance with the Leadership Character Model. Across Georgia, over 75 leaders and companies have been recognized since the Leadership Character Awards began. The Advisory Board of the Leadership Character Awards includes  Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates and former Director for IBM of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, Tom Crawford, retired Chairman and CEO of Crawford & Company and a 2007 Turknett Leadership Character Award winner, David Ratcliffe, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Company, Conchita Robinson, President and CEO, C. Robinson Associates, Inc. and, Dr. Betty Siegel, President Emeritus and Endowed Chair of leadership, ethics, and character, Kennesaw State University. In 2014, the Turknett Leadership Group entered into a partnership with the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership to present the awards together. The 2016 Leadership Character Awards will be presented by the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership in partnership with the Turknett Leadership Group and will be held on October 4, 2016 at the Georgia Aquarium.

About The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Founded in 1964, the Greenleaf Center is an international nonprofit organization that serves students, individuals, workplaces and the community by growing servant-leaders through education and programming. Robert K. Greenleaf was the author of “The Servant as Leader,” a landmark essay that coined the phrase “servant-leader” and launched the modern servant leadership movement.  Today the Greenleaf Center nurtures students, enhances workplaces and builds the servant leader community through education, leadership development and conferences. To find out more, please visit www.greenleaf.org.

About Turknett Leadership Group

TLG’s expertise is Leadership. With over 25 years’ experience, TLG is Atlanta’s premier resource for Executive Coaching, Talent Assessment, Leadership Team Development, Culture Assessment and Change, and more. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership Character Model™, TLG helps organizations hire the best people, identify and develop high potentials, and create high-performing cultures. To find out more, visit www.turknett.com.

Contact:

Bianca Wirth, Director of Consulting Services

bwirth@turknett.com

770.270.1723

 

A Celebration of the Leadership Character Awards

The Celebration of the Leadership Character Awards took place on October 15, 2015. The celebration included a speech from keynote speaker Ralph de la Vega and a panel of past winners. The panelists were Claire Lewis “Yum” Arnold, Chairman and CEO of Leapfrog Services, Inc., Letty Ashworth, Director – Global Diversity of Delta Airlines, Milton Little, President of United Way of Greater Atlanta, Mike Petrik, Partner at Alston & Bird, and John Yates, Partner at Morris, Manning, & Martin. Pat Falotico, CEO of Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, was the panel moderator.

Mr. de la Vega won the Leadership Character Award in the Large Company CEO category in 2011.  Under his leadership, AT&T Mobility has become one of the largest smartphone and mobile Internet providers worldwide. Mr. de la Vega is also the author of the best-selling book Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life.

At the celebration, de la Vega spoke about his personal journey from Cuba to the United States and what it means to lead with integrity. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 11 and began working at BellSouth young in his career. De la Vega told a story from his early career in which his first manager sent him to complete a task – solely to test his integrity. After de la Vega “passed” his test, his manager talked with him about the importance of having integrity in business and making sure the people around you value honesty as well. This let an impression on de la Vega, who continues to practice and promote leading with integrity in public and in private.

The panelists answered from a range of questions relating to the Leadership Character Model and servant leadership. Each panelists individually described the quality of the Leadership Character Model that most thoroughly defined their leadership style. The panelists also stated their own definitions of “servant leadership”. Kicking off the conversation with these two conversations, the panelists further delved into the topics, interacting with one another and moderator, Pat Falotico.

Learning from Leaders of Character: A Celebration of the Leadership Character Awards

ATLANTA, Georgia (June 30, 2015) – The Atlanta-based Turknett Leadership Group (TLG)  and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership announced a celebratory event to reflect on and learn from  eleven years of the Leadership Character Awards programs. This year’s special event entitled “Learning from Leaders of Character” will take place on October 15, 2015 from 4:30 – 7 pm at the Buckhead Club.  Attendees are invited to a reception followed by a keynote and a panel discussion with past award winners. A top award recipient in 2011, Ralph de la Vega, ‎President and CEO AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions, will be the featured keynote speaker.

Mr. de la Vega won the Leadership Character Award in the Large Company CEO category in 2011.  Under his leadership, AT&T Mobility has become one of the largest smartphone and mobile Internet providers worldwide. Mr. de la Vega is also the author of the best-selling book Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life. Susan Hitchcock, TLG’s Executive Director of Women’s Initiatives, who has known de la Vega for over four decades, said, “I don’t know of another executive who has shown more character in his professional and personal life than Ralph or one who has given more back to the community – including his extraordinary contributions to  Jr. Achievement. He is one of the most distinguished business leaders in the country.”

