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.


Bianca Wirth, Consulting Services Coordinator