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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, 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

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