The panelists for the event, all of whom are past winners, will be Milton Little, President of United Way of Greater Atlanta, Claire Lewis “Yum” Arnold, Chairman and CEO of Leapfrog Services, Inc., and Letty Ashworth, Director – Global Diversity of Delta Airlines. Pat Falotico, CEO of Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, will be the panel moderator.

The panel of past award winners will discuss their insights and experiences about developing and sustaining character in their personal leadership and in the organizations they lead. Bob Turknett, CEO of Turknett Leadership Group and founder of the Leadership Character Awards, said, “We are indeed fortunate to hear from these esteemed award winners who not only have a vision of the future, but the character – the courage and heart – to persevere and see it through.”

The 2016 Turknett Leadership Character Awards will be held in the Fall in partnership with the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and nominations will be open in February 2016. “It is an honor to collaborate with the Turknett Leadership Group in celebration of Greater Atlanta servant-leaders,” says Pat Falotico, CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. “These leaders embody the definition that Robert Greenleaf gave us so many years ago. Greenleaf said, ‘It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.  Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.’”

Since 2003, the annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized Georgia leaders who demonstrate character in leadership based on alignment with the Leadership Character Model™, a model developed by Bob and Lyn Turknett in 1995. The model represents character as a scale with integrity as the base and respect and responsibility balanced on either side.  The current Advisory Board members for the Leadership Character Awards are Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates and former Director for IBM of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs; Tom Crawford, retired chairman and CEO of Crawford & Company and a 2007 Turknett Leadership Character Award winner; David Ratcliffe, former President, and CEO of Southern Company; Conchita Robinson, President and CEO of C Robinson Associates, Inc.; and Dr. Betty Siegel, President-Emeritus of Kennesaw State University. Ms. Robinson and Dr. Siegel have served as Advisors since the inception of the Awards in 2003.

With over 25 years’ experience, Turknett Leadership Group is Atlanta’s premiere resource for services such as Executive Coaching, Talent Assessment, Leadership Talent Assessment, Succession Planning and Engagement Surveys. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership Character Model™, TLG helps organizations hire the best people, identify and develop high potentials, and create high-performing cultures for long-term business success.

Growing people and performance since 1964, the Greenleaf Center is the definitive source in the arena of servant leadership.  Servant Leadership is a leading philosophy and set of practices that fosters growth, well-being and bottom-line results and their communities – whether academia, corporations, non-profits or others.  The Center is named for Robert K. Greenleaf, the founder of the modern movement and term servant leadership to embody a better way for us to be and lead in society.

Top Award Recipients Named for the 2014 Leadership Character Awards

Atlanta – September 24, 2014 – The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and Atlanta-based Turknett Leadership Group have announced the top award recipients for the 11th Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards at the Awards ceremony held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Sheraton-Atlanta.

This year’s top award recipients are:

Kessel-Stelling

CEO/President/Managing Partner – Large Company Category

Kessel Stelling, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Synovus

Claire-Lewis-ArnoldCEO/President/Managing Partner – Small/Medium Company Category

Claire “Yum” Lewis Arnold, Chief Executive Officer – Leapfrog Services, Inc.

Letty-AshworthExecutive Manager Category

Letty Ashworth, Director of Global Diversity – Delta Airlines

Dr.-Ken-BernhardtEducation Category

Dr. Kenneth Bernhardt, retired Professor – Robinson College of Business, Georgia

William-UnderwoodState University

William Underwood, President – Mercer University

James-FranklinVal-PorterNon-Profit Category

James Franklin, Chief Executive Officer – TechBridge Val Porter, Director – Foundation Center Atlanta

Susan-BellDon-Chapman“Inspiritor” Category

Susan Bell, Managing Partner – Ernst & Young Don Chapman, past Chair – Georgia Tech Foundation

Kent C. “Oz” Nelson, former CEO of UPS, received the third Lifetime Achievement Award for character in leadership. The award recognizes leaders who exemplify the highest standards of character and integrity over a lifetime of service to an organization and to the larger community.

