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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 –
  • 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 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

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 770.270.1723