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5th Annual Leadership Character Awards - 2007

Winners Revealed at Fifth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards

Turknett Leadership Group recognizes six outstanding leaders of character from Manheim, Southern Company, McGuireWoods LLP, IBM, Agnes-Scott College, and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA (February 2008)—Turknett Leadership Group, whose work with leaders and organizations is centered on developing leadership character at all levels, announced the winners of the Fifth Annual Leadership Character Awards at a luncheon event held February 4, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. KPMG was again the presenting sponsor joined for the first time this year by Crawford and Company. Both companies strongly support the purpose for these awards.

Long known in the Southeast and across the country for its work with executives, teams and organizations, Atlanta-based Turknett Leadership Group paired with Kennesaw State University’s Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character for the fifth year in hosting the awards. The nominated individuals were recognized for having unquestioned integrity, for treating their customers, suppliers and each other with respect, and for maintaining a culture in which everyone takes responsibility for achieving results and upholding their core values.



Back Row (not holding plaques) from L-R: Lyn Turknett, Tom Smith, Dr. Betty Siegel, Oz Nelson, Conchita Robinson, Bob Turknett
Front Row (winners holding plaques) from L-R: Dr. Elizabeth Kiss, Dean Eisner, William Marianes, Yolanda Traylor, Alicia Philipp, Judy Maloney

Turknett Leadership Group is a character-based management and consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia that focuses on aligning strategy, leadership and culture by providing services in the areas of Executive Development, Selection & Integration; Succession Planning; Team Assessment and Development; Ethics, Retention & Culture Consulting.

The Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character, an academically based institute at Kennesaw State University, seeks to inspire, enable and promote ethical conduct, decision-making and leadership for the common good.

Fifty-one nominees from 47 different organizations were recognized this year and over 420 of Georgia’s business, community and education leaders gathered to honor them and the top award recipients. Each award recipient was chosen for best exemplifying the standards set forth in the Turknett Leadership Character Model. The winners are:

Category: CEO/Pres/Partner
Dean Eisner
Manheim, Inc.
Nominated by:
Lilicia Bailey


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Category: Executive/Manager
William B. Marianes
McGuire Woods LLP
Nominated by:
John C. Beane, John S. Dalis, Jim Huling, Thomas A. Varlan


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Judy Maloney
Southern Company
Nominated by:
Elena Mappus


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Category: Associate
Yolanda C. Traylor
IBM
Nominated by:
Ann Cramer


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Category: Non-Profit
Alicia Philipp
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Nominated by:
Lauren Welsh


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Category: Education
Dr. Elizabeth Kiss
Agnes Scott College
Nominated by:
Julia Stover


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CEO/Pres/Partner Award
Dean Eisner

Manheim's Dean Eisner is honored in the CEO/President/Partner Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2008) — Manheim, Inc.’s Dean Eisner was among the top six Georgia business, community and education leaders recognized at the Fifth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards Luncheon held February 4, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Eisner was honored as the recipient of the 2007 Leadership Character Award in the CEO/President/Partner category. The awards were sponsored by KPMG and Crawford & Co.

Eisner, who joined Manheim from General Electric, was noted as a servant leader whose leadership style embraces qualities of respect and responsibility that are rooted in his belief that integrity of an organization comes from the top. Nominators say Eisner consistently exhibits core qualities of accountability; focus on the whole, empathy, self-confidence, courage, humility and lack of blame.


Executive / Manager Award
William B. Marianes

William B. Marianes of McGuire Woods, LLP is honored in the Executive/Manager Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2008) — William B. Marianes of the McGuireWoods law firm was among the top six Georgia business, community and education leaders recognized at the Fifth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards Luncheon held February 4, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Marianes was announced the recipient of one of two Leadership Character Awards in the Executive/Manager category. The awards were sponsored by KPMG and Crawford & Co.

Marianes, a partner with McGuireWoods, was recognized as a champion of integrity and a leader who demonstrates respect even when facing an opposing viewpoint. Marianes was also acknowledged as a dedicated community servant who consistently exhibits qualities of humility, courage and empathy in every aspect of his life.


Executive/Manager Award
Judy Maloney

Southern Company's Judy Maloney is announced a winner in the Executive/Manager Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2008) — Southern Company’s Judy Maloney was among the top six Georgia business, community and education leaders recognized at the Fifth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards Luncheon held February 4, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Maloney was announced the recipient of one of two Leadership Character Awards in the Executive/Manager category. The awards were sponsored by KPMG and Crawford & Co.

Maloney serves as the assistant to Southern Company’s Chief Information Officer and was nominated by fellow Southern Company employees for being a leader who encourages others, works for the benefit of all parties, is 100% accountable, and who is honest, direct and fair.


Associate Award
Yolanda Traylor

IBM's Yolanda Traylor honored as winner in the Associate Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2008) — IBM’s Yolanda Traylor was among the top six Georgia business, community and education leaders recognized at the Fifth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards Luncheon held February 4, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Traylor was the recipient of the Leadership Character Award in the Associate category. The awards were sponsored by KPMG and Crawford & Co.

Traylor, who serves as Program Manager for IBM Learning, was recognized for her outstanding integrity in the many professional and community-based outreach programs she oversees. Traylor was also recognized for her high standards of excellence and good customer service, building strong partnerships, and for her ability to keep her team members motivated.


Non-Profit Award
Alicia Philipp

Alicia Philipp is honored for displaying outstanding leadership in the Non-Profit Category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2008) — Alicia Philipp, President of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, was among the top six Georgia business, community and education leaders recognized at the Fifth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards Luncheon held February 4, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Philipp was the recipient of the 2007 Turknett Leadership Award in the Non-Profit category. The awards were sponsored by KPMG and Crawford & Co.

Alicia Philipp was noted as having a heart to serve and the character to lead in a way that has set The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta apart from other nonprofits in a significant way. During the awards ceremony, special mention was made of Philipp’s concern for others and the community at large. Her effort to secure the King Papers was applauded as an example of her courage, empathy and initiative to help others. Philipp was also cited for having leadership qualities that foster leadership throughout the organization, that show respect for others and for constantly seeking new ways to approach her work.

Education Award
Dr. Elizabeth Kiss

Agnes Scott's Dr. Elizabeth Kiss is honored as first winner of the new Education category

ATLANTA, GA (February 2008) — Dr. Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott College was among the top six Georgia business, community and education leaders recognized at the Fifth Annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards Luncheon held February 4, 2008 at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. Dr. Kiss was honored as the first recipient of the Leadership Character Award in the new Education category. The awards were sponsored by KPMG and Crawford & Co.

During the awards ceremony, Dr. Kiss was identified as a model of integrity and ethical behavior. As a leader of character, she shows genuine concern for others no matter their position, is always accountable, never places blame, and is accessible to students, faculty, and staff alike. Dr. Kiss was also recognized for her commitment to the environment by making Agnes Scott “climate neutral” by 2014.



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