Since 2003, the annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized Georgia leaders who demonstrate character in leadership based on alignment with the Leadership Character Model, a model developed by Bob and Lyn Turknett in 1995. The model represents character as a scale with integrity as the base and respect and responsibility balanced on either side. Nominations were accepted in six categories: CEO/President/Managing Partner – Large Company, CEO/President/Managing Partner – Small Company, Executive/Manager, Non Profit, Education and “Inspiritor.” The Awards ceremony was a part of the 24th annual Greenleaf Center Servant Leadership Conference.

Top award recipients in each category were selected by the five-person Advisory Board. Members of the 2014 Advisory Board include Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates; Tom Crawford, owner of Crawford Corporate Coaching; David Ratcliffe, former President, and CEO of Southern Company; Conchita Robinson, President and CEO of C Robinson Associates, Inc.; and Dr. Betty Siegel, President-Emeritus of Kennesaw State University.

The awards were presented under the auspices of the Greenleaf Center, a nonprofit [501(c)3] with international reach. This year’s awards luncheon was held as part of the Greenleaf Center’s 24th Annual International Servant Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, September 24, 2014. The conference, which convenes those interested in building the understanding, awareness and practice of servant leadership, was an ideal venue to celebrate great leaders of the community.

UPS was the presenting sponsor for the 2014 Awards, and Kroger, GV Financial, FHLBank of Atlanta, and CMIT Solutions were additional sponsors.

About the Leadership Character Awards

Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized Georgia leaders who display character in leadership based on alignment with the Leadership Character Model, a model developed by Bob and Lyn Turknett in 1995. For 10 years, the Awards were presented by Turknett Leadership Group. The 11th Annual Leadership Character Awards were presented under the auspices of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and were held on September 24, 2014 at the Sheraton Atlanta.

About the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Founded in 1964, the Greenleaf Center is an international nonprofit organization that serves students, individuals, workplaces and the community by growing servant-leaders through education and programming. Robert K. Greenleaf was the author of “The Servant as Leader,” a landmark essay that coined the phrase “servant-leader” and launched the modern servant leadership movement. Today the Greenleaf Center nurtures students, enhances workplaces and builds the servant leader community through education, leadership development and conferences. To find out more, please visit www.greenleaf.org.

About Turknett Leadership Group

TLG’s expertise is Leadership. With over 25 years’ experience, TLG is Atlanta’s premiere resource for Executive Coaching, Talent Assessment, Leadership Team Development, Culture Assessment and Change, and more. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership Character Model™, TLG helps organizations hire the best people, identify and develop high potentials, and create high-performing cultures.

Contact: Bianca Wirth, Consulting Services Coordinator bwirth@turknett.com 770.270.1723

Turknett Leadership Group and Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Announce Nominees for the 2014 Leadership Character Awards

The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and Atlanta-based Turknett Leadership Group have announced the nominees for the 11th Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards. The awards will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Sheraton-Atlanta and will recognize individuals who represent the best in leadership character in Georgia.

Since 2003, the annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized Georgia leaders who demonstrate character in leadership based on alignment with the Leadership Character Model, a model developed by Bob and Lyn Turknett in 1995. The model represents character as a scale with integrity as the base and respect and responsibility balanced on either side. Nominations were accepted in six categories: CEO/President/Managing Partner – Large Company, CEO/President/Managing Partner – Small Company, Executive/Manager, Non Profit, Education and “Inspiritor.” The Awards ceremony will be a part of the 24th annual Greenleaf Center Servant Leadership Conference.

Top nominees in each category are selected by the five-person Advisory Board. Members of the 2014 Advisory Board include Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates; Tom Crawford, owner of Crawford Corporate Coaching; David Ratcliffe, former President, and CEO of Southern Company; Conchita Robinson, President and CEO of C Robinson Associates, Inc.; and Dr. Betty Siegel, President-Emeritus of Kennesaw State University.

