Ambassador Andrew Young to Receive Leadership Character Lifetime Achievement Award

ATLANTA, Georgia (March 20, 2018) – Turknett Leadership Group (TLG) and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership announced that Andrew J. Young – civil and human rights pioneer, U.S Ambassador to the UN, and former Atlanta Mayor – will be the 2018 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 service to organizations and to the larger community.

Ambassador Young was a key strategist and negotiator during civil rights campaigns that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Appointed as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in 1977, he negotiated an end to white-minority rule in Namibia and Zimbabwe and brought an emphasis on human rights to international diplomacy efforts during President Carter’s Administration. As a two-term Mayor of Atlanta, Young brought in over 1,100 businesses, over 70 billion in foreign direct investments and generated over a million jobs. Ambassador Young has received honorary degrees from more than 100 universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad and has received a number of awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Turknett Leadership Group (TLG) and the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership are privileged to be able to honor Ambassador Young with this award. There are few world leaders who have been as laser-focused on all of us coming together for the common good,” shares Bob Turknett, CEO, Turknett Leadership Group.

“It is a privilege to recognize Ambassador Young with the Leadership Character Lifetime Achievement Award. Few of us have been tested the way he has been throughout his life yet he continues to serve the needs of others. He is a role model of courage, character and servant leadership,” said Pat Falotico, CEO, Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

Ann Stallard, a member of the Leadership Character Awards Board of Advisors and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, United Way of America, said, “Our country needs more of Ambassador Andrew Young’s grit and generosity of spirit. He possesses a rare talent and enormous strength of character to inspire, enlighten and engage many even those who disagree with one another. When asked at a national leadership conference how he persevered, Ambassador Young quickly replied, ‘I, like those who set the pace before me, have been tried and tempered by fire like steel. I bend but I do not break.’ There is no doubt that we need to follow Ambassador Young’s stellar example of a humble, tireless leader who demonstrates daily how we create the beloved community.”

The Leadership Character Awards are presented by the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership in partnership with Turknett Leadership Group. The fifth Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented as part of the 2018 Leadership Character Awards luncheon on Tuesday, October 9th at the Georgia Aquarium. All Awards except for the Lifetime Achievement Award are chosen from nominations in business, education, and nonprofit categories. All qualified nominees are recognized, and a top

recipient in each category is honored. Nominations are now open are may be made at www.LeadershipCharacterAwards.org.

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®. Across Georgia, over 80 leaders and companies have been honored with top awards since the Leadership Character Awards began, and over 600 leaders have been recognized. 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 Ann Stallard, former CEO of Graphic Communications Corporation and former Leadership Character Award winner. Dr. Betty Siegel, President Emeritus and Endowed Chair of leadership, ethics, and character, Kennesaw State University, serves as an Advisor Emeritus.

In 2014, the Turknett Leadership Group entered into a partnership with the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership to present the awards together. The 2018 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 9, 2018 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

Turknett Leadership Group’s expertise is leadership. With over 30 years’ experience, TLG is a premiere resource for Executive Coaching, Leadership Team Development, Customized Leadership Solutions, Talent Assessment, Culture Change, Succession Management, and Business Focused Engagement Surveys. TLG has built a reputation for results and exceeding client expectations by creating high-performing cultures for long term business success. To find out more, visit www.turknett.com .

Contact:

Nancy Cranford, Vice President, Turknett Leadership Group

ncranford@turknett.com

770.270.1723

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