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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:


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

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