Nominees in the CEO/President/Managing Partner – Large Company Category are:

  • Kessel Stelling, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – Synovus
  • George Turner, Chief of Police – Atlanta Police Department

Nominees in the CEO/President/Managing Partner – Small/Medium Company Category are:

  • Claire Lewis Arnold, Chief Executive Officer – Leapfrog Services, Inc.
  • Layne Davlin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer – Einstein HR
  • Maggie DeCan, President and Chief Operating Officer – The HoneyBaked Ham Co.
  • Essie Escobedo, Chief Executive Officer – Office Angels
  • Robert Gloer, President and Chief Operating Officer – IOU Central
  • Cleve Hill, Managing Partner – Bettis, Hill & Vann Attorneys & Counselors at Law
  • Jo Kirchner, President and Chief Executive Officer – Primrose Schools
  • Dixie McCurley, Partner – Trusted CFO Solutions
  • Judy Mozen, President – Handcrafted Homes
  • Susan Richards, Chief Executive Officer – Steelbridge Solutions
  • Moira Vetter, Founder and Chief Executive Officer – ModoModo Agency

Nominees in the Executive/Manager Category are:

  • Letty Ashworth, Director of Global Diversity – Delta Airlines
  • Henrietta Barnes, Chief Financial Officer – AnyTrax
  • Pedro Cherry, Vice President of Community & Economic Development – Georgia Power
  • Michael Fisher, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President – Convergys
  • Carol Godfrey, Vice President – Southwire Company
  • Bob Greenberger, Partner – Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
  • Meredith Hodges, Vice President of Human Resources & Regulatory – Gas South
  • Ken Marlin, Director of Construction and Engineering – AT&T
  • Erin McMillan, Director of Dealer Support – AutoTrader.com
  • Dianne Miller, Director of AT&T’s Construction and Engineering Service Centers – AT&T
  • April Ray, Chief of Staff – AT&T
  • Dee Reid, Director of Restaurant Operations and Support – Chick-fil-A
  • Bill Ridgway, Senior Vice President – YP
  • Sean Vojtasko, Executive Vice President of Operations – BlueWave Computing, LLC

Nominees in the Education Category are:

  • Kim Bearden, Co-Founder – Ron Clark Academy
  • Jeanne Henry, Executive Director – Georgia School Boards Association
  • Rubina Malik, Instructor – Morehouse College
  • Dr. Faye McIntyre, Dean of Richards College of Business – University of West Georgia
  • Luma Mufleh, Founder and Head of School – Fugees Family, Fugees Academy
  • Patrick Noonan, Professor and Associate Dean – Goizueta Business School of Emory University
  • Jeffrey Rosensweig, Director Global Perspectives Program – Goizueta Business School of Emory University
  • Lisa Sills, Deputy Director for Support Operations – Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • William Underwood, President – Mercer University
  • Lana Wachniak, Professor and Regional Commissioner – Kennesaw State University
  • Paula Wallace, President and Cofounder – Savannah College of Art and Design

Nominees in the Non-Profit Category are:

  • Melinda Childs, Manager of Network Operations Center – Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • Gail Conyers Cleckley, Senior Director of Investments and Operations – United Way of Greater Atlanta
  • Laura Davidson, Vice Chair – Project Management, Inc.
  • Deborah Enoch, Program Director – The West Broad Street YMCA Savannah
  • James Franklin, Chief Executive Officer – TechBridge
  • Debra Gilbert, Technology Program Manager – Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • Lucy Hall-Gainer, Founder and Chief Executive Officer – Mary Hall Freedom House
  • Brett Horton, Director – WinShape Retreat
  • Veronica Maldonado, Program Director – Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection
  • Val Porter, Director – Foundation Center Atlanta
  • Laura Pritchard, Executive Director – Urban Perform
  • JaKathryn Ross, Executive Director – Youth Entrepreneurs Georgia
  • Tamara Spafford, Executive Director – Lionheart School
  • Monica Thorton, President and Chief Executive Officer – Women in Technology
  • Stacey Wiggins, Development Director – Georgia Public Broadcasting

Nominees in the Inspiritor Category are:

  • Susan Bell, Managing Partner – Ernst & Young
  • Darrah Brustein, Founder and Partner – Equitable Payments
  • Jackie Cannizzio, Director – Judson Collegiate and Legends Pro-Am Challenge
  • Don Chapman, Past Chair – Georgia Tech Foundation
  • Beth Holder, Trustee and National Campaign Co-Chair – Agnes Scott College
  • Teela Jackson, Vice President of Talent Delivery – Talent Connections, LLC
  • Erin Levin, Producer – Imba Means Sing
  • Robin Lucas, Special Education Advocate – Milestone
  • Tricia Molloy, Leadership Speaker – Working with Wisdom
  • Janet Scott, Attorney – Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC
  • Dr. Neil Shulman, Author – Corporate Kid Movement
  • Leigh Strong, Volunteer – Junior League of Atlanta

Kent C. “Oz” Nelson, former CEO of UPS will receive the third Lifetime Achievement Award for character in leadership. The award recognizes leaders who exemplify the highest standards of character and integrity over a lifetime of service to an organization and to the larger community. Read more here.

The awards will be presented under the auspices of the Greenleaf Center, a nonprofit [501(c)3] with international reach. This year’s awards luncheon will be held as part of the Greenleaf Center’s 24th Annual International Servant Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, September 24, 2014. The conference, which convenes those interested in building the understanding, awareness and practice of servant leadership, is an ideal venue to celebrate great leaders of the community.

Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, Bob and Lyn Turknett, and the Host Committee invite everyone in the community to attend the Leadership Character Awards. Host Committee members include:

Cathy Callaway Adams – Federal Home Loan Bank Atlanta Roz Alford – ASAP Solutions Group, LLC Ron Alston – Suntrust Bank Susan Bell – Ernst & Young LLP *Paula Lawton Bevington – Bevington Advisors, LLC Veronica Biggins – Diversified Search Bob Collins – Zep Inc. *Karen Robinson Cope – NanoLumens, Inc. Paulette Corbin – North Highland Charlie Crawford – Private Bank of Buckhead Tracy Crump – Foundation of Wesley Woods Tom Darrow – Talent Connections, LLC Kathy Dowling – ASAP Solutions Group, LLC *Nellie Duke – Georgia Women’s Institute Mary Ellen Garrett – Merrill Lynch *Jim Geiger – Cbeyond, Inc. *Larry Gellerstedt – Cousins Properties Incorporated Kym Harris, Ph.D. – Your Sweet Spot Consulting

Stephen Hennessy – Hennessy Automobile Companies *Sandy Hofmann – Gadfly Phil Jacobs – Pendleton Consulting Group Glen Jackson – Jackson/Spalding *Stuart Johnson – Barnes & Thornburg LLP Sharon James Jordan – AIG Property Casualty *Elizabeth Kiss, Ph. D. – Agnes Scott College Bob Littell – Littell Consulting *Milton Little – United Way of Greater Atlanta Susan O’Dwyer – Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP *Michael Petrik – Alston & Bird LLP *Heather Rocker – SEI-Atlanta LLC *Alana Shepherd – Shepherd Center Christine St. Clare – St. Clare Advisors, LLC *Ann Stallard – Graphic Communications Elizabeth Levy Ward – Thought Partners Emelyne Williams – Georgia Power Co. Sam Williams – Metro Atlanta Chamber *John Yates – Morris, Manning & Martin LLP

Members marked with an asterisk are former winners of a Leadership Character Award. Alana Shepherd received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

For ticket information, visit http://www.leadershipcharacterawards.org/leadership-character-model/greenleaf-conference. UPS will be the presenting sponsor for the 2014 Awards, and Kroger, GV Financial, and CMIT Solutions will also sponsor. For additional information about sponsorship, please click here.

About the Leadership Character Awards

Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized Georgia leaders who display character in leadership based on alignment with the Leadership Character Model, a model developed by Bob and Lyn Turknett in 1995. For 10 years, the Awards were presented by Turknett Leadership Group. The 11th Annual Leadership Character Awards will be presented under the auspices of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and will be held on September 24, 2014 at the Sheraton Atlanta.

About the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Founded in 1964, the Greenleaf Center is an international nonprofit organization that serves students, individuals, workplaces and the community by growing servant-leaders through education and programming. Robert K. Greenleaf was the author of “The Servant as Leader,” a landmark essay that coined the phrase “servant-leader” and launched the modern servant leadership movement. Today the Greenleaf Center nurtures students, enhances workplaces and builds the servant leader community through education, leadership development and conferences. To find out more, please visit www.greenleaf.org.

About Turknett Leadership Group

TLG’s expertise is Leadership. With over 25 years’ experience, TLG is Atlanta’s premiere resource for Executive Coaching, Talent Assessment, Leadership Team Development, Culture Assessment and Change, and more. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership Character Model™, TLG helps organizations hire the best people, identify and develop high potentials, and create high-performing cultures.

Contact: Bianca Wirth, Consulting Services Coordinator bwirth@turknett.com 770.270.1723

Turknett Leadership Group and Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Announce Host Committee for 2014 Leadership Character Awards

Turknett Leadership Group and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership announced the members of the Host Committee for the 2014 Leadership Character Awards at a reception at the Commerce Club in Atlanta on June 26, 2014. Members of the host committee include:

  • Cathy Adams – Federal Home Loan Bank Atlanta
  • Roz Alford – ASAP Solutions Group, LLC
  • Ron Alston – Suntrust Bank
  • Susan Bell – Ernst & Young LLP
  • *Paula Lawton Bevington – Bevington Advisors, LLC
  • Veronica Biggins – Diversified Search
  • Bob Collins – Zep Inc.
  • *Karen Robinson Cope – NanoLumens, Inc.
  • Paulette Corbin – North Highland
  • Charlie Crawford – Private Bank of Buckhead
  • Tracy Crump – Foundation of Wesley Woods
  • Tom Darrow – Talent Connections, LLC
  • Kathy Dowling – ASAP Solutions Group, LLC
  • *Nellie Duke – Georgia Women’s Institute
  • Mary Ellen Garrett – Merrill Lynch
  • *Jim Geiger – Cbeyond, Inc.
  • *Larry Gellerstedt – Cousins Properties Incorporated
  • Kym Harris, Ph.D. – Your Sweet Spot Consulting
  • Stephen Hennessy – Hennessy Automobile Companies
  • *Sandy Hofmann – Gadfly
  • Phil Jacobs – Pendleton Consulting Group
  • *Stuart Johnson – Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Sharon James Jordan – AIG Property Casualty
  • *Elizabeth Kiss, Ph. D. – Agnes Scott College
  • Bob Littell – Littell Consulting
  • *Milton Little – United Way of Greater Atlanta
  • Susan O’Dwyer – Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP
  • *Michael Petrik – Alston & Bird LLP
  • *Heather Rocker – SEI-Atlanta LLC
  • *Alana Shepherd – Shepherd Center
  • Christine St. Clare – St. Clare Advisors, LLC
  • *Ann Stallard – Graphic Communications
  • Elizabeth Levy Ward – Thought Partners
  • Emelyne Williams – Georgia Power Co.
  • Sam Williams – Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • *John Yates – Morris, Manning & Martin LLP

Members marked with an asterisk are former winners of a Leadership Character Award. Alana Shepherd received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nominations are now open for the Awards at www.LeadershipCharacterAwards.org, and all nominees for the Awards will be honored at the luncheon ceremony on September 24th at the Sheraton Atlanta. Nominations are accepted in 4 categories: Business, Non Profit, Education and “Inspiritor.” The Awards ceremony will be a part of the 24th annual Greenleaf Center Servant Leadership Conference.

Winners in each category are selected by the Advisory Board, and members include Ann Cramer, Tom Crawford, David Ratcliffe, Conchita Robinson, and Dr. Betty Siegel for 2014.

Kent C. “Oz” Nelson, former CEO of UPS will receive the third Lifetime Achievement Award for character in leadership. Read more here.

UPS will be the presenting sponsor for the 2014 Awards, and Kroger, GV Financial, and CMIT Solutions will also sponsor. For additional information about sponsorship, please click here.

About the Leadership Character Awards

Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized individuals and companies who display character in leadership in accordance with the Leadership Character Model. The 11th Annual Leadership Character Awards will be presented under the auspices of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and will be held on September 24, 2014 at the Sheraton Atlanta.

About Turknett Leadership Group

TLG’s expertise is Leadership. With over 25 years’ experience, TLG is Atlanta’s premiere resource for Executive Coaching, Selection, Talent Assessment, Leadership Team Building, and more. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership Character Model™, TLG helps organizations hire the best people, identify and develop high potentials, and create high-performing cultures.

About the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Founded in 1964, the Greenleaf Center is an international nonprofit organization that serves students, individuals, workplaces and the community by growing servant-leaders through education and programming. Robert K. Greenleaf was the author of “The Servant as Leader,” a landmark essay that coined the phrase “servant-leader” and launched the modern servant leadership movement.  Today the Greenleaf Center nurtures students, enhances workplaces and builds the servant leader community through education, leadership development and conferences. To find out more, please visit www.greenleaf.org.

Contact:

Bianca Wirth, Consulting Services Coordinator

bwirth@turknett.com

770.270.1723

David Ratcliffe Joins Leadership Character Awards Advisory Board

Atlanta, GA (June 10, 2014) – Turknett Leadership Group announces the addition of David Ratcliffe to the Advisory Board of the Leadership Character Awards.  The 11th Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards will be presented under the auspices of the Greenleaf Center, a nonprofit [501(c)3] with international reach.  This year’s awards luncheon will be held as part of the Greenleaf Center’s 24th Annual International Servant Leadership Conference at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, September 24, 2014. The conference convenes those interested in building the understanding, awareness and practice of servant leadership and is an ideal venue for recognizing individuals who represent the best in leadership character in Georgia. Mr. Ratcliffe retired in December 2010 as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Company.

Mr. Ratcliffe has been a utility industry leader for many years. Prior to becoming Chairman and CEO of the Southern Company, he served as Chairman and CEO of Georgia Power, Southern Company’s largest subsidiary. He currently serves on the boards of Suntrust Banks, Inc and CSX Corporation.

Mr. Ratcliffe has been a leader in the community and has been recognized for his ethical leadership. In 2010, he received the Ethics Advocate Award in 2010 from the Georgia State Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility in recognition of his leadership in raising and addressing the issues of workplace ethics, trust and diversity. He has received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Edison Electric Institute and the William S. Lee Award for Leadership from the Nuclear Energy Institute.

“His integrity and stellar leadership make him an exemplar of the Leadership Character Model™,“ said Susan Hitchcock, Executive Director of Women’s Initiatives and TLG Advisory Board Member. Bob Turknett, CEO of Turknett Leadership Group, added, “Lyn and I have long admired David’s commitment to discussing and grappling with ethical issues in business. He is a leader of character who has led with integrity, respect, and accountability.”

Ratcliffe joins the current team of advisors now serving on the Leadership Character Awards Advisory Board, including:

  • Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates and former Director for IBM of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs
  • Tom Crawford, retired chairman and CEO of Crawford & Company and a 2007 Turknett Leadership Character Award winner
  • Conchita Robinson, president and CEO, C. Robinson Associates, Inc.
  • Dr. Betty Siegel, president emeritus and endowed chair of leadership, ethics, and character, Kennesaw State University

Ratcliffe’s commitment to community service is apparent through his involvement in organizations across Atlanta. He shared his business savvy and experience as the past chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the boards of CSX Transportation, the Centers for Disease Control, the Georgia Research Alliance, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Ratcliffe previously served on the boards of the Woodruff Arts Center, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the Edison Electric Institute, and the Nuclear Energy Institute. He is the recipient of the 2014 Community Connections Award which recognizes seasoned members of the public who continue to be outstanding business and community leaders.

About the Leadership Character Awards

Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized individuals and companies who display character in leadership in accordance with the Leadership Character Model. The 11th Annual Leadership Character Awards will be presented under the auspices of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and will be held on September 24, 2014 at the Sheraton Atlanta.

About Greenleaf

Founded in 1964, the Greenleaf Center is an international nonprofit organization that serves students, individuals, workplaces and the community by growing servant-leaders through education and programming. Robert K. Greenleaf was the author of “The Servant as Leader,” a landmark essay that coined the phrase “servant-leader” and launched the modern servant leadership movement.  Today the Greenleaf Center nurtures students, enhances workplaces and builds the servant leader community through education, leadership development and conferences. To find out more, please visit www.greenleaf.org.

Contact:

Bianca Wirth, Consulting Services Coordinator

bwirth@turknett.com

770.270.1723

Turknett Leadership Group Announces Third Leadership Character Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

ATLANTA, Georgia (April 16, 2014) – Turknett Leadership Group (TLG) announced that Kent C. “Oz” Nelson, former Chairman and CEO of UPS®, will be the third recipient of the lifetime achievement award for Leadership Character. The award recognizes leaders who exemplify the highest standards of character and integrity over a lifetime of service to an organization and to the larger community.

Mr. Nelson is the retired Chairman and CEO of UPS, a position he held from November 1989 to December 1996. He continued to serve on the Board until 2002 when he stepped down and ended 43 years of service with the company. He was the CEO when UPS moved its headquarters from Greenwich, Connecticut, to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1991, and immediately began active service in the Atlanta community.

Currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Carter Center, Mr. Nelson continues his long history of community service, which began while he was employed by UPS. He has served on the Boards and Executive Committees of United Way of America, Ball State University Foundation, Jim Casey Youth Opportunity Initiative and the National Museum of Patriotism. He has chaired the Boards of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and the UPS Foundation®.  Oz served for ten years as an advisor for the Turknett Leadership Character Awards.

A dedicated advocate for public education, Oz served six years as Chair of the Board of the Kentucky Partnership for School Reform. He chaired the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, served as a member of the National Business Roundtable Policy and Education Committee, and was appointed to the Georgia Governor’s Education Reform Commission.

A native of Kokomo, Indiana, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Ball State University in 1959. He was elected by Ball State to The Business Hall of Fame in 1990 and honored in 1991 with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Oz has received a number of honorary degrees including an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ball State University. He is the recipient of a number of local and national awards for business leadership and community service.

“No one exemplifies the Leadership Character Model better than Oz Nelson. His integrity is immediately apparent, he is accountable and courageous in everything he commits to, and he lives in a uniformly respectful and humble way,” shares Bob Turknett, CEO, Turknett Leadership Group.

“Oz Nelson is a true servant-leader, living out leadership character qualities that nominal leaders aspire to: putting others’ needs first, growing next-generation leaders, and empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential,”  said Joe Iarroci, CEO, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

“Oz Nelson is the epitome of a global citizen who is the perfect blend of intellect, passion, commitment and integrity. He has become, for so many of us, the icon of a 21st century CEO leader who understands the value of the most important resource that any enterprise has, and that is the human resource, the people! Oz knows what it means to ‘Deliver on his promise.’ His vision, his courageous action, his bold leadership, his perseverance through difficult times and his heart for people have encouraged and empowered many of us to continue the journey,” said Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates.

The Turknett Leadership Character Awards will be presented this year under the auspices of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing servant leadership. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented as part of the 11th Annual Leadership Character Awards luncheon on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The ceremony will be a part of the 18th Annual Servant Leadership Conference presented by the Greenleaf Center at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Atlanta. Nominations open at www.LeadershipCharacter.org on April 15, 2014. For more information about the conference, visit www.greenleaf.org.

Since 2003, the annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized Georgia leaders who demonstrate character in leadership based on alignment with the Leadership Character Model™, a model developed by Bob and Lyn Turknett in 1995. The model represents character as a scale with integrity as the base and respect and responsibility balanced on either side. To read about the nominees and winners from previous years, visit   http://www.leadershipcharacter.com.

The Leadership Character Award winners are selected from nominees by an esteemed panel of judges including:

  • Ann Cramer, Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates and former Director for IBM of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs
  • Tom Crawford, retired chairman and CEO of Crawford & Company and a 2007 Turknett Leadership Character Award winner
  • David Ratcliffe, retired Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Company
  • Conchita Robinson, president and CEO, C. Robinson Associates, Inc.
  • Betty Siegel, president emeritus and endowed chair of leadership, ethics, and character, Kennesaw State University

About Greenleaf:

Founded in 1964, the Greenleaf Center is an international nonprofit organization that serves students, individuals, workplaces and the community by growing servant-leaders through education and programming. Robert K. Greenleaf was the author of “The Servant as Leader,” a landmark essay that coined the phrase “servant-leader” and launched the modern servant leadership movement.  Today the Greenleaf Center nurtures students, enhances workplaces and builds the servant leader community through education, leadership development and conferences. To find out more, please visit www.greenleaf.org.

About Turknett Leadership Group:

TLG’s expertise is leadership. With a 25 year history, their staff of psychologists, organization development consultants and business professionals brings both depth and breadth to clients. Through an approach grounded in science and guided by the Leadership Character Model, TLG helps organizations assess and develop leaders, plan for succession, and build accountable, engaged cultures. TLG has extensive experience coaching at senior levels and has worked with over 2,000 executives in more than 150 organizations.

Bob and Lyn Turknett are the co-founders of Turknett Leadership Group and co-authors of Decent People Decent Company: How to Lead with Character at Work and in Life, a book about the Leadership Character Model™. For more information visit www.turknett.com and www.decentpeopledecentcompany.com.

Contact:

Bianca Wirth, Consulting Services Coordinator bwirth@turknett.com 770.270